The Greater Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization records documents the functions and activities
of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for the Study of Community Organization (ASCO) from 1948-1987. The records consist
of minutes and agendas of ASCO general and committee meetings, local and national newsletters, speeches, membership application
forms, membership lists, promotional flyers, meeting announcements, correspondence, etc.
The Los Angeles Association for the Study of Community Organization was an interdisciplinary professional society of people
in the Greater Los Angeles area with a commonality of interests in the process and dynamics of community organization. In
1946, a group of social workers at the national level established an association aimed at studying community organization
processes and procedures, and sent invitations to local Welfare Councils across the country to develop these study groups
in their areas. The Los Angeles chapter gained initial national recognition with one of its first studies, on the role of
recording in community organization. While its initial membership was composed almost exclusively of professional social workers,
membership eventually expanded to include groups and individuals without professional involvement in social work but who work
in the area of community organization.
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