Allison and Merv Hancock at farewell party, 1982. Merv was the Director of the Social Work Unit at Massey University (1975-82).
Public housing in Welfare St, Homebush West, circa 1940.
Marsha P. Johnson handing out flyers in support of the Gay Liberation Front in New York.
“War has left a very direct legacy to the poor of New York City – a legacy that is being felt at the present time, ten months after the armistice, more acutely even than it was at the time of the armistice. This legacy is in the form of increases in the cost of the necessities of life, which is causing serious concern to those organizations which are confronted with the necessity of giving assistance to those who by reason of sickness or death are in need. . . .”
Nicholas W., 52. Twenty years ago he lost a leg and for eighteen years worked on a canal boat with a very poor substitute for an artificial leg. His eyesight failed and he could no longer work with safety. Last fall he was sitting in Battery Park one day, with nothing to do and no prospect of anything to do, when someone told him of the Toy Shop. He immediately walked all the way to 50th Street to apply for work. He began work the next morning and has been in the shop since, and, although without experience, he is one of the best painters in the shop. He has no family or friends who can help him.
Abraham Flexner, a well-known champion of reform in medical education, was also a keen observer of the social work profession.
The New Zealand Association of Social Workers was formally inaugurated in 1964 at the Auckland Inaugural Conference.
1920’s Johns Hopkins Social Services Car – used to transport patients back and forth to the hospital.
MS. Ida Cannon. In 1914 Ms. Cannon was named Chief of the Mass General Social Service Department, the first organized social work department in a hospital.
E. Franklin Frazier, Director of the Atlanta School of Social Work from 1922 to 1927, is probably the best known of the African American pioneers in social work. He is scarcely well known; the Encyclopedia of Social Work did not include his biography until 1987 and schools of social work rarely note and less often study his contributions to the field.
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A young Wilbur Cohen is shown here in the early days of Social Security with Maurine Mulliner who was the Executive Secretary to the Social Security Board.
International Ladies Garment Workers Union (1900-1995). ILGWU Picketing Strikers.
Voucher issued in 1915 by the Hinckley Union, exchanged by vagrants for a ration of bread and cheese en route to their next destination.
The Women’s Bureau was established in the Department of Labor by Public Law No. 259 of June 5, 1920. The law gave the Bureau the duty to “formulate standards and policies which shall promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.”