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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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…

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…

Natural Beauty -- Everybody's Fight

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"Natural Beauty -- Everybody's Fight" illustrates quotations and paraphrases from President Lyndon B. Johnson's "Remarks to the Delegates to the White…