Hull-House Firsts






The Making of Jane Addams

Her Childhood

College and Her 20's




Hull-House Firsts

Classes Offered at Hull-House

Hull-House Maps and Papers: Sociology in the Settlement

Living at Hull-House

A Community of Women

Jane and Ellen and Mary

Being Saint Jane

The Legacy of Hull-House



Chronology of Jane Addams’s Life


Additional Resources

Jane Addams’s Work Online

Sites About Jane Addams’s Legacy





  • First Social Settlement in Chicago

  • First Social Settlement with men and women residents

  • Established first public baths in Chicago

  • Established first public playground in Chicago

  • Established first gymnasium for the public in Chicago

  • Established first little theater in the United States

  • Established first citizenship preparation classes

  • Established first public kitchen in Chicago

  • Established first college extension courses in Chicago

  • Established first group work school

  • Established first painting loan program in Chicago

  • Established first free art exhibits in Chicago

  • Established first fresh air school in Chicago

  • Established first public swimming pool in Chicago

  • Established first boy scout troop in Chicago

  • Investigations for the first time in Chicago of:

    • truancy

    • sanitation

    • typhoid fever

    • tuberculosis

    • distribution of cocaine

    • midwifery

    • children's reading

    • infant mortality

    • newsboys

    • social value of the saloon

  • Investigations that led to creation and enactment of first factory laws in Illinois

  • Investigations that led to creation of the first model tenement code

  • First Illinois Factory Inspector, a Hull-House resident, Florence Kelley

  • First probation officer in Chicago, a Hull-House resident, Alzina Stevens

  • Labor unions organized at Hull-House:

    • Women Shirt Makers

    • Women Cloak Makers

    • Dorcas Federal Labor Union

    • Chicago Woman's Trade Union League68

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68.  “Some Hull-House Firsts.” Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 22 January 2001. (online 7 May 2001).  (link unavailable 16 August 2007)