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Finding aid for the Robert A. McKibben papers

Finding aid prepared by Lisa Ebiner Gavit, 2013 September

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
McKibben, Robert A., (Robert Anderson), 1895-1984
Title
Robert A. McKibben papers
Collection no.
0489
Date [inclusive]
1927-1968
Extent
0.84 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Rev. Dr. Robert A. McKibben was Executive Director of the All Nations Foundation and Pastor of the Church of All Nations in Los Angeles from 1927 until 1952, when he resigned to accept appointment by the Methodist Episcopal Church to its National Board of Missions. McKibben's correspondence relating to the All Nations Foundation, including his fund raising letters and his papers on church social work programs, are to be found with the records of that agency. Papers in this collection reflect his wide interests, his acquaintance with leading social welfare administrators throughout the West, and his national and international connections with social work associations, particularly those concerned with the developing specialty of group work, and with issues from the provision of services to youth, to narcotics education, and international student exchange programs. An influential figure in Los Angeles, McKibben was president of the Los Angeles County Coordinating Council's Executive Board, and a Vice-President of the Council of Social Agencies, on whose Executive Committee he served for many years.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Robert A. McKibben papers, Collection no. 0489, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

The Reverend Robert A. McKibben directed the All Nations Foundation from 1927-1952 and was dedicated to improving the Los Angeles community in which the Foundation worked. All Nations Foundation was considered the largest and most effective social welfare organization at the time in Los Angeles. McKibben collaborated with other welfare foundations both locally and nationally in order to improve the success of All Nations Foundation programs. Most of his projects focused on the healthy development of children, and the many programs of All Nations Foundation had the goal of ensuring that the participating children were physically, psychologically, and socially healthy. In 1952, Robert McKibben resigned from All Nations Foundation in order to accept a position as a member of the National Board of Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In addition to serving as director of All Nations Foundation, McKibben was also president of the Los Angeles County Coordinating Council's Executive Board, and a Vice President of the Council of Social Agencies. Because of his influential and untiring work, the delinquency rate on the east side of Los Angeles dropped 65% within his first three years of directing All Nations Foundation.

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Scope and Content

The Robert A. McKibben papers consists of correspondence and documents relating to All Nations Foundation while it was under McKibben's direction. All Nations Foundation was an organization affiliated with the Church of All Nations, providing important welfare services to the community in Los Angeles. The collection includes such items as reports on the status of children and teens in the Los Angeles area who were at risk for delinquency; progress reports on community improvement and delinquency rates; and information from conferences and employee trainings, many of which had a specific focus on group work. Also included is much correspondence between All Nations Foundation and other local or national welfare agencies regarding funding, grants, and progress made in the community.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2013 September
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 to quote from or publish manuscripts in the CSWA's collections from the copyright holder.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

All Nations Church and Foundation records, Collection no. 0403, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

All Nations Church and Foundation photographs, Collection no. 0421, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Los Angeles County Coordinating Councils Records, Collection no. 0406, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records, Collection no. 0480, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Community Chest and Welfare Federation of Los Angeles Area records, Collection no. 0461, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • All Nations Foundation (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Archives
  • National Conference of Social Work (U.S.) . -- Archives
  • National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers. -- Archives
  • Neighborhood Adult Participation Project (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Archives
  • Welfare Council of Metropolitan Los Angeles. -- Archives
  • Welfare Federation of Los Angeles Area. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Reports

Geographic Name(s)

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

Personal Name(s)

  • McKibben, Robert A., (Robert Anderson), 1895-1984 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Social group work--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Social work with juvenile delinquents--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Social work with youth--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Los Angeles Bulletin Vol. 27, No. 36 1945 May 18 

Scope and Content

Los Angeles Bulletin: Official Publication, Lions Club of Los Angeles; Vol. 27, No. 36. This publication mentions on the front page an upcoming speech Robert A. McKibben would be giving titled, "Youth Services--1945".

