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About the collection

The Social Welfare History Archives has over 340 collections document social services and reform movements from the late 1800's to the present.

  • Organizational records of national social service associations, professional social work organizations, and prominent specialized service organizations.
  • Personal papers of social work educator and practioners.
  • Print collections of Social work related books, journals, and pamphlets.
  • Prohibition and temperance publications, including material on temperance, sobriety, the duty of the church, and social and moral issues related to the use of alcohol. 
  • Oral history collections

Subject areas

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
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