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  • Related Archival Materials

  • Title: Robert A. McKibben papers
    Collection number: 0489
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.84 Linear feet 2 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1968
    Abstract: 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.
    creator: McKibben, Robert A., (Robert Anderson), 1895-1984

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Robert A. McKibben papers, Collection no. 0489, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Biographical note

    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.

    Scope and Content

    The Robert A. McKibben papers consists of correspondence and documents relating to All Nations Foundation while it was under McKibben's direction. All Nations Foundation was an organization affiliated with the Church of All Nations, providing important welfare services to the community in Los Angeles. The collection includes such items as reports on the status of children and teens in the Los Angeles area who were at risk for delinquency; progress reports on community improvement and delinquency rates; and information from conferences and employee trainings, many of which had a specific focus on group work. Also included is much correspondence between All Nations Foundation and other local or national welfare agencies regarding funding, grants, and progress made in the community.

    Related Archival Materials

    All Nations Church and Foundation records, Collection no. 0403, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    All Nations Church and Foundation photographs, Collection no. 0421, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Los Angeles County Coordinating Councils Records, Collection no. 0406, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Council of Social Agencies of Los Angeles records, Collection no. 0480, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Community Chest and Welfare Federation of Los Angeles Area records, Collection no. 0461, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    All Nations Foundation (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Archives
    McKibben, Robert A., (Robert Anderson), 1895-1984 -- Archives
    National Conference of Social Work (U.S.) . -- Archives
    National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers. -- Archives
    Neighborhood Adult Participation Project (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Archives
    Welfare Council of Metropolitan Los Angeles. -- Archives
    Welfare Federation of Los Angeles Area. -- Archives
    Correspondence
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social conditions--Archival resources
    Reports
    Social group work--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Social work with juvenile delinquents--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Social work with youth--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources