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Finding aid for the Robert A. McKibben papers 0489
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Description
Rev. Dr. Robert A. McKibben was Executive Director of the All Nations Foundation and Pastor of the Church of All Nations in Los Angeles from 1927 until 1952, when he resigned to accept appointment by the Methodist Episcopal Church to its National Board of Missions. McKibben's correspondence relating to the All Nations Foundation, including his fund raising letters and his papers on church social work programs, are to be found with the records of that agency. Papers in this collection reflect his wide interests, his acquaintance with leading social welfare administrators throughout the West, and his national and international connections with social work associations, particularly those concerned with the developing specialty of group work, and with issues from the provision of services to youth, to narcotics education, and international student exchange programs. An influential figure in Los Angeles, McKibben was president of the Los Angeles County Coordinating Council's Executive Board, and a Vice-President of the Council of Social Agencies, on whose Executive Committee he served for many years.
Background
The Reverend Robert A. McKibben directed the All Nations Foundation from 1927-1952 and was dedicated to improving the Los Angeles community in which the Foundation worked. All Nations Foundation was considered the largest and most effective social welfare organization at the time in Los Angeles. McKibben collaborated with other welfare foundations both locally and nationally in order to improve the success of All Nations Foundation programs. Most of his projects focused on the healthy development of children, and the many programs of All Nations Foundation had the goal of ensuring that the participating children were physically, psychologically, and socially healthy. In 1952, Robert McKibben resigned from All Nations Foundation in order to accept a position as a member of the National Board of Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In addition to serving as director of All Nations Foundation, McKibben was also president of the Los Angeles County Coordinating Council's Executive Board, and a Vice President of the Council of Social Agencies. Because of his influential and untiring work, the delinquency rate on the east side of Los Angeles dropped 65% within his first three years of directing All Nations Foundation.
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0.84 Linear feet 2 boxes
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The use of archival materials for on-site research does not constitute permission from the California Social Welfare Archives to publish them. Copyright has not been assigned to the California Social Welfare Archives, and the researcher is instructed to obtain permission to quote from or publish manuscripts in the CSWA's collections from the copyright holder.
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