The People's Institute was founded in 1897 by Charles Sprague Smith to teach the theory and practice of government and social philosophy to workers and recent immigrants in New York City. The People's Institute records consist of minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, photographs, programs, fliers, pamphlets, legal documents, financial records, clippings, class rosters, press releases, and printed matter that document the founding and operations of the Institute.
Content: Collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, financial records, minutes, reports, photographs, printed matter, and other records related to the People's Institute. Trustee's records, 1897-1921, include draft of the Institute's constitution and correspondence and minutes. Correspondence, 1883-1927, is mainly from the Director's Office with some general correspondence. Core of the collection is made up of departmental subject files, 1897-1930, which contain correspondence, reports, legal papers, class rosters, fliers, and printed matter concerning the entire range of activities of the Institute. Photographs, 1910-1925, include prints, glass plate negatives and lantern slides documenting Institute functions. Collection also contains scrapbooks of clippings, 1901-1922; other printed matter; and half-tone printing blocks.