Starr, Ellen Gates 1859-1940

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Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940) was an educator, social activist, and co-founder of Hull-House. Friends since their student days at Rockford Female Seminary, Ellen Gates Starr and Jane Addams founded Hull-House in 1889. There, Starr taught art appreciation classes and was active in the labor movement. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, Starr studied with the English bookbinder T.J. Cobden Sanderson and opened a hand bookbinding shop at Hull-House in 1898. After converting to Catholicism and in failing health, Starr moved from Hull-House to the Convent of the Holy Child in Suffern N.Y. in 1929.

From the description of Ellen Gates Starr papers, 1885-1940. (University of Illinois-Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 56714684

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creatorOf Jane Addams papers, 1838- Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Janiewski, Dolores E., 1948-,. The American Federation of Labor and the unions : national and international union records from the Samuel Gompers era, 1890-1927. [microform] Cornell University Library
referencedIn Blaine, Anita McCormick. Correspondence and papers, 1828-1958. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Starr, Ellen Gates. Ellen Gates Starr papers, 1885-1940. University of Illinois at Chicago Library, UIC
creatorOf Merrill, William Stetson, 1866-. Papers, 1888-1959 (bulk 1888-1918) Newberry Library
referencedIn Lillie, Frances Crane, 1869-1958. Crane family and Lillie family papers, 1833-1978 (bulk 1890s-1960s). Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Bulkley, Mary E. (Mary Ezit), 1856-1947. Grandmother, mother and me. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith Addams, Jane, 1860-1935. person
associatedWith Blaine, Anita McCormick. person
associatedWith Bulkley, Mary E. (Mary Ezit), 1856-1947. person
associatedWith Lillie, Frances Crane, 1869-1958. person
associatedWith Merrill, William Stetson, 1866- person
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Birth 1859-03-19

Death 1940-02-10



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