At the turn of the 20th Century, Florence Kelley became the first chief factory inspector of Illinois. She lived in Hull House with Jane Addams, and in 1895 worked with her colleagues to publish the book Hull House Maps and Papers
. They documented conditions in the tenements and sweatshops of Chicago's poorest areas. It's now available online
and completely searchable, along with a wealth of archival material related to Kelley's social reform efforts in Chicago.
Northwestern University Law School Senior Lecturer Leigh Bienen
masterminded the new interactive Website. Bienen told Eight Forty-Eight's
Richard Steele that Florence Kelly's philanthropic bent was an inheritance from her family.