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Finding aid for the United Way of Los Angeles records

Finding aid prepared by Jane Adler, Clay Stalls, 2000 February 3

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
United Way of Los Angeles.
Title
United Way of Los Angeles records
Collection no.
0438
Date [inclusive]
1953-1991
Extent
2.5 linear ft., 6 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The material in this collection is textual, its records consisting of committee minutes and agendas; research papers, reports, and studies (both published and unpublished); by-laws, United Way organizational papers such as statements of philosophy, memoranda, etc. The collection's material spans the years 1953-1991, with the majority dating from the decade of the 1970s.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], United Way of Los Angeles records, Collection no. 0438, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Historical note

The United Way of Los Angeles is a volunteer social welfare agency dedicated to uniting government, private agencies, and individuals to meet the needs of the socially needy. It was created in 1963, the result of the consolidation of thirty-three Los Angeles area city and local community chests, some of which dated to ca. 1920. With the growth of the Los Angeles area, the consolidation of community charitable giving and agencies under the leadership of a directing organization was considered necessary in order that volunteer, community giving be better organized. With the continued growth of the Los Angeles area, the United Way was restructured into five regions in 1971. This move would form strong leadership from locally based branches of United Way--still under the umbrella of the United Way of Los Angeles--that would be better able to recognize and respond to local needs. The United Way now serves some four million families in the Los Angeles area, through the efforts of some 250 organizations.

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Scope and Content

The material in this collection is textual, its records consisting of committee minutes and agendas; research papers, reports, and studies (both published and unpublished); by-laws, United Way organizational papers such as statements of philosophy, memoranda, etc. The collection's material spans the years 1953-1991, with the majority dating from the decade of the 1970s.

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Organization

The material has been intellectualy organized into the following series:

1. Administrative/Organizational Papers

2. Reports

3. Committees

4. Board of Directors

5. Related Agencies

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2000 February 3
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Revision Description

 Finding aid encoded, edited, and updated by Sue Luftschein, 2011 February

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 to quote from or publish manuscripts in the CSWA's collections from the copyright holder.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

The Urban Archives Center of the California State University, Northridge, houses a large collection of material on the United Way.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United Way of Los Angeles. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Memorandums
  • Newsletters
  • Reports

Subject(s)

  • Fund raising--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Nonprofit organizations--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Social group work--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Administrative/Organizational Papers 

Scope and Content

This series consists of guidelines, staffing and organizational charts, salary plans, memoranda, by-laws, etc.

Box Folder

 United Way Miscellany 1981-1986 

Scope and Contents note

Memorandums, correspondence, reports, salary schedules re Volunteer Center, UW by-laws, volunteer training, fundraising, etc.

1 2

 Volunteer Survey undated 

Scope and Contents note

Volunteer survey prepared by Dr. Eva Schindler-Rainman with [Los Angeles] Mayor's Advisory Council on Volunteerism

1 5

 Policy Statements 1964-1969 

Scope and Contents note

Policy statements re United Way activities

2 1

 UW Miscellany 1975-1986 

Scope and Contents note

Staffing chart & UW history; committee roster; United Way statement of purpose; leadership, admission guidelines; ethnic diversity of UW agencies and funding recipients; agency/United Way agreement; leadership guidelines; task force reports re admissions

4 1

 UW Miscellany undated 

Scope and Contents note

Metropolitan Region pilot programs and Priorities Committee recommendations; "available forms material" (UW printed resources)

4 5

 UW Miscellany 1973-1976 

Scope and Contents note

Memorandums re UW salaries; classification and salary plan; UW salary schedules; memorandum re agency allocations, and Jewish Home for Aged allocation request; Family Counseling & Welfare Services roster

5 4

 UW Miscellany 1971-1990 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of by-laws; statement of purpose; program category list; UW research library subject list; publicity materials

5 5

 Annual Reports 1975-1985 

Scope and Contents note

United Way annual reports

5 9

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Series 2:  Board of Directors 

Scope and Content

The Board of Directors left a substantial amount of documentation on important activities such as fundraising.