1 1

 All Nations Foundation misc. papers and letters 1928-1962 

Scope and Content

This folder includes historical descriptions of, and letters regarding, various humanitarian or charitable organizations including Goodwill Industries and Methodist Hospital of Los Angeles. This folder also contains many letters received by All Nations Foundation from various community leaders or Los Angeles city officials praising the organization for the charitable work they do and for their success in decreasing juvenile delinquency. Additionally, there are invitations to dinners put on by All Nations Foundation, appeals for donations, and other miscellaneous correspondence between All Nations Foundation and community leaders. There are several photographs included in the folder as well.

1 2

 The "Old City" of Los Angeles 1936 Map 1936 

Scope and Content

This map encompasses a 25 square mile area of Los Angeles, and is labeled with statistics about the area such as the number of elementary schools, rent and tax rates as compared to other areas of the city, etc.

1 3

 Miscellaneous Correspondence 1938-1953 

Scope and Content

This folder contains many miscellaneous letters to and from All Nations Foundation, including correspondence regarding: building repairs; donations and services for All Nations Foundation; adoption information; various conferences and training courses; numerous letters from the Welfare Federation of Los Angeles Area and other community-improving organizations; a report on the juvenile delinquincy problem in San Diego; and other miscellaneous correspondence.

1 4

 Robert McKibben letters and papers--general 1938-1960 

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous papers of Robert A. McKibben including letters regarding the administration of summer camps for children, a lengthy "notebook" from a conference put on by National Federation of Settlements in 1941, and other correspondence from the National Federation of Settlements, drafts of policy statements and reports, etc. Also worth noting is a reference written by Robert McKibben for a girl trying to leave Manzanar internment camp.

1 5

 Reports and Papers--National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers 1941-1960 

Scope and Content

This folder contains many reports and meeting minutes from the National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers. This includes documents regarding budgets, regulations, tax-exempt status, and action items, or which detail the living situation of poor families and the housing shortage. There are also some analyses of bills in the U.S. legislature which would have social consequences for immigrants, or which deal with the housing shortage, etc. Additionally, this folder contains a report from the Music Division of the National Federation of Settlements which talks about the benefits of teaching music to children and which highlights various music programs for children around the United States.

1 6

 Welfare Federation of L.A., miscellaneous social welfare agencies: papers and correspondence 1949-1960 

Scope and Content

This folder contains a large amount of correspondence regarding administrative matters of All Nations Foundation, much of which relates to budget items and donations, or repairs and renovations of All Nations Foundation buildings.

1 7

 Welfare Council of Metro L.A. Youth Services Dlivision; Civic Center Study Committee 1949-1951 

Scope and Content

Between 1949 and 1951, the Civic Center Study Committee studied "the needs and services to youth in the Civic Center area. The specific purpose of the study was to assist the three Community Chest agancies... in deciding whether the services that they had been giving were still needed or should be redirected." The folder contains surveys, reports, and other notes relating to findings and recommendations of the committee.

1 8

 National Conference of Social Work 1953 

Scope and Content

This folder consists of the 1953 official ballot of the National Conference of Social Work along with "The Conference Bulletin", published by the National Conference of Social Work, Summer 1953: Vol. 56, No. 4

1 9

 Narcotics Control Conference 1953 

Scope and Content

This folder consists of a brochure put out by the Council on Alcoholism, a brochure from The Narcotic Educational Foundation of America, a list of recent publications on narcotics, and materials from the Narcotics Control Conference held in 1953.

1 10

 NASW LA Chapter (Proposed) By-Laws 1955 August 

Scope and Content

National Association of Social Workers Los Angeles Area Chapter proposed by-laws; August 1955

1 11

 National Social Welfare Assembly--International Exchange Project 1955 

Scope and Content

This folder contains correspondence between All Nations Foundation and International Exchange Project as well as other documents pertaining to foreign exchange participants from Iran, Korea, and Indonesia.

1 12

 Booklets/ information guides on group work 1927-1938 

Scope and Content

This folder contains several booklets which explore the objectives and methods of doing group work; also in the folder are the first and second Annual Reports from the National Association for the Study of Group Work.

