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Finding aid for the California Association for Health and Welfare records

2011 May

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
California Association for Health and Welfare.
Title
California Association for Health and Welfare records
Collection no.
0405
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1962-1968
Date [inclusive]
1933-1982
Extent
0.83 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The California Association for Health and Welfare records consist of executive committee minutes, planning materials and reports from regional and statewide conferences, newsletters, and miscellaneous Association publications. The majority of the material documents the planning of the Conference's annual organizational meetings held across the state, including the meeting held to discuss the fate of the organization in 1969. There are also materials produced by the California Conference of Social Work and the California Conference on Social Welfare.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], California Association for Health and Welfare records, Collection no. 0470, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Historical note

California Association for Health and Welfare was the name adopted in 1958 by the former California Conference of Social Work, which had been an important and highly influential assembly of professional social workers and lay members dedicated to public service. The group began in 1901, as the California Conference of Charities and Corrections, with the initial goal of promoting legislation to establish a state department supervising the state's welfare activities. After the California State Department of Charities and Corrections (later the Department of Social Welfare) was finally set up in 1903, the Conference played major roles in the development of the state's juvenile courts, in the reform of county hospitals, in pioneering state aid for needy children and the aged, and in the registration and certification of social workers. It also developed an effective legislative advocacy arm, first flexed during assaults on state social services launched by the legislature during the 1930s. At its height in the late 1930s and early 1940s, the Conference had a membership of over 3,000 and would often host 1,000 or more attendees at its annual conferences. The bulk of the collection reflects the condition of the Association from 1965 to 1969, when membership had sunk to around 600 and was in an apparently irreversible decline leading to dissolution of the group in February 1969.

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Scope and Content

The California Association for Health and Welfare records consist of executive committee minutes, planning materials and reports from regional and statewide conferences, newsletters, and miscellaneous Association publications. The majority of the material documents the planning of the Conference's annual organizational meetings held across the state, including the meeting held to discuss the fate of the organization in 1969. There are also materials produced by the California Conference of Social Work and the California Conference on Social Welfare.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2011 May
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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • California Association for Health and Welfare. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Reports

Geographic Name(s)

  • California--History--Archival resources

Subject(s)

  • Social advocacy--California--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Inland Empire Conference, Region XI 1962-1964 

1 1

 State office, Regions VIII and XI 1962-1966 

Scope and Content

Proceedings of institutes on 1962 Social Security Act; board meeting minutes; correspondence; regional programs.

1 2

 Regional vice presidents' "kit" 1962-1967 

1 3

 54th annual conference 1964-1965 

1 4

 Central Valley conference 1966 

1 5

 Central Valley conference, Region VIII; East Bay conference, Region VI 1966-1967 

1 6

 Handbook for regional vice presidents, papers 1966-1967 

1 7

 56th annual conference 1967 

1 8

 Statewide conference 1967 

1 9

 Regional conference planning, Central Valley, Fresno, Riverside 1967-1968 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   1 10
    Box Folder
Textual materials   2 1

Box Folder

 Manual for regional vice presidents and regional steering committees 1968 

2 2

 Statewide conference; end of the association 1968-1969 

2 3-4

 Miscellaneous reports, proceedings, and publications 1938-1968 

2 5

 California Conference of Social Work and California Conference on Social Welfare pamphlets and proceedings 1933-1950 

2 6

 California Conference of Social Work and California Conference on Social Welfare correspondence, minutes, proceedings 1946-1952 

2 7

 Welfare Council of Metropolitan Los Angeles 1946-1947 

2 8

 John Muir plaque 1958-1979 

2 9

 Photographs of various California social work leaders 1950s 

2 10

 Letter re contribution of materials to California Social Welfare project 1982 

2 11

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