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Inventory of the Department of Employment, Social Workers Placement Service, 1941-1953
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Beginning