American Public Welfare Association.

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APWA, founded in 1930 as the American Association of Public Welfare Officials, is a professional organization for staff members of public agencies and others interested in public welfare. APWA studies and distributes information regarding legislation and also offers its members professional development opportunities.

From the description of American Public Welfare Association records, 1930-1970 (bulk 1950-1970). (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63313449

The American Public Welfare Association (est. 1930) is a professional organization for staff members of public agencies and others interested in public welfare.

From the description of American Public Welfare Association records, 1942-1967. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62441788

A group of public welfare officials attending the 1929 National Conference of Social Work (NCSW) in San Francisco agreed there was a need for an independent professional organization of their own. The group voted to organize such an association at the 1930 NCSW meeting. The American Association of Public Welfare Officials, organized June 12, 1930, in Boston, was the result.

Association founders agreed initially to limit their membership to state public welfare officials and, as the board minutes of June 12, 1930 expressed it, "that the object of the Association should be to make these officials acquainted and bring about a good exchange of information." Later, membership in the association was opened to professional staff members of public agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Among the first areas of concern were "interstate problems and to promote reciprocity in the transfer of cases to their proper places of residence and to bring about as large a degree of universal legislation as possible in regard to settlement laws," (June 12, 1930 board minutes).

A grant from The Rockefeller Foundation's Spelman Fund enabled the association to hire, in 1931, its first administrator, Frank Bane, formerly commissioner of the Virginia State Department of Public Welfare. The association grew rapidly, from the initial 151 persons to nearly 1,000 members two years later. In May 1932, the association changed its name to the American Public Welfare Association. (APWA)

One of APWA's earliest activities was promoting passage of the Social Security legislation in 1935. Indeed, Social Security has been one of the organization's long-time interests. APWA faithfully monitored Congressional action on the amendments of the 1950s and 1960s. Among APWA's other legislative interests have been aging, medical care, and Aid to Dependent Children.

APWA also organized annual regional conferences and biennial national conferences, remembering the association's original goal of giving officials a chance for "good exchange of information." Executive Development Seminars were offered in the 1960s to give officials a chance to improve their managerial skills.

Initially, the association's offices were in Washington D.C., but in 1932, APWA moved its headquarters to Chicago. It returned to Washington D.C. in 1974, where APWA remains at this writing.

For more detailed historical information, the researcher should consult the article regarding the American Public Welfare Association in Social Service Organizations, Peter Romanofsky and Clarke A. Chambers, editors, pp. 131-138. Additionally, Narayan Viswanathan's "The Role of the American Public Welfare Policies in the United States: 1930-1960" (Ph.D. dissertation, Columbia University School of Social Work, 1961), offers more detail. To mark APWA's 50th anniversary, the American Public Welfare Association's journal Public Welfare (vol. 38, #1, Winter 1980) contains historical material. (See folder 1:1).

From the guide to the American Public Welfare Association Records, 1930-1970, (University of Minnesota Libraries. Social Welfare History Archives [swha])

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf American Public Welfare Association. American Public Welfare Association records, 1942-1967. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf American Public Welfare Association Records, 1930-1970 University of Minnesota Libraries. Social Welfare History Archives. [swha]
referencedIn Fred K. Hoehler papers, 1917-1965 University of Minnesota Libraries. Social Welfare History Archives. [swha]
referencedIn Bane, Frank, 1893-. Papers of Frank Bane [manuscript] 1919 [1936-1966] 1971. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn United States. Bureau of the Budget. Records of Eric H. Biddle's Mission to Great Britain (BOB Series 41.2). 1941-1941. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn United States. Work Projects Administration. United States Work Projects Administration records, 1524-1975 (bulk 1935-1942). Library of Congress
referencedIn United States Work Projects Administration Records, 1524-1975, (bulk 1935-1942) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Bane, Frank, 1893-. Public administration and public welfare [manuscript] 1965. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wickenden, Elizabeth. Reminiscences of Elizabeth Wickenden : oral history, 1966. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Barnes, Billy E. (Billy Ebert), 1931-. Billy E. Barnes photographic collection, 1959-1996. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Tramburg, John W. [Statements on welfare legislation as president of the American Public Welfare Association]. New Jersey State Library
referencedIn Isidore Sydney Falk papers, 1918-1984 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Elizabeth E. May Papers, undated, 1901-1996 Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
creatorOf Hilliard, Raymond M., 1907-1966. Raymond M. Hilliard papers, 1922-1967. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Hobson, Richmond Pearson, 1870-1937. Richmond Pearson Hobson papers, 1889-1966 (bulk 1890-1937). Library of Congress
creatorOf American Public Welfare Association. American Public Welfare Association records, 1930-1970 (bulk 1950-1970). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Spelman Fund of New York. Archives, 1930-1939. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Wickenden, Elizabeth, 1909-2001. Elizabeth Wickenden papers, 1885-2001. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1953. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Ball, Robert M. (Robert Myers), 1914-2008. Robert M. Ball papers, 1935-2007. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Bost, Annie Kizer, 1883-1961. Papers, 1930-1944. North Carolina Division of Archives & Hist
referencedIn David Newton Henderson Papers, 1930-1976 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf American Public Welfare Association. [Collection of pamphlets] [microform] / American Public Welfare Association. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Minnesota. Dept. of Human Services. Commissioner's Office. Subject files, 1982-1989. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Loula Dunn Papers, 1937-1965 University of Minnesota Libraries. Social Welfare History Archives. [swha]
referencedIn Falk, I. S. (Isidore Sydney), 1899-1984. Isidore Sydney Falk papers, 1918-1984 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Dunn, Loula. Loula Dunn papers, 1937-1965. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Nancy L. Johnson Papers, undated, 1983-2006. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
referencedIn Richmond Pearson Hobson Papers, 1889-1966, (bulk 1890-1937) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith American Association of Public Welfare Officials corporateBody
associatedWith Ball, Robert M. (Robert Myers), 1914-2008. person
associatedWith Bane, Frank, 1893- person
associatedWith Barnes, Billy E. (Billy Ebert), 1931- person
associatedWith Bost, Annie Kizer, 1883-1961. person
associatedWith Dunn, Loula person
associatedWith Dunn, Loula. person
associatedWith Falk, I. S. (Isidore Sydney), 1899-1984. person
associatedWith Guiles, Austin Philip. person
associatedWith Henderson, David Newton, 1921- person
associatedWith Hilliard, Raymond M., 1907-1966. person
associatedWith Hobson, Richmond Pearson, 1870-1937. person
associatedWith Hoehler, Fred Kenneth, 1893- person
associatedWith Johnson, Nancy Lee, 1935- person
correspondedWith May, Elizabeth Eckhardt, 1899-1996 person
associatedWith Minnesota. Dept. of Human Services. Commissioner's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Spelman Fund of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Tramburg, John W. person
associatedWith United States. Bureau of the Budget. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Work Projects Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Library of Social Work. corporateBody
associatedWith Wickenden, Elizabeth, 1909-2001. person
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