The mission of this site is simple. It is to preserve the literature and history of the school social work field and to share it with practitioners, students, professors and historians. Today we have internet resources that bring current resources to us in the matter of seconds. The older resources are only in a print format and in order for them to saved they must be converted to an electronic format. School social work is such a specialized field there are few resources to attempt such a project. And even if the motivation and funding existed the documents are difficult if not impossible to find.
Between the years 1973 and 1990 I made an effort to document the early writings from the school social work field. The holy grail was to find the "Bulletins" of the National Association of School Social Workers. In order to complete my quest I visited countless university libraries. I also communicated with school social workers who were members and officers of NASSW for help. Some of these delightful retired school social workers shared their literature including many original copies of the Bulletins. Other Bulletins were photocopied at libraries. The condition of the Bulletins and other early materials vary from poor to excellent. The scanning process could not make up for poor quality of the photo copies.
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Most of the early materials were shared by school social workers who were once members of the National Association of School Social Workers. This site is a tribute to those colleagues from the past. In my quest to develop a bibliography of early school social work literature I had the good fortune of meeting leading school social workers active in the profession in the 30's, 40's, and 50's. They shared much original material.
Much of the early literature has been hidden and unavailable for the past 50 years. Collections of the early bulletins do not exist in libraries or on any other websites.
Today with the advent of online literature searches there is no need for a current school social work bibliography.
As a graduate student at the Jane Addams School of Social Work in 1973 I was a school social work intern when I began to gather items for a school social work bibliography. There were no textbooks for school social work, no journals, and no specific classes on school social work.