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Richmond Soup Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection

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Collection Summary

Richmond Soup Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection

Circa 1910-1928

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Richmond Soup Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)

0.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English


Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Richmond Soup Society was founded be Millimento W. Ketchum’s father-in-law, Captain Andrew Ketchum, in 1872. Millimento Ketchum, known also as "Mother" Ketchum, the "Angel of Kensington," and "The Santa Claus Lady," moved the Society into her home in 1916 and founded the Kensington Neighborhood House, running the organizations until her death in 1941.

Description of Collection

Collection includes 72 photographs, mostly mounted, depicting the distribution of clothing, food, and Christmas baskets by the organization. Many of the photographs include Mrs. Millimento W. Ketchum. Almost all photographic work was done by Dan E. Paul, 2141 N. Second Street, Philadelphia with one print attributed to Paul Menzen Studios in Philadelphia and another to Everett L. Brooks, Maces Pier, Anglesea, New Jersey.

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1719781~S12

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Richmond Soup Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Richmond Soup Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection, PC-21, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Jean Seder in February 1986 as Accession 615.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in July 2015 by Patrick Stalter, student worker. 


Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Ketchum, Millimento W., 1858-1941

Corporate Names:
Kensington Neighborhood House (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Richmond Soup Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Social settlements -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Soup kitchens -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Kensington (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:


1          Annual Children's Outing (Smith Memorial Playground Fairmount Park): 12 originals, 2 duplicates. Groups of children, aides and children with aides          1923, undated

1          Bundle Day: 2 originals, 4 duplicates. One photo is titled "Mrs. M. W. Ketchum's, 3024 Frankford Avenue, applying for shoes and clothing"          March 11, 1915

1          Christmas Dinner to the "Old Ladies" given by Mrs. M. W. Ketchum, 3068 Frankford Avenue: 1 original, 1 duplicate          1916

1          Christmas: Distribution of Christmas Baskets (M.W. Ketchum's Store): 6 originals, 2 duplicates          1920, undated

1          Christmas: Exteriors: 3 originals, 2 duplicates          1923

2          Men's Meeting for Moral and Spiritual Uplift: 1 original, 2 duplicates          undated

2          "Old Ladies" Social Hour and Dinner, Home of M. W. Ketchum, 1 original, 3 duplicates          circa 1915

2          Richmond Soup Society, 2652 Ann Street, Exterior, 2 originals, 1 duplicate         circa 1910

2          Soup Kitchen: 2 originals, 3 duplicates          undated

2          Fourth of July/World War I/or Other Patriotic Event Parade: 1 original, 3 duplicates          undated

2          Exteriors: Miscellaneous: 7 originals, 1 duplicate. 2 waiting for food, 1 individual child, 1 mother and child, 1 children's group, 1 family group, and 1 adult group on boat in harbor attributed to Everett L. Brooks, Maces Pier, Anglesea, NJ          undated

2          Interiors: Miscellaneous: 5 originals, 1 duplicate. "Bethlehem Presbyterian Home Department Social, May 3, 1928," "Applicants for the Class in Music," Boy Scouts Troop 170 attributed to Paul Menzen Studios, woman in bed with telephone, man playing violin          1928, undated