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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Captain America Goes to War Against Drugs, No.1 April 1994: High Heat

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1990 giveaway comic book published by Marvel Comics in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Captain America helps a young baseball…

Why don't you put this boy to work in the factory... [editorial cartoon by Boardman Robinson]

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Editorial cartoon by Boardman Robinson. Originally published in the New York Tribune. Republished here in Cartoons Magazine vol. 3, no. 2 (February…

Errand Boys, Child Labor Street Permit #254 [pinback button]

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Child labor street permit. This pinback button for an errand boy was issued in 1929. Variant state seal with armored Virtus and mountains in the…