Lizzie Black Kander Papers, 1875-1960

Scope and Content Note

The Lizzie Black Kander Papers, 1875-1960, consist of correspondence, settlement house materials, news clippings, diaries, recipes, and other records. The correspondence, 1881-1960, is mainly that of Lizzie Kander pertaining to her various activities but there are also a few letters from relatives and exchanges with her husband. The correspondence after her death in 1940 is that of her niece, Irma (Mrs. Alex P.) Greenthal, and deals mainly with the 1948 dedication of the Kander Auditorium and with biographical information about Lizzie Kander.

The Settlement House materials, 1899-1941, include handwritten president's reports prepared by Kander, brochures about activities at the settlement house, and various legal and financial papers. also included are reports of an earlier organization, the Ladies Relief Sewing society.

The newspaper clippings, 1879-1955, from Milwaukee newspapers, are in both English and Yiddish. Included are articles about Jewish community settlement houses and centers in Milwaukee and about Kander's many activities, as well as her obituaries.

The folders containing writings of Lizzie Kander, 1878-1939, include her 1878 graduation address, poems and speeches written for the Wednesday Club (later Milwaukee Social Science Club), and other reports and speeches. There is also a folder containing writings, 1919-1928, by her husband, Simon Kander, or other people who are writing about Lizzie Kander.

The collection includes volumes of recipes taught in the settlement house cooking classes, minutes of the Abraham Lincoln Settlement House (which she ran from circa 1911-1930), and trip diaries.

Also in the collection are a 1928 recreational survey of Milwaukee, poems by unknown authors in honor of various friends and relatives of Lizzie Kander, and unsigned reports of the Milwaukee School Board Visitation Committee. Most of these are undated.

The Milwaukee Area Research Center reprocessed the collection and modified the finding aid in December 1998. Below is the revised box list, followed by the list which reflects the order of the records as they appear on the microfilm.