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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Virginia Federation of Labor Convention Badge. Bristol, Va., April 3, 4, 5, 1922

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Virginia Federation of Labor delegate's convention badge. Delegates represented local unions at the state gathering. The Virginia Federation of Labor…

Bethany Home for Friendless Children, Chesterfield, VA

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Lucy and J. R. F. Burroughs founded the Bethany Home for Friendless Children in 1894. The childless couple established the orphanage on their 165-acre…

Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus (LAGPAC) Voter Registration Poster

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Poster published by the Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus (LAGPAC) announcing extended voter registration hours.The Louisiana Lesbian…