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Finding aid for the Greater Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization records

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

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Greater Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization.
Title
Greater Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization records
Collection no.
0446
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1942-1961
Date [inclusive]
1942-1987
Extent
0.21 linear ft., 1 box
Language
English
Abstract
The Greater Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization records documents the functions and activities of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for the Study of Community Organization (ASCO) from 1948-1987. The records consist of minutes and agendas of ASCO general and committee meetings, local and national newsletters, speeches, membership application forms, membership lists, promotional flyers, meeting announcements, correspondence, etc.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Greater Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization records, Collection no. 0446, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Historical note

The Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization was an interdisciplinary professional society of people in the Greater Los Angeles area with a commonality of interests in the process and dynamics of community organization. In 1946, a group of social workers at the national level established an association aimed at studying community organization processes and procedures, and sent invitations to local Welfare Councils across the country to develop these study groups in their areas. The Los Angeles chapter gained initial national recognition with one of its first studies, on the role of recording in community organization. While its initial membership was composed almost exclusively of professional social workers, membership eventually expanded to include groups and individuals without professional involvement in social work but who work in the area of community organization.

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Scope and Content

The Greater Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization records documents the functions and activities of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for the Study of Community Organization (ASCO) from 1948-1987. The records consist of minutes and agendas of ASCO general and committee meetings, local and national newsletters, speeches, membership application forms, membership lists, promotional flyers, meeting announcements, correspondence, etc. Among the prominent names found in these holdings are Julius Klein, Eva Schindler-Rainman, and Chauncey Alexander.

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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 revised, updated, and encoded by Sue Luftschein, 2011 April

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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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Greater Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Agendas (administrative records)
  • Brochures
  • Correspondence
  • Memorandums
  • Minutes
  • Newsletters
  • Programs

Subject(s)

  • Community organization--California--Los Angeles County--Archival resources
  • Community organization--Research--California--Los Angeles County--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Records 1960-1987 

Scope and Content

Meeting announcements; membership application form; ASCO board meeting minutes; committee reports; correspondence; forms and papers re ASCO miscellany; attendance and membership records; ASCO "Consultant Corps" meeting minutes, report, and statement of philosophy; annual meeting reservation form; membership application forms; LA County Probation Department reports re gangs.

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 Records 1948-1986 

Scope and Content

ASCO membership meeting minutes; ASCO meeting agenda; LA chapter and national ASCO membership application form; Los Angeles ASCO report re recording in community organization social work; chapter statement of purpose and history; George M. Nishinaka speech at LA chapter of ASCO annual dinner; National ASCO publication re community organization bibliography.

1 2

 Records 1948-1960 

Scope and Content

ASCO meeting agendas and minutes, including drought drafts; memoranda re ASCO program planning committee; ASCO sub-committee report; membership questionnaire, application form; luncheon flyer; rough draft of ASCO statement re community organization; ASCO national newsletter; magazine excerpt; speech for California Federation of Women’s Clubs and Department of Community Services, County of Los Angeles.

1 3

 Records 1956-1986 

Scope and Content

ASCO promotional brochure; George Nishinaka speech for ASCO annual dinner (see also folder 2); historical essay on Los Angeles ASCO chapter (see also folder 2); ASCO committee membership lists; meeting announcement, one with list of coordinating council field area assignments; notes on meetings (for meeting minutes?); meeting minutes; sign-in sheets for meetings; meeting records.

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