• Collection ID 2009.0077.2
  • Creator Names Selfhelp Home for the Aged.
  • Title Selfhelp Home (Chicago, Ill.) photograph collection [graphic].
  • Dates ca. 1951-1995 (bulk 1963-1985)
  • Physical description
    • 18 photographs prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. (stored PSM).
    • 298 photographic prints : col. and b&w ; 8 x 10 in. and smaller. (stored PCP0250).
    • photographs and other prints mounted on pages : col. and b&w ; pages 8 1/2 x 11 in. (stored PCP-0250).
  • Access and usage restrictions Advance appointment needed to view color photographs and scrapbook pages in cold storage.
  • Collection summary Photographs relating to Dorothy Becker and her work with The Selfhelp Home in Chicago (Ill.), also known as the Self-Help Home, an organization founded as Selfhelp of Chicago to assist Jewish refugees in the 1930s that began to sponsor a residence for older people in 1951 as well as an activity center. Includes photographs of the organization's original building at 4941 South Drexel Avenue in the Kenwood community of Chicago as well as the home located at 908 West Argyle Street and its staff, participants in activity programs, residents, and volunteers. It also includes events celebrating the life of Dorothy Becker.
  • Biographical or Historical Note The Selfhelp organizations were established first in New York City to provide orientation and Americanization services and financial assistance to immigrants escaping Nazi Germany. Later homes were established in Chicago and in Newark, N.J. Dr. William Becker and his wife Dorothy were recent immigrants in 1938 who devoted many years to the Chicago organization. Dr. Becker served as president from 1947 until his death in 1963, and then Dorothy Becker became president. She was well-known for her emphasis on activities that celebrated life.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Marian Shaffer, the Beckers' daughter (2009.0077.2).
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
    • The donor deeded all rights owned by the donor to this material, including copyright, to Chicago Historical Society. In addition, copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.
    • Credit photographer.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Self-Help Home (Chicago, Ill.) papers, and publications cataloged separately.
  • Names
    • Selfhelp Home for the Aged Photographs.
    • Selfhelp of Chicago Photographs.
    • Becker, Dorothy, 1910-1999 Portraits.
    • Becker, William F., 1897?-1963 Portraits.
    • 4941 South Drexel Boulevard (Chicago, Ill.)
    • 908 West Argyle Street (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Becker, Dorothy, 1910-1999.
    • Karfunkel, Gerda.
    • Levy, Ursula.
    • Selfhelp of Chicago.
  • Subjects
    • Charitable organizations Illinois Chicago 1950-1999. lctgm
    • Immigrants Illinois Chicago 1950-1999. lctgm
    • Jewish refugees Illinois Chicago Charities 1950-1999.
    • Jews, German Illinois Chicago 1950-1999.
    • Jews Illinois Chicago Charities 1950-1999.
    • Old age homes Illinois Chicago 1950-1999.
    • Rest homes Illinois Chicago 1950-1999. lctgm
    • Jewish women Illinois Chicago 1950-1999.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Kenwood (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Chicago (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc. 1950-1999.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 1950-1999.
    • Uptown (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Genre
    • Group portraits. gmgpc
    • Photographic prints Color. gmgpc
    • Photomechanical prints. gmgpc
    • Portrait photographs. gmgpc
    • Gelatin silver prints. gmgpc
    • Scrapbooks. gmgpc
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.