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Baker-Ripley Foundation Records

Identifier: MS 728
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1924 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

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."


8.75 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

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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.
Guide to the Baker-Ripley Foundation Records
Lee Pecht
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA