California Social Welfare Archives records
Scope and Content of Collection
The records of the California Social Welfare Archives include letters, fundraising documents, event planning and programs, and other materials relevant to the organization and functioning of the Archives as an organization. The initial collection covers the period from the CSWA's foundation in 1979 as the California Social Welfare Heritage through the beginning of the 21st century. Additions will be made to update the collection from time to time.
The collection includes particularly good coverage of the foundation of the CSWA, Board of Directors meetings, and events and records from the early 1990's.
- 1979 -
- California Social Welfare Archives (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The California Social Welfare Archives was begun as the California Social Welfare Heritage, dedicated to "the orderly collection and preservation of papers and documents of historical significance in the development of social welfare in California." Originated by George D. Nickel, of Arcadia California, in 1979, and led by Nickel and James Leiby, professor of social welfare at UC Berkeley, the organization's original concept was to divide the collection between the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and the Arlien Johnson Library at USC. Nickel became the first president of the southern unit, while Leiby was responsible for northern matters.
The organization experienced logistical problems because of the size of the state. Regional interests and loyalties were also a problem. Further, the Bancroft Library declined involvement, on the basis of their over-commitment to other projects. Leiby, the chief person in the north, found it difficult under these circumstances to keep the interest of volunteers in the project. The northern group ultimately disbanded.
The southern group began reorganizing itself to operate independently in 1985, under the leadership of George D. Nickel. At the suggestion of the dean of USC Libraries, the name of the southern group was changed to California Social Welfare Archives (CSWA). Initial attempts were made to gain funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, but these were frustrated, first by the State Archivist, who feared that the CSWA was claiming the right to collect state agency materials, and then by a general moratorium on funding for new projects. The organization instead moved under the organizational umbrella of the University of Southern California, in part to take advantage of its tax-free status.
By 1988, a new set of by-laws was in place for the CSWA. In 1994 the mission statement was revised and adopted by the board of directors.
Chronology of Presidents of the CSWA
- George. D. Nickel [in his final years, the de facto President was Kay Bixby]
- Kay Bixby
- Marjorie Schwartz
- Frances Lomas Feldman
- John Kulli
- Maurice Hamovitch [deceased in mid-term]
- Monika White
- Stephanie Klopfleisch
- Richard Thor
7.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Language of Materials
- Finding Aid for the California Social Welfare Archives records
- John Howard Fowler
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States