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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in 6 series.
Scope and Content
Professional papers of social worker Helen Rehr. The collection documents Rehr's long career as a social worker, from her college and graduate coursework in the subject through her own impressive career. The collection is particularly rich in Rehr's scholarly and professional output, and includes a significant number of articles and books published by Rehr, as well as lectures and addresses on various topics.
Upon her retirement from Mount Sinai she helped to found the National Association of Social Workers National Center for Social Policy and Practice. She also served on the Columbia University School of Social Work's Committee on doctoral education.
Rehr was an active advocate for the social work profession. In addition to her professional practice, she taught social work, holding visiting professorships at the University of Pennsylvania, Ben Gurion University, Hebrew University, and Haifa University. She was an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, and was named a Social Work Pioneer by that organization and received their prestigious Knee/Whitman Lifetime Achievement Award in Health and Mental Health.
Helen Rehr died in 2013 at the age of 93.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Helen Rehr Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed ceh 06/14/2013.
Finding aid written Carrie Hintz 06/14/2013.
2013-06-15 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Dr. Helen Rehr was a prominent social worker and a pioneer in the practice of social work in a health care setting.
Rehr was born in 1919 in New York City. She received her bachelor's degree from Hunter College in 1940 and a master's in Social Work from Columbia University in 1945. She spent several years at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in the social work department, and continued her work at Mount Sinai when she returned to Columbia University's School of Social Work to work on her doctorate, which she received in 1970. She retired as Director of the Department of Social Work at Mount Sinai Hospital in 1986.