Michael Engh, S.J., Collection of Mary Julia Workman Research Materials

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Michael Engh, S.J., Collection of Mary Julia Workman Research Materials

Collection number: CSLA-35

William H. Hannon Library

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Clay Stalls
Date Completed:
2008
Encoded by:
Clay Stalls and Bri Wong
© 2013 Loyola Marymount University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Michael Engh, S.J., Collection of Mary Julia Workman Research Materials.
Dates: 1875-2004
Collection number: CSLA-35
Creator: Engh,Michael, S.J.
Collection Size: 7 archival document boxes
Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Abstract: This collection consists of research notes and materials that Professor Michael Engh, S.J., then of the Department of History, Loyola Marymount University, compiled for a proposed biography of Mary Julia Workman (1871-1964), a Roman Catholic social activist and member of a prominent Los Angeles family.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Michael Engh, S.J., Collection of Mary Julia Workman Research Materials, CSLA-35, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Michael Engh, S.J., in 2008. Accession number: 2008.93.

Biography

The parents of Mary Julia Workman, William and Maria (promient Los Angelenos in own their own right), had seven children; of these Mary Julia Workman, born in 1871, was a star whose activities form an important part of this research collection. William was Protestant, but the Roman Catholic faith of her mother, Maria, predominated; consequently, Mary Workman received a Catholic education, graduating in 1890 from the Convent of the Sacred Heart of Mary and Jesus, in Oakland. In 1902 she completed studies in kindergarten teaching, at the State Normal School in Los Angeles; Workman would teach in the city's public schools until 1923.
At some point during these years, because of her studies, Mary Workman became deeply influenced by the ideals of American Progressivism. The fruit of this influence was manifested in her leadership in the establishment of the Brownson House (1901), a landmark on the West Coast of the settlement house philosophy and one of its stronger Roman Catholic expressions.
In politics she was likewise dedicated to reform and humanitarian causes. Her advocacy of the Progressive tenet of city government based on civil service led to her presidency of the Los Angeles City Civil Service Commission (1927-1928). Mary Workman also participated in other civic reform groups, such as the Municipal Light and Power Defense League, which watched over city services, and helped in the recall of corrupt Los Angeles mayor Frank Shaw, campaigning for reform candidates John Anson Ford and Fletcher Bowron through such means as radio speeches (see Series 1, Box 1, Folder 2). Her work with the Democratic National Committee, Southern California Division, involved her in Democratic politics in the Los Angeles area.
Mary Workman's political pursuits extended beyond parochial Los Angeles issues--vital as they may have been--to national and international issues. Part of the post-World War I movement for world peace, Workman vigorously labored for the participation of the United States in the League of Nations. To this end, she founded, and was an officer in, the Southern California chapter of the League of Nations Association. Of a similar nature was her participation in the Catholic Association for International Peace (CAIP), Southern California Committee, of which she was secretary. The CAIP was intended to apply Christian ideals to the troubled world politics of the post-war era; this application of Christian principles to resolve international conflict clearly expresses Mary Workman's philosophy of social activism.
Thus, underlying all her life's work was Mary Workman's Roman Catholic faith, a connection vividly demonstrated in Pope Pius XI's grant of the papal medal "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" to Mary Workman in 1926 (see Series 1, Box 1, Folder 3). The medal rewarded Roman Catholics for their humanitarian work and, in Mary Workman's case, especially recognized her contribution to the field of social work, but within the Roman Catholic tradition. This was a signal honor for Workman, for she was the first woman in the diocese of Los Angeles to receive this medal. Mary Workman's praiseworthy life ended in 1964, following complications from a broken hip.

