Robert Archey Woods to Jane Addams, November 19, 1923


Nov. 19, 1923.

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
800 South Halsted St.,
Chicago, Ill.

My dear Miss Addams:

I think you have heard that we are going to send copies of Mrs. Omori's letter to all the settlements in the National Federation. We have already sent her a small contribution from Washington.

As to the English-American Fellowship, I do not see how we can at present undertake to raise money for it through direct appeal to the settlements. As you know, we have been able to make only very gradual progress in the matter of financing the Federation itself and the Federation budget has hardly as yet got beyond the microscopic stage.

I feel, however, that we ought to keep the matter continuously in hand and to be developing a plan which will ultimately secure the necessary sum.

We can at once bring the attention of some of the leading settlement people. We can begin to be looking out for some of our larger contributors who might see in the fellowship an opportunity of contributing to better international relations.

There is an international educational organization, of which Professor S. P. Duggan is the secretary, in New York. Its funds are provided by the Carnegie Foundation. We tried to get Mr. Duggan to furnish some funds in connection with the International Conference of Settlements. He expressed real interest, but no money was available. It might be that if you could open up the subject of the fellowship with him he could make some plan for helping with it.

We also tried to get the Ginn trustees to contribute toward the International Conference funds. Here again interest was expressed but nothing was done. It may be that this new proposal would seem to them to come within their lines. We will take it up with Edward Cummings who is secretary of the board.

I have great hopes that this study which Mr. Burns is making will definitely and broadly open up possibilities with the advisers of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who are a very fine group of men, including Raymond Fosdick, Bishop Brent and Col. Arthur Woods. They will probably not do anything until the study is completed, but when that stage is reached I feel that we ought to have a large well-considered plan to place before them -- preferably, as I see it, to give a substantial start toward the securing of a partial endowment for some twenty or twenty-five of the older established settlements. In this connection, the proposal of an endowment for our share of [page 2] the international fellowship could very naturally be included.

It may be also that when this new stage is reached we can do something to secure help not only for Mrs. Omori's work, but for Miss McDonald's project in [Tokyo] and for the University Settlement in Bombay.

Hoping that you are steadily regaining your strength, as I know that you are having wonderful realizations of all that has come to you through your journey, I am

Sincerely yours,

Robt. A. Woods -- [signed]