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Title: Family Service Association of San Diego Records, 1889-1980Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0489
Extent: 11.26 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1910-1976
expand icon Historical Note

The Family Service Association, originally named Associated Charities, formed in 1889 as a family welfare organization but was unable to sustain itself.  In 1910, after community discussion, the Associated Charities was formally incorporated and given non-profit status.  The organization served as a clearing house for social welfare agencies.  The Associated Charities registrar investigated charity cases to ensure their legitimacy, and then sent deserving cases to the appropriate local social agency or charity for aid.  During the First World War, Associated Charities provided refugee relief and child placement services as well.

The organization consisted of a board of directors; a central council with delegates from various local charities, churches, and agencies; as well as an advisory board that helped to investigate charity cases.  Member subscriptions and local government subsidies initially funded the agency.  Later, Associated Charities received funding through the San Diego Community Chest, a fundraising body for local social agencies.  In addition, the Associated Charities also oversaw the Charities Endorsement, which verified the legitimacy of local charities during and after the First World War.

In 1938, the charity changed its name to the Family Service Association (FSA) of San Diego to better reflect its changing activities and mission.  It remained a private, non-sectarian agency, and mediated domestic difficulties (such as alcoholism and marital disputes), taught families how to budget incomes, developed work skills, and provided material aid. FSA remained a Community Chest agency.  Later, United Community Services and United Way became the organization’s main source of funding.  In addition, as the association grew, it increased its staff and utilized various committees to help coordinate operations.  FSA of San Diego also maintained membership with the national Family Service Association of America (FSAA).  Starting in the late 1950s, affiliate agencies were formed in the greater San Diego area.  These agencies were started by community members who saw a need for a social agency in their neighborhoods.  As such, these satellite branches offered services and programs specific to their community's needs.  By the 1970s, Carlsbad and Oceanside, Palomar, San Dieguito, the Foothills area, and Imperial Beach maintained affiliate agencies.

expand icon Arrangement

I.   Board of Directors Files, 1889-1975

II.  Committee Files, 1909-1976

    1.   Advisory Committee, 1909-1961

    2.   Case Policy Committee, 1915, 1958-1967

    3.   Educational Committee, 1946-1964

    4.   Executive Committee, 1945-1976

    5.   Executive Search Committee, 1975

    6.   Finance Committee, 1958-1976

    7.   Homemaker Committee, 1951-1967

    8.   Membership and Nominating Committee, 1947-1976

    9.   Neighborhood Legal Advisory Committee, 1973-1974

   10.  Personnel Committee, 1948, 1950-1975

   11.  Program and Planning Committee, 1966-1973

   12.  Public Relations Committee, 1949-1976

   13.  Research and Joint Committee, 1958-1966

   14.  Self-Study Committee, 1966

   15.  Southwest Advisory Committee, 1970

   16.  Special Funds Committee, 1969-1976

   17.  Visiting Nurses Bureau Committee, 1931-1934

III. Office Files, 1908-1977

IV. Endorsement and Funding Agenices, 1917-1976

     1.  Charities Endorsement Files, 1917-1920

     2.  Community Chest Files, 1945-1966

     3.  United Community Services Files, 1962-1974

     4.  United Way Files, 1973-1976

V.  Affiliates, 1958-1980

expand icon Administrative Information
Acquired: 04/11/1980. 1979-011, 1980-003
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Family Service Association
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Family Service Association of San Diego Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Finding Aid Revisions: Reprocessed in March 2012.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
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