Collection Description

This collection consists of research notes and materials that Professor Michael Engh, S.J., then of the Department of History, Loyola Marymount University, compiled for a proposed biography of Mary Julia Workman (1871-1964), a Roman Catholic social activist and member of a prominent Los Angeles family. The call to the presidency of Santa Clara University, and its incumbent responsibilities, on Michael Engh, S.J., halted this project, but the research materials gathered for this project provide a wealth of information on not only Mary Julia Workman and her important family, but also on Los Angeles history in the early 1900s, the history of settlement houses in Los Angeles, Roman Catholic social activism, and women's history. This is true because Mary Julia Workman was involved as a leader in all these areas in Los Angeles. Hence, these research materials provide a valuable resource for research in Los Angeles social and ethnic history, leading to their inclusion in the CSLA Research Collection.
The materials include notes on archival research; photocopied journal articles; genealogies; family memoirs; Mary Julia Workman's incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding her activities, reports of various charitable organizations in Los Angeles, both Roman Catholic and secular; public and private reports on housing in Los Angeles; public and private reports on the status of Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles; and material on Brownson House, the settlement house that Mary Julia Workman established in Los Angeles. Much of the material has been photocopied from originals, including some archival originals. Most material in this category from other archives has been separated from this collection, since it was deemed unacceptable to offer as research sources other repositories' documents, even if only copies.

Arrangement

This collection has been divided into two series. Series 1 consists of materials that Michael Engh, S.J., collected from the Workman family itself; Series 2 consists of materials that he collected from other sources for his proposed biography of Mary Julia Workman.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Workman, Mary Julia, 1871-1964 -- Archives
Catholic Church -- California -- Los Angeles Region -- Charities -- Sources
Women civic leaders -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography -- Sources
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Brownson House (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Social settlements -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- Sources
Women social workers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography -- Sources
Workman family -- Political activity -- History -- Sources
Workman family -- Archives
Workman, Mary Julia, 1871-1964

Related Collections


Collection Contents

 

Series 1:  Workman Family Materials. 1921-2001

Series Scope and Content Summary

Series 1 consists of materials that Michael Engh, S.J., collected from the Workman family itself for his proposed biography of Mary Julia Workman.
Box 1, Folder 1

“Loose Leaves from the Family Tree. Compiled by Richard D. Workman. Scrapbook re Workman family history: photographs, correspondence, genealogies, family memoirs by Maria Elizabeth Workman and Thomas Edgar Workman. Holdings separated from album. 1967-1995 (dates broken)

Box 1, Folder 2

Cover of “Loose Leaves from the Family Tree. . undated

Box 2, Folder 1

“Mary J. Workman Family Letters."? Mary J. Workman incoming and outgoing correspondence re family and business matters. Sheets from ledger re Mary J. Workman expenses . 1921-1959 (dates broken)

Box 2, Folder 2

Photocopies of articles from “Tidings"? re Catholic social work and thought . 1916-1917 (date of originals)

Box 2, Folder 3

“Workman: Newspaper Clippings of Family." Newspaper articles re Workman family . 1930,1933, 1962

Box 2, Folder 4

“Mary J. Workman Notebook on Topics of Concern." (photocopy) . undated

Box 2, Folder 5

“Workman Photos." Photographs (copies) and negatives of William Workman family, including Mary J. Workman and Workman residence; Boyle Heights; Mary Workman kindergarten class; first settlement house in Los Angeles . 1890-1910 (date of originals)

Box 2, Folder 6

“MJW: Politics" Mary J. Workman incoming and outgoing correspondence (copies) re resignation from Democratic National Committee; Mary J. Workman speech re re-election of Franklin D. Roosevelt . 1938-1940 (date of originals)

Box 2, Folder 7

“MJW: Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice." Photocopies of newspaper articles and newspaper articles re Mary J. Workman and papal award, “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" . 1926-1927 (date of originals)

Box 2, Folder 8

“Workman, Mary." Michael Engh, S.J., incoming and outgoing correspondence re research on Mary J. Workman . 2000, 2002

Box 2, Folder 9

"Workman, William H." Photocopies of articles on William H. Workman, including from “Tidings", Pioneers of Los Angeles County. Paper and research notes by Michael Engh, S.J., on William H. Workman . 1889-2001 (dates broken; date of originals)

