William Isaac Thomas to Jane Addams, August 1, 1922


August 1, 1922

My dear Miss Addams:

Allen Burns tells me that he and Miss Lathrop and Dr. Hamilton have discussed the possibility of my writing a volume on the races, and that Miss Lathrop has communicated with you also. He suggested that I send you my address.

I am leaving for Chicago tomorrow. Harriet has taken an apartment at 1535 East 60th St. It is the building in which the Meads lived.

I should like very much to write a volume on the races. In connection with my volumes on the Polish Peasant and my teaching I have good material and standpoint and feel equal to doing the work in a superior and interesting way.

We are to be in Chicago at least two months. Do you think it would be better to wait until I can see you there and discuss the matter? I have just finished a volume on the delinquent girl for Mrs. Dummer, and she is pleased with the result. I am sure she would be interested in a study of the races, and I believe she would cooperate in a plan for bringing it about, though I do not feel that she would finance it. I will speak to her in Chicago. I have not felt like asking Miss Culver to do anything more. I respect her too much, and feel like giving her immunity. The Polish Peasant, however, has been considered a very valuable contribution, the only thing of its kind, by students. [page 2]

Miss Culver sent me a copy of your Peace and Bread, and I read it with the greatest interest and pleasure. I think it is one of the finest things you have done.

Very sincerely yours,

W I Thomas [signed]
1535 East 60th St