United Community Services Records

Accession Number: 
UR000420
Userestrict: 
No names appearing in case files may be cited. Researchers are required to sign a restricted use statement. Case record books in vault are closed due to preservation concerns.
Extent: 
20.5 linear feet (35 MB), 18 ledgers
Date: 
1878-1945, bulk 1910-1938

United Community Services, operated in Detroit since 1878 under various names, was organized by civic leaders to coordinate the work of different charitable institutions in the area, and raise funds for community welfare needs. Gradually, it became a clearinghouse for the investigation and referral of social service cases as well as an advocate for social and health care reform. The records of the UCS reflect the concerns of professional social workers, the plight of the poor in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Detroit, and the community's attempts to improve their condition through the work of public and private social welfare agencies.

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