Aneita Tidball, a nationally known social worker and former executive Secretary of the Travelers Aid Society of Chicago, was Field Representative in the western states for the United Community Defense Service (UCDS), from 1951 to 1953. The UCDS was federation of fifteen large national agencies created in 1951 to assist undeveloped communities in meeting social service needs created by defense mobilization for the Korean War. It did so by functioning as a private cooperative fundraising agency that usually worked with local Community Chests. Tidball's three year assignment with the UCDS was to identify communities in the western region, including California, that had been adversely impacted by the growth and problems associated with the establishment of military installations because of the Korean War. Tidball's energetic and vivid field reports on the state of communities in the West, ranging from Oakland, to China Lake, to Moses Lake, Washington, form an important part of this collection.