Box 2, Folder 10

Undergraduate research paper on William H. Workman’s investigation into civic corruption . 2003

Box 2, Folder 11

“ ‘MJW: Cath. Conscience of LA, ’ California History article." Incoming and outgoing correspondence, rough draft of Michael Engh, S.J., article on Mary Julia Workman . 1993

Box 2, Folder 12

“Cushwa Paper (1990) (Workman)." Conference paper and programs . 1990

Box 2, Folder 13

“MJW: Book-Outline, Precis." Notes, outline for proposed biography of Mary J. Workman by Michael Engh, S. J., . undated

Box 2, Folder 14

“MJW: Chap. 1." Rough draft of first chapter of Mary J. Workman biography . undated

Box 2, Folder 15

Michael Engh, S.J., notes re Workman family genealogy . 2000

 

Series 2: Research Notes and Materials. 1875-2003

Series Scope and Content Summary

Series 2 consists of materials that Michael Engh, S.J., collected from other sources than the immediate Workman family for his proposed biography of Mary Julia Workman.
Box 3 , Folder 1

"MJW: Americanization Article (PHR)." Incoming and outgoing correspondence, rough draft of Michael Engh, S.J., article on Mary Julia Workman. 2003

Box 3 , Folder 2

"Americanization in L.A." Articles (photocopies). undated

Box 3 , Folder 3

"Bowron, Fletcher." Mary J. Workman correspondence (photocopies) to Fletcher Bowron; Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. 1938, 1952 (dates of originals)

Box 3 , Folder 4

"Boyle, Andrew." Articles (photocopies), Michael Engh, S. J., Â research notes re Andrew A. Boyle. 2000

Box 3 , Folder 5

"Boyle Heights Exhibit." Brochures re Japanese-American Museum exhibit on Boyle Heights. 2002

Box 3 , Folder 6

"Brownson, Orestes." Article (photocopy) on Orestes Brownson, namesake of Brownson House. Undated

Box 3 , Folder 7

"Workman, Mary: Brownson House." Articles, Mary J. Workman correspondence re Brownson House (photocopies). 1901-1966 (dates of originals; dates broken)

Box 3 , Folder 8

"Brownson House: Articles in Tidings." Photocopies of articles on the Brownson House from the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 1906,1909-1921 (dates of originals)

Box 3 , Folder 9

"Brownson House: CYO article." Photocopy of article on the Brownson house from the Catholic Youth Organization newspaper. 1951 (dates of originals)

Box 3 , Folder 10

"Brownson House: Articles of Incorporation." Copy of e-mail correspondence. 2002

Box 3 , Folder 11

"Brownson House Photographs." Includes copy of photograph of Brownson House workers, including Mary J. Workman. undated

Box 3 , Folder 12

Material re Sister Assyium and Mary J. Workman. 1904, 1906, 1940 (dates of originals)

Box 3 , Folder 13

"Brownson House: Staff and Volunteers." Lists of Brownson House volunteers and staff; biographical information re same. 1901-1922 (dates of originals; dates broken)

Box 3 , Folder 14

"Annual Reports, Catholic Charities, LA, 1920-1925." Annual reports (photocopies). 1922-1924, 1987 (dates of originals)

Box 3 , Folder 15

"Catholic Charities: Poor Belong to Us (1997)." Photocopy of excerpt from book. undated

Box 3 , Folder 16

"Natl. Conf. Cath. Charities L.A. Mtg., 1927." Photocopies of proceedings of National Conference Catholic Charities. 1927 (date of originals)

Box 3 , Folder 17

"Catholic Charities, LA." Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. undated

Box 3 , Folder 18

"Cath. Charities' Annual Reports C.W.B." Photocopies of Catholic Charities Annual Reports. 1919-1924, 1933

Box 3 , Folder 19

"Catholic Directories 1892-1904, 1914-1915." Photocopies. 1892-1915 (dates of originals)

