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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Bethany Home for Friendless Children, Chesterfield, VA

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Lucy and J. R. F. Burroughs founded the Bethany Home for Friendless Children in 1894. The childless couple established the orphanage on their 165-acre…

Independent Citizenship For Married Women

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Pamphlet promoting the Principle of Independent Citizenship for Married Women and detailing the Curtis, Rogers, Johnson, and Shortridge bills. "In a…

Care for Her Through the YWCA: For Every Fighter a Woman Worker

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World War I poster created by Adolph Treidler to publicize the YWCA's participation in the United War Work Campaign, November 11 - 18, 1918.The United…