Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914

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Journalist, author, and humanitarian.

From the description of Jacob A. Riis papers, 1870-1990 (bulk 1887-1913). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71060723

Reformer, journalist, author.

From the description of Papers of Jacob A. Riis [manuscript], 1899-1914. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647814455

Jacob A. Riis, journalist and social reformer, was born in Denmark and moved to the United States at 21. He became a reporter for the New York tribune, 1877-1890, and the New York evening sun, 1890-1899. He was an activist for various reforms, such as cleaning up slums, child labor laws, and improved schools. His books include How the other half lives (1890), his autobiography, The making of an American (1901), and a biography of Theodore Roosevelt (1904).

From the description of Jacob A. Riis letters, 1899-1904. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61113123

Jacob August Riis (1849-1914) was a journalist, author, social reformer, and photographer. He was born in Denmark and emigrated to the U.S. in 1870. While working as a reporter for the New York Tribune, he began his crusade to improve urban life. His efforts to ameliorate conditions in the slums included campaigns for effective child-labor laws and building codes. Riis worked at the Tribune until 1888 when he became a police reporter at the Evening Sun. After his retirement in 1899, he continued to write books and articles and lectured extensively. Riis and his second wife, Mary Phillips, moved to a farm in Barre, Massachusetts in 1911.

From the guide to the Jacob Riis papers, 1871-1916, 1900-1910, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Journalist, reformer, and author, of New York, N.Y.

From the description of Papers, 1900-1910. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20121460

Police reporter, reformer, photojournalist.

From the description of Photographs, [ca. 1890-1910] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155487140

Jacob August Riis (1849-1914) was a journalist, author, social reformer, and photographer.

He was born in Denmark and emigrated to the U.S. in 1870. While working as a reporter for the New York Tribune, he began his crusade to improve urban life. His efforts to ameliorate conditions in the slums included campaigns for effective child-labor laws and building codes. Riis worked at the Tribune until 1888 when he became a police reporter at the Evening Sun. After his retirement in 1899, he continued to write books and articles and lectured extensively. Riis and his second wife, Mary Phillips, moved to a farm in Barre, Massachusetts in 1911.

From the description of Jacob Riis papers, 1871-1916, bulk (1900-1910). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122378768

Biographical Note

  • 1849, May 3: Born, Ribe, Denmark
  • 1860s: Educated in private Latin schools, Ribe, Denmark
  • 1870: Emigrated to America
  • 1874: Began work for the South Brooklyn News, a weekly newspaper operated by the local Democratic Party
  • 1876: Married Elisabeth D. Nielsen (died 1905)
  • 1877 - 1888 : Police reporter, New York Tribune
  • 1888 - 1899 : Police reporter, New York Evening Sun; began lecturing on life in the slums
  • 1890: Published How the Other Half Lives. New York: Charles Scribner’s sons
  • 1892: Published The Children of the Poor. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • 1897: Secretary, New York Small Parks Commission
  • 1901: Published The Making of an American. New York: Macmillan Co.
  • 1902: Published The Battle with the Slum. New York: Macmillian Co.
  • 1903: Published Children of the Tenements. New York: Macmillian Co.
  • 1904: Published Theodore Roosevelt, The Citizen. New York: Outlook Co.
  • 1907: Married Mary Phillips
  • 1910: Published Hero Tales of the Far North. New York: Macmillian Co.
  • 1914, May 26: Died, Barre, Mass.

