Scope and Content

Correspondence, reports, case files, and related records of a Catholic settlement house in an Italian neighborhood on the near southwest side of Chicago. Also included are personal papers of Mary Agnes Amberg, the head resident, and records of the Christ Child Society of Chicago, with which Madonna Center was closely associated. Of note is the correspondence between Amberg and her long-time associate, Marie Plamendon, which reveals their close relationship. For further information see:

  • Amberg, Mary Agnes (ghostwritten). Madonna Center: Pioneer Catholic Social Settlement. Chicago: Loyola University Press,1976.

  • Moloney, Deirdre M. American Catholic Lay Groups and Transatlantic Social Reform in the Progressive Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

  • Skok, Deborah A. More Than Neighbors: Catholic Settlements and Day Nurseries in Chicago, 1893-1930. Dekalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007.

Madonna Center Records 1865-1979 (Series 1-5)