2 1

 California Council on Group Work 1936-1940 

Scope and Content

This folder contains many documents from the California Council on Group Work. This includes recommendations and reports regarding group work, and statements on the objectives of group work: "to contribute to individual development, integration and socialization".

2 2

 American Association for the Study of Group Work 1937-1942 

Scope and Content

This folder contains many documents and much correspondence to/from All Nations Foundation relating to group work. Also included is a draft of the American Association for the Study of Group Work 1939 by-laws, a booklet titled "Record Keeping in Group Work", and various newsletters.

2 3

 U.S.C. School of Social Work Subcommittee on Group Work; Harleigh B. Trecker 1941-1942 

Scope and Content

Agendas and minutes from meetings held by the Committee on Group Work at the USC School of Social Work.

2 4

 California Community Foundation 1935-1940 

Scope and Content

Correspondence between the California Commmunity Foundation and All Nations Foundation regarding funding and bills for projects and improvements to the houses owned by All Nations Foundation.

2 5

 California Youth Act; proposed 1937 1937 

Scope and Content

This folder contains the full text of the California Youth Act as well as correspondence relating to the act.

2 6

 California Conference of Social Work 1937-1953 

Scope and Content

This folder contains a program from a conference put on by the California Conference of Social Work, newsletters and minutes from the California Conference of Social Work, documents on group work, and various other correspondence between All Nations Foundation and the California Conference of Social Work.

2 7

 California Conference of Social Work 1946-1947 

Scope and Content

This folder contains several copies of a report titled "General Needs in Health and Welfare and Types of Legislation which the State Conference Might Support", along with programs and newsletters from the California Conference of Social Work.

2 8

 Welfare Council of L.A. and Council of Social Agencies 1941-1945 

Scope and Content

This folder contains several lists of donors to All Nations Foundation, as well as much correspondence between All Nations Foundation and the Welfare Council of L.A. regarding budgets, funding, and votes of appreciation.

2 9

 Community Welfare Federation; All Nations repairs 1946-1951 

Scope and Content

Correspondence regarding billing, funding, and payment for repairs at locations owned by All Nations Foundation.

2 10

 Community Welfare Federation Job Classification and Pay Plans 1946-1960 

Scope and Content

This folder contains correspondence and documents regarding open job positions, job qualifications, changing of job titles and responsibilities, and pay for All Nations Foundation employees. Also included is an interesting survey on the classification and pay procedure of employees at All Nations Foundation.

2 11

 National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers 1952-1965 

Scope and Content

This folder contains a compilation of Resolutions adopted by the National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers; a brochure of job listings at summer camps for kids in 1965; miscellaneous correspondence regarding hiring new employees (in particular hiring Peace Corps veterans); correspondence regarding government grants; notes and summaries of training programs; a report on The Housing Act of 1959; and a 1961-1962 National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers Directory of Member Houses.

2 12

 National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers; Asilomar Conference 1962 

Scope and Content

This folder contains information and materials from the Asilomar Conference put on by the National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers; it includes a lengthy report by Arthur Hillman on "Experimental Approaches in Deprived Areas", as well as documents on "Basic Principles of Board Operation", and "Responsibilities and Relationships of Committees, Chairmen, and Staff".

2 13

 Welfare Information Service and miscellaneous papers 1964 

Scope and Content

This folder contains correspondence between All Nations Foundation and Welfare Information Service regarding the role of WIS in providing referrals for former clients or new applicants to the All Nations Clinic. There are also miscellaneous notes on improving public relations, memos to employees on the gravity of the postage rate increase and the effects it would have on the All Nations Foundation budget, as well as tips employees should follow in order to cut postage costs, a brochure from the Regional Conference of the Progressive Education Association, the script for an untitled 1954 Community Chest Film, the Jewish Centers Association of Los Angeles Constitution, a 1966-1967 Annual Report of the Wesley Social Service Center, and a few newspaper clippings relating to the work done by All Nations Foundation.

2 14

 Neighborhood Adult Participation 1968 

Scope and Content

This folder contains a few papers relating specifically to the Career Development Division of the Neighborhood Adult Participation Project.

2 15

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