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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National Silk Dye Workers on strike

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Silk dye workers just before arrest. Nancy Sandowsky at center.

Little Wanderers’ Advocate.

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The first 16 pages of this item describe the origin, mission statement, constitution, and founding board members of the Union Mission and Home for…

Suffrage Rally, May 1, 1915, Richmond, Va. [photographs]

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These photographs document a suffrage rally held on the south portico of the Virginia Capitol on May 1, 1915. Dr. E. N. Calisch, rabbi of Congregation…