Papers of the Moral Welfare Workers' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1962-1968; minutes of meetings including General Meetings, General Committee and Circulars, 1952-1975; MWWA publications, including MWWA Newsletter, later Bulletin, 1961-1970. Includes Frances Martin,  A History of the Moral Welfare Workers' Association., (1963).

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1938 the Standing Committee of Diocesan Organising Secretaries for Moral Welfare Work proposed and encouraged the formation of a professional association which could help establish and maintain standards of work. A draft constitution was drawn up which was adopted by members after the end of the second world war. Circular 2866 issued by the Ministry of Health in 1943 was a milestone. Membership of the Association rose from 170 in 1941 to 360 in 1945, but was still under 400 in 1970, when the association merged with six other social workers' organisations to form the British Association of Social Workers.

Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987. R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Supplementary Catalogue to the Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1988.

Arrangement

The archives of BASW's predecessors were listed before their deposit in the Centre. A published catalogue is available for purchase. The archives of the different organisations are distinguished by different initials.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/holdings/class/. It is compatible with  ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers, except for the membership records and other records restricted by the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Association of Social Workers, 17 July 1997. BASW deposited its own archives in the Centre in 2003.

Other Finding Aids

Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987. R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Supplementary Catalogue to the Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1988.

An authority record exists for Moral Welfare Workers' Association (GB 152 AAR0999).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

These archives have been weeded for duplicate ephemeral material.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

MSS.378/BASW contains records after 1970, when this association was merged with others to form the British Association of Social Workers.

Related archives held in the Centre are: Association of Children's Officers (MSS.378/ACO); Association of Child Care Officers (MSS.378/ACCO); Association of Family Case Workers (MSS.378/AGFC); Association of Psychiatric Social Workers (MSS.378/APSW); Association of Social Workers (MSS.378/ASW); Institute of Medical Social Workers (MSS.378/IMSW); Society of Mental Welfare Officers (MSS.378/SMWO); Association of Tuberculosis Care Workers (MSS.378/TUB) ; National Association of Probation Officers (MSS.378/PROB); and Standing Conference of Organisations of Social Workers (MSS.378/SCOSW).