Box 3 , Folder 20

"MJW: Catholic Truth Society." Notices in The Tidings: re meeting of Catholic Truth Society, Mary J. Workman organizer. 1896-1897 (dates of originals)

Box 3 , Folder 21

"Catholic Woman's Club Bulletins." Dissertation on National Council of Catholic Women. 1918-1921(dates of originals)

Box 3 , Folder 22

Articles from Companion re Brownson House. 1949-1951

Box 4 , Folder 1

Brownson House: 1910 Census Tract Returns. Notes, photocopies of 1910 census re Brownson House area. 1992

Box 4 , Folder 2

"1900 Census Districts." Michael Engh, S.J., notes, photocopies of 1900 census re Brownson House area. 1900 (date of originals)

Box 4 , Folder 3

Census returns (photocopies). 1920 (date of originals)

Box 4 , Folder 4

"Workman: Challis Interview (1993)." Transcript of oral history interview of Beatrice Ward Challis. 1993

Box 4 , Folder 5

"Civil Service Commission." Michael Engh, S.J., notes, annual reports, lists re Civil Service Commission. 2002

Box 4 , Folder 6

"Civic Association." Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. undated

Box 4 , Folder 7

"Community Chest." Letter from Father Robert Lucey, director of Bureau of Catholic Charities, to Mary J. Workman. 1922

Box 4 , Folder 8

"C.Y.O." Catholic Youth Organization article (photocopy). 1949 (date of original)

Box 4 , Folder 9

"Examiner Copies, USC Clippings." Newspaper articles re Brownson House staff. 1928-1937 (dates of originals; dates broken)

Box 4 , Folder 10

"MJW: Ford, John Anson." Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. undated

Box 4 , Folder 11

"MJW: Letters to Gertrude Workman Furman." Mary J. Workman outgoing correspondence to Gertrude Workman Furman. Michael Engh, S.J., correspondence with David Furman re same. 1926-1995 (dates of originals)

Box 4 , Folder 12

"Furman, Gertrude Workman." Newspaper article (photocopy), memoirs re same. 1919

Box 4 , Folder 13

"Gahagan, Helen Douglas." Michael Engh, S.J., correspondence, notes re research on same. 1992

Box 4 , Folder 14

"Hanna, Edward."Article, Michael Engh, S.J., correspondence re same. 2000-2001

Box 4 , Folder 15

"Haynes Collection Guide." Print-out of collection guide to the Haynes Papers at UCLA. Michael Engh, S.J., incoming correspondence and notes re same. 1992, 2000

Box 4 , Folder 16

"Housing Survey." Housing Authority, City of Los Angeles. Final digest. (photocopy). 1940

Box 4 , Folder 17

"International Institute."Article re same. Undated

Box 4 , Folder 18

"Juvenile Court."Photocopy of master's thesis on Los Angeles juvenile court. 1932

Box 4 , Folder 19

"Keller Family."Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. Menu for Don Mateo Keller's restaurant. 1875

Box 4 , Folder 20

"Notes" re Los Angeles Police and censorship. Los Angeles Police League newsletter. undated

Box 4 , Folder 21

"L.A.: Charity-Associated Charities, 1893-1910." Reports of Associated Charities (photocopies). Michael Engh, S.J., notes re city charities. 1893-1897, 1910 (dates of originals)

Box 4 , Folder 22

"LA: Charity-Municipal Charity Comm. Report (1913-1914)." First annual report of Charities Commission. Article in "Tidings" re charity. 1914

Box 4 , Folder 23

"L.A.: Labor and Churches, 1900-1910." Los Angeles Times articles re church and labor. Notes from sources on church and labor. Undated

Box 4 , Folder 24

"L.A. Housing (Report, 1915-1916) State Commission." First annual report of the California Commission of Immigration and Housing (photocopy). 1915 (date of original)

