Series 11 - Publications (External)

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CA MUA MG 2076-11

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  • 1932-1972 (Creation)
    Montreal Council of Social Agencies

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(established 1921)

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The Montreal Council of Social Agencies, a coordinating organization for English-speaking, non-Roman Catholic social agencies, was formed in 1921 by John Howard Toynbee Falk, head of McGill's Department of Social Studies, later the McGill University School of Social Workers. Although details of the organization of the MCSA have been modified over the years, the basic structure remained constant: a Board of Directors, elected from the member agencies, directed the MCSA through administrative standing committees and, more importantly, set up numerous special committees to study specific social problems under the aegis of area advisory groups for health, aging, urban renewal, recreation, etc. The overwhelming emphasis of the MCSA on planning and research reflects its role as animator, information exchange and coordinator of a great variety of social agencies and groups, from major hospitals and fund-raising organizations to church groups and boys' clubs. In 1968, the MCSA merged with its French homologue, the Conseil de Développement Social; it ceased operations in 1976.

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Bulletins, brochures, magazines, pamphlets, newsletters, press clippings, guides, reports, surveys, statutes, by-laws, Hansard: examples of all of these are provided here. With documents dating from 1932 to 1970, this series contains approximately the same number of files as the previous one, which it usefully complements. Publications (External) constituted a major reference source for the Council and helped keep the institution up to date with developments in the wider welfare field, in turn reflected in the productions of Publications (MCSA and Member Organizations), and indeed other series. It likewise sets all the MCSA's activities in perspective, providing an external standard of comparison.

Necessarily North American in concentration but with some representation from Britain, Publications (External) in effect provides an extensive overview of contemporary welfare problems and the institutions and policies that addressed them. Apart from much U.S. material, it is the series which offers the most substantial listings of Canadian legislation and regulations at the municipal, provincial and national levels. Community welfare research, planning and procedure, as well as social work training, are notably covered; but data pertaining to most facets of social service can be found in this series. It may also be mentioned that, despite its title, the 1956 - 1957 Canadian Workshop on Social Work Education (file 1023) has the character of a collection of essays rather than a record of the proceedings of a regular workshop; hence its retention here and not in the Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Institute Proceedings Series. The Department of National Health and Welfare, Canadian Welfare Council, Quebec Department of Family and Social Welfare, U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the Child Welfare League" of America all contribute heavily to the Publications (External) Series.

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