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…

Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus (LAGPAC) Voter Registration Poster

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Poster published by the Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus (LAGPAC) announcing extended voter registration hours.The Louisiana Lesbian…

Votes for Men. [anti-suffrage handbill]

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Anti-suffrage handbill arguing that women have the right to exemption from political duties and to protection, "even against herself, if need be." An…