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Primary Creator: School of Social Work

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: San Diego State University. School of Social Work--Archives, San Diego State University. School of Social Work--History--Sources, Social work education--California--San Diego--History--Sources

Forms of Material: Institutional Archives

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The School of Social Work Records documents the school’s foundation, history, and influence in San Diego. The collection is composed of correspondence, newsletters, program fliers, student handbooks, faculty resumes, memoranda, and budgetary reports. Highlights include documentation for graduate study groups pertaining to LGBT students, accreditation reports, and public relations studies concerning Chicano students in the social work program. The bulk of the material dates from the School of Social Work’s foundation in 1963 to the early 1990’s.

Biographical Note

Founded in 1963, the San Diego State University School of Social Work was the first of its kind in what is now the 23 campus Cal-State University system. The program emerged in response to a need for more professionally educated workers in the public welfare sector, focusing mostly on diversity, civil rights, and education. Former and current faculty include leading authorities in a broad range of disciplines and focus areas related to substance abuse, domestic violence, child welfare, mental health and aging, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and immigration.

In 1960, Governor Jerry Brown hired Dr. Ernest Witte to assess the need for additional social work programs in the state. By 1963, Witte was appointed the first dean of the School of Social Work at San Diego State College.

In order to achieve “University” status, the San Diego College administration decided to create a new entity called the College of Social and Health Services.  The college housed a vast array of clinical programs including the School of Nursing, Department of Speech Pathology, the School of Social Work, the Department of Health Services, a Center on Aging, and a School of Public Health. The new programs worked closely with the School of Social Work in curriculum development.

By the mid-1980’s the Conference of International Programs approached the School of Social Work and invited it to join other Schools of Social work in the county in hosting international social workers. It was during this time that the School received several child welfare teaching grants from the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health to establish teaching and training programs promoting child wellness. In 1987, the School created a Center on Substance Abuse and was later renamed the Center for Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies and Services. 

Collaboration among the Schools of Social Work, University of California San Diego, California Western School of Law, and the Center for Child Protection at Children’s Hospital and Health Center established a Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Training (CAIT) project in 1988. The purpose of the program was to develop core curriculum and deliver training to social workers employed in public child welfare agencies throughout the state.

Between 1992 and 1995 the School was engaged in another inter-departmental collaborative effort at SDSU entitled the Urban Community Service Program. The program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and was intended to make university resources and talents available to the surrounding urban community.

In 2003 the School received an award from the California Social Work Education Center for the development of a baccalaureate-level child welfare stipend training program.

After a prolonged separation from the School, the Center on Aging once again became part of the School of Social work in the fall of 2010. The center, along with the Department of Gerontology, was transferred to the School.

The school is currently in the process of negotiations with the University of California, San Diego’s School of Family medicine to offer a joint Ph.D. program in International Health with an emphasis on alcohol and other drug studies.

Subject/Index Terms

San Diego State University. School of Social Work--Archives
San Diego State University. School of Social Work--History--Sources
Social work education--California--San Diego--History--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions 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.

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, School of Social Work Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


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Folder 1: History of Department information, 1993 - 96Add to your cart.
Folder 2: School of Social Work - annual reports, 1974 - 77, 1980 - 92Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Report on the Establishment of a Graduate School of Social Work at San Diego State College, 1964 - 65Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Accreditation includes material dated, 1963 - 91Add to your cart.

Accreditation Mandatory Review, 1969

Field Instruction Agencies for the Accreditation Mandatory Review, 1969

Notes from Accreditation meeting, 1979

Appeal of postponement decision submitted to commission on accreditation Council on Social Work Education, 1979

Folder 5: Council on Social Work Accreditation, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: School of Social Work Accreditation Report, volume 1, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: School of Social Work - minutesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: School of Social Work- correspondence, 1965 - 75Add to your cart.
Folder 9: School of Social Work- correspondence, 1965 - 75Add to your cart.
Folder 10: School of Social Work- correspondence, 1965 - 75Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Faculty Manual, 1968 - 69Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Memorandum: Student Evaluation of Faculty, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Faculty Information, 1966 - 99Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Ranking of Faculty members for promotions and tenure, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Faculty feedback regarding minority perspectives, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Image and contributions of School of Social Work, 1971Add to your cart.

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