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Robbins, Jane Elizabeth (1860–1946)

Robbins, Jane Elizabeth (1860–1946)

American social worker and physician. Born Dec 28, 1860, in Wethersfield, CT; died Aug 16, 1946, in Hartford, CT; dau. of Richard Austin Robbins (seed merchant) and Harriet (Welles) Robbins.

Helped organize and was early resident of New York College Settlement on Lower East Side of NY (1889); opened medical practice in Little Italy section of NY (c. 1891); served as head worker at New York College Settlement (1894–97) and used settlement to advocate for labor, public parks, tenement and educational causes; was head worker at Normal College Alumnae House in NY (1901), Alta House in Cleveland, OH (1902), Little Italy Settlement in Brooklyn (1911), and Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in NY (1914); helped organize temporary hospitals in Greece after WWI; returned to Greece to assist refugees of uprising against Turkey (1927–29).

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