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Selected Papers of Jane Addams Volume 1, Preparing to lead 1860-81,edited by Mary Bryan, Barbara Blair and Maree De Angury is published by University of Illinois Press. It is 650 pages, has 47 illustrations (including a map of Mill Street, Cedarville as of 1875 by Ronald Beam). It has documents for the time in question including letters, school essays, school speeches and other documents concerning Jane Addams.
The earliest document is a letter from Jane at age 8 to her sister, Alice, dated 1868. It reads in part:
Dear Sister Alice,
As I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am wel at pressent hopin that you are the same.
Yes, Jane at age 8 was a poor speller. The reproduced report cards shows Jane got a 59 in spelling at age 5. There is hope for the bad spellers.
Volume 1 ends with her Valedictorian address given to Rockford Female Seminary school in June, 1881. That speech starts:
To the Citizens of Rockford:
In a quiet part of your busy city for four years a class of girls have lived, studied some, planned and dreamed much more, and to all appearances have added nothing to the society or working force of your citizens.
The documents cover only 354 pages of the book. The first 81 pages of the book include acknowledgments of 8 pages, an introduction of 20 pages, and 3 pages on editorial method. The bibliography is 40 pages and is very comprehensive. The remainder of the book contains biographical profiles. They are well done and include Addams family members and close associates such as Ellen Star.
Mary Bryan, the major editor, also did the microfilm edition of the Jane Addams papers that was published a few years back.