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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Equal Suffrage League of Richmond, Va., February, 1915

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Equal Suffrage League of Richmond, Va. in front of Washington Monument, Capitol Square, Richmond. The members of the ESL were promoting the suffrage…

Bethany Home for Friendless Children, Chesterfield, VA

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Lucy and J. R. F. Burroughs founded the Bethany Home for Friendless Children in 1894. The childless couple established the orphanage on their 165-acre…

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…