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Community Service Society records, 1842-1995

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0273
Bib ID 4079675 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Community Service Society of New York
Title Community Service Society records, 1842-1995
Physical Description 423 linear feet (718 boxes; 123 bound volumes; 9 packages; 1 crate; 4 framed items (shelved at end of original collection and end of series II)
Language(s) English
Access

Available for faculty, students, and researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.

Box 424; General Director, Evaluation of His Performance (box 489); "Joey" Admission Records (box 494); Supplemental Security Income (box 509); Trustees, Study Data (box 541); and Special Administration Committee Meeting, Dec. 1951 (box 549) are: closed.

Readers must sign a special agreement form, kept in a folder at the Reference Center.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Series I: Catalogued Correspondence; Series II: Catalogued Manuscripts & Documents; Series III: Catalogued Photographs; Series IV: Association For Improving The Condition Of The Poor; Series V: Charity Organization Society; Series VI: CSS Press Releases, 1944-1970 and Scrapbook; Series VII: Masters Theses; Series VIII: Casework Files; Series IX: Photographs; Series X: Printed Materials; Series XI: Memorabilia and Miscellaneous Items; Series XII: Bound Volumes; Series XIII: Oversize; Series XIV: Files, 1939-1960; Series XV: Reports, Pamphlets, Pictures; Series XVI: Historical Data, 1970 & Following; Series XVII: Files, 1970-1986; Series XVIII: Legal and Financial Matters, and H. Dogue Materials; CSS Addition (August 2015)

Description

Summary

Correspondence, reports, memoranda, case records, photographs and printed material. The archive include central and district administrative records; cammittee correspondence and minutes; and files on the various programs--such as sheltered workshops, tuberculosis sanitariums and health centers, public baths and employment bureaus--run by the two organizations. The archive also contains hundreds of photographs, including works by Lewis Hine and Jessie Tarbox Beals; extensive casework files from the beginning of social work (originally referred to as "friendly visiting among the poor"); and copies of masters and doctoral theses from the New York School of Sociel Work and other schools. Much of the research for these theses was based on the CSS files

Among the major correspondence are: Jane Addams; Cornelius N. Bliss; Robert W. DeForest; Edward T. Devine; Irving Fisher; Homer Folks; Harry L. Hopkins; Florence Kelley; Paul U. Kellogg; Fiorello La Guardia; Josephine Shaw Lowell; Frances Perkins; Lawson Purdy; Jacob Riis; Beardsley Ruml; Alfred E. Smith; Lawrence Veiller; Lilliam Wald; and Alfred T. White.

Series XIV continues the files from the time of the merger in 1939 until 1960, and contains the same types of materials as the original gift; similarly, Series XV covers primarily the period from 1960-1970. Series XVI contains the additions to the files for the years 1970-1984, but there are also files for the period ca.1935-1969. Series XVII contains additions primarily for the period 1970-1986, but also contains some files for ca.1945-1969. Series XVIII contains legal and financial additions primarily for the period 1970 & following, and the files of H. Dogue.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

Available for faculty, students, and researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.

Box 424; General Director, Evaluation of His Performance (box 489); "Joey" Admission Records (box 494); Supplemental Security Income (box 509); Trustees, Study Data (box 541); and Special Administration Committee Meeting, Dec. 1951 (box 549) are: closed.

Readers must sign a special agreement form, kept in a folder at the Reference Center.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Material is open to use by qualified scholars, but CSS strictly forbids the citing or quoting of the real names or addresses of family and individual cases, which appear in the casework files and throughout the entire collection.

Community Service Society photographs are restricted. Readers must use photocopies available at the Reference Desk. For the originals, consult the Curator of Manuscripts.

Material from casework files may not be photocopied.

No photographs or photocopies may be made of images in the Community Service Society Records.

Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Community Service Society records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Material

Community Service Society Photographs, digitized photographs from the collection.

Online Exhibition: Photographs from the Community Service Society Records, 1900-1920

Alternate Form Available

Josephine Shaw Lowell letters; Interview book (Box 180); and Handbook for friendly visitors (Box 182); Index of New Cases, 1906-1908 (leger book) are on: microfilm.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Entered in AMC 09/10/1990.

8 annual reports Processed HR 10/08/1998.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2012-03-13 EAD created by PTL

2019-03-06 Description of bound volumes and oversize materials (Series XII and XIII) revised by Celeste Brewer.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Case files Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indexes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ledgers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beals, Jessie Tarbox Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bliss, Cornelius Newton, 1833-1911 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Charity Organisation Society (London, England) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Child welfare workers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
De Forest, Robert W (Robert Weeks), 1848-1931 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fisher, Irving, 1867-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Health Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hopkins, Harry L (Harry Lloyd), 1890-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kellogg, Paul Underwood, 1879-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kelly, Florence, 1859-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
La Guardia, Fiorello H (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public health Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public welfare Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Riis, Jacob A (Jacob August), 1849-1914 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social problems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social workers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Veiller, Lawrence, 1872-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
White, Alfred Tredway, 1846-1921 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women photographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women social workers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Community Service Society, a large, private, New York City social service agency. The society was established in 1939 from a merger of the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor and the Charity Organization Society, whose separate files make up most of the collection.