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Elmina Rose Lucke papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00192

Scope and Contents

The papers are concentrated in the period after World War II. There are some items, mainly from the 1930s, relating to her family, teaching, and research. With the exception of family letters and photographs, the papers document her professional work and are not personal in nature.

Dates of Materials

  • 1897-1987

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Elmina Lucke. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Biographical / Historical

1889
Born on December 6 in Carleton, Michigan
1896
Attended one-room school in Carleton.
1908
Graduated from high school in Toledo, Ohio.
1912-1913
Helped establish and taught in Carleton's first high school.
1912
Graduated from Oberlin College, Phi Beta Kappa.
1913-1914
Studied at the University of Berlin, returning home because of outbreak of war.
1914-1917
Taught history at Scott High School in Toledo.
1917-1919
Worked for the U.S. Children's Bureau in Gary, Indiana, directing social services; studied social service at the University of Chicago.
Employed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to conduct surveys in Oklahoma and Kansas.
1919-1923
Founded and directed the International Institute in Detroit, established by the Y.W.C.A. for recent immigrants.
1923-1926
Taught history and served on committee on curriculum reorganization for Toledo high schools.
1926-1927
Enrolled in International Law and Relations doctoral program at Columbia University as one of first two women to enter this program; received M.A.
1927-1946
Taught social studies at Lincoln School, Teacher's College, Columbia University, and was an associate in research.
1930-1931
Traveled around the world studying social science teaching with a grant from the American Historical Association.
1937-1969
Served on the National Board of the American Council of Nationalities Service.
1946-1949
Founded and directed the Delhi School of Social Work under the auspices of the Y.W.C.A. in India.
1950-1951
Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to Cairo, where she served as consultant in social work training to the Cairo School of Social Work and as advisor to the U.S. Point IV program.
Worked as consultant for the American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service.
1952-1955
Appointed chairman of the United Nations Technical Assistance Program to Pakistan advising on social work education.
1955
Appointed to Board of Trustees, New Lincoln School.
1956
Received Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Oberlin College.
Appointed to Advisory Board, Adelphi School of Social Work.
1959
Appointed as its representative to the United Nations by the International Federation of University Women.
1960
Served on Alumni Board of Oberlin College.
1964-1965
Served as delegate, Tonga Conference, Pan-Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA), and U.N. consultant, Australian Council of Women.
1965
Appointed as its representative to the United Nations by the PPSEAWA; presented proposals relating to women's issues for the PPSEAWA at the U.N. Conference on Women in Teheran.
1975
Member, Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund for University Women, Inc
1981
Named, "Citizen of the Day," September 16, in Sarasota, Florida.
1983
Received Gwendolyn S. Cherry Award from AAUW Miami Branch for contributions in the field of women's rights.
1985
Publication of Unforgettable Memories, A Collection of Letters in India.
1986
Nominated for the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.
1987
Died on October 3l in Sarasota, Florida

Extent

5 boxes (4.5 linear feet)

Overview

Professor of social work and social studies, founder and director of the Dehli School of Social Work, consultant for social work education, and YWCA official. The Elmina Lucke papers focus on her work abroad as educator, administrator, and consultant for social work. Materials include correspondence with former students and associates in Egypt, India, and Pakistan; photographs of her travels; speeches; writings, including an unpublished memoir; and a transcript and tapes of an oral history.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into five series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Professional Activities
  3. III. Writings and Speeches
  4. IV. Biographical Materials and Memorabilia
  5. V. Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers are a gift from Elmina Lucke. The first installment was received in February 1986 and additional materials have been received since then. After Ms. Lucke decided to place her papers in the Sophia Smith Collection, the Schlesinger Library transferred the portion of her memoir that had been on deposit there. Donations of correspondence and photographs have been received from Ross Lucke, Marilyn Brooks, and Marjorie Creelman.

Additional Formats

Selections from the Elmina Lucke Papers can be viewed in the Web exhibit "An Ever-Widening Circle of Friendship": YWCA Overseas Secretaries from China to Liberia.

Processing Information

Processed by Dorothy Green. Revised by Susan Boone, 1987.
Title
Elmina Rose Lucke papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Dorothy Green, Susan Boone
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss41 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:18-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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