Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975

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From the description of Reminiscences of William John Norton : oral history, 1954. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309741122

William J. Norton, social worker, was born in Maine, April 8, 1883. After graduating from Bowdoin College, he entered social settlement work in Brooklyn, New York and later Cleveland, Ohio. In the period 1913-1917, he organized the Cincinnati Council of Social Agencies; and Community Union and Detroit Community Fund. In 1929, he became executive vice president of the Children's Fund of Michigan, a post he held until the dissolution of the fund in 1954. During the Depression he also served as chairman of the Detroit Emergency Relief Commission (1931), as chairman of the Michigan Emergency Welfare Relief Commission (1933-1938). Norton was also president of Oakland Housing Inc., a low income housing project originally funded by James Couzens and the Rural Rehabilitation Division of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. After the 1943 Detroit race riot, Norton was appointed chairman of the Mayor's Interracial Commission. Other governmental and private social welfare posts he held included president of the National Conference of Social Work (1928); trustee of the McGregor fund; chairman of the Detroit Chapter of the American Red Cross (1944-1945); chairman of the Michigan State Hospital Commission (1938-1945) and chairman of the Michigan Department of Mental Health (1945-1947). Norton died in 1975.

From the guide to the William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987, 1916-1972, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

Detroit, Michigan, social worker, executive vice president of the Children's Fund of Michigan, and chairman of various relief commissions during the depression.

From the description of William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 78312339

From the description of William J. Norton papers, 1906-1975. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34423174

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creatorOf Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975. William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Michigan Historical Collections. Frank Murphy oral history project, 1963-1968. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Children's Fund of Michigan, records, 1929-1965, 1929-1961 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975. William J. Norton papers, 1906-1975. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Lawton, J. Fred (James Frederick), 1888-1969. James Frederick Lawton papers, 1908-1969. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Children's Fund of Michigan. Children's Fund of Michigan records, 1929-1965 (bulk 1929-1961). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Frank Murphy Oral History Project, 1963-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit. Records, 1878-1972 (bulk 1920s-1960s). Wayne State University
referencedIn Robert R. McMath Papers, 1916-1962 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf McMath, Robert R. (Robert Raynolds), 1891-1962. Robert R. McMath papers, 1916-1962. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Norton, William J. Thomas Jefferson's role in the separation of church and state [manuscript] 1957. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Wyllie, John Cook, 1908-1968. Papers of John Cook Wyllie [manuscript], 1939-1964. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Arthur J. Lacy Papers, 1891-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987, 1916-1972 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975. Reminiscences of William John Norton : oral history, 1954. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn James Frederick Lawton papers, 1908-1969 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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associatedWith Barnard, Harry, 1906-1982. person
associatedWith Brennan, John V., 1872-1971. person
associatedWith Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973. person
associatedWith Children's Fund of Michigan. corporateBody
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associatedWith Cottage Hospital (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Couzens, Frank, 1902-1950. person
associatedWith Couzens, James, 1872-1936. person
associatedWith Cowgill, Ella Lee. person
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associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939 person
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associatedWith Frankensteen, Richard T., 1907- person
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associatedWith Hilberry, Clarence Beverly, 1902- . person
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associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
associatedWith Johnson, Fred. person
associatedWith Johnson, Fred. person
associatedWith Kelly, Harry F. (Harry Francis), 1895-1971. person
associatedWith Lacy, Arthur J. (Arthur Jay), 1876-1975 person
associatedWith Lawton, J. Fred (James Frederick), 1888-1969. person
associatedWith McMath, Robert R. (Robert Raynolds), 1891-1962. person
associatedWith Michigan Historical Collections. corporateBody
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associatedWith Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882-1971. person
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associatedWith St. John Hospital (Detroit, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (Pontiac, Mich.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988. person
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Social service--Michigan
Labor--Michigan
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Prohibition--Michigan
African Americans--Michigan
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Social workers--Interviews
Nurses--Michigan
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Social settlements
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Depressions--1929--Michigan
Depressions--1929-1938
Hospitals--Michigan--Detroit
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Mental health--Michigan
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Prohibition
Working class
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Health care--Michigan
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Red Cross and Red Crescent--Michigan
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Death 1975

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