A collection of unique manuscript and archival materials Including multiple sub-collections in broad subject areas.
Useful subcollections for HIST 431:
-Records of the President's Organization of Unemployment Relief, 1930-33
-Records of the Children's Bureau, 1912-69
-New Deal Agencies and Black America
-War on Poverty
Includes multiple sub-collections in broad subject areas like Civil Rights; Southern Life, Slavery, and the Civil War; American Indians and the American West; American Politics and Society; International Relations and Military Conflicts; Women's Studies; and Workers and Labor Unions
A resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000.
In "subject", go to Government --> Government functions --> Welfare and public relief.
The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history.
To find useful data, go the the Table of Contents on the lefthand side. Click the arrow for B. Work and Welfare, then for Bf. Social Insurance and Public Assistance, then Tables. Social Welfare Programs in particular has useful data for this class.
Reports, documents, journals and maps published by the United States Congress. Covering public policy, infrastructure, the land, the people, military and defense, and more. Ends in 1980.
Search "Public Welfare" and use the advanced search feature to enter a date limiter (in the date box, enter, e.g., 1900-1980).
The govinfo database provides free online access to official Federal Government publications" from the U.S. Government Publishing Office. You can search government publications by date, collection, or other specific fields, or browse by collection, Congressional committee, or date. Includes the Budget of the United States Government from FY 1996-present.
Periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.
An archival research resource comprising the backfiles of leading women's interest consumer magazines.
Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005.
Note that non-US magazines are included in this collection.
Subject coverage : gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture.
This collection of life histories consists of approximately 2,900 documents, compiled and transcribed by more than 300 writers from 24 states, working on the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program that was part of the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1940.
The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960–1974 brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary.
The Freedom Archives is a non-profit educational archive located in California dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of historical audio, video and print materials documenting progressive movements and culture from the 1960s to the 1990s.
For this class, look especially in the Feminism & Women's Liberation collection: https://search.freedomarchives.org/search.php?view_collection=327.
Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity.
The Social Welfare History Project encompasses contemporary scholarship and historic documents. Articles on this site come from a broad range of sources, including materials that are offensive or contain negative stereotypes. VCU Libraries provides access to these items to support research and inquiry.
Printed Primary Sources
Frequently, scholars bring together primary sources into accessible, printed formats often called "sourcebooks". In a library catalogue, the trick to finding these types of sources are to search in Subject Headings for the word "sources" (the catalogue's word for "primary sources"). To find printed primary sources, try searching the Library Catalogue for the following Subject Headings:
su: Public welfare United States History Sources
su: Social service United States History Sources
su: Child welfare United States History Sources
History as a discipline uses the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) for citations, and usually the Notes-Bibliography form. This requires creating properly formatted footnotes footnotes and a Bibliography for your assignments. Resources to understand the Chicago style of citations are included below.