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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Virginia School for the Blind, Charlottesville, Virginia

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"The intent and purpose of this leaflet is to acquaint its readers with the immediate importance of the Virginia General Assembly making an…

Student Reading Campus Newspaper

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Liz Vantrease, Class of 1970, reads a copy of the student newspaper, The Bullet, next to a cut out of a Vietnam War soldier who wears a peace sign and…

Partners! [editorial cartoon by William Kemp Starrett]

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Editorial cartoon by William Kemp Starrett published in The Knickerbocker Press. Image Description: An anthropomorphized can of Impure Milk shakes…