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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical and historical note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Aneita Tidball papers
    Collection number: 0437
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.63 linear ft. 2 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1951-1956
    Abstract: The Aneita Tidball papers consist of correspondence, memorandums and reports, 1951-1956, created primarily by Aneita Tidball in the course of her duties for the United Community Defense Service.
    creator: Tidball, Aneita, 1896-1982
    creator: United Community Defense Services (U.S.).

    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 Archives to publish them. Copyright has not been assigned to the California Social Welfare Archives, and the researcher is instructed to obtain permission from the copyright holder to quote from or publish manuscripts in the CSWA's collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Aneita Tidball papers, Collection no. 0437, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Biographical and historical note

    Aneita Tidball, a nationally known social worker and former executive Secretary of the Travelers Aid Society of Chicago, was Field Representative in the western states for the United Community Defense Service (UCDS), from 1951 to 1953. The UCDS was federation of fifteen large national agencies created in 1951 to assist undeveloped communities in meeting social service needs created by defense mobilization for the Korean War. It did so by functioning as a private cooperative fundraising agency that usually worked with local Community Chests. Tidball's three year assignment with the UCDS was to identify communities in the western region, including California, that had been adversely impacted by the growth and problems associated with the establishment of military installations because of the Korean War. Tidball's energetic and vivid field reports on the state of communities in the West, ranging from Oakland, to China Lake, to Moses Lake, Washington, form an important part of this collection.


    The papers are arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Content

    The Aneita Tidball papers consist of correspondence, memorandums and reports created primarily by Aneita Tidball in the course of her duties for the United Community Defense Service. Most of the material was generated during the years 1951-1953; all material is textual. The bulk of the holdings is correspondence, typewritten excerpts or summaries of newspaper clippings/releases, Aneita Tidball's and others' field reports and community summaries, and UCDS memoranda to or from Aneita Tidball. Most material is not found on UCDS stationary, for example, but onion-skin typing paper, suggesting that this material served as copies or records of work that had been sent. Some material is clearly designated as copies or else is clearly carbon copies.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Tidball, Aneita, 1896-1982 -- Archives
    Tidball, Aneita, 1896-1982 -- Correspondence
    United Community Defense Services (U.S.). -- Archives
    Social service--West (U.S.)--20th century--Archival resources
    Social workers--West (U.S.)--20th century--Archival resources