Collection ID: M.91

Collection context

Summary

Date:
1917-1971 and 1992-2002
Abstract:
The Pearl Street Neighborhood House Collection contains photocopies and original documents about the founding and activities of the Pearl Street Neighborhood House from the 1920s through the 1970s. The goals of the house were "to a work for the social and moral welfare of the colored people of Waterbury and their friends." Pearl Street Neighborhood House was an active center for the social and political life of African Americans in Waterbury.
Extent:
.12 Linear Feet and 6 folders
Language:
English .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Pearl Street Neighborhood House Collection contains photocopies and original documents about the founding and activities of the Pearl Street Neighborhood House from the 1920s through the 1970s. There is one folder from the 1990s that details projects that embrace the legacy of the neighborhood House. The collection contains newspaper clippings, photocopies of correspondence, programs, articles of incorporation, and photographs. The collection is arranged per original order. The collection also starts at Folder 15 because it is housed with 2 other collections.

Biographical / Historical:

In 1923 a group of people met at Miss Alice Kingsbury's home on Prospect Street to discuss a report on the Waterbury African American population compiled by Charles Johnson. As a result of this study, an Interdenominational commitee and Board of Directors made up of both African American and White members of the community, planned a recreation program. The program was first located at 81 Pearl Street.

In January of 1927, a new building donated by Alice Kingsbury was formerly dedicated to "to a work for the social and moral welfare of the colored people of Waterbury and their friends." The Neighborhood house activiated their community members into volunterring; fought for better housing,employment,and education; and created a safe space for African American community events, meetings, and entertainment. The Neighborhood House also served recent immigrants with a place to stay while getting on their feet.

The information in this section can be found in the Administrative Folder 15.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 753-0381
scrawford@mattmuseum.org