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Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County records

 Collection
Identifier: SW 38

Scope and Content

The Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County records consist largely of reports, minutes, memoranda, correspondence, and miscellaneous papers generated and accumulated by the Council from 1960 to 1976. The records also contain a small amount similar materials from the Council's predecessor and successor organizations. No attempt has been made to separate these materials because the activities they represent continued through the Council's reorganizations.

The Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County records are arranged in two series. The Administration series (box 1) contains files pertaining to the structure, finances, and general operations of the council. The Subject File series (boxes 1-20) contains files related to the studies and projects conducted by the Council.

Most of the materials were generated as the result of activities by ongoing committees or special task forces. Most focus around special studies conducted by the Council. Typically, these will include a copy of the final report, drafts and preliminary reports, minutes of study committee meetings, correspondence and memoranda relating to the study, and miscellaneous resource materials. Other similar materials reflect efforts to monitor certain types of activities and situations without a formal study and report. A small amount of additional material documents the Council's interests and it relationships with other agencies, though there is seldom significant documentation of any particular topic.

The most extensively documented topics are aging, Native Americans, child abuse, day care, family and child welfare, group services, health, homemaker services, legal counseling for the poor, mental health and developmental disability, runaway youth, and unmarried parents. The individuals represented most substantially in the collection are Omar Schmidt, director of the Community Welfare Council and the Community Health and Welfare Council, circa 1950-1976, and Betty Danielson, the director of planning services for the United Way.

Dates

  • 1947-1977
  • (bulk 1960-1975)

Language of Materials

English

Use of Materials

Open for use in Social Welfare History Archives reading room.

Copyright

Please contact the Archivesfor copyright information.

Historical Note

The Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County was charged with planning and research activities related to private sector social services in Hennepin County Minnesota from 1960 to 1976. From 1919 until 1960, private sector social service planning and fund raising in Hennepin County were combined in a single organization, The Minneapolis Council of Social Agencies. From 1960 through 1976 the functions were divided between the separate, but closely-allied, Community Chest and Council and Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County.

The Community Health and Welfare Council had its origins in the Minneapolis Council of Social Agencies, which was founded in 1915 and incorporated in 1919. It was founded primarily for planning purposes, but soon undertook the task of joint funding-raising, first, in 1919 as the Town Tea Kettle Fund, and then, beginning in 1920, as the Community Fund. During the years 1942-1946 the Community Fund became a part of the War Chest, which supported additional war-related relief and service activities. In 1948, the Council of Social Agencies reorganized as the Community Chest and Council of Hennepin County.

The Community Chest and Council was replaced in 1960 when the fund-raising aspects of the Community Chest were merged with other fund drives to form the new United Fund of Hennepin County. The planning and research activities that had been performed by the Community Welfare Council -- a division of the Community Chest and Council -- were assumed by a new, separate organization, the Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County. This council drew its financial support from the United Fund and, in turn, provided the Fund with planning and consultation services. However, it was not involved in allocating money raised by the United Fund to Minneapolis agencies and its functions extended beyond services to the United Fund. In another reorganization in 1976, the Community Health and Welfare Council was absorbed once again into the United Fund, which is now the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Extent

25 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County records consist mostly of reports, minutes, memoranda, and correspondence, dated from 1960 to 1975.

Arrangement of Records

The Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County records are arranged into 2 series:
  1. Series 1. Administration
  2. Series 2. Subject Files

Other Finding Aid

Unpublished inventory available. Please contact Archivesfor more information.

Acquisition Information

The Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County records were received as a gift from the Planning Office of United Way of the Minneapolis Area, Betty Danielson, Director, in January, 1981.

Processing Information

An inventory of the records was prepared by David Klaassen with the assistance of Quyen Vo and Loan Truong in June of 1994.

Approximately two-thirds of the records arrived in a well-preserved alphabetical arrangement. The remaining materials were in a separate, less-organized grouping by subject or project. These were integrated into the alphabetical filing system during processing.
Title
Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County Records
Author
David J. Klaassen
Date
2004
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Social Welfare History Archives Collecting Area

Contact:

612-624-6394