Description: Touted to be the “mother” of social work, Jane Addams (1860-1935) signed this kind two-page letter declining an invitation to speak in Albany. She writes: “I am very sorry that I cannot speak for you in Albany this Fall, I do not expect to be East in October.”
Addams was an advocate of women’s suffrage and world peace. Her essay “Utilization of Women in City Government” argued that such governmental departments as sanitation and education were connected to traditional women’s roles in the home. Thus, women had more knowledge on these issues than men and needed to be able to vote in order to improve their communities. Addams and her friend Ellen Gates Starr founded Hull House in Chicago in 1889, a settlement house that became famous for its innovative social, educational, and artistic programs. She was also a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1920. Addams was the first American woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1931) and is credited with the creation of social work as a profession.
Both pages measure 7 ¾” x 5 ¾”. The first is imprinted with “Baymeath, Bar Harbor, Maine” on the top right. Item #A00788.
Condition: Both pages have fold lines, the first page has a small stain along the fold line, the second has mounting remnants on verso which have bled through and touch “Jane” in the signature. Otherwise, this letter is in good condition with a bold signature.