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Family Welfare Service Bureau Records (MC 15)

Agency History

The Family Welfare Bureau was organized in 1921. According to an undated petition to Muscogee County, Georgia for incorporation, the organization was “to be a center of intercommunication between the various churches and charitable agencies of the County." It placed orphans in homes, provided relieve for the unemployed, attempted to promote the general welfare “by social reforms, by industrial instructions, and by the inculcation of habits of providence and self-dependence. . .” It also sought to improve housing conditions. The city of Columbus, Georgia provided funds to the organization for both administration costs and unemployment relief. The organization changed its name to the Family Service Bureau in 1941.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the Bureau's Minute Book covering from its founding in May 1921 through December of 1944. This volume does not provide information about specific cases, but does reflect economic and social conditions in Columbus from the Roaring Twenties, through the Great Depression to World War II. It details both local relief efforts, and the relationship between the local Bureau and the national associations which coordinated these local activities. It also details the involvement of prominent Columbus families and organizations in relief activities.

1921-1944 1 box (.5 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Family Welfare Service Bureau Records must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Family Welfare Service Bureau Records, MC 15
Columbus State University Archives


These materials were donated to the Archives in 1980 by Romolo A. Cannamela, director of the Family CounselingCenter, successor agency to the Family Welfare Service Bureau.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Item 1 – Minute Book. 1921-1944.