Richmond School of Social Economy, First Annual Announcement, 1917-1918. Bulletin No. 1
Stamped on cover: "Name changed from Richmond School of Social Economy to Virginia School of Social Work."
Address also changed with a stamp from "6-8 North 6th Street" to "1112 Capitol St." Richmond, VA.
This bulletin describes the classes, curriculum, and field work offerred by the new Richmond School of Social Economy along three tracks: general, public health nursing, and recreation. Entrance requirements, registration, fees, scholarships, library facilities, board and other matters are outlined. The names of the Board of Directors, Administrative Officers, Faculty and Special Lecturers are listed.
An advertisement for the first term declared: "Usual Opportunities Offerred For specialization in Public Health Nursing, Church Work, Medical Social Work, Juvenile Court and Playground Work."
Field work in the first year included the Virginia Home and Industrial School for Girls, a reform school in Bon Air, Va. The superintendent, Anna M. Petersen taught eugenics at the RSSE.
Transcriptions of Richmond Times-Dispatch articles describing the events surrounding the establishment of the school may be found at the Social Welfare History Project. These describe the period from October 1916, when serious conversations about starting a school began to be reported in the press, to July 1917 when Howard H. Hibbs, began as the school's first director.
The efforts of Richmond and Petersburg citizens such as Orie Latham Hatcher, Virginia McKenney (later Claiborne), Father Charles Hannigan, Nannie Minor, the Rev. J. T. Mastin, May Lansfield Keller, Katherine H. Hawes, the Rev. H. C. D. Maclachlan, and Agnes Randolph were important in the movement from felt need, to the idea of a school, and finally to the reality of classes and field work.
Additional transcriptions in the Social Welfare History Project concern reporting of the school's opening and first term.
Excerpts from the Bulletin:
The Richmond School of Social Economy was incorporated April 17th with the following Board of Directors;
Mr. J. J. Scherer, Jr. … President
Mr. Wortley F. Rudd … Vice-President
Miss Virginia S. McKenney ... Secretary
Mr. F. B. Dunford … Treasurer
(Names of board members follows)
Mr. J. J. Scherer, Jr., Chairman
Miss Virginia McKenney
Mr. F. B. Dunford
Dr. H. D. C Maclachlan
Mrs. Roy K. Flannagan
Dr. O. L. Hatcher
Father Chas. Hannigan
Dr. F. T. McFaden
Mr. W. F. Rudd
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Virginia Home and Industrial School for Girls, Social Welfare History Project
Richmond School of Social Economy - Beginnings. October 1916 - July 1917. Social Welfare History Project
Richmond School of Social Economy. Opening Term. Fall 1917. Social Welfare History Project