MsC 22

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1896 -- 1988
.5 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: March 2000
Addendum: 2005

Acquisition Note: The collection was in part given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1991 by Susan F. Welty, and in part purchased over a period of years.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Maud Elizabeth Charlesworth Ballington Booth was born on September 13, 1865, in England, the youngest daughter of a clergyman. As a teenager she joined the Salvation Army, founded by William Booth. On September 16, 1886, she married his second son, Ballington Booth. The following year they moved to the United States to head that branch of the Salvation Army. In 1896, after breaking with that organization, they founded Volunteers of America. A pioneer social worker, Maud Ballington Booth is best remembered for her work with the sick and poor in the slums and for her prison reform efforts. She died in 1948.

 Scope and Contents

The papers of Maud Ballington Booth date from 1896 to 1988 and contain correspondence (arranged chronologically) and photographs. The correspondence between herself and author, Susan Welty, is generally of a personal and social nature, occasionally describing lectures or travels for the Volunteers of America. Booth's children, Charles and Theodora, also corresponded with Welty and these letters are included. There is also a speech given by Susan Welty which is a sketch of Look Up and Hope, her biography of Maud Ballington Booth. There are also business letters written to various representatives of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau and others for whom Maud Ballington Booth lectured. These letters discuss schedules, her work for the Volunteer Prison League, and her husband, Ballington Booth.

Box 1




1896 -- 1919.

1920 -- 1925.

1926 -- 1935.

1936 -- 1943.

1944 -- 1949, 1962 -- 1969, 1986 -- 1988. Together with letters from Theodora Booth, speech by Susan Welty, and material regarding Look Up and Hope.


"Memories: The Grand Canyon." Typescript

"Memories of Childhood." Handwritten in a stenographers notebook

"Salvation Army Treatment of Volunteers of America" Handwritten in a notebook

Photograph. Donated in 2005 by Jason Bacon.