Box Folder

 Board of Directors 1979-1980, 1986-1988 

Scope and Contents note

Memorandum, minutes, roster, Board meeting schedule, United Way funding allocations, agency lists, United Way fund distribution plans re Board of Directors, United Way Region V

1 4

 Board of Directors 1970-1982 

Scope and Contents note

Memorandums, UW organizational chart re Board of Directors, copy of by-laws and other UW policy materials; drafts of reports for Board discussion

2 2

 Board Rosters 1970-1972, 1977 

Scope and Contents note

Rosters for various United Way boards; also includes Welfare Planning Council; memorandum re state employee campaign

3 7

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Series 3:  Committees 

Scope and Content

Committees such as that on admissions perform vital services and accordingly have been awarded their own series because of the significant documentation that they generated. All reports and studies issued by United Way committees can be found under the series Reports.

Box Folder

 United Way Committees 1974-1988 

Scope and Contents note

Rosters, memorandums, correspondence, guidelines, agenda and meeting minutes re Women's, Management Chairs, and Service Awards committees; United Way "Viewpoint" newsletter

1 1

 Admissions Committee 1976-1983 

Scope and Contents note

Admissions guidelines, memoranda, admissions contracts, application forms, list of admissions applicants

1 3

 Women's Committee 1964-1966, 1974 

Scope and Contents note

Material re Gold Key Award from Women's Committee

1 6

 Corporate Awards and Recognition Committee 1990-1991 

Scope and Contents note

Minutes and agenda of meetings, correspondence, award nomination forms, meeting notice, award guidelines re Corporate Awards and Recognition Committee; material for Volunteer Development Task Force and subcommittees associated with Corporate Awards Committee

1 7

 Corporate Awards and Recognition Committee 1989-1992 

Scope and Contents note

Agenda and minutes of meetings, meetings calendars, awards nomination standards and forms, committee rosters, correspondence re Corporate Awards and Recognition Committee; copy of speech by President Bush on volunteerism; "United Way Executive Report" newsletter

1 8

 Committees 1981 

Scope and Contents note

Memorandums, policy plans, committee goals, programs by or about various UW Committee; newsletters from United Way

1 10

 Child Care Committee undated 

Scope and Contents note

Report by Corporate Child Care Committee

2 9

 Committees 1978-1986 

Scope and Contents note

Memorandums, meeting minutes, agency lists, salary guideline, organizational plans, program statements re Corporate Agency Services Agency Relations Committees; LA City & County Human Relations report; Koreatown report; agency/United Way agreement

4 2

 Committees 1990-1991 

Scope and Contents note

Rosters, minutes, service provider resumes, assistance rating worksheets, meeting announcements, UW agency data request forms for Agency Technical Assistance Committee, Metropolitan Region Admissions Committee

4 3

 Committee 1991 

Scope and Contents note

Meeting announcements & agenda, financial proformas, projects summary, correspondence, consultants' bills, work forms and plans, service provider interview schedule, agency requests for technical assistance re Technical Assistance Committee/Management Assistance

4 4

 Agency Admissions 1983 

Scope and Contents note

Task force and committee reports, applications review form, admissions plan statement, memorandum, admissions policy statements re admission of agencies to United Way

1 9

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Series 4:  Reports 

Scope and Content

Because of the need to administer its resources wisely, the United Way has generated or acquired a large number of studies, research papers, and reports on social conditions and areas of Los Angeles. This work, both published and unpublished, has been placed in the series with the generic title, "Reports."

Box Folder

 Information and Referral Study 1978 

Scope and Contents note

"Report of the Los Angeles County Information and Referral Study." Sponsored by United Way Inc. et al.

2 3

 Mental Health Care 1969 

Scope and Contents note

Unpublished paper on mental health care written for United Way

2 4

 Pacific/Asian report 1978 

Scope and Contents note

Pacific/Asian Study Committee Report re UW agencies and "Pacific/Asians"

2 5

 Volunteer Paper 1967 

Scope and Contents note

Unpublished paper on youth volunteerism written by Betty Gray Seldner, of United Way

2 6

 All Nations Foundation 1967 

Scope and Contents note

Study of All Nations Foundation by United Way and other organizations

2 8

 Jarvis/Gann Study circa 1978 

Scope and Contents note

United Way study of impact of Jarvis/Gann tax reform on local governments and schools

2 11

 Child Care Study 1973 

Scope and Contents note

"Region V Child Care Study. A Project of United Way Region V Planning Division." Final report by Sirel Forster (three copies, including one photocopy, one rough draft)

3 1

 Child Care Report 1974 

Scope and Contents note

Report by Marie Foley on Region V Child Care Study (see Box 3, folder 1)

3 2

 Reports/Planning Council 1975, 1982 

Scope and Contents note

UW Region V studies on Torrance YMCA and on illegal immigrants in central Los Angeles; Planning Council memoranda, planning memo, meeting minutes; Central Region Priorities Study