From the guide to the Jacob A. Riis Papers, 1870-1990, (bulk 1887-1913), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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referencedIn Riis, Jacob A., 1849-1914 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Museum of the City of New York. Authors' manuscripts collection, [ca. 1910-1960] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Kingsbury, John Adams, 1876-1956. John Adams Kingsbury papers, 1841-1966 (bulk 1906-1939). Library of Congress
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Century Company. Century Company records, 1870-1924. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Winter, Edwin W. (Edwin Wheeling), 1845-1930. Edwin W. Winter papers, 1870-1923. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Autograph collection of American writers, 1808-1970. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Stokes, James Graham Phelps, 1872-1960. James Graham Phelps Stokes papers, 1779-1960, (bulk 1884-1960). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Krebs, A. Sonnin (August Sonnin), 1877-1969. Inbound personal correspondence of A. Sonnin Krebs, 1899-1903. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Pach Brothers Portrait Photograph Collection, 1867-1947, undated (bulk 1880-1940) © 2011 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Frank Parsons papers, 1888-1908 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918. Letter to Jacob Riis, 1896 September 26. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1869-1942. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Books, pamphlets, periodicals, 18-- - <ongoing> Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Edwin W. Winter papers., 1870-1923. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Burditt, Ellen Lord, 1835-1919. Letters received, 1893-1902. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn New York (State). Governor. Unfiled correspondence and other records relating to appointments, charges and complaints against public officials, extraditions, and proclamations, 1862-1930. New York State Archives
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Letter 1903 May 22, New York to Knolt [manuscript] / Jacob A. Riis. UMBC, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery
referencedIn Papers, 1847-1933. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Morris Werner papers, 1920-1981, 1940-1950 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. PAD/D pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Jacob A. Riis letters, 1899-1904. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Jacob A. Riis collection, [ca. 1880]-1962. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Riis, Roger William, b. 1894. Roger William Riis papers, 1903-1990 (bulk 1921-1952). Library of Congress
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Letter, 1914 Jan. 19, Battle Creek, Mich., to [A.T.] White [Brooklyn?]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn John Adams Kingsbury Papers, 1841-1966, (bulk 1906-1939) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Papers of Jacob A. Riis [manuscript], 1899-1914. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Felix Adler Papers, 1830-1933. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Parsons, Frank, 1854-1908. Frank Parsons papers, 1888-1908 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement (New York, N.Y.). Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement Records, 1891-1990. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940. George B. Cortelyou papers, 1871-1948 (bulk 1897-1908). Library of Congress
referencedIn Jacob August Riis Collection, 1899-1914 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Political cartoons: Original cartoon drawings, 1896-1942. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Henry Meade Bland Papers, ca. 1905-1931 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Additional correspondence and compositions, 1873-1945. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909. Richard Watson Gilder papers, 1855-1916. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Papers, 1759-1993, (bulk 1878-1919) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement Records, 1891-1990 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Jacob Riis papers, 1871-1916, bulk (1900-1910). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Branson-Jackson Family Papers, 1794-1962. Swarthmore College, FRIENDS HIST LIBR
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, American period, 1876-1937. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Bland, Henry Mead, 1863-1931. Letter, 1910, Jan. 22, San Jose, California [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, New York City. / Henry Mead Bland. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A.. Riis, Jacob A. : [photography bio file]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Lindsey, Ben B. (Ben Barr), 1869-1943. Ben B. Lindsey papers, 1838-1957 (bulk 1890-1943). Library of Congress
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Papers, 1900-1910. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn George B. Cortelyou Papers, 1871-1948, (bulk 1897-1908) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Richard Watson Gilder papers, 1855-1916 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob Augustus), 1849-1914. Photographs, [ca. 1890-1910] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Jacob Riis papers, 1871-1916, 1900-1910 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Gertrude Käsebier papers, 1894-1934 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Papers, 1857-1962. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Community Service Society Archives, 1842-1995. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn John H. Finley papers, 1892-1940, 1913-1935 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Correspondence and compositions, 1718-1946 (inclusive) 1873-1919 (bulk). Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Boothby, Frederic E. (Frederic Eleazer), 1845-1923. Frederic E. Boothby autograph letters, 1898-1912. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940. Lillian D. Wald Papers, 1895-1936. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Jacob A. Riis Papers, 1870-1990, (bulk 1887-1913) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, American period, 1876-1937. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Books, pamphlets, periodicals, 18-- - <ongoing> Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Kellogg, Paul Underwood, 1879-1958,. Paul U. Kellogg collection, 1899-1907. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
referencedIn American authors collection, 1832-1956. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Dodge, Henry Nehemiah, 1843-1937. Papers, 1857-1962 (inclusive), 1857-1936 (bulk). Harvard University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn Blaine, Anita McCormick. Correspondence and papers, 1828-1958. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Roger William Riis Papers, 1903-1990, (bulk 1921-1952) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Estabrook, Harold Kelsey, 1870-. Papers, 1898-1918. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Adler, Felix, 1851-1933. Felix Adler papers, 1830-1933. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn George Moses Price files and scrapbook, 1883-1952 [bulk 1912-1942]. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940. Papers, 1895-1936 [microform]. Twentieth Century Legal Treatises
referencedIn Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. Theodore Roosevelt papers, 1759-1993 (bulk 1878-1919). Library of Congress
creatorOf Patterson, John Henry, 1844-1922. Papers 1839-1921. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn McBee, Silas, 1853-1924. Silas McBee papers, 1872-1923 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf RIIS, JACOB. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937. Papers of Robert Underwood Johnson [manuscript], 1885-1925. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Letter, 1890 Nov. 18 [n.p.] to [A.T.] White [Brooklyn]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Lillian D. Wald Papers, 1895-1936 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Giddings, Franklin Henry, 1855-1931. Franklin Henry Giddings papers, 1890-1931. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Letter addressed to My dear Sir, 1902 June 1. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Amory, Copley, 1890-1964. Papers, 1860-1942. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Finley, John H. (John Huston), 1863-1940. John H. Finley papers, 1892-1940, bulk (1913-1935). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Mary Immaculata, Sister, R.S.M. Jacob August Riis : typescript : a man of vision / Sister Mary Immaculata, O'Neill. Brooklyn Historical Society
referencedIn Office of the Messrs Rockefeller. General files. 1890-1961. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
creatorOf Werner, M. R. (Morris Robert), 1897-1981. Morris Werner papers, 1920-1981, bulk(1940-1950) New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Jacob A. Riis papers, 1870-1990 (bulk 1887-1913). Library of Congress
referencedIn Price, George Moses, 1864-1942. George Moses Price files and scrapbook, 1883-1952, bulk 1912-1942. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Community Service Society. Archives, 1842-1995. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith Winter, Edwin W. (Edwin Wheeler), 1845-1930 person
associatedWith Winter, Edwin W. (Edwin Wheeling), 1845-1930. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Barre MA US
Ribe 21 DK
Subject
Playgrounds
Charities
Poor
Lecturers--Correspondence
Poverty
Child welfare
Social history
Alcoholism
Social problems
Low-income housing
Slums--New York (State)--New York
Markets
Child labor--Law and legislation
Schools
Social settlements
Journalism
Women
Slums
Reformers
Tenement houses--New York (State)--New York
Journalists--Correspondence
Authorship
Legislative bodies--Reform
Humanitarianism
Architecture
Lodging houses
Tenement houses
Journalists
Working class--Dwellings
Housing
Pollution
Civic improvement
Anarchism
Social reformers--Correspondence
Police
Kindergarten
Civic improvement--New York (State)--New York
Apartment houses
Children--Employment--Law and legislation
Journalism--New York (State)--New York
Working classes--Dwellings
Occupation
Lecturers
Authors
Social reformers
Philanthropists
Journalists
Photographers
Police reporters
Function

Person

Birth 1849-05-03

Death 1914-05-26

Americans

Danish,

English

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