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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Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

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Educational comic book published by the Fellowship of Reconciliationfollowing the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The comic book advocates for…

Independent Citizenship For Married Women

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Pamphlet promoting the Principle of Independent Citizenship for Married Women and detailing the Curtis, Rogers, Johnson, and Shortridge bills. "In a…

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…