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Britton, Ruth - Audio Oral History Interview - CSWA

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Published on Apr 25, 2012

Interviewed by John Milner on January 26 and April 29, 2001.

An interview with Ruth Britton as she discusses her arrival to USC as a librarian; education; the development of USC School of Social Work's library and its problems; USC School of Social Work faculty; working with doctoral students; changes the library has undergone over the years; how the libraries at other universities' schools of social work compared to the one at USC; gathering the history of social work in California; California Social Welfare Hall of Distinction;

Long the social work librarian at the University of Southern California, retired Mrs. Britton was interviewed by John Milner, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work. Their employment in the School of Social work overlapped. Mrs. Britton, with an undergraduate degree in social work and a graduate degree in library science, was with the School's library from the time it was started. She describes here its course. She was also founder of the California Social Welfare Archives. How that organization developed is described by Mrs. Britton.

To view a transcript of the interview, visit http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archives...

The California Social Welfare Archives (CSWA), established in 1979, is a non-profit organization operating under the auspices of the USC School of Social Work and affiliated with the University Libraries. It collects and preserves documents and personal histories of significant contributions to the evolution of social welfare ensuring their availability to future generations -- students, teachers, historians, and researchers. Collection activity includes gathering and archiving social welfare materials of historical significance, conducting oral history interviews with contributors to social welfare solutions in California, and creating events to publicly recognize significant contributors to California social welfare.

Visit us at http://www.usc.edu/cswa and http://www.socialworkhallofdistinctio...

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