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Finding Aid to the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter Records, 1925-1996, bulk 1978-1989
BANC MSS 83/132c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter records
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1996,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1978-1989
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 83/132c
    Creators : National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter
    Extent: Number of containers: 44 cartons Linear feet: 55
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), California Chapter records provide early background information, dating from the 1930s to 1950s, for various professional associations and also includes materials of NASW Golden Gate Chapter, NASW Los Angeles Chapter, and California Council of NASW Chapters. These chapters preceded the founding of the NASW California Chapter in 1976. The records include correspondence; bylaws; organization structure; policy statements; procedures; Board of Directors, Executive, and other committee meetings; conference and Chapter activity materials; reports; proposals; financial information; and publications. Also contained in the collection is an extensive subject file, including such broad topics as adoption, federal issues, health, legislative activities, mental health, social services, and welfare.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter Records, BANC MSS 83/132c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Associations, institutions, etc.--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    Associations, institutions, etc.--California--Los Angeles area
    Social service--California
    Social service--California--Los Angeles
    Social service--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    Social workers--California
    Legislation--California
    Aid to families with dependent children--California
    Welfare--California
    Social workers--Legal status, laws, etc.--California --Periodicals
    Social service--Law and legislation--California
    Supplemental security income program--California

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter records was given to The Bancroft Library by The National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter in 1982. Additions were made in 1983, 1989, and 1994.

    Accruals

    Additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Janice Otani in 2009.

    Organizational History

    When the NASW was founded in 1955 by the merger of five existing professional social work organizations, it was set up so the basic unit of participation was the local chapter. Chapters were organized wherever there were a significant number of interested social workers in California. Over the years, sixteen chapters developed, each operating on its own. This lack of cohesiveness limited effectiveness with state legislators and uncoordinated input from many chapters prevented social workers' professional views from being considered seriously. As a step toward correcting this situation, the sixteen chapters formed a State Council, composed of one delegate from each chapter. This provided a vehicle for developing positions on key issues, but proved to be an inadequate instrument for dealing with the rapidly changing circumstances in Sacramento and lack of permanent funding. From 1968 to 1974 several attempts at reorganization were developed by the Council and rejected by the chapters. Finally, in 1974, the Council took the approved new plan for national reorganization from the 1973 Delegate's Assembly with the State as a basic unit, and applied it on the statewide basis. Thirteen of the sixteen chapters voted to merge and form the Greater California Chapter with more effective organizational structure, policies, and procedures. By 1976, all regions had joined to form the California Chapter.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), California Chapter records provide early background information, dating from the 1930s to 1950s, for various professional associations and also includes materials of NASW Golden Gate Chapter, NASW Los Angeles Chapter, and California Council of NASW Chapters. These chapters preceded the founding of the NASW California Chapter in 1976. The records include correspondence; bylaws; organization structure; policy statements; procedures; Board of Directors, Executive, and other committee meetings; conference and Chapter activity materials; reports; proposals; financial information; and publications. Also contained in the collection is an extensive subject file, including such broad topics as adoption, federal issues, health, legislative activities, mental health, social services, and welfare.
    The American Association of Medical Social Workers (AAMSW), the American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers (AAPSW), and the American Association of Social Workers (AASW) are some of the professional organizations represented in the collection. Besides chapter records, the NASW Golden Gate Chapter and Los Angeles Chapter files both include correspondence and legal documents relating to the 21st Century Investment case. The California Council of NASW Chapters' correspondence focuses on legislative issues concerning the social work profession and social services.
    The majority of the California Chapter records date from 1978 to 1989 and consist primarily of officers' correspondence and committee meeting minutes and materials, particularly the Legislative Committee. Almost half of the collection contains the subject files with the bulk of these relating to legislative activities, including lobbying information, press releases, correspondence in support of bills, and background materials on bills and amendments. The House of Representatives and Senate bills are filed in numerical order. There is also a large section on Welfare which includes subheadings relating to Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).