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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Story of the Boston Nursery for Blind Babies

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This pamphlet provides a brief history of the Boston Nursery for Blind Babies. The pamphlet is accompanied with photographs displaying the nursery…

Joan of Arc Saved France. Women of America Save Your Country

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World War I poster created by Haskell Coffin for the United States Treasury Department.A radiant Joan of Arc wearing a suit of armor, lifts her sword…

Conventions Which Protect

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This poster was part of "Youth and Life" a 48-poster series published by the American Social Hygiene Association. The series was designed to educate…