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Folder 183 Public Affairs Committee, Federation of Social Agencies of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Materials, 1935-1936

Reports, positions on proposed legislation, positions papers, etc. related to emergency relief, aid for the blind, labor, mental health, immigration and other social legislation; Lists of persons dismissed and their replacements on state social agency boards and in the state Department of Welfare. e.g. (1) Laura Porter was dismissed from the Bureau of Community Work in the Division of Assistance. She was the Assistant Superintendent of the State Mother’s Assistance Office, had a graduate degree in social work from the New York School, 11 years experience with the American Red Cross and in hospitals. She was replaced by Ruth Zimmerman who had an undergraduate degree from a state normal school and who had volunteered as a secretary. (2) Florence Hall was a Wellesley graduate and had a graduate degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She had 14 years experience with the Children’s Aid Society and Children’s Hospital. She was replaced by Ruth O’Boyle who was 22 years old, had completed nurses training but had no work experience. (3) Helen Glenn Tyson, Chief of the Bureau of Community Work and former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Welfare. Tyson was a Vassar College graduate and had a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She had been Head of the University of Pennsylvania Social Service Department, organizer and first head of the State Mother’s Assistance Fund, and Supervisor of Schools at Sleighton Farms. She was replaced by a Mrs. McCullough who had no professional training or experience whatsoever; Materials from the Special Session of the Pennsylvania Legislature for May, 1936; Course syllabus from the Second Semester 1935-1936 focused on the work of the Special Session of the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1936 and taught by Dr. Hathway: “Relief and Welfare in the Special Session”