Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, Public Health Activist

Title

Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, Public Health Activist

Description

While Elizabeth Anderson was living in New York, she noted the deplorable conditions around the state and sought to improve them with her and her husband’s wealth. In 1913 she established the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor, which would later become the Community Service Society of New York, and it funded many improvements for public schools such as drinking fountains, school lunches, medical inspections, and ventilation. For six years she was the largest donor to what is now known as Mental Health America which helps war veterans with shell-shock. She was also the largest donator, until her death, to Barnard College and was on its board of trustees. In addition, she gave the same amount of money, $100, 000 dollars, to Lillian Wald's Henry Street Settlement and to the Harlem Office of the Legal Aid Society, the latter which she helped fund.

Creator

Milbank Memorial Fund

Date

Before 1921

Source

A portrait of Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, an activist for improving public health and a philanthropist. Source: History. (n.d.). Milbank Memorial Fund. Retrieved Nov 1, 2012, from http://bit.ly/WbiazQ

Relation

Rights

Milbank Memorial Fund

Publisher

Milbank Memorial Fund

Contributor

Milbank Memorial Fund

Format

Medium: Photograph

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Women

Coverage

Historic

Files

elizabethanderson.jpg

Collection

Reference

Milbank Memorial Fund, Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, Public Health Activist, Milbank Memorial Fund, Before 1921

Cite As

Milbank Memorial Fund, “Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, Public Health Activist,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 19, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/51.