Fonds UBCA-ARC-1242 - School of Social Work fonds

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School of Social Work fonds

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10.27 m of textual records.
3 videotapes.

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([192-]-1945, 1950-)

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Instruction in social work at the University of British Columbia dates back to the late 1920s. The University implemented a two-year diploma course within the Department of Economics, Sociology and Political Science. Initially coordinated by S.E. Beckett and then C.W. Topping, the program slowly expanded. In 1943, Marjorie J. Smith became the first full-time instructor in social work at the University. Two years later, the course evolved into the Department of Social Work with Smith as its first head. In 1950, the department's status was again changed as it became the School of Social Work within the Faculty of Arts. In 1999, the School of Family and Nutritional Sciences was discontinued, and the Family Studies program was transferred to the School of Social Work. The School was then known as the School of Social Work and Family Studies. In 2007, the Family Studies program was moved to the School of Sociology.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, published materials, and other records documenting the programs and activities of the School of Social Work, its faculty, and its students. The records are arranged into the following series: General History, Buildings and Resources, Statistics, Admissions, Faculty, Reports, Students, Financial Assistance, "The School and the Community," Research Grants, Curriculum, Committees, Consortiums, Correspondence, Budgets, Symposia and Conferences, Conferences Attended, Miscellaneous, and Audio Visual.

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Most of the records in the 2018 accession, boxes 17 to 35, were filed with older documents in the back of each file, but not all. The processor preserved that order as found during arrangement.

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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review. To organize access please contact us at UBC Archives.

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