Finding Aid for the Gladys H. Culp papers 0408

Finding aid prepared by Jane Adler and Clay Stalls
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
2000 February 22

Title: Gladys H. Culp papers
Collection number: 0408
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Container: 1
Physical Description: 0.25 linear ft. 1 box
Date (inclusive): 1941-1968
Abstract: This collection consists of material documenting Gladys Culp's undergraduate and graduate work at USC, and materials related to her career in social work with the Bureau of Public Assistance of the County of Los Angeles, especially in the 1960s.
creator: Culp, Gladys H., 1904-1993

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Gladys H. Culp papers, Collection no. 0408, California Social Welfare Archive, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The use of archival materials for on-site research does not constitute permission from the California Social Welfare Archive to publish them. Copyright has not been assigned to the California Social Welfare Archive, and the researcher is instructed to obtain permission to quote from or publish manuscripts in the CSWA's collections from the copyright holder.

Biographical note

Gladys H. Culp was a sociology undergraduate student at the University of Southern California in the mid 1940s, who also did some graduate work at USC in the mid 1950s. By 1968 Culp had become a Supervising Social Worker at the Metro North District of the Bureau of Public Assistance of Los Angeles County. In 1964 she led a statewide demonstration project, undertaken by Adult Protective Services, to transfer patients, many of whom had been institutionalized for decades, from state hospitals and institutions for the mentally retarded and impaired out into the community. Over a four year period, Culp and the unit she headed--entirely made up of workers with "two years experience with the agency, but no professional social work training"--were responsible for the placement of 585 removed mental patients, mostly in private board and care and nursing homes. Culp was awarded certificates of commendation and appreciation for her work in this demonstration project. Of particular interest is her manuscript account of its accomplishment.

Scope and Content

The collection contains student materials from Culp's undergraduate and graduate years at USC, including book reports, term projects, examination papers, and essays on such topics eugenics, race relations, industrial sociology, and union leadership. It also contains a report, letter, commendation, and other materials related to her career in social work with the Bureau of Public Assistance of the County of Los Angeles, especially in the 1960s.


Donated by Gladys Culp, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services.


The material is arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Culp, Gladys H., 1904-1993 -- Archives
Los Angeles County (Calif.). Bureau of Public Assistance. -- Correspondence
University of Southern California. -- Students
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social conditions--Archival resources
Social service--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Social work education--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Social work with people with mental disabilities--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Social workers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

Box 1, Folder 1

[Undergraduate papers] 1945-1946

Box 1, Folder 2

[Undergraduate papers] 1945-1946

Box 1, Folder 3

[Undergraduate papers and notes] 1945-1946

Box 1, Folder 4

[Graduate papers] 1954

Box 1, Folder 5

[Adult Protective Services Demonstration Project] 1965-1968

Scope and Content

Includes Bureau of Public Assistance newsletter, certificates of appreciation from Bureau of Public Assistance and Department of Social Services, Department of Social Services newsletters, and Alhambra Post Advocate clipping.
Box 1, Folder 6

[Draft report], "The SIgnificant Other Person," Adult Protective Service Project, Los Angeles County circa 1968