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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Student Reading Campus Newspaper

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Liz Vantrease, Class of 1970, reads a copy of the student newspaper, The Bullet, next to a cut out of a Vietnam War soldier who wears a peace sign and…

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…

Errand Boys, Child Labor Street Permit #254 [pinback button]

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Child labor street permit. This pinback button for an errand boy was issued in 1929. Variant state seal with armored Virtus and mountains in the…