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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Lorena Weeks with typewriter

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Lorena Weeks had worked as a Southern Bell telephone operator for many years when she was denied a higher paying position as a company switchman on…

Chores of Modern Health Crusaders

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Poster depicting the eleven Chores of Modern Health Crusaders. These eleven health chores set out the essentials of tuberculosis prevention and…

First Annual Report of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice

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The first annual report of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice includes information about the Society’s incorporation, mission, and…