The records of the California Social Welfare Archives include letters, fundraising documents, event planning materials and
programs, and other materials relevant to the organization and functioning of the Archives as an organization. The initial
collection covers the period from the CSWA's foundation in 1979 as the California Social Welfare Heritage through the beginning
of the 21st century.
The California Social Welfare Archives was begun as the California Social Welfare Heritage, dedicated to "the orderly collection
and preservation of papers and documents of historical significance in the development of social welfare in California." Originated
by George D. Nickel, of Arcadia California, in 1979, and led by Nickel and James Leiby, professor of social welfare at UC
Berkeley, the organization's original concept was to divide the collection between the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and
the Arlien Johnson Library at USC. Nickel became the first president of the southern unit, while Leiby was responsible for
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Property rights reside with the California Social Welfare Archives. Some literary rights may be retained by the creators of
the records or their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.