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Finding Aid to the Gladys Worthington Papers, 1895-1982 (bulk 1960-1980)
BANC MSS 89/52 c  
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Gladys Worthington papers
    Date (inclusive): 1895-1982
    Date (bulk): 1960-1980
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 89/52 c
    Creator: Worthington, Gladys Guinaw, d. 1982
    Extent: 8 cartons, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder 10 linear feet
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Gladys Worthington Papers consist chiefly of talks, lectures, professional files, writings, and a small amount of personal papers relating to her career as a relief worker during World War II and as a social worker in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gladys Worthington Papers, BANC MSS 89/52 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Worthington, Gladys Guinaw, d. 1982--Archives
    Alameda County (Calif.). Council of Social Planning
    American Red Cross
    Bay Area Social Planning Council (California)
    Social service--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    Social workers--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief
    World War, 1939-1945--War work

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Gladys Worthington Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Dennis Guinaw in November 1982.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Initially arranged by Marjorie Gray, following original order where possible, in 1982. Preliminary list created by James Leiby in 1985. Processed by Stephanie M. Roach in 2010.

    Biographical Information

    Gladys Worthington (c. 1911-1982), born Gladys Guinaw, in her work as a social planning consultant played a leading role in housing for senior citizens, particularly in Alameda County where she helped to establish Satellite Senior Homes, Inc. She attended San Francisco's Girls' High School (1929), later receiving her Bachelor of Arts (1933) and a General Secondary Teaching Certificate (1934) from the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from the New York School of Social Work in 1940.
    During World War II she was active with the San Francisco Chapter of the American Red Cross, where she served as Director of Disaster Service. She was also active in Europe, working for the American National Red Cross as a Special Representative for Civilian War Relief in Western Europe. During this time she volunteered with the Comite Americaine de Secours aux Civiles (Vire, Calvados, France) on the Ann Morgan Committee. She was a recipient of the Medaille d'Honneur from the Croix Rouge Francaise. She wrote an unpublished autobiographical account of her war relief efforts in France titled "Not a Donut Dolly" (circa 1977-1978). After the war, she continued her education, receiving a Master of Arts in Social Science from the University of Liverpool in England in 1956.
    Returning to the San Francisco Bay area, she began work first as the Director of the Volunteer Bureau of Alameda County, and then as a social planning consultant for many organizations, including the Council of Social Planning, Alameda County and the Bay Area Social Planning Council. She drafted reports for and/or consulted with organizations such as the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Salvation Army, United Bay Area Crusade, United Way of the Bay Area, Roman Catholic Dioceses, and many skilled nursing facilities or other senior housing developments such as Satellite Senior Homes, Inc. Later in life she worked as an instructor of Social Gerontology at Peralta College for Non-Traditional Study and as an Associate with Norris Gaddis Associates, Architects and Planners. She was awarded the Daniel Koshland, Jr. Award in 1968 for her contributions to social work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Gladys Worthington Papers consist chiefly of talks, lectures, professional files, writings, and a small amount of personal papers relating to her career as a relief worker during World War II and as a social worker in the San Francisco Bay Area. The collection contains correspondence, writings, photographs, case study and lecture notes, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and meeting minutes for social work and planning organizations she was involved with. Her time spent in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, England, and France are represented within the collection. Series include Personal, Professional Activities, Unpublished Manuscripts and Photos, and Subject Files. Subject Files comprise the bulk of the collection, and as per original order are arranged alphabetically, often by organization, though occasionally by topic. Correspondence may be found throughout the collection when related topically to a series, as per original order. The series Unpublished Manuscripts and Photos contains copies of her work, Not a Donut Dolly, an autobiographical account of her Western Europe War Relief (World War II) experience which includes a 1944 interview with Dwight D. Eisenhower; correspondence related to publication attempts; photographs related to the work; and photo albums. Research subjects of note include social work, particularly regarding housing for seniors. Organizations of note include the American Red Cross; Council of Social Planning, Alameda County; Bay Area Social Planning Council; greater San Francisco Bay Area Roman Catholic Dioceses; United Bay Area Crusade; United Way of the Bay Area; and others. Class notes are included for her education at the University of California, Berkeley; New York School of Social Work; and the University of Liverpool.