The material in this collection is textual, its records consisting of committee minutes and agendas; research papers, reports,
and studies (both published and unpublished); by-laws, United Way organizational papers such as statements of philosophy,
memoranda, etc. The collection's material spans the years 1953-1991, with the majority dating from the decade of the 1970s.
The United Way of Los Angeles is a volunteer social welfare agency dedicated to uniting government, private agencies, and
individuals to meet the needs of the socially needy. It was created in 1963, the result of the consolidation of thirty-three
Los Angeles area city and local community chests, some of which dated to ca. 1920. With the growth of the Los Angeles area,
the consolidation of community charitable giving and agencies under the leadership of a directing organization was considered
necessary in order that volunteer, community giving be better organized. With the continued growth of the Los Angeles area,
the United Way was restructured into five regions in 1971. This move would form strong leadership from locally based branches
of United Way--still under the umbrella of the United Way of Los Angeles--that would be better able to recognize and respond
to local needs. The United Way now serves some four million families in the Los Angeles area, through the efforts of some
2.5 linear ft.
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.