Explore the history of American social reform and social services 

The Social Welfare History Image Portal brings together photographs, pamphlets, artifacts and documents chronicling the history of the nation's response to human need. This history includes the work of volunteer organizations, reform movements, social workers, and government legislation and systems.

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American Association for Labor Legislation [membership solicitation card]

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Membership solicitation card published by the American Association for Labor Legislation. One side has an editorial cartoon by Gordon Grant,…

Neighborhood House Boy's Basketball Team, 1926 - 1927

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Photograph of boy's basketball team from Neighborhood House, Richmond, VA. Nine young men and their coach are shown with a trophy and basketball on…

The Ray of Hope [editorial cartoon by Edgar F. Schilder]

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Editorial cartoon by Edgar F. Schilder. A hooded figure of Death, carrying a scythe and labelled "The White Plague" flies over a graveyard. In the…