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Detail from St. Martha's House annual report. Caption: "They Teach Us to be Americans." Girl holding American flag.

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This photo depicts adult immigrants learning English in a classroom. Gruenberg had to teach Irishmen how to read and write.

This pamphlet released by the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce in 1923 outlines the best methods for integrating immigrants into the community.

This article describes the work and goals of the "friendly rent collectors" of the Octavia Hill Association in Philadelphia. These women go to the houses of immigrants to collect rent and in doing so inspect the properties and tenants giving them…

The OHA shows how they improved living conditions in Philadelphia, and they asked people to invest in their company stock

Map of a Philadelphia neighborhood showing the different immigrant communities who lived there.

Overview of immigrant home projects throughout the course of several years, including one project that had a "demoralizing effect on O.H.A. [Octavia Hill Association]." This list chronicled the organization's efforts to improve housing conditions for…

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The document outlines how to become a citizen of Philadelphia, and what residents need to know in order to live a happy and prosperous life. It outlines detailed information regarding health, water supply, cleaning and waste disposal, recreation, and…

Newspaper ad from the Octavia Hill Association showing that Philadelphians could Americanize the foreign-born through friendly rent collectors.

Doris Barish (left) is acting as an interpreter showing Magdalina Gil how to handle an English telephone.
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