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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July First. "Oh, where's the beer of yester year?" [editorial cartoon by J. F. Bronstrup]

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Editorial cartoon by J. F. Bronstrup shows a saloon owner smoking a cigar outside his recently converted bar. The establishment window now advertises…

Popular Fallacies About Race Relations

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A pamphlet addressing resistance from white Americans to racial integration. Written by the Educational Director of the Commission on Interracial…

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…