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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They Are Advancing

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Pamphlet advocating for the Child Labor Amendment, passed in 1924, but never ratified.

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…

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…