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Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records

 Collection
Identifier: 0480

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.

Dates

  • 1929 - 1947

Creator

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.

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.

Extent

2.09 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

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.

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.
Title
Finding aid for the Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records
Status
Completed
Author
Sue Luftschein
Date
2011 June
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