Blanche D. Coll papers
- Coll, Blanche D. (Person)
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This collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
0.51 Cubic Feet (1 letter half-size document box, 1 flat box (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches))
Biographical / Historical
Coll's familiarity with relief work in Baltimore led her to write several articles related to local charities: "The Baltimore Society for the Prevention of Pauperism: 1820-1822" (American History Rev., Oct. 1955) and "The Baltimore Almshouse: An Early History" (MD Hist. Mag., Summer 1971). Her published volumes include Perspectives in Public Welfare: A History (1970) and Safety Net: Welfare and Social Security, 1929-1979 (1995).
Scope and Contents
The photographs taken in the 1930s are of Coll's co-workers at Baltimore's early charity agencies, the Charity Organization Society and the Family Welfare Association. The women have been photographed at social occasions, and their work with clients is not reflected.
Coll worked with other social workers who were very important to the development of charity organization in Baltimore. Among the caseworkers, students, and assistants shown in the photos are Doris Slothower, general mangager of the Charity Organization Society; Dorothy Pope, general secretary of the Family Welfare Association; District Secretary, Edith Day Gersh; and caseworkers, Louise E. Pickell, Virginia Robinson, and Dorothy Wineberg. Coll herself appears in several of the pictures.
Four larger copied photographs are part of the collection. Shown are caseworkers from the Charity Organization Society; the office of the COS at Eager and Gay Streets; and portraits of two children. (A note on the reverse of the photographs indicates that the items were part of "Miss Pendleton's Scrapbook," who may have been Helen Pendleton. Muriel Pumphrey's name also appears on the back of the photographs. Mary E. Richmond was the subject of Pumphrey's graduate thesis, and she later lectured on the work of the early charity worker).
Coll's personal copies of two of Mary E. Richmond's published works complete the collection: Friendly Visiting among the Poor (1899) with a new introduction (1969) and The Good Neighbor (1908).
Some biographical information is included in the collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Added in October, 1997 were four audio tapes from Coll containing her reminiscences of Frederic Chapin Lane. The Accession Number is 97-98.5.
In November, 1997 Coll gave a copy of her master’s thesis. The Accession Number is 97-98.9.
In 1998, a transcript of the oral history was added. The Accession Number id 97-98.14.
Part of the Special Collections Repository
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Baltimore MD 21218 USA