Council of Social Agencies of New Orleans records, 1921-1966 | Louisiana Research Collection

By Eira Tansey

Collection Overview

Title: Council of Social Agencies of New Orleans records, 1921-1966

Predominant Dates:1950-1966

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 911

Primary Creator: New Orleans Council of Social Agencies (New Orleans, La.)

Extent: 100.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into five series: 1) Annual reports of the Council of Social Agencies, charter and bylaws, policies in case work agencies; 2) Committees and divisions; 3) Files on area social agencies; 4) Council of Social Agencies subject files; and 5) Pamphlets and printed material. The collection consists of 100 boxes. It is 51 linear feet.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1966

Subjects: Community Chest of New Orleans., Community welfare councils -- Louisiana--New Orleans -- History -- 20th century., New Orleans (La.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century., New Orleans Council of Social Agencies (New Orleans, La.), Public welfare -- Louisiana--New Orleans -- History -- 20th century., Social service -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century.

Forms of Material: Annual reports., Correspondence., Membership lists., Minutes., Pamphlets., Reports., Vital statistics records.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of minutes, reports, studies, reference materials, pamphlets, correspondence and other working records of a New Orleans social welfare league. The Council of Social Agencies of New Orleans served as a federated group of diverse area welfare organizations. It neither dealt directly with clients nor regulated member agencies. An umbrella organization, it conducted needs studies and coordinated activities of societies that provided assistance directly to individuals. There are subject files to support the research mission of the organization.

Biographical Note

The Council of Social Agencies of New Orleans was founded in 1921 and prospered through the 1960s. Committees and Divisions specialized in the following topics: health; family and child welfare, legislation, transients, World War II services, housing, character building, group work and recreation, social service exchange, social welfare planning. The Council served as a federated group of diverse area welfare organizations. It neither dealt directly with clients nor regulated member agencies. Instead, it strove to reduce duplication of services and foster long-range planning among area social service providers. In 1924 the Council and other groups founded the Community Chest as a fund-raising organization. By the 1930s the Council had a staff of several professionals and began managing four bureaus: Volunteer Service, Information Service, Social Service Exchange, and the Research Bureau.

Subject/Index Terms

Community Chest of New Orleans.
Community welfare councils -- Louisiana--New Orleans -- History -- 20th century.
New Orleans (La.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
New Orleans Council of Social Agencies (New Orleans, La.)
Public welfare -- Louisiana--New Orleans -- History -- 20th century.
Social service -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Alternate Extent Statement: 51 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Council of Social Agencies Board of Directors and Connie Griffith.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Council of Social Agencies of New Orleans records, Manuscripts Collection 911, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Processing Information: Collection processed in 1997 by Helen Burkes.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011. Revised by LAC Group 8/12/11.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 419439106


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Annual reports of the Council of Social Agencies, 1930-1947],
[Series 2: Committees and divisions],
[Series 3: Files on area social agencies],
[Series 4: Council of Social Agencies subject files],
[Series 5: Pamphlets and printed material],
[All]

