Christodora House Records
1897-1991


Finding Aid Prepared by James Moske
August 2001


Date Range: 1897-1991
Size of Collection: 12.5 linear ft. (ca.15,000 in 31 boxes)
Date of Acquisition: Donated by Board of Directors, 1995
Material on Microfilm: No material on microfilm
Terms of Access: Available for faculty, students, and researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.
Restrictions on Use or Access: Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Location in Stacks: 14 out of sequence.
Processing Information: Processed by James Moske, 1996
RLIN ID: NYCR

BIOGRAPHY

       Christodora was founded in 1897 as a settlement house on Manhattan's Lower East Side to provide health care, educational and job training programs and other social services to poor immigrant families. Christodora House also served as a home for art and drama clubs. Christodora's Poet's Guild included Robert Frost Vachel Lindsay and Edwin Arlington Robinson and it inspired Ira Gershwin.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

       The records are arranged in five series:

Series I - Administration, 1897-1990, 2 linear feet
Includes administrative correspondence and memos, constitution and by-laws, contribution lists, corporate certificates, funding agency files, Head Worker and Executive Director correspondence, membership lists, newsclippings, promotional materials, program reports, and publications. Folders arranged alphabetically. Documents arranged chronologically.

Series II - Board of Directors, 1897-1991, 2.5 linear feet
Includes annual reports, board member correspondence, and minutes. Folders arranged alphabetically. Documents arranged chronologically.

Series III - Clubs, 1897-1952, 3.5 linear feet
Includes attendance books, constitutions and by-laws, correspondence, dues ledgers, membership lists and minutes. Folders arranged chronologically. Documents arranged chronologically.

Series IV - Photographs, c. 1900-1985, 1.5 linear feet
Black and white and color photographs and negatives. Subjects include settlement staff and program participants, neighborhood scenes, settlement buildings, and camp. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series V - Scrapbooks, 1897-1961, 3 linear feet
Chronologically compiled scrapbooks contain administrative forms, annual reports, correspondence and memos, newsclippings, photographs, program flyers and announcements, promotional materials, publications, special event announcements, and tickets. Items fallen loose from some scrapbooks are contained in folders stored with the scrapbooks. Preservation photocopies of some scrapbooks have been made, and should be used by researchers.

This finding aid was prepared by LaGuardia and Wagner Archives of LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York for Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


