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Gladys H. Culp papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 0408

Scope and Content

The collection contains student materials from Culp's undergraduate and graduate years at USC, including book reports, term projects, examination papers, and essays on such topics eugenics, race relations, industrial sociology, and union leadership. It also contains a report, letter, commendation, and other materials related to her career in social work with the Bureau of Public Assistance of the County of Los Angeles, especially in the 1960s.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1968


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 Archive to publish them. Copyright has not been assigned to the California Social Welfare Archive, and the researcher is instructed to obtain permission to quote from or publish manuscripts in the CSWA’s collections from the copyright holder.

Biographical note

Gladys H. Culp was a sociology undergraduate student at the University of Southern California in the mid 1940s, who also did some graduate work at USC in the mid 1950s. By 1968 Culp had become a Supervising Social Worker at the Metro North District of the Bureau of Public Assistance of Los Angeles County. In 1964 she led a statewide demonstration project, undertaken by Adult Protective Services, to transfer patients, many of whom had been institutionalized for decades, from state hospitals and institutions for the mentally retarded and impaired out into the community. Over a four year period, Culp and the unit she headed--entirely made up of workers with "two years experience with the agency, but no professional social work training"--were responsible for the placement of 585 removed mental patients, mostly in private board and care and nursing homes. Culp was awarded certificates of commendation and appreciation for her work in this demonstration project. Of particular interest is her manuscript account of its accomplishment.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

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This collection consists of material documenting Gladys Culp’s undergraduate and graduate work at USC, and materials related to her career in social work with the Bureau of Public Assistance of the County of Los Angeles, especially in the 1960s.


The material is arranged chronologically.


Donated by Gladys Culp, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services.

Finding Aid for the Gladys H. Culp papers
Jane Adler and Clay Stalls
2000 February 22
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States