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Alice Taylor Davis papers

 Collection
Identifier: SW 143
The Alice Taylor Davis papers reflect her career in social work education, consultation, and on the staff of the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare, Technical Training Division. They also relate to her work as co-director of the Study of Social Work Education, which culminated in the report, Social Work Education in the United States (1952) and was a factor in the formation of the Council on Social Work Education.

The Alice Taylor Davis papers are arranged into 20 series, most of which reflect places she worked, her consultation and training activities, or professional associations. There is a great deal of overlap between the series, and the same subject or activity may be documented in more than one series. The papers are a good source for studying the social work curriculum, teaching and professional training, particularly in the areas of administration, public welfare, and staff development.

Dates

  • 1919-1986

Language of Materials

English

Use of Materials

Open for use in Social Welfare History Archives reading room.

Copyright

Please contact the Archivesfor copyright information.

Extent

28 Linear Feet

Overview

Alice Taylor Davis was known for her contributions to social work education and commitment improving social service. The Alice Taylor Davis papers reflect her career in social work education, consultation, and on the staff of the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare, Technical Training Division. They also relate to her work as co-director of the Study of Social Work Education, which culminated in the report, Social Work Education in the United States (1952) and was a factor in the formation of the Council on Social Work Education.

Historical Note

Alice Taylor Davis was one of the first graduates of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St Louis in 1932. Davis was known for her contributions to social work education. She was on the faculties of the schools of social work at Nebraska University, University of British Columbia, McGill University, and Howard University. She also served as a consultant on social work education, administration and training and spent 7 years was on the staff of the Technical Training Division of the Bureau of Public Assistance of the United States Department of Health Education and Welfare. In addition, Davis authored numerous books and articles.

Arrangement of Records

The Alice Taylor Davis papers are arranged into the following series:
  1. Professional and Biographical Information
  2. Awards
  3. Speeches and Writings
  4. Reference Materials
  5. Higher Education
  6. Casework
  7. Canadian Association of Social Workers
  8. International
  9. American Association of Social Welfare
  10. American Association of Schools of Social Work
  11. National Association of Social Workers
  12. American Public Welfare Association
  13. Bureau of Public Assistance
  14. Department of Health, Education and Welfare
  15. Washington, D.C. Department of Public Welfare
  16. Council on Social Work Education
  17. Study of Social Work Education Project
  18. Conferences, Training Seminars, Consultations
  19. Social Security Administration
  20. U. S. Children’s Bureau

Acquisition Information

Alice Taylor Davis sent one carton of her personal papers to the Archives in June, 1979. In December, 1989, a final gift of 22 cartons was received from Penny Taylor Rife and Paul Davis, representatives of the estate of Alice Taylor Davis.

Related Materials

The Social Welfare History Archives also holds the records of the Study of Social Work Education, which were received from Alice Taylor David in 1978.

Processing Information

Funding for processing the Alice Taylor Davis papers was received from Penny Taylor Rife and Tim Taylor.
Title
Alice Taylor Davis papers, 1919-1986
Date
June 2004, May 2010
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 8/11/2016: minor edits to series titles

Repository Details

Part of the Social Welfare History Archives Repository

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