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Finding aid for the Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2011 June

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles.
Creator
Welfare Planning Council, Los Angeles Region.
Title
Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records
Collection no.
0480
Date [inclusive]
1929-1947
Extent
2.09 Linear feet, 5 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records consist of meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence and memorandums, 1929-1947, created and collected by this welfare organization. The minutes are primarily those of the Executive Committee, and describe the higher level administrative activites of the Council. The reports consist of summaries of the activities of the various Council divisions, as well as research reports produced by these divisions on such topics as Los Angeles social agencies, social welfare organizations, and social conditions.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records, Collection no. 0480, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Historical note

Founded in 1929, the Council of Social Agencies was charged with promulgating and promoting studies, plans and programs that would provide information on Los Angeles' social welfare programs and to coordinate the activities of its membership, social welfare agencies in the city doing charitable and relief work. In 1944, the Council changed its name to the Welfare Planning Council of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

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Scope and Content

The Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records consist of meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence and memorandums, 1929-1947, created and collected by this welfare organization. The minutes are primarily those of the Executive Committee, and describe the higher level administrative activites of the Council. The reports consist of summaries of the activities of the various Council divisions, as well as research reports produced by these divisions on such topics as Los Angeles social agencies, social welfare organizations, and social conditions. The collection reflects the professional vigor of the Council as it faced, from its inception, the emergencies of the Depression--in a state with a three-year residency law governing eligibility for public assistance. In the 1940s, when Los Angeles became a center for defense production, the region experienced severe social and family dislocations. The records contain much historical data about Los Angeles during the Depression, about official and unofficial efforts to provide for destitute, unemployed people in a region full of "technical non-residents", for transients, and for the 20% of the population estimated then to be in need of some level of assistance. The collection reflects the rapid development of social work in this era, and also the effects of federal relief policies, both in averting catastrophe and in modifying the roles of public and private local agencies.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2011 June
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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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also Welfare Planning Council, Los Angeles Region, records, Collection no. 0434, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles. -- Archives
  • Welfare Planning Council, Los Angeles Region. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Bylaws (administrative records)
  • Correspondence
  • Memorandums
  • Minutes
  • Reports

Geographic Name(s)

  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social conditions--Archival resources

Subject(s)

  • Social service--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Minutes 

Box Folder

 Establishment, by-laws, committee minutes and reports 1929 

1 1

 Community Welfare Federation, Social Welfare Committee minutes 1929 

1 2

 Executive Committee minutes 1930 

1 3-4

 Minutes, reports, correspondence 1930-1933 

1 5

 Executive Committee minutes 1931 

1 6

 Executive Committee minutes 1932 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   1 7
    Box Folder
Textual materials   2 1

Box Folder

 Executive Committee minutes 1934 

2 2-3

 Executive Committee minutes 1937 

2 4

 Executive Committee minutes 1938 

2 5-6

 Executive Committee minutes 1939 

2 7

 Executive Committee minutes 1940 

3 1

 Executive Committee minutes 1941-1942 

3 2

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Series 2:  Division reports 

Box Folder

 Character Building Division reports 1935-1942 

3 3

 Groupwork Division reports 1937-1941 

3 4

 Health Division reports 1934-1942 

3 5

 Miscellaneous reports 1936-1944 

3 6

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Series 3:  Correspondence, memorandums, and administrative records 

Box Folder

 Correspondence 1934-1940 

3 7

 Administrative memorandums 1941-1942 

4 1

 Administrative papers, by-laws 1933-1945 

4 2

 Council restructuring 1943-1944 

4 3

 Organizational chart, areas served 1937-1938 

4 4

 Rosters, classifications, amended by-laws 1938 

4 5

 Miscellaneous materials 1939-1944 

Scope and Content

Financial and budget information; Community Relations Committee minutes.

4 6
Box

 Annual reports 1936-1944 

Scope and Content

For the years 1936, 1937-1938, 1938-1939, 1939-1940, 1940-1941, 1942-1943, 1943-1944.

5

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Series 4:  Research reports 

Box Folder

 "Surveys and Studies on File in the Research Library of the Communtiy Welfare Federation [compiled by the Research Division]" circa 1928 

4 7

 Community Welfare Federation, Family Welfare Agencies, "Report of Special Committee on Case Work Standards" circa 1929 

4 8

 Exchange report 1929 

4 9

 Salary study reports and questionnaires 1929-1932 

4 10

 Miscellaneous reports--child welfare, unemployment 1930-1933 

4 11

 Survey Division--reports and statistics 1934-1943 

4 12

 "Lark Ellen Home for Boys" 1934 

4 13

 "Hamburger Home" 1934 

4 14

 "St. Vibiana Club" 1934 

4 15

 Los Angeles Community Welfare Federation, "Family Welfare Service and Specialized Services for Adults" 1934 

4 16

 "Hospital Facilities for the Care of the Sick Poor in Los Angeles" 1934 August 20 

4 17

 "Girls Corner Club" 1934-1935 

5 1

 "Barton Training Home of the Big Sister League of Los Angeles" 1935 

5 2

 "Japanese Center of the Japanese Y.W.C.A." 1935 

5 3

 "Standards for Child Caring Institutions" 1937 January 

5 4

 "A Study of Nursing in Los Angeles" 1937 May 

5 5

 Miscellaneous reports 1937-1944 

Scope and Content

Development of social welfare in Los Angeles; relationship of case work to social problems; welfare information service report; care of the aged; labor and social welfare; unemployment.

5 6

 "Report of the Court Assistance Project" 1938 

5 7

 "History of the Development of Social Welfare in Los Angeles" 1939 July 11 

5 8

 "Social Welfare Costs in Los Angeles County, 1940" 1941 

5 9

 Proceedings, "Conference on ChIldhood and Youth in War Time" 1942 

5 10

 "Report on the Wartime Comittee on Parent-Child Homes" 1943 March 31 

5 11

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