Box 4 , Folder 25

"L.A.: Housing, Public Housing (Parsons Articles)." 1998

Box 5 , Folder 1

"L.A.: Housing Kinele, "Hsing. Conds. Mex. Po. 1912. Master's thesis on housing of Los Angeles Mexican population (photocopy). 1912

Box 5 , Folder 2

"L.A.: Housing Commission, 1906-1913." Annual reports of Los Angeles Housing Commission, articles re housing (photocopies). 1906-1989(dates of originals; dates broken)

Box 5 , Folder 3

"L.A.: Housing Conditions 1900-1920." Articles re house courts in Los Angeles. 1913, 1916(dates of originals)

Box 5 , Folder 4

"L.A.: Maps." Photocopies and notes re maps with locations of Brownson House. undated

Box 5 , Folder 5

"LA: Playground Movement." Articles (photocopies) re Los Angeles playgrounds. Â Playground Commission annual report: photocopy of volunteer workers. 1909, 1910 (dates of originals)

Box 5 , Folder 6

"L.A.: Oxnam, Bromley." Michael Engh. S.J., notes re archival holdings. Photocopy of book chapters on Bromley Oxnam. Collection guide to Oxnam Papers. undated

Box 5 , Folder 7

"League to Enforce Peace." Photocopy of book chapter on League to Enforce Peace. undated

Box 5 , Folder 8

"Lucey, Robert." Michael Engh, S.J., correspondence re archival sources for Lucey; photocopies of Robert Lucey's personal correspondence. 2001

Box 5 , Folder 9

"Masson, Charlotte Workman." Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. undated

Box 5 , Folder 10

"McCormick, P.: Desegregation of Public Education in CA." Articles (photocopies), Michael Engh, S.J., incoming correspondence re same. 2000

Box 5 , Folder 11

"McGarry Family P.J. McGarry, Anna and Mary T." Genealogies, family histories re McGarry family. Michael Engh e-mail correspondence (hardcopies) with family members. 2003

Box 5 , Folder 12

"Mexican Activity/Response."Articles (copies) from the Heraldo de Mexico. Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. undated

Box 5 , Folder 13

"Mary J. Workman: The Articles." Michael E. Engh, S. J., articles re Mary J. Workman. Correspondence notes re sources on Mary J. Workman. 1992, 1993

Box 5 , Folder 14

"Mex. In LA: Los Angeles City Survey (Oxnam, 1920)." Photocopy of Bromley Oxnam publication on Mexicans in Los Angeles. 1920 (date of original)

Box 5 , Folder 15

"MJW: Family." Census information, genealogies, articles, Michael Engh, S.J., correspondence re Workman family. 1995-2004 (dates broken)

Box 5 , Folder 16

"MJW: Golden Friendships Letters." Michael Engh, S.J., notes, photocopy of "Golden Friendship Letters" (Mary J. Workman correspondence with Sister Mary Leopold). undated

Box 5 , Folder 17

"MJW: L.A. Unified School District." Michael Engh, S.J., notes re Mary J. Workman and Los Angeles City school district. Excerpts (photocopies) of Los Angeles Board of Education Annual Reports. 1895-1902 (dates broken)

Box 5 , Folder 18

"MJW: Municipal League." Michael Engh, S.J., notes and photocopies re Mary J. Workman and Municipal League. undated

Box 5 , Folder 19

"MJW: Peace." Michael Engh, S.J., notes re Mary J. Workman and peace activities. 2001

Box 5 , Folder 20

"Our Diocesan Charities." Excerpts (photocopies) from the Tidings; Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. 1919-1920 (dates of originals)

Box 5 , Folder 21

"McGuinness, Catholic Women and Soc. Settlement Movement." Articles (photocopies) re Catholic Women and social settlements. 1990

Box 6 , Folder 1

"Los Angeles: Progressives." Michael Engh, S.J., notes and research materials, hard copies of e-mail correspondence re Progressives in Los Angeles. 2000, 2002

Box 6 , Folder 2

"Progressives: Bibliography." Articles, excerpts from books (photocopies) on Progressives. 2002

Box 6 , Folder 3

"Rodman, Mrs. Willoughby." Obituary, Who's Who biography (photocopies) re Mrs. Willoughby Rodman. undated

Box 6 , Folder 4

"St. Thomas More Library." Michael Engh, S.J., notes, incoming and outgoing correspondence, and articles (photocopies) re St. Thomas More Library. 1992-1993

Box 6 , Folder 5

"Salt Lake Rail Road (sic)." Photocopy of book on same. undated

Box 6 , Folder 6

"Neighborhood Music Settlement." Paper (photocopy) re same. undated

Box 6 , Folder 7

"Neighborhood Settlement House." Michael Engh, S.J., incoming correspondence, newspaper articles (photocopies), papers re Neighborhood Settlement House. undated

Box 6 , Folder 8

"Settlement House: Sources." Michael Engh, S.J., notes, personal bibliography, bibliographies (photocopies) re settlements houses. Handbook of Settlements (photocopy). undated

Box 6 , Folder 9

"Settlements/Reform." Articles (photocopies), Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. undated

Box 6 , Folder 10

"Settlements: Catholic." Articles (photocopies), Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. 2002, 2005

Box 6 , Folder 11

"Settlements: Catholic”Santa Maria Institute. Article, hard copy of e-mail re Santa Maria Institute. 2000

Box 6 , Folder 12

"Settlement Houses: Bethlehem Institute." Newspaper articles, books (photocopies) re Bethlehem Institute. 1904-1913 (dates of originals; dates broken)

Box 6 , Folder 13

"Coleman Settlement House Community Settlement House." Newspaper articles (photocopies), Michael Engh, S.J., note re Coleman House. 1904, 1919 (dates of originals; dates broken)

Box 6 , Folder 14

"El Hogar Feliz." Excerpt from book, articles in The Tidings re El Hogar Feliz. 1897, 1920 (dates of originals; dates broken)

Box 6 , Folder 15

"Sklar, Hull House in the 1890s." Sign (1985). Journal article (photocopy). undated

Box 6 , Folder 16

"Stoddart, Bessie D. (1871-1950) Evelyn." Newspaper articles (phtocopies), Michael Engh, S.J. notes re Bessie Stoddart and tuberculosis movement. 2001

Box 6 , Folder 17

"Stoddart, Bessie. The Courts of Sonoratown.". 1905

Box 6 , Folder 18

"Stoddart, Public Playgrounds of L.A." (1912). 1912

Box 6 , Folder 19

"Stoddart, Bessie," Around a City Campfire1919. 1919

Box 6 , Folder 20

"Stoddart, Bessie. State Recreation Report, 1914.". 1914

Box 7 , Folder 1

"Bessie Stoddart. Recreative Centers of L.A." (1910.). 1910

Box 7 , Folder 2

"Whipple, Lucille Mesmer (Mrs. Chas. L.)." Newspaper articles, Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. 1924-1959 (dates broken; dates of originals)

Box 7 , Folder 3

"Workman, A. Boyle." Biographical information, photocopies of photographs re same. undated

Box 7 , Folder 4

"Workman, Margaret Kilgariff (Mrs. Thomas E.)." Michael Engh, S.J., notes re same. 1992

Box 7 , Folder 5

"Workman, Maria Elizabeth Boyle." Newspaper articles, correspondence, obituary (photocopies). 1895, 1933, 1964 (dates of originals)

Box 7 , Folder 6

"Workman, Mary Julia Biographical Material." Obituaries, newspaper articles (photocopies) re same. Mary J. Workman incoming and outgoing correspondence (photocopies). 1920-1964 (dates of originals; dates broken)

Box 7 , Folder 7

"85 Unsung Heroes of the Nonprofit Community." California Community Foundation annual report. Page 35 with notice re Mary Julia Workman. 2000