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United Community Services Planning Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002466
Part I: The records of the United Community Services Planning Department consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, publications, research studies and other material documenting health and human services in metropolitan Detroit.

Important subjects in the collection: Adoption--Michigan--Detroit Aged--Michigan--Detroit Child welfare--Michigan--Detroit Children--Institutional care--Michigan--Detroit Community centers--Michigan--Detroit Community development, Urban--Michigan--Detroit Community organization--Michigan--Detroit Detroit (Mich.) riot, 1967 Detroit (Mich.)--Charitable and social work Detroit (Mich.)--Race relations Detroit (Mich.)--Social policy Detroit (Mich.)--Social problems Detroit Suburban Area--Human services Detroit Suburban Area--Social problems Drug abuse--Michigan--Detroit Family services--Michigan--Detroit Human services--Michigan--Detroit Human services--Health aspects--Michigan--Detroit Juvenile delinquency--Michigan--Detroit Poor--Michigan--Detroit Recreation and juvenile delinquency--Michigan--Detroit Rural-urban migration--Michigan--Detroit Social work with youth Unmarried mothers--Michigan-Detroit Youth--Services for--Michigan--Detroit

Important correspondents in the collection: Frank W. Harris Thomson Heinrichs Richard F. Huegli Ebed W. Martin Sidney Newhouse Norbert Reinstein

Series Description: Series I, Administrative and Subject Files, 1953-1977 Series II, Geographic Divisions, 1949-1972 Series III, Child and Family Welfare, 1946-1976 Series IV, Group Work and Recreation, 1948-1976 Series V, Health Care, 1953-1977
Part II: The United Community Services Planning Department Records, Part 2, consists of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, proposals, and other paper materials documenting the department’s efforts to effectively identify and improve social welfare concerns in the metropolitan Detroit area. The councils and committees represented include those responsible for planning for geographic, demographic, and functional concerns including children and youth services, health services, recreation, and social services. It also includes records related to the administrative functions of the Planning Department, including records from the Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Committee and the Coordinating Council.

Important Subjects: Community-based social services Detroit (Mich.) Public health Public welfare Social service--Michigan--Detroit Social service--Planning Student volunteers in social service United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit United Foundation (Detroit, Mich.)

Important Names: Williams, Geneva

Series Description: Series 6: Children and Youth Services, 1978-1987 Series 7: Coordinating Council, 1970-1983 Series 8: Health Services, 1959-1985, bulk 1972-1983 Series 9: Project BOLD, 1981-1984 Series 10: Public Affairs Committee, 1971-1981 Series 11: Recreation, 1955-1974 Series 12: Regional Areas, 1938-1985, bulk 1971-1985 Series 13: Social Services, 1965-1983 Series 14: Capital Fund Campaign, 1964-1981 Series 15: Audiovisual and Oversize Materials, 1981-1985 Series 16: Oakland Division, 1982-1992

Dates

  • 1938 - 1987

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

NO NAMES APPEARING IN CASE FILES MAY BE CITED. RESEARCHERS USING THE UNITED COMMUNITY SERVICES PLANNING DEPARTMENT COLLECTION ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN A RESTRICTED USE STATEMENT.
Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

70.75 Linear Feet (69 SB, 2 MB, 1 OS)

Abstract

The United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit has its origins in the establishment of the Detroit Community Union in 1917. The Union was reorganized into the Council of Social Agencies of Metropolitan Detroit in 1932, and merged with the Detroit Community Chest in 1951 to become the United Community Services (UCS). UCS operated alongside the United Way for Southeastern Michigan (United Foundation until 1989), which was primarily a fundraising organization. They merged to form the United Way Community Services in 1995, which merged with the United Way for Oakland County to become the United Way for Southeastern Michigan in 2005. UCS was an umbrella organization for a wide range of social welfare agencies in the Metropolitan Detroit area, and sought to promote social services (including child care, family, health, recreation, and community planning) through the centralized planning, coordinating, and budgeting of those agencies. The Planning Department was responsible for identifying social problems, working with citizens and service organizations to identify and propose solutions to those problems, and fostering the involvement of members of the community in the community service process. The Planning Department consisted of various component councils and committees throughout its history, each tasked with fulfilling the goals of effective community planning for specific geographic areas or community concerns.

Part 1 of the records of the United Community Services Planning Department consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, publications, research studies and other material documenting health and human services in metropolitan Detroit. Part 2 consists of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, proposals, and other paper materials documenting the department’s efforts to effectively identify and improve social welfare concerns in the metropolitan Detroit area. The councils and committees represented include those responsible for planning for geographic, demographic, and functional concerns including children and youth services, health services, recreation, and social services. It also includes records related to the administrative functions of the Planning Department, including records from the Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Committee and the Coordinating Council.

History

Part I: In 1951, the Council of Social Agencies and the Community Chest of Metropolitan Detroit merged to form United Community Services (UCS). The new organization, a federation of public and private social service agencies, was responsible for planning and research to determine the social welfare and health care needs of Detroiters and the allocation of charitable contributions collected by Detroit’s federated charitable campaign, the Torch Drive. To achieve its planning mission, UCS established planning committees to investigate and improve health and welfare services and recreational opportunities for metro Detroiters.

The United Community Services Planning Department identifies community problems, proposes and secures action on solutions, serves as an advocate on public policies which affect health and human services, and brings together individuals and organizations whenever answers to particular problems require coordinated approaches.
Part II: The United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit has its origins in the establishment of the Detroit Community Union in 1917. The Union was reorganized into the Council of Social Agencies of Metropolitan Detroit in 1932, and merged with the Detroit Community Chest in 1951 to become the United Community Services (UCS). UCS operated alongside the United Way for Southeastern Michigan (United Foundation until 1989), which was primarily a fundraising organization. They merged to form the United Way Community Services in 1995, which merged with the United Way for Oakland County to become the United Way for Southeastern Michigan in 2005. UCS was an umbrella organization for a wide range of social welfare agencies in the Metropolitan Detroit area, and sought to promote social services (including child care, family, health, recreation, and community planning) through the centralized planning, coordinating, and budgeting of those agencies. The Planning Department was responsible for identifying social problems, working with citizens and service organizations to identify and propose solutions to those problems, and fostering the involvement of members of the community in the community service process. The Planning Department consisted of various component councils and committees throughout its history, each tasked with fulfilling the goals of effective community planning for specific geographic areas or community concerns.

Arrangement

Part I: Arranged in 5 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-9), Series 2 (Boxes 9-12), Series 3 (Boxes 13-29), Series 4 (Boxes 29-36), and Series 5 (Boxes 37-46).
Part II: Arranged into 11 series - Series 6 (Boxes 47-48), Series 7 (Boxes 48-49), Series 8 (Boxes 49-58), Series 9 (Boxes 58-60), Series 10 (Box 60), Series 11 (Boxes 61-62), Series 12 (Boxes 62-63), Series 13 (Boxes 63- 64), Series 14 (Boxes 65-69), Series 15 (Boxes 70-72), Series 16 (Box 73). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series

Related Materials

United Community Services and United Way collections

Transfers

Part I: A few photographs received with the collection have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.
Part II: Videocassettes, audiocassettes, and slides (Box 72) transferred to the Reuther’s AV Department.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Part II: Processed and finding aid updated by Dallas Pillen on February 21, 2014.
Title
Guide to the United Community Services Planning Department Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2014-02-21: Part 2 processed and finding aid updated by Dallas Pillen.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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