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Catalog Number 10046-72
Title Lavalier, Gold, Wool Worth Medal for Scholarship; Edith Abbott, 1891, Brownell Hall
Object Name Lavaliere
Description Edith Abbott, 1891, Brownell Hall
Date 1891
Used USA: Nebraska (Douglas), Omaha
People Abbott, Edith, 1876-1957
Search Terms Brownell Hall
History Edith Abbott received this medal for scholarship in 1891, while she was a student at Brownell Hall in Omaha (now Brownell-Talbot College Preparatory School). Edith, sister of social reformer Grace Abbott, was born in Grand Island in 1876. After graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1901, she attended the University of Chicago and received a Ph.D. in economics in 1905. After a short teaching career, Edith moved to Chicago to join her sister at Hull House, where they promoted social reforms such as woman suffrage, improved housing for the poor, and legislation to protect immigrants, working women, and children. Edith collaborated on studies of juvenile delinquents and truants and produced her own studies on women in industry and problems in the penal system. In 1924 she became the dean of the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, a position she held until 1942. This position made Edith the first female dean of any graduate school in the U.S.
Credit line Charlotte E. Abbott, San Francisco, California
Collection Abbott, Charlotte E.