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The Northwestern University Settlement Association was founded in 1891 in a poor, primarily immigrant neighborhood on the near northwest side of Chicago to improve conditions and to help community residents through clubs, classes, social events, camping programs, and relief and emergency services. At the time, the area’s residents were primarily Polish and Catholic, although other groups were represented. In the
Visual materials that chronicle the initial years and subsequent growth of the YMCA, a social service organization in the Chicago metropolitan area. Subjects include staff members (individual and groups); annual meetings; program activities for adults, teens and children; camps in service including war work with the armed forces (both World Wars), and YMCA facilities. Most items are identified.