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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Father Forgive them for they know not what they do / Educate Don't Segregate [1963 Farmville, Va. protests]

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Protesters in front of Prince Edward County Courthouse, Main St., Farmville, Va., July 1963. The Rev. Goodwin Douglas, pastor of Beulah AME, with…

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…

At the Prohibition Ball: novelty song

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Musical score for voice and piano. Illustrated title page in blue, orange, and white; ballroom scene with clock showing midnight, ghostly figure…