Supported in part by an award from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration, a digital collection of the Lucy Rider Meyer Archives is finally made available to the public. Lucy Rider Meyer (1849-1922) was a well-known leader in Christian social service and religious education as well as a physician, chemistry professor, and hymn writer. Her deaconess work has been often compared to Jane Addams’ settlement house movement. With a vision to train lay Christian women intellectually and help them provide health and social services among the urban poor, she along with her husband, Josiah Shelley Meyer, founded the Chicago Training School for Home, City, and Foreign Missions in 1885 and served as its first principal until 1917. During her term, Meyer trained more than 5,000 students, and with the graduates, initiated the development of 40 institutions including schools, hospitals, orphanages, old people’s homes, and deaconess homes. She also played a critical role in the revival of the deaconess movement in the United Methodist Church.
This digital collection with a total of 501 items comprises Lucy Rider Meyer’s personal and professional papers as well as Josiah Shelley Meyer’s papers. It includes, but is not limited to, letters, photographs, diary entries, poems/prayers, hymns, and speeches. The Meyers’ life cannot be thought in separation from the Chicago Training School. Viewers of this collection are encouraged to take a look at the Chicago Training School Archives collection.
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