The records contain correspondence; program plans and proposals; medical records and statistics; budgets and other financial
records; staff rosters; miscellaneous religious publications; newspaper clippings; brochures, and other publications describing
the work of All Nations; annual reports; committee reports, agendas, and minutes; and staff reports on activities. This collection
encompasses the years 1925-1978, with the bulk of the material dating frmo the decade of the 1930s.
All Nations, in its heyday the largest and most effective social welfare organization in Los Angeles, was begun in 1918 in
an east-central section of the city known as "Eastside." Immigration from Europe, Latin America, and Asia into Eastside, coupled
with the incursion of wholesale businesses there, led to the departure of the middle class residents of this formerly comfortable
community. Local churches, deprived of their original congregations, were dismayed at the prospect of serving this new, needy
immigrant population, but the City Missionary Society of the Methodist Church had been looking for just such a settlement
opportunity. It sent in a young pastor, Bromley Oxnam, fired with the church's social gospel doctrine to establish a church
settlement house in an abandoned church. The collection records the practical energy of Oxnam--later a Methodist bishop--as
he gathered donations, organized volunteers, bought land and buildings, equipped gymnasiums, playgrounds, libraries, and clinics
for a community where three-fourths of the families were on public assistance. His crowning work in developing the physical
facilities of All Nations was the acquisition of a complex of buildings at 810-816-824 E. Sixth Street, in 1927, just before
his resignation from All Nations on 1 July 1927 (Oxnam preached his farewell sermon at All Nations on 19 June 1927). Oxnam's
successor was the Reverend Robert A. McKibben, whose superior gifts as administrator, social worker, fund raiser, and collaborator
with other social welfare agencies, including the Federal and Los Angeles Relief Administrations, and the National Youth Administration,
ensured the continued success of All Nations.
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