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Beverly Foundation records

Identifier: 0420

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Scope and Content

The Beverly Foundation records, 1978-2001, consist of founding documents, budgets, Executive Committee meeting and Board of Trustees meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, financial records, reports and publications, Helen Kerscner's logs, and 35mm slides from Walter H. Ettinger's book "Fitness after 50".


  • Creation: 1978 - 2008


Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. 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 to quote from or publish manuscripts in the CSWA's collection from the copyright holder.

Administrative history

The Beverly Foundation was founded in 1979 . Its original mission was to develop programs that reinforced and extended the health potential of the frail elderly residing in institutions, and to encourage seniors to live healthy, meaningful and productive lives. That mission developed by 1995 into programs that encouraged senior mobility and transportation. The Foundation planned and initiated many of its own projects, but also developed numerous partnerships, on both the state and national levels. One of the most important partnerships was with Beverly Enterprises, whose CEO Robert Van Tuyle was a founder and first Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. Beverly Foundation projects addressed a number of issues pertinent to seniors, including the autonomy of older people within their communities; contingency planning for catastrophic illness or disability; importance of rehabilitation principles to quality care; policies and procedures for administrating drugs to nursing homes residents; and the need for formalized review of research studies to insure protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects, particularly those in long-term care settings, and to ensure their sense of personal integrity, respect, and citizenship.


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The Beverly Foundation records, 1978-2008, consist of founding documents, Executive Committee and Board of Trustees meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, reports and publications, and 35mm slides from Walter H. Ettinger's book "Fitness after 50". The Beverly Foundation was formed on November 13, 1978 to (1) pilot, test and demonstrate innovative community programs that support the autonomy of older adults, (2) foster nationwide progress in long-term care administration and clinical care, and (3) conduct interdisciplinary research into systems and methods of care.

Finding aid for the Beverly Foundation records
Sue Luftschein
2013 December
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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