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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Captain America Goes to War Against Drugs, No.1 April 1994: High Heat

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1990 giveaway comic book published by Marvel Comics in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Captain America helps a young baseball…

This Little Book Contains Every Reason Why Women Should Not Vote

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Small booklet consisting of blank pages.

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…