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Beulah Compton papers

Identifier: ua01095


Collection contains casework materials, correspondence, notes, and other papers of Beulah Compton, professor of social work at the University of Minnesota.


  • 1939-1993


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Access to Materials

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Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Note

Beulah Elizabeth Roberts Compton, B.A. (1941) Illinois Wesleyan University, M.S.W. (1950) Indiana University, Ph.D. (1971) University of Chicago. Conducted research on and taught in the areas of disorganized families, the middle-aged, education in social work, and family therapy.

Beulah Compton was born on March 29, 1919 in Tonica, Illinois. She earned a B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1941; M.A. from Indiana University in 1951; and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1971. Compton was an instructor (1952-1956), assistant professor (1956-1962), associate professor (1962-1972), and professor (1971-1981) in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. While on leave from the University from 1958-1960, Dr. Compton coordinated the St. Paul family center project, working with disorganized families requiring assistance from more than one social agency.

In 1981, Dr. Compton accepted the position of professor at Indiana University School of Social Work and became Dean of the School of Social Work in 1982. She has authored books and articles on child welfare, undergraduate education in the field of social work, and the processes of social work. Dr. Compton was a member of various professional organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers, American Public Welfare Association, Child Welfare Association of America and American Association of Family Therapists. Beulah Compton died on August 13, 2002.


5 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

Physical Location

Off-site (WBOB)

Source of acquisition

Collection donated by Laura Perkins on June 22, 1991.

Related Materials in the University Archives

Related Materials in the Social Welfare History Archives

Beulah Compton papers
Karen Spilman and Amy Flessert
February 2005, August 2008
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