SERIES I

   --ADMINISTRATION

1   1 Anniversaries
     1947, 1957
     
  2 Athletics
     1906, 1941
     
  3 Biele Correspondence
     1932-35
     
  4 Budget Proposal
     1935
     
  5 Calendar 1906
     
  6 Camp Ampersand
     1968
     
  7 Camper Lists
     1916, nd
     
  8 Christmas
     1917, 1941-58
     
  9 "The Christodora,"
     1898, 1912-14, 1927
     
  10 "The Christodora Hymn,"
     nd
     
  11 "The Christodora News,"
     1934-35, 1944
     
  12 "The Christodora Year Book,"
     1915
     
  13 City of Christodora House
     1916-17
     
  14 Constitution and By-laws, 1897-1987
     
  15 Contributions
     1911-24
     
  16 Contributions
     1925-30
     
  17 Contributions
     1927-29, 1933-34
     
2   1 Contributions
     1927-36
     
  2 Contributions
     1933
     
  3 Corporate Certificates
     1897-1981
     
  4 Dances
     1931-47
     
  5 Drama and Dance Performances
     1906-59, nd
     
  6 Financial Ledger
     1897
     
  7 "Flagship,"
     1947
     
  8 Flyers and Announcements
     1934-50s, nd
     
  9 Gershwin
     nd
     
  10 Guest Register
     1918-39
     
  11 Guest Register
     1933-38
     
  12 Health Service
     1935-50
     
3   1 Histories
     1926-80s
     
  2 Reminiscences
     1939
     
  3 History-Edward Steiner
     1940
     
  4 Harry Hopkins
     1930s
     
  5 "Information for Members,"
     1941-42
     
  6 James Foundation
     1941-49
     
  7 James Foundation
     1950-59
     
  8 James Foundation
     1960-65
     
  9 MacColl Correspondence
     1903-35
     
  10 MacColl Memorial
     1939-40
     
  11 MacColl Reception
     1937
     
4   1 Manice Education Center
     1980s-90s
     
  2 Membership
     1936-48
     
  3 Membership-Boys
     1920-21
     
  4 Membership-Boys
     1921-22
     
  5 Membership-Girls
     1920-21
     
  6 Miscellaneous Correspondence
     1928-56
     
  7 Music Program
     1906-47
     
  8 National Federation of Settlements
     1940-46
     
  9 Neighborhood Statistics, 1930
     nd
     
  10 Newsclippings, c.
     1898-1966
     
  11 Northover Camp
     1908-1972
     
  12 Northover Camp-Song Books
     nd
     
5   1 Organization Chart
     nd
     
  2 Other Organizations
     1936-59
     
  3 Press Release
     1962
     
  4 Program and Event Schedules
     1945-59, nd
     
  5 Program Reports and Proposals
     c. 1930-86, nd
     
  6 Promotional Materials
     1906-80s
     
  7 Real Estate-147 Avenue B
     1928-48, 1984-86
     
  8 Real Estate-84-86 East First Street
     1964-67
     
  9 Real Estate-Massachusetts
     1981-85
     
  10 Relocation
     1947
     
  11 Residents
     1930-47
     
  12 Staff Manuals
     1932-42
     
  13 Struwing Correspondence
     1945, nd
     
  14 Thrift Fund
     nd
     

SERIES II

   --BOARD OF DIRECTORS

6   1 Annual Reports
     1902-04
     
  2 Annual Reports
     1905-06
     
  3 Annual Reports
     1908-09
     
  4 Annual Reports
     1910-11
     
  5 Annual Reports
     1912, 1915
     
  6 Annual Reports
     1916-17
     
  7 Annual Reports
     1918-19
     
  8 Annual Reports
     1920-22
     
  9 Annual Reports
     1923-26
     
  10 Annual Reports
     1927-34
     
  11 Annual Reports
     1941-42
     
  12 Annual Reports
     1948-49
     
  13 Annual Reports
     1950-56
     
  14 Annual Reports
     1957-63
     
7   1 Annual Reports
     1964-66
     
  2 Annual Reports
     1966-68
     
  3 Annual Reports
     1968-70
     
  4 Annual Reports
     1970-72
     
  5 Annual Reports
     1972-74
     
  6 Annual Reports
     1974-76
     
  7 Annual Reports
     1976-78
     
  8 Annual Reports
     1980-81
     
  9 Annual Reports
     1986
     
  10 Annual Reports
     1987
     
  11 Annual Reports
     1988
     
  12 Members-Elliman
     1964-66
     
  13 Members-James
     1909-37
     
  14 Members-Lincoln
     1959-68
     
  15 Members-Manice
     1961-63
     
  16 Members-Manice, Correspondence
     1935-38
     
8   1 Members-Miscellaneous
     1913, 1946-76
     
  2 Minutes
     1897-1905
     
  3 Minutes
     1905-11
     
  4 Minutes
     1912-15
     
  5 Minutes
     1916-18
     
  6 Minutes
     1919-20
     
  7 Minutes
     1921-23
     
  8 Minutes
     1924-27
     
  9 Minutes
     1928-30
     
  10 Minutes
     1931-33
     
  11 Minutes
     1934-35
     
9   1 Minutes
     1936
     
  2 Minutes
     1937-38
     
  3 Minutes
     1939-40
     
  4 Minutes
     1941-42
     
  5 Minutes
     1943-44
     
  6 Minutes
     1945-46
     
  7 Minutes
     1947
     
  8 Minutes
     1948
     
  9 Minutes
     1949
     
  10 Minutes
     1950
     
  11 Minutes
     1951
     
  12 Minutes
     1952
     
  13 Minutes
     1953
     
10   1 Minutes
     1954
     
  2 Minutes
     1955-56
     
  3 Minutes
     1957-58
     
  4 Minutes
     1959-60
     
  5 Minutes
     1961-62
     
  6 Minutes
     1963-64
     
  7 Minutes
     1965
     
  8 Minutes
     1966
     
  9 Minutes
