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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Independent Citizenship For Married Women

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Pamphlet promoting the Principle of Independent Citizenship for Married Women and detailing the Curtis, Rogers, Johnson, and Shortridge bills. "In a…

Story of the Boston Nursery for Blind Babies

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This pamphlet provides a brief history of the Boston Nursery for Blind Babies. The pamphlet is accompanied with photographs displaying the nursery…

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom [publicity flyer]

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The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place on 28 August 1963. An estimated 250,000 people attended the massive, peaceful rally, while…