The Social Welfare History Archives collects the records of private-sector social service and social reform organizations and the personal papers of individual leaders in the field. Researchers from all communities and disciplines are invited to contact the archives about using these materials.
Sources in the Archives document the history of social service and social reform, focused on the late nineteenth and twentieth century in the U.S. Social services and concerns represented in the collections include:
- child welfare
- community arts
- community organization & planning
- family support services
- group work
- immigration & migration
- juvenile delinquency
- poverty & unemployment assistance programs
- public health
- public social policy & public-private sector relationships
- recreation and camping
- senior services
- settlement houses and community centers
- sexual health
- single parenting & services for single mothers
- social casework & related counseling services
- social work education and the social work profession
- theories about charity and reform
- welfare rights & social justice movements
The Archives also houses an extensive collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, reports and newsletters related to social work and reform.
Archival collection guides
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Images & more
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Social Welfare History Archives staff are available for classes and presentations. Learn more about available instruction.
Did you know...
Did you know that funds are available to help you with your research? The University awards several Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowships every year to support travel to do research in the Social Welfare History Archives or the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. Click here for a full list of research scholarships and fellowships.