     1967
     
  10 Minutes
     1968
     
  11 Minutes
     1969-70
     
  12 Minutes
     1971-72
     
  13 Minutes
     1973-75
     
11   1 Minutes
     1976-77
     
  2 Minutes
     1978-79
     
  3 Minutes
     1980
     
  4 Minutes
     1981
     
  5 Minutes
     1982
     
  6 Minutes
     1983
     
  7 Minutes
     1984
     
  8 Minutes
     1985
     
  9 Minutes
     1986
     
  10 Minutes
     1987-88
     
  11 Minutes
     1989-91
     

SERIES III

   -- CLUBS

12   1 Aimwell
     1916
     
  2 Aimwell
     1918-20
     
  3 Aloha
     1908-09
     
  4 Aloha
     1909-10
     
  5 Aloha
     1915-16
     
  6 Alpals
     1922-23
     
  7 Alpals
     1922-23
     
  8 Alpals
     1923-24
     
  9 Bluebird
     1916-17
     
  10 Bluebird
     1916-20
     
13   1 Bluebird
     1917-19
     
  2 Boy Scouts
     1924-25, 1951-52
     
  3 Button
     1918-21
     
  4 Button
     1918-27
     
  5 Button
     1919-22
     
  6 Button
     1921-24
     
  7 Carol
     1926-27
     
  8 Clionion
     1898-99
     
  9 Clionion
     1898-99
     
14   1 Clionion
     1910-11
     
  2 Club/House Council-Minutes
     1919-27
     
  3 Club/House Council-Minutes
     1929-34
     
  4 Club/House Council-Minutes
     1935-36
     
  5 Debate Notes
     1938
     
  6 Deoc/Amister
     1923-26
     
  7 Girl Scouts
     1944-51
     
  8 Hamilton
     1920-21
     
  9 Happy Heart
     1911-19
     
  10 Happy Heart
     1911-16, 1925
     
15   1 Helping Hand
     1917-30
     
  2 Loyalty-Constitution
     1897
     
  3 Loyalty-Correspondence
     1898
     
  4 Loyalty-Correspondence
     1899
     
  5 Loyalty-Correspondence
     1900-01
     
  6 Loyalty-Correspondence
     1902-03
     
  7 Loyalty-Correspondence
     1904-14
     
  8 Loyalty-Correspondence
     1915-17
     
  9 Loyalty-Correspondence
     1925-26
     
  10 Loyalty-Correspondence
     nd
     
  11 Loyalty-Minutes
     1897-98
     
  12 Loyalty-Minutes
     1898-1900
     
  13 Loyalty-Minutes
     1908-11
     
  14 Loyalty-Minutes
     1911-12
     
  15 Loyalty-Minutes
     1913-15
     
16   1 Loyalty-Minutes
     1916-19
     
  2 Loyalty-Minutes
     1920-26
     
  3 Lucy Larcom
     1902-07
     
  4 Miscellaneous
     1922-44, nd
     
  5 Mother's-Minutes
     1904-06
     
  6 Mother's-Minutes
     1905-08
     
  7 Mother's-Minutes
     1907-10
     
  8 Mother's-Minutes
     1910-15
     
  9 Mother's-Minutes
     1919-22
     
  10 Mother's-Minutes
     1923-24
     
  11 Mother's-Miscellaneous
     1903-15, 1944-52
     
17   1 Mother's-Roll Books
     1903, 1915-24
     
  2 Northover Cadets
     1918
     
  3 Patriotic
     1910-12
     
  4 Poet's Guild
     1940-41, nd
     
  5 Sangster
     1897-98
     
  6 Sangster
     1899-1902
     
  7 Sangster
     1905-10
     
  8 Sangster
     1913-14
     
18   1 Sangster
     1919-21
     
  2 Service
     1917-20
     
  3 Spartan
     1919-21
     
  4 Spartan
     1921, nd
     
  5 Steadfast
     1903-04, nd
     
  6 Steadfast
     1910-12
     
  7 Sunshine
     1900-05
     
19   1 Sunshine
     1907-09
     
  2 Sunshine
     1909-13
     
  3 Tansh Palofa
     1927-28
     
  4 Waiting
     1911
     
  5 Waverly
     1929-33
     
  6 Work and Win
     1907-09, 1912-13
     
  7 Work and Win
     1914-18
     

SERIES IV

   --PHOTOGRAPHS

20   1 Arts and Crafts
     1950s-60s
     
  2 Athletics
     c. 1900s-60s
     
  3 Board Members, Residents and Staff
     c. 1900s-80s
     
  4 Building Exterior
     c. 1900s-60s
     
  5 Building Interior
     c.1920s-50s
     
  6 Camp-Building Exterior
     c. 1910s-60s
     
  7 Camp-Building Interior
     c. 1930s-50s
     
  8 Camp-Children, c.
     1900s-60s
     
  9 Camp-Children-Boys
     c. 1900s-50s
     
21   1 Camp-Children-Girls
     c. 1900s-50s
     
  2 Camp-Landscapes
     c. 1910s-50s
     
  3 Camp-Miscellaneous
     c. 1900s-50s
     
  4 Camp-Pool
     c. 1940s-60s
     
  5 Children
     c. 1900s-60s
     
  6 Dramatics
     c. 1910s-61
     
22   1 Environmental Education
     c. 1980s
     
  2 Health Care
     c. 1910s-50s
     
  3 Kiwanis Day Camp
     1964
     
  4 Miscellaneous
     c. 1910s-50s
     
  5 Mother's Club
     c. 1920s-40s
     
  6 Music Lessons
     c. 1910s-50s
     
  7 National Federation of Settlements
     1947
     
  8 Neighborhood Scenes
     c. 1900s-50s
     
  9 Senior Citizens
     1950s-60s
     
  10 Teenagers
     c. 1910s-50s
     
  11 Wood Shop
     1950s
     
  12 Negatives-Camp
     c. 1900s-60s
     
  13 Negatives-Environmental Education
     c. 1980s
     
  14 Negatives-Miscellaneous
     c. 1900s-60s
     
26   1 Oversize Photographs
     c. 1920-60s
     

SERIES V

   --SCRAPBOOKS

23   1 1897-1958
     
  2 1950s
     
  3 1960-61
     
24   1 1898-1904
     
  2 1908-20
     
25   1 1905-18
     
  2 1920-24
     
26   1 Northover Camp
     1908-1918
     
27   1 1927-30
     
28   1 1931-34
     
29   1 1936-40
     
30   1 1940-45
     
31   1 1945-55