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Maryland Conference of Social Welfare Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: R0066-MCSW

Scope and Contents

The Maryland Conference of Social Welfare Records document the organization's functions, membership, committee work, meetings, and other work. The collection includes minutes, general correspondence, memoranda, general reports, committee reports, case file, directories, financial statements and accounts, vouchers, newsletters, bulletins, press releases, programs, and other publications of the MCSW, newspaper clippings, and reference materials.


  • 1909-1976
  • Bulk dates: 1929-1976


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

The MCSW was organized by professional social workers primarily in Baltimore City. In 1926, there was an effort to get the rest of the state involved in the Conference, and later the state was divided into five regions for this purpose. The primary responsibility of the group was the education of social workers through institutes. MCSW was especially active in public welfare through public services and lobbying.

A constitution ratified on November 3, 1932 changed the name from Maryland Conference of Social Work to Maryland Conference of Social Welfare. In 1946, a resolution was passed which indicated that the group had declared itself "action" oriented rather than just a discussion club. It was decided that active participation in legislation and education of the general public was in order. It assumed for itself a "watchdog" role over state and other public agencies. In 1973, the name was again changed to the Maryland Conference of Social Concern.

The Maryland Conference of Social Welfare belongs to a nationwide organization known as the National Conference of Social Welfare and participates in activities and lobbying and shares information on the national scale as well.


44.67 Linear Feet (49 containers)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged in 9 series:

  • Membership Records
  • Organizational Records
  • Committee Minutes and Reports
  • Addresses
  • Assemblies, Meetings, and Dinners
  • Correspondence
  • Subject Files
  • Maryland Colonial Warrior
  • Oversize

Custodial History

The records of the Maryland Conference of Social Welfare were donated to the University of Baltimore by Alice Williams in 1971 and deposited at the University's Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center in five accessions between 1971 and 1977.

Processing Information

Several series have been processed with folder inventories. Others are described at the series level only.

Finding aid for the Maryland Conference of Social Welfare Records
Finding aid prepared by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (2022).
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA