Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records Edit

Summary

Identifier
0480
Finding Aid Author
Sue Luftschein
Finding Aid Date
2011 June
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • 1929 – 1947 (Creation)

Extents

  • 2.09 Linear Feet (Whole)
    5 boxes

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Notes

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The use of archival materials for on-site research does not constitute permission from the California Social Welfare Archives to publish them. Copyright has not been assigned to the California Social Welfare Archives, and the researcher is instructed to obtain permission from the copyright holder to quote from or publish manuscripts in the CSWA's collections.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records, Collection no. 0480, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Historical note

    Founded in 1929, the Council of Social Agencies was charged with promulgating and promoting studies, plans and programs that would provide information on Los Angeles' social welfare programs and to coordinate the activities of its membership, social welfare agencies in the city doing charitable and relief work. In 1944, the Council changed its name to the Welfare Planning Council of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

  • Abstract

    The Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records consist of meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence and memorandums, 1929-1947, created and collected by this welfare organization. The minutes are primarily those of the Executive Committee, and describe the higher level administrative activites of the Council. The reports consist of summaries of the activities of the various Council divisions, as well as research reports produced by these divisions on such topics as Los Angeles social agencies, social welfare organizations, and social conditions.

  • Scope and Content

    The Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records consist of meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence and memorandums, 1929-1947, created and collected by this welfare organization. The minutes are primarily those of the Executive Committee, and describe the higher level administrative activites of the Council. The reports consist of summaries of the activities of the various Council divisions, as well as research reports produced by these divisions on such topics as Los Angeles social agencies, social welfare organizations, and social conditions. The collection reflects the professional vigor of the Council as it faced, from its inception, the emergencies of the Depression--in a state with a three-year residency law governing eligibility for public assistance. In the 1940s, when Los Angeles became a center for defense production, the region experienced severe social and family dislocations. The records contain much historical data about Los Angeles during the Depression, about official and unofficial efforts to provide for destitute, unemployed people in a region full of "technical non-residents", for transients, and for the 20% of the population estimated then to be in need of some level of assistance. The collection reflects the rapid development of social work in this era, and also the effects of federal relief policies, both in averting catastrophe and in modifying the roles of public and private local agencies.

  • Related Archival Materials

    See also Welfare Planning Council, Los Angeles Region, records, Collection no. 0434, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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