Elgin Ralston Lovell Gould papers
Gould focused his energies on developing alternative housing for the working class. The clippings narrate the attempts by Gould and his company, City and Suburban Homes, to construct "model tenements." Since the secondary literature on Gould and the company is almost nonexistent, the clippings provide a starting point for exploring Gould's role in urban housing reform.
Gould's writings and lectures illustrate his Progressive beliefs. His interests included industrial education (manual and technical training), the rescue movement (providing shelter and labor for the indigent), political reform, control of liquor traffic, and social conditions of labor. The correspondence, 1889-1922, includes only a small number of letters. The bulk of them (six) focus on the meeting of the International Statistical Institute in Chicago in 1893. Gould was American General Secretary of the Institute. The letters are from the State Department, apprising him which countries would be represented.
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12.2 Cubic Feet (6 record center cartons, 10 legal size document boxes)
After finishing his research, Gould joined the Hopkins faculty as a lecturer in 1892. He taught courses in the relatively new discipline of social science, focusing on research techniques as well as an exploration of social problems in Europe. He left Hopkins in 1895 to serve as professor of statistics at the University of Chicago, a position he held unitl 1896.
Gould moved his family to New York City in 1896 to assume the presidency of the City and Suburban Homes, a company formed for the purpose of building model tenement houses in New York as a business investment. Gould headed the company until his death in 1915.
In the 1901 mayoral race Gould supported Seth Low's fusion candidacy against the corrupt Tammany machine. Gould served as City Chamberlain (city treasurer) during Seth Low's administration.
Gould died on August 18, 1915 in Cartier, North Bay, Canada, the victim of a riding accident.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Citizens Union of the City of New York
- City and Suburban Homes Company
- Gould, E. R. L. (Elgin Ralston Lovell), 1860-1915
- International Statistical Institute
- New York (State)--New York
- Politics and government
- Progressivism (United States politics)
- Tenement houses
- clippings (information artifacts)
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