3 3

 Single Parent report 1973 

Scope and Contents note

"Report of the United Way Single Parent Family Demonstration Project," by Margaret Mudgett

3 4

 Census Data 1972 

Scope and Contents note

"Region I. Census 1970. Housing and Population." Complied by the Planning Council, United Way

3 5

 Resource Guide circa 1970 

Scope and Contents note

"Resource and Reference Guide for 'Special Planning Information Consultants and Experts.'" Prepared by Western Region Planning Council

3 6

 Guide/Reports 1972-1973 

Scope and Contents note

Guide to services in Harbor area; report on alcoholism and on Central Los Angeles Region budgeting

3 8

 Residential Care Survey 1976 

Scope and Contents note

Survey of residential care facilities for children and adolescents in Los Angeles County (2 copies)

3 9

 Area Studies 1971, 1982 

Scope and Contents note

Study of health/welfare needs for Wilmington; Priorities Committee report for Central Los Angeles region

3 10

 Government Funding 1982 

Scope and Contents note

UW Planning council report on government funding to United Way Agencies (2 copies)

3 11

 Reports 1975, 1976, 1983 

Scope and Contents note

UW Planning Council reports on Neighborhood Organizing Program of Pasadena Urban League and on Sickle Cell Anemia Center and on youth violence

3 12

 Committee Reports 1986, 1988 

Scope and Contents note

Priorities Committee report on United Way funding; Citizens' Independent Study Committee on questionable United Way transactions

3 13

 Publications 1974, 1979, 1987 

Scope and Contents note

UW management assistance program; UW state of LA County report; analysis of UW priorities and policies (2 copies)

4 6

 Publications 1971, 1983, 1987 

Scope and Contents note

Directory of Asian Pacific volunteers; child care study report; regional plan report

4 7

 Reports 1967 

Scope and Contents note

UW excerpts of 1981-1982 California Governor's budget; budget priorities plan

5 8

 Services Identification 1975 

Scope and Contents note

UW reports on "Services Identification System" (4 copies)

5 10

 Planning for the Aging 1973 

Scope and Contents note

"Planning for the Aging" study, by Los Angeles County Corporate United Way. Introduction, Plan for United Way regions I and II.

6 1

 Planning for the Aging 1973 

Scope and Contents note

"Planning for the Aging" study, by Los Angeles County Corporate United Way. Plan for United Way regions III and V.

6 2

 Reports/Studies 1975, 1979, 1981 

Scope and Contents note

Information and referral study report; United Way study of contracting problems between government and non-profit agencies; resource information study and plan

6 3

 Reports 1973, 1980, 1982 

Scope and Contents note

Two reports on housing for seniors (1980, 1982); emergency services referral booklet

6 4

 Reports/Studies 1973, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Koreatown profile report; "Planning for the Aging" study

6 5

 Social Work Paper 1983 

Scope and Contents note

Paper on United Way Gas Assistance Fund, by Jackie Papp for graduate social welfare class

6 6

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Series 5:  Related Agencies 

Scope and Content

This series consists of correspondence, newletters, reports, rosters, etc. created by or received from other welfare agencies in the Los Angeles region.

Box Folder

 All Nations Foundation 1965-1967 

Scope and Contents note

Memorandums, correspondence, budget allocations re United Way and All Nations Foundation; United Way All Nations Review Committee memoranda and agenda

2 7

 Welfare Planning Council 1959-1962 

Scope and Contents note

Memorandums, by-laws, press release, list of agencies re Welfare Planning Council, Welfare Information Service; WPC Research Dept. Working Paper No. 17: community profile of Compton, Pacoima, Wilmington, Willowbrook

5 1

 Community Chest 1962 

Scope and Contents note

Information sheet, organizational chart, memorandums, newsletter division responsibilities sheets, assignments for campaign, agenda and committee minutes re Community Chest; correspondence of Rev. Harlan R. Waite of All Nations re Community Chest (water damage)

5 2

 Community Chest 1953, 1963 

Scope and Contents note

Community Chest/United Way newsletter; CC public relations handbook

5 3

 Cerritos Directory 1972 

Scope and Contents note

Directory of social welfare services in Cerritos; prepared by Cerritos College

5 6

 Developmental Disabilities Services 1975-1976 

Scope and Contents note

Developmental Disabilities Program Board Areawide plan for 1975-1976, 1976-1977

5 7

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