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Finding aid for the California Board of Social Work Examiners and California Conference of Social Work State Committee on Social Work Education records

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2011 April

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Arne, Runo
Creator
California Conference of Social Work. State Committee on Social Work Education.
Creator
California. Board of Social Work Examiners.
Creator
California. Dept. of Professional and Vocational Standards. Board of Social Work Examiners.
Creator
Ostomel, Maurice J., 1911-1998
Title
California Board of Social Work Examiners and California Conference of Social Work State Committee on Social Work Education records
Collection no.
0404
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1949-1956
Date [inclusive]
1937-1961
Extent
0.63 linear ft., 2 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The California Board of Social Work Examiners and California Conference of Social Work Education Committeee records consist primarily of correspondence and board meeting minutes, 1937-1961, that documents the activities of these two related entities. The records describe Board meetings, California legislation regarding the licensing of social workers, statistics on and evaluations of the social work licensing examination and state licensing codes. The latter part of the records contains information on the founding and activities of the California Conference of Social Work State Committee on Education, founded in 1951 with the goal of developing appropriate programs of education for future social workers.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], California Board of Social Work Examiners and California Conference of Social Work Education Committee records, Collection no. 0404, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Historical note

In 1950 California was the only state with voluntary registration of social workers. The collection reflects the work of the small, unpaid, and geographically scattered Board of Examiners as it set, tested and graded twice yearly examinations, struggled to hold frequent meetings despite skimpy travel allowances, and to run an effective advocacy and promotional program from its San Francisco office staffed by one executive secretary with, initially, only part-time clerical assistance. The executive secretary, when not personally packing examination booklets into wooden boxes for delivery by Railway Express to sites around the state, managed to get access to "the new IBM machines" at the Department of Health, where he undertook statistical analyses. Beyond such detail, the correspondence of the Board in the early 1950s reflects constant attempts to secure backing from leaders in the social work profession. Records for 1952-53 reflect not only the anxieties and objections raised by the attempt to restrict the use of the term "social worker", but also problems faced by the Board of Examiners and leaders in the profession when they attempted to write the restrictive bill, which would clearly require definitions of the terms "social work" and "social worker". With these papers, which reflect a significant phase in the development of social work as a profession, are also collected records of the Committee on Social Work Education of the California Conference of Social Work for the same period. The correspondence, work and described activities of the members of the same small group of social work leaders, educators, and legislators, are to be found in both collections. Maurice Ostomel, the donor of these papers, had an extraordinary dual role in the proceedings as chairman of both the Board of Social Work Examiners, from 1949-53, and of the Committee on Social Work Education, from its inception in 1951 until 1954.

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Scope and Content

The California Board of Social Work Examiners and California Conference of Social Work Education Committeee records consist primarily of correspondence and board meeting minutes, 1937-1961, that documents the activities of these two related entities. Also included are Included in the combined collections are reports, legislative materials, statistics, and one sample examination question. The records describe Board meetings, California legislation regarding the licensing of social workers, statistics on and evaluations of the social work licensing examination and state licensing codes. The latter part of the records contains information on the founding and activities of the California Conference of Social Work State Committee on Education, founded in 1951 with the goal of developing appropriate programs of education for future social workers. The majority of the correspondence in both parts of the records was authored by or directed to Maurice J. Ostomel and Runo Arne, both of whom servied in executive positions with the Board, in addition to their other responsibilities with social welfare agencies.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2011 April
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The use of archival materials for on-site research does not constitute permission from the California Social Welfare Archives to publish them. Copyright has not been assigned to the California Social Welfare Archives, and the researcher is instructed to obtain permission from the copyright holder to quote from or publish manuscripts in the CSWA's collections.

Acquisition

Donated by Maurice Ostomel.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • California Conference of Social Work. State Committee on Social Work Education. -- Archives
  • California. Board of Social Work Examiners. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Reports

Personal Name(s)

  • Arne, Runo -- Archives
  • Ostomel, Maurice J., 1911-1998 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Social work education--California--Archival resources
  • Social workers--Examinations--Archival resources
  • Social workers--Legal status, laws, etc.--California--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

 California Board of Social Work Examiners 

Box Folder

 Minutes, correspondence, reports 1949-1950 

1 1

 Correspondence and minutes 1950 

1 2

 Correspondence 1950-1951 

1 3

 Correspondence 1952 

1 4

 Correspondence, reports, minutes 1952-1953 

1 5

 Correspondence, minutes 1953-1954 

1 6

 Correspondence, reports, minutes 1955-1956 

1 7

 Directories, journal, newsletters 1949, 1950, 1961 

1 8

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 California Conference of Social Work State Committee on Social Work Education 

Box Folder

 Correspondence 1951 

1 9

 Correspondence 1952 

2 1

 Correspondence 1953-1954 

2 2

 Pamphlets 1937-1938 

2 3

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