California Social Welfare Archives (CSWA) was organized in 1979 to
collect materials that chronicle the history and diversity of social
welfare in California, with an emphasis on Southern California. The
Archives contains correspondence, minutes, memoranda, annual reports,
research papers, conference proceedings, oral histories, and
newsletters of California social welfare and related organizations
which have reflected in their programs the development of social
welfare programs, problems, issues, and services in the State. It also
contains the personal papers of social workers or social work lay or
civic leaders who participated in the emergence of social programs,
public or private. Included in the collection are documents
illustrating the roles of philanthropic groups and, especially, those
depicting the history of marginalized groups as providers and consumers
of mainstream social welfare services, as well as their experience in
developing and using their own community services through, for example,
benevolent societies and religious groups.
Direction and Access
CSWA is located on the campus of the University of Southern California, Doheny Memorial Library, room 206. The Archives may be used by academic and community researchers (by appointment only).
Make an appointment through the Special Collections office at: 213-740-5900.