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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Conventions Which Protect

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This poster was part of "Youth and Life" a 48-poster series published by the American Social Hygiene Association. The series was designed to educate…

This Little Book Contains Every Reason Why Women Should Not Vote

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Small booklet consisting of blank pages.

Child Labor in Virginia. NCLC Pamphlet No. 171

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Pamphlet by Alexander Jeffrey McKelway, Secretary for the Southern States, National Child Labor Committee. With photographs by Lewis W. Hine, staff…