Series 2: Committees and divisions
Box 2: Health Division: minutes of Division and Committees; reports; and other material, 1925-1946
Box 3: Health Division: minutes of Division and of Committees; and annual reports; other material, 1946-1950
Box 4: Health Division: minutes of Division and of Committees; reports; annual reports; and membership lists, 1950-1954
Box 5: Health Division: minutes of Division and Committees; reports; annual reports; membership lists, 1952-1954; 1956-1957
Book I missing.
Box 6: Health Division: Committee of Voluntary Health Agencies, project in cooperation with the New Orleans Item, "Take Care of Yourself," a health information column, 1951-1957
Copies of columns published in the newspaper.
Box 7: Family and Child Welfare Division: minutes; reports; membership lists, 1927
During the late 1920s and early 1930s divided into Family, Child, Aged Divisions and case work agencies committee. During the period 1936-1938, the Family and Child Welfare Division was called "Case Work Agencies Division" (see next box).
Box 8: Family and Child Welfare Division: Case Agencies Division; Family and Child Welfare Division minutes, 1936-1939; 1938-1942
Box 9: Family and Child Welfare Division: minutes, reports membership lists, Citizens' Committee on Public Provisions for the Care of Children: minutes, reports and membership lists, 1942-1943 (1943-1946 missing); 1945-1948
Box 10: Family and Child Welfare Division: minutes, reports, membership lists, 1946-1948
Box 11: Family and Child Welfare Division: minutes, reports, membership lists, 1948-1950
Box 12: Family and Child Welfare Division: minutes, reports, membership lists, resource office file index, 1950-1952
Box 13: Family and Child Welfare Division: minutes, reports, membership lists, 1952-1955
Box 14: Family and Child Welfare Division: minutes, reports, membership lists, 1955-1957
Box 15: Family and Child Welfare Division: minutes, reports, membership lists; minutes of Committee on Services to Emotionally Disturbed Children, 1957-1959; 1956-1959
Summary report, Conference on the Aging, 1958 March 20-21.
Box 16: Legislative Committee: minutes of meetings and reports, 1931-1942
Box 17: Transient Division (called "Transient Section" after 1938) minutes, reports, membership lists, 1935-1944
Box 18: World War II services

Civilian War Services. Office of Civilian Defense 1942-1944: minutes of various committees.

Civilian War Services. Office of Civilian Defense 1942-1944: Newsletter.

Civilian Defense Volunteer Office, Advisory Committee minister, 1941-1942.

United Service Organizations Council Minister and printed matter.

Box 19: World War II services: Unites Seamen's Service

Minutes-New Orleans Port Area Committee of United Seamen's Service

Office procedures United Seamen's Service (correspondence)

Procedures regarding hotels operated by United Seamen's Service (memos, instructions)

Box 20: World War II services, 1940-1941

Committee on social agencies and defense 1940-1941.

Alien registration, 1940-1941.

United States Committee on Care of European Children 1940-1941.

Local committee on care of European Children 1940-1941.

Royal Sorenson, "Children in Wartime," also New Orleans war recreation committee 1941-1943, correspondence, reports and minutes of room registry Committee.

Three addresses of Mary C. Raymond on social services and the war effect.

Box 21: World War II services, 1940s

Veterans' Information Center.

Minutes of Executive Committee.

Correspondence with Council of Social Agencies.

Financial papers.

Papers regarding acquisition of office furniture and equipment.

Payroll records.

Card book ledger.

Auditor's report.

Bank deposit book.

Check stubs.

Box 22: Delegate Body: lists of delegates appointed by member organizations, minutes of meetings, 1924-1945, 1947
Box 23: Division of Services through groups, 1957-1959
Minutes, reports, membership lists, Housing Committee 1933-1941, 1953, 1956-1958, Citizens Committee for Housing, (Not CSA but Council of Social Agencies participated. Through a mayoral appointment).
Box 24: Character Building Division (after 1940 called "Group Work and Recreation Division") minutes, reports, membership lists, 1926-1939
Box 25: Character Building Division (to 1940, same Division, different name after 1940); Group Work and Recreation Division: minutes, reports, membership lists, 1939-1945
Box 26: Group Work and Recreation Division: minutes, reports, membership lists, 1943-1954
Box 27: Group Work and Recreation Division: minutes, reports, membership lists, 1953-1955
Box 28: Group Work and Recreation Division: minutes, reports, membership lists; also Transient Division (circa 1933 merged into other three Divisions, but continued as a Section through 1944), 1955-1958; 1928-1935
Box 29: Social Service Exchange: minutes of advisory committee with reports and financial statements; list of members of exchange, circa 1917-1955
Closed in 1955. Other files destroyed by agreement of member agencies in 1960.
Box 30: Social Welfare Planning Council: correspondence, reports, studies, and minutes, 1959-1960
Box 31: Social Welfare Planning Council, correspondence, programs, reports, 1961-1966

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[Series 1: Annual reports of the Council of Social Agencies, 1930-1947],
[Series 2: Committees and divisions],
[Series 3: Files on area social agencies],
[Series 4: Council of Social Agencies subject files],
[Series 5: Pamphlets and printed material],
[All]


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