Higgins was a missionary worker for La Plaza United Methodist Church and Community Center in
downtown Los Angeles, California. The Katherine B. Higgins Photograph Collection documents
her personal life, her career, and her travels during the first half of the twentieth
century. Locations are mostly in southern California and also include Minnesota, Indiana,
and Lake Tahoe. The collection also documents her role in the founding of Goodwill Southern
California. The emphasis of the collection is on her family, her colleagues in the field of
social work, the Latin American families that she helped, and professional and personal
activities at places such as residences, the beach, and the Spanish-American Institute.
Higgins began her work in Los Angeles in 1915 and retired in 1949. The collection consists
of two photograph albums, small prints, cabinet cards, cartes de visite, and a shawl owned
by Katherine Higgins. Dates span from the 1870s to the 1960s.
Katherine Banfield Higgins was born on December 23, 1880 in Bilston, Staffordshire,
England. Her father, Joseph Higgins, was born November 18, 1845, in Highlands,
Staffordshire, England, and died of typhoid fever November 5th, 1881 in Bilston. Her mother,
also named Catherine Banfield Higgins, was the daughter of George and Sarah Banfield.
Catherine was born March 15th, 1847, in Allfields, Staffordshire, England, and died May 16,
1922 in Los Angeles, California. When Katherine was only 11 months old, her father Joseph
died. Her mother Catherine decided to move with her five children to Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, where her own parents had already moved.
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