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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Young boy, Seventeenth Street Mission, Richmond, VA

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Photograph of young African American boy in winter coat and cap standing outside the Seventeenth Street Mission in Richmond, VA. What appears to be…

At the Prohibition Ball: novelty song

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Musical score for voice and piano. Illustrated title page in blue, orange, and white; ballroom scene with clock showing midnight, ghostly figure…

Police resistance, Passaic Textile Strike, 1926

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Martin Winkler of Garfield, New Jersey is arrested for resistance, after which he received a 10 day prison sentence.This event took place during the…