• IdentificationMSNels75
  • TitleDora Nelson collection MSNels75
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description1.5 Linear feet
  • Date1917-1941
  • AbstractPart of the Jane Addams Memorial Collection. Part of the Midwest Women's Historical Collection. Dora Nelson was associated with Neva Leona Boyd and the recreation movement in Chicago. The collection contains sheet music, folk dance instructions, photographs, and one piece of pottery. It includes Eleanor Hammers' music collection. Acquired from Dora Emilie Nelson.
  • OriginationNelson, Dora E.

Old Resource ID was DNelson

The Chicago School for Playground Workers founded in 1909 by Neva Leona Boyd (1876-1963) was a pioneering institution that trained teachers in the use of recreation including games, music, crafts and other playful activities as a means of stimulating intellectual, and social development in children and adults. The educational unit underwent several transformations, but continuously stressed the need for recreation in socializing individuals, especially children. The school operated as the Recreation Department of the Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy from 1914 to 1920. Classes were held at Hull-House and Jane Addams sat on the Board of Directors. The newly dubbed Recreation Training School of Chicago under Boyd remained independent when the rest of the School of Civics and Philanthropy was absorbed into the University of Chicago. The educational unit was ultimately absorbed by Northwestern University in 1927, but retained Boyd as its director until 1941.

The Dora Nelson Collection contains musical scores, dance and recreation guides related to the careers of Neva Boyd and others who worked at the Recreation Training School of Chicago at Hull-House. Articles and published material regarding Neva Boyd are also included.

Dora Emelie Nelson donated these items to the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1975.

Dora Nelson collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Names
    • Boyd, Neva Leona
    • Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.).
  • Subject
    • Folk dancing.
    • Midwest Women's History.
    • Music.
    • Recreation.
  • Geographic CoverageIllinois--Chicago.