Jane Addams

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Scholarship on the Life and Ideas of Jane Addams

Recent scholarship relating to the life and ideas of Jane Addams spans disciplines. Historians, philosophers, theorists, social scientists and educators, to name a few, all find relevant lessons in the study of Addams. Her life itself is full of rich lessons and remains of interest to many.

The sources discussed on this page relate to the ideas and work of Jane Addams that centered on peace. To learn about Addams, beyond her peace work, check out this bibliography created by a University of Texas History (click here), or read the bibliography in Louise W. Knight's Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy (The University of Chicago Press, 2005).

New and Noteworthy

Spirit in ActionIn this, the first full biography of Jane Addams (1860-1935) in almost four decades, Louise W. Knight captures the tumultuous life of one of the nation’s remarkable reform leaders. Click here for more information on this work.



Check out Jane Addams and the Practice of Democracy, edited by Marilyn Fischer, Carol Nackenoff, Wendy Chmielewski.

Read peace historian Harriet Hyman Alonso's essay considering the comparisons between Addams's Hull House neighborhood and a modern Brooklyn neighborhood: "Zip Code 11218 and Jane Addams's Newer Ideals of Peace."

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See Jane Addams’s Writings on Peace, eds., Marilyn Fischer and Judy D. Whips. Vol. 4. Bristol, England: Thoemmes Press, 2003.

For a discussion of secondary sources covering peace and women in American history more broadly, visit the Secondary Sources section of our Women & Peace History page.

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Primary Sources

For a listing of books and articles authored by Jane Addams, click here.

SCPC JA PapersFor scholars interested in delving into primary source research, that is researching Jane Addams's peace activities in manuscript collections, there are a handful of institutions that are vital. Archives housing informaiton related to Jane Addams and her work with the international peace movement are mostly incorporated into several records collections at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

An excellent place to begin is The Selected Papers of Jane Addams Volume : Preparing to Lead 1860-81 and The Selected Papers of Jane Addams Volume 2: Venturing into Usefulness, 1881-88, both edited by Mary Bryan, Barbara Blair and Maree De Angury.

The Jane Addams Collection at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection (SCPC) holds the largest collection of Jane Addams materials, especially those that relate to her peace work. To figure out where to begin, see The Jane Addams Papers: A Comprehensive Guide, edited by Mary Lynn Bryan.

Jane Addams materials that are located within the records of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom are also a great treasure for scholars. See the WILPF collections in the archives at Swarthmore and in the University of Colorado at Boulder (also note the other peace-related collections at the Colorado archive).

SCPC JA PhotographsThe SCPC also hosts an onlinePhotograph Exhibit.


For primary source materials that relate to other individiuals and aspects of the peace movment, visit our Women & Peace History page for a discussion of resources.

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Additional Links of Interest :

A useful Jane Addams bibliography site
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum