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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Votes for Men. [anti-suffrage handbill]

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Anti-suffrage handbill arguing that women have the right to exemption from political duties and to protection, "even against herself, if need be." An…

What the Employers of America Can Do for the Disabled Soldiers & Sailors

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Issued by the Federal Board for Vocational Education, Washington, D.C.; Series: Monograph ; no. 3.; Vocational Rehabilitation Series ; no. 3"The great…

Annual Report of the Refuge in the City of Boston and the Bethesda Society, 1912 [selected pages]

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This document details information regarding the Refuge's and the Bethesda Society’s yearly financial expenses, donations, and membership, while also…