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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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…

“Open-air” classroom at Moore Street School, 1113 W. Moore Street, Richmond, Va.

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In the early-20th century, Europe and the U.S. saw the rise of “open air” schools intended to create healthy environments to combat tuberculosis…

Better Babies [suffrage pamphlet]

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National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) pamphlet on how woman suffrage improves children's health. Cover cartoon by Rose O'Neill. "300,000 babies…