The Family Service Association of San Diego Records document the organization’s operations and activities as well as San Diego’s general welfare needs, spanning from the organization’s
inception through the 1970s. The collection includes correspondence, reports, budgets, agency program materials, news clippings,
committee files, meeting minutes, fundraising materials, statistics, by laws, and more. Although the material dates from
1889 to 1980, there is no documentation between 1890 and 1908. The collection is divided into five series: Board of Directors Files, Committee Files, Office Files, Funding and Endorsement Agencies, and Affiliates.
The Family Service Association, originally named Associated Charities, formed in 1889 as a family welfare organization but
was unable to sustain itself. In 1910, after community discussion, the Associated Charities was formally incorporated and
given non-profit status. The organization served as a clearing house for social welfare agencies. The Associated Charities
registrar investigated charity cases to ensure their legitimacy, and then sent deserving cases to the appropriate local social
agency or charity for aid. During the First World War, Associated Charities provided refugee relief and child placement services
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