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:

  • adoption
  • child welfare
  • citizenship
  • community arts
  • community organization & planning
  • family support services
  • group work
  • housing
  • 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.

The Archives is part of the Migration and Social Services Collections in the Archives and Special Collections Department (ASC).