Explore the history of American social reform and social services 

The Social Welfare 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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Association Monthly, February 1918

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Monthly publication of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Cover illustration by W. T. Benda (Władysław Teodor Benda).Two-page photo…

Protect our American Youth by Prohibiting the Liquor Traffic

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Woman's Christian Temperance Union placard. A stick handle was once attached to this sign.

The Map Blossoms

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Political cartoon by B. Ames (Blanche Ames Ames) from Woman's Journal and Suffrage News, Vol. 46, No. 21, May 22, 1915.Uncle Sam prunes a tree marked…