Barbara Shipps' Hull-House collection, 1892-1978.
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Barbara Shipps was the great niece of Eleanor and Gertude Smith, who served as Hull-House residents and Music School teachers. Eleanor Sophia Smith was born in 1858 to Willard and Matilda Smith. In 1987, she moved into Hull-House to direct the recently established Music School. Her sister Gertrude joined her shortly thereafter. Gertrude composed music and taught until Eleanor retired, at which time she took over direction of the Music School. Shipps collected family mementos and transferred the ...
Eleanor Smith was the director of the Hull-House music school from 1893 until 1935. In addition to teaching music, Eleanor Smith composed music for her students. She was head of the Department of Vocal Music in the Cook County Normal School until coming to Hull-House as a resident. While at Hull-House, she joined the faculty of the Chicago Kindergarten College as a music teacher and authored a number of books of vocal music for children, including the multi-volume, Eleanor Smith Music Course. ...