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Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR001926
The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation Collection consists of over 800 client files initiated between 1929 and 1961, including those of the John Scudder Foundation for Old People which, prior to its merger with the Hannan Foundation in 1993, operated with the same board of trustees and staff. The files contain detailed logs prepared by the social worker(s) in charge of the case, applications containing demographic information and supporting references, correspondence, sometimes voluminous, between Hannan Foundation staff and clients and others, physicians' and estate managers' reports and additional material pertaining to the management of the Foundation's client base. The files are arranged in alphabetical order, the case log appearing first within the file. Important subjects in the collection: Aged care -- Case studies -- Michigan Older people -- Services for -- Michigan Social work with the aged -- Michigan

Important correspondents in the collection: Leon W. Frost Anna Wentink

Dates

  • 1927 - 1988

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

RESEARCHERS USING THE LUELLA HANNAN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION COLLECTION ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN A RESTRICTED USE STATEMENT PROTECTING CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY.

NO NAMES OR OTHER INFORMATION THAT WOULD IDENTIFY THE CLIENTS OR THEIR RELATIVES AND ACQUAINTANCES MAY APPEAR IN RESEARCH NOTES, WRITTEN OR ORAL PRESENTATIONS OR BE CITED FOR PUBLICATION.

PHOTOCOPYING OF DOCUMENTS IN THIS COLLECTION IS PROHIBITED.
Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

19 Linear Feet (19 SB)

Abstract

The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation was started with a trust fund from Luella Hannan, widow of Detroit realtor and philanthropist William Hannan. The foundation began by providing stipends to needy seniors selected by its board of trustees. A residential home was constructed in 1971, which lasted twenty-two years. It now operates a service center for metropolitan Detroit's aging population. The foundation's records consist of over 800 client files, corresponding social work files, and general management of the foundation's client base.

History

In 1925, Luella Hannan, widow of Detroit realtor and philanthropist William W. Hannan, set up a five-million-dollar trust fund to build the Luella Hannan Memorial Home for elderly Detroiters "who have been accustomed to enjoying the comforts of life but who, through change of fortune, have come to reduced circumstances." However, Grosse Pointe changed its zoning laws so that property she had purchased for her home could not be used for that purpose. Instead, after her death in 1928, in what was termed a "liberal experiment," the trust fund provided stipends to needy seniors to help them stay in their or relatives' homes or in private boarding homes rather than send them to institutions. Clients, referred by clergy, friends and social service agencies, were selected by a board of trustees based upon the recommendations of social workers investigating the applicant's qualifications. It was not until 1971 that the Foundation constructed a residential home for the aged, but with declining demand for single-room housing, Hannan House was closed in 1993 and converted into a service center for metropolitan Detroit's aging population.

Acquisition

The records of the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in July of 2006 by the Foundation Board of Trustees

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in November 2006.
Title
Guide to the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
2006-11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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Detroit MI 48202 USA