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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The Case Against the Red Light

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Venereal disease bulletin, no. 54. Public health pamphlet arguing that prostitution spreads venereal disease and cannot be "segregated, licensed, and…

Police resistance, Passaic Textile Strike, 1926

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Martin Winkler of Garfield, New Jersey is arrested for resistance, after which he received a 10 day prison sentence.This event took place during the…

Woman Citizen, November 6, 1920

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The Woman Citizen, November 6, 1920 was published following the first presidential election in which women could vote -- November 2, 1920. "ELECTION…