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California Social Welfare Archives (CSWA)

The California Social Welfare Archives (CSWA) obtains and preserves materials reflecting the development of social welfare programs in California and conducts and publishes oral history interviews with social work leaders. This unique collection of California social welfare history, supported by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and USC Special Collections, and housed in the USC Doheny Memorial Library,and has been visited by scholars from throughout the country. Our digital library of recorded interviews and presentations is available to all at

In 2002, the California Social Work Hall of Distinction was added to CSWA’s mission to preserve the legacy of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to California social welfare and the social work profession. The inductee biographies and interviews found in the Hall provide the basis for research projects by social work students throughout California. Inductees distinguished themselves by identifying a vision of how things could be better in our communities and pursuing that vision with consistent and concerted action for change. Visit the Hall and videos of our inductions, at and  Contact us at

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