The collection of Baker-Ripley Foundation records chronciles the existence of the Houston Settlement Association/Neighborhood Centers, Inc. with Ripley House and their subsequent merger through its business records that include organizational/historical, financial, meetings, property and building-related, legal and administrative holdings.
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Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish materials from the Baker-Ripley Foundation Records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Biographical / Historical
In 1934 Mrs. Edith Hudson Ripley's will provided bequests to endow the Daniel and Edith Ripley Foundation. Pursuing the Ripley's goal of general benevolence in memory of her and her late husband, the Foundation's directors made a major gift in 1938 to the Houston Settlement Association that planned for the original Ripley House, constructed for Houston Settlement Association's use. The Foundation bought land and constructed Kirkland-Ripley 1950-51, Tsanoff-Ripley ca. 1972, Cleveland-Ripley 1968, Harbach-Ripley 1958-62. Numerous facilities and land, repairs, enhancements and renovations, and programs soon followed. Houston Settlement Association/Neighborhood Centers, Inc. eventually merged with Ripley House. The adopted mission of the Daniel and Edith Ripley Foundation is "to be a memorial of general benevolence to the memory of Daniel Ripley and Edith Ripley, his wife, by establishing, supporting, maintaining and operating in the Houston area major buildings and grounds to be used exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, and generally to carry out any other activity in connnection with the foregoing."
The Baker-Ripley Foundation records document the history and on-going operations of the Foundation through meetings and financial reports, property, legal and administration records.
The materials in this collection have been arragned in seven series as follows:
Series I: Organizational/historical
Series II: Meetings
Series III: Property and building-related
Series IV: Financial
Series V: Legal
Series VI: Administrative
Series VIII: Sheltering Arms
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated by Baker-Ripley Foundation, James Greenwood III Chief Executive Officer, and Kate Birenbaum, General Counsel and Vice President of Governance on Dec. 11, 2017.