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Valentine Prichard papers, 1904-1942
- Prichard, Valentine, 1862-1951
- Valentine Prichard papers
- 1904-1942 (inclusive)19041942
- 0.9 cubic feet, (2 document cases)
- Collection Number
- Mss 1446
- Papers of the director of the People's Institute of Portland, Oregon, a non-sectarian service organization for women and children. The collection contains organizational records, subject files, a small amount of correspondence, and papers written by Valentine Prichard.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Hattie Valentine Prichard was born in Massachusetts in 1862. She was educated at the Elgin Academy in Illinois and received a bachelor's degree in public health. She came to California in her 20s and eventually took courses in kindergarten teaching at the state Normal School in San Jose. She taught kindergarten in public schools, and eventually she came to Portland, where she was supervisor of the public school kindergartens and principal of a training school for kindergarten teachers at St. Helen's Hall. She became involved in local settlement work, and in 1902 presented a report to a group of prominent citizens regarding the miserable conditions of poor children in the city.
In response to the report, the People's Institute was established in 1904, largely under the auspices of the First Presbyterian Church, Caroline Ladd, and her daughter, Helen Ladd Corbett. A building for the institute was built at Fourth and Burnside streets, and branches in Albina and South Portland followed. The institute was inspired by such urban settlements as Hull House in Chicago, and its activities included a kindergarten, home economics classes, boys' and girls' clubs, musical groups, a library, bathing facilities, and an employment bureau for women. A free health care dispensary for women and children, eventually located at Fourth and Jefferson streets, was started in 1907, as an outgrowth of the institute's aid to victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. In 1931, the activities of the dispensary were absorbed by the University of Oregon Medical School (later Oregon Health & Science University). After this date, the People's Institute continued its involvement through the People's Institute Auxiliary of the Medical School Clinic.
Valentine Prichard continued to be involved in civic and social work. She died in Beverly Hills, California, in 1951.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Papers of the director of the People's Institute of Portland, Oregon, a non-sectarian service organization for women and children, founded in 1904. Records of the People's Institute in the collection include correspondence, the organization's constitution, articles of incorporation, annual reports, meeting minutes, and subject files. Other papers in the collection include correspondence, autobiographical notes, speeches, and writings of Valentine Prichard, among them a piece titled "Origin and development of the Portland Free Dispensary."
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Valentine Prichard's "Origin and development of the Portland Free Dispensary" was distributed by the University of Oregon Medical School, Portland Child Guidance Extension, under the title "Origin and development of settlement work in Portland, including free medical work." Two copies are available at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library, call number 361.43 P947or.
Valentine Prichard papers, Mss 1446, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The collection is arranged in two series:
- Series 1: People's Institute records, 1904-1942
- Series 2: Valentine Prichard papers, 1904-circa 1940
Gift of Reed College Library, February 1974 (Lib. Acc. 12836); typescript of "Origin and Development of the Portland Free Dispensary," gift of Frank W. Kaltt, May 1982 (Lib. Acc. 15953).
Valentine Prichard, "Origin and development of settlement work in Portland, including free medical work" (Portland: University of Oregon Medical School, Portland Child Guidance Extension, 1942).
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: People's Institute records, 1904-1942Return to Top
Constitution, incorporation, and other organizational records
Subseries 1.1: Subject files
Boys' press club, The People's Institute Bugle, Boys' Club Albina--Letters and newspaper
Correspondence, Board of County Commissioners
Correspondence, Public Schools
Correspondence, similar institutions
Daughters of the American Revolution educational project
Doernbecher Memorial Hospital for Children--Birthday celebration flyer and University of Oregon Medical School catalog
Free Dispensary annual reports
Hand loom weaving
History and other notes
Juvenile Court, Oregon State Board of Control
Laws and ordinances
Medical School and People's Institute Auxiliary
Normal Conference of Charities and Correction
Newspaper article, "Who is my neighbor?"
Playgrounds and cooperation of librarians
Report of the readjustment of the work of the People's Institute
Reports and speeches (rough drafts)
Reports of classes and groups
Salary of the director
Summary outlines of People's Institute, and pamphlets
South Portland Center
Includes correspondence and photograph/postcard of group in front of the People's Institute South Center.
Women's Protective Bureau
Series 2: Valentine Prichard papers, 1904-circa 1940Return to Top
Correspondence and other documents
Letters of recommendation
Subseries 2.1: Papers and speeches
"Mediaeval miniatures and illustrated manuscripts"
"Origin and development of the Portland Free Dispensary" (typescript, carbon)
"Social Service work"
"A social settlement of the west"
"Social settlement service"
"Suggestions for volunteer workers in social service"
"Suggestions to Big Sisters" and "Practical suggestions for Big Sisters"
"Training home service visitors"
"Volunteer social workers"
"The wider use of school buildings as social centers"
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Charities, Medical--Oregon--Portland
- Social service--Oregon--Portland
- Social settlements--Oregon--Portland
- Prichard, Valentine, 1862-1951
- People's Institute (Portland, Or.)--History
- People's Institute (Portland, Or.)--Records and correspondence
Form or Genre Terms
- administrative records
- People's Institute (Portland, Or.) (creator)