Elwood Street collection
Scope and Content
The collection consists of a copy of an unpublished manuscript, "The United Way," a history of the federated funds movement in the United States, written by Elwood Street in 1963.
An abridged version of Street's manuscript wasthe basis for the text of People and Events: A History of the United Way (Alexandria, VA: United Way of America, 1977).
The manuscript is a broad history of the federated funds movement in the United States and Canada. It emphasizes the national organization, first known as the Community Chests and Councils, Inc. The manuscript also includes numerous accounts of Community Chest activities in individual cities.
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Elwood Street (1891-1978) was a pioneer leader in the United Way. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Case Western Reserve University. He earned an MA degree in social work from the University of Louisville, Kentuckey. He helped organize the Washington, D.C. Community Chest in 1928 and served as its executive director until 1934. Street also served as the director of public welfare for Washington, D.C. for 5 years in the 1930s Between 1939 and 1956, he was director of Community Chests in Richmond, VA; Houston, TX; and Bridgeport, CT. He taught at Harford Theological Seminary from 1956 until 1961.
The information in this note is from the following sources: “E.V. Street Was DC Welfare Director.’” The Washington Post, The Washington Post, www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1978/09/17/ev-street-was-dc-welfare-director/2064b1ea-9b7b-4a33-a3c3-aea166a1336a/.
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The collection consists of a copy of an unpublished manuscript, "The United Way," a history of the federated fund movement in the United States, written by Elwood Street in 1963.
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Unpublished inventory available. Please contact Archives for more information.
- Social service -- Finance -- United States. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Social work administration -- United States -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Street, Elwood, 1890-1978
- United Way of America -- History.
- Elwood Street collection, 1963
- June 2004
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