A History of the United Neighborhood Houses of New York, inc., 1900-1951

Doris Convery Murphy, Fordham University


In 1900, New York City contained almost 3,500,000 people, an increase of about 80 per cent over 1880 and about 150 per cent over 1870. A large part of the new population had been drawn from the farm-lands and small communities of the State or from other countries. It is easy to imagine that these people brought a host of social problems in their wake. This chapter will, therefore, briefly describe the condition of some of these people and will discuss the origin of the settlement houses which made their first appearance around this time. It will sketch the early background of United Neighborhood Houses, a group of such settlement houses, and will show the influence on that organization from a slightly older English settlement house. Among other things, the chapter will provide a few necessary definitions, make some reference to other research on the subject, and contain an outline of the balance of the dissertation.

Subject Area

European history|European Studies|Social work

Recommended Citation

Murphy, Doris Convery, "A History of the United Neighborhood Houses of New York, inc., 1900-1951" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30509604.