Processed by Deborah L. Boggs, June 2005.; machine-readable finding aid created by Chuck Hill, May 2008.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
1989-001: [identification of item], Anna Kadlec Papers, Eastern Kentucky University Archives.
Anna Koutecky was born in Chicago on August 9, 1894, the first child of an immigrant couple from Czechoslovakia. In 1923 Anna married Frank Kadlec (1889-1938), a physician at Chicago's Jackson Park Hospital. They had two children, Nancy and Bonnie. (You will find more on Anna Koutecky-Kadlec's life in the biographical file, f.19.)
Anna worked at the University of Chicago Settlement House. With her knowledge of five languages, she quickly caught the eye of Mary McDowell, and became Miss McDowell's assistant. While at the settlement Anna also worked closely with Jane Addams of Hull House. Anna claimed that Addams and McDowell were training her to take over the Settlement House. During this time period she also attended the University of Chicago. Upon graduation, Anna received a fellowship to study the employment of women in the meat packing industry at Morris Packing Company in Chicago. Ms. Koutecky was then employed in industrial relations for the same company from 1918-1923.
Following her marriage, she took some time off to raise her children but later received her teaching certification and went back to work as a teacher at the Betsy Ross School in the 1930s. Mrs. Kadlec then went to the Tonti School in Chicago where she taught until 1960. In 1960, Anna moved to Richmond, KY where she taught at the Miller School for a year. She then taught at the EKU Model School for four years. Anna lived in Richmond until her death on August 30,1991 at age 97.
The Kadlec Papers contain information pertaining to the settlement house movement in Chicago during the early twentieth century; in particular, the University of Chicago Settlement House. In addition, the researcher will find information about Miss Mary McDowell, who was an early advocate of the settlement house movement in Chicago. In this collection the researcher will find various pamphlets and articles from Anna's days as a student at the University of Chicago. There is also information about the Morris Packing Company in Chicago, where Anna Kadlec was employed after graduation from college in 1917. The collection includes pamphlets published by the Juvenile Protection Association of Chicago, personal collection, business correspondence related to Morris Packing Company and newspaper clippings relating to Miss Mary McDowell, Jane Addams and the settlement house movement. A unique item in the collection is a photograph of Dwight Eisenhower when he was a 2nd Lt. and a Tactical Officer in the Mexican Border Control, dated 1916.
Writings, Newspaper clippings, Documents, Pamphlets, and Correspondence
"My Autobiography," written in 1914 by Anna Koutecky-Kadlec. Anna was twenty years old when she wrote this autobiography for her English class while she attended the University of Chicago. In it she describes the changes that the city of Chicago had endured in the previous twenty years and focuses on her education from the time she was in the sixth grade through her senior year of high school. Anna also includes the people who most influenced her early life. (1 item)
Lake High School English Notebook, 1910. This item contains various homework assignments from her high school English class. There are summaries of various works of literature, in addition to a list of words and their definitions toward the end of the notebook. (1 item)
Writing assignments while she was at University of Chicago. Anna was fascinated with creative writing, so you will find various pieces of such within this folder. In addition to writings from her English class, you will find an example of a weekly history report. (8 items)
Various pamphlets and articles from the University of Chicago; "Star and Circle" 1922, "The Convocation Ode" 1916, General program for Convocation of 1916, "Hell's Bells" alumni magazine. The "Star and Circle" is the publication of Delta Sigma Club of the University of Chicago. It was annually published by the alumni of this organization. "The Convocation Ode" was published to mark the quarter-centennial of the University of Chicago. The general program for the Convocation of 1916 describes the days events for the celebration of the quarter-centennial of the University of Chicago. "Hell's Bells" was published by the University of Chicago as a newsletter that listed alumni and had an update of their lives. (9 items)
Personal Correspondence; letters, postcards and business cards. The letters and postcards are from people who Anna met through the settlement house or through her job with Morris Packing Company. There are personal letters from people who worked at the various branches of Morris Packing Company. There are postcards that depict places such as the "Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires, Massachusetts," the "Southern Cambria Trolley and Pennsylvania Limited Rounding Curve," "Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Indiana," and the "Henry Booth House, Chicago, 1898-1909." There is also a postcard from the White House that is apparently responding to a letter of encouragement that Anna had sent to President Nixon. (16 items)
Newspaper clippings; photocopies of clippings pertaining to Mary McDowell, Jane Addams, and from The Daily Maroon, 1917. Articles include information about the death of Miss Mary McDowell and Jane Addams' Hull House. The Daily Maroon was the official newspaper of the University of Chicago. It seems that the particular articles from The Daily Maroon found in this collection are dealing with a dance at the University of Chicago. (12 items) Note: Full Issues of The Daily Maroon are available in microform through the University of Chicago Library
Personal Pamphlets; "The Mingler," "The Blackfriars," "The Annual Spring Festival of All Souls Church and Abraham Lincoln Centre" program, "Summer Outings in Chicago via Elevated Railroads," and "Princess Theatre." These pamphlets are mostly programs from theater performances that Anna likely attended. (5 items)
"Souvenir Program of Chicago Day at the Fair," October 9, 1893. This program was from the Worlds Fair that was held in Chicago in 1893. The program details the days events and a parade that was conducted on October 9, 1893. (1 item)
Programs and pamphlets relating to the University of Chicago Settlement House. Includes several articles written by Mary McDowell. One pamphlet commemorates "Fifty Years at the University of Chicago Settlement, 1894-1944," includes information about how the settlement house was founded and the duties and responsibilities of the University of Chicago Settlement. A brief itinerary of a University of Chicago Settlement "Cooperative," May 9, 1919. An informal program of a memorial service for Mary McDowell, November 29, 1936. (10 items)
Documents relating to prohibition. One letter is to the Anti Saloon League. This letter is from a concerned mother, wife and citizen. In this letter Mrs. Mary Petty states how drinking greatly influences her husband and son so much that she fears they will become drunkards. The second document illustrates men's attitudes toward temperance. These men are members of the "Water Wagon Club" which promotes temperance. This document illustrates the decline of alcohol sales since the founding of this club that over two thousand men are members. These men work for the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company. (2 items)
Pamphlets relating to the settlement house movement in Chicago. Two of the items give information about other settlement houses in Chicago; the Henry Booth House and the Chicago Commons. The third item is a pamphlet that shows how the Ford Motor Company supports education. (3 items)
Pamphlets relating to immigration and citizenship for naturalization. One pamphlet is entitled "Report of the Immigration Committee of the Women's Trade Union League of Chicago, from July 15, 1907 to April 1, 1908." Also included is a pamphlet distributed at Hull House, "Lessons in Citizenship for Naturalization" by Charles P. Schwartz. (3 items)
Pamphlets relating to the settlement house movement in Chicago. One pamphlet, "Christopher House" (1918), contains the annual report for the Christopher House Association of the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. A pamphlet very similar to the Christopher House pamphlet is one that contains the annual report for the "Greenwich House" (1917) in Chicago. Another pamphlet is from the Chicago Normal College, and is entitled "Handbook for the information and Guidance of Students" (1931-1932). It seems to be very similar to an undergraduate catalog that describes different major requirements and general knowledge of the University. (3 items)
Pamphlets relating to University of Chicago Settlement. One pamphlet describes "Chicago Housing Conditions: Among the Slovaks of the Twentieth Ward." The other pamphlet describes the University of Chicago Settlement House. It describes the activities and services provided by the University of Chicago Settlement House. (2 items)
Social Services pamphlets; relating to living conditions and child labor in Chicago. Many of these pamphlets were printed by the Juvenile Protective Association. They deal with child labor and the welfare of children, also with general crime in the Chicago area. There is one pamphlet dealing with food conservation, and one dealing with the garbage problem in Chicago, and the Women's vote. There are also pamphlets that contain information about playgrounds for children, a pamphlet from The Chicago Kindergarten Institute, a pamphlet from the Northwestern University Settlement, Chicago, entitled "The Neighbor," and an annual report for the Olivet Institute in Chicago.(14 items)
"Hull House Yearbook" (1916) which contains information about Jane Addams' Hull House. The yearbook contains information about services and activities offered at Hull House as well as the activities and services available to men. (1 item)
Statistics on families in need who worked for Morris Packing Company. Anna's job included providing social services for the workers of Morris Packing Company. The statistics here are those gathered for Anna's work that would enable her to provide provisions for the families during winter months, especially Christmas. There are also documents that tell of community events that were contributed to by the company. (14 items)
Correspondence with Morris Packing Company executives and other material pertaining to the Morris Packing Company. The letters contain information about different requests that Anna made to the company executives. There are also business replies to Anna regarding things that she had requested.(19 items)
Information about Anna's life. Anna's obituary from the Richmond Register. Articles written about Anna Kadlec and her work as a social work reformer in Chicago while she worked for Morris Packing Company. Information in this folder explores the life of Anna Kadlec. Gives great insight to the accomplishments that were achieved by Anna's dedication. (7 items)
Items in this folder are related to Anna's daughter, Nancy. The folder includes a high school educational experience summary dated 24 June 1943, a copy of an acceptance letter to Michigan State College as a veterinary student, and a piece of literature written by Nancy. (4 items)
Information from the Chicago Historical Society about Mary McDowell, includes finding aid for the Mary McDowell collection that is owned by the Chicago Historical Society. Mary McDowell was a very influential person in the settlement house movement in Chicago. For more information about Mary McDowell, consult the Chicago Historical Society. (3 items)