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California Migrant, Transient, and Homeless Populations collection

 Collection
Identifier: 0449

Scope and Content

The California Migrant, Transient, and Homeless Populations collection consists of article offprints, booklets, unpublished papers, transcripts of hearings, newspaper clippings, one book, and twenty-two photographs spanning the years 1930-1992. All items in this collection (in one form or another) concern the rootless in society; especially prominent in these holdings are materials concerning migrant farm workers principally in California, but also in other parts of the nation. Other areas of interest are the homeless and transient youths. The holdings on migrant farm workers in California have special value for research on their plight in the California of the Depression. The "Cotton Survey" (1938) examined the living conditions of migrant farm workers and contains invaluable black-and-white photographs of farmers' camps in such places as Kern County. Also noteworthy are transcripts of testimony from Carey McWilliams, the famous editor of The Nation and authority on California ethnic groups, before state hearings on the migrant worker. The collection also contains an assembly of reports and papers from various private and public agencies on the homeless problem of the 80s and the 90s. This material is invaluable for describing how social service groups fought this problem on the local scene as it became a national issue. This collection contains some material that can be found in the USC Libraries; this has been noted.

Dates

  • 1930 - 1992

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.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 collections from the copyright holder.

Extent

0.63 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The California Migrant, Transient, and Homeless Populations collection consists of article offprints, booklets, unpublished papers, transcripts of hearings, newspaper clippings, one book, and twenty-two photographs spanning the years 1930-1992. All items in this collection (in one form or another) concern the rootless in society; especially prominent in these holdings are materials concerning migrant farm workers principally in California, but also in other parts of the nation. Other areas of interest are the homeless and transient youths. The "Cotton Survey" (1938) examined the living conditions of migrant farm workers and contains invaluable black-and-white photographs of farmers' camps in such places as Kern County. Also noteworthy are transcripts of testimony from Carey McWilliams, the famous editor of The Nation and authority on California ethnic groups, before state hearings on the migrant worker. The collection also contains an assembly of reports and papers from various private and public agencies on the homeless problem of the 80s and the 90s.

Organization

The collection has been organized into two series: Migrants/Homeless Youth (Box 1) and Los Angeles Homeless (Box 2).

Custodial history

This collection did not originate from holdings that were gathered or created by an individual or organization; rather, it is a mixture of materials acquired by the CSWA and then housed together because of their subject matter. Some of this material possibly was once in the possession of Gertrude Wilson and Gladys Ryland, or the United Way Library.
Title
Finding aid for the California Migrant, Transient, and Homeless Populations collection
Status
Completed
Author
Jane Adler, Clay Stalls
Date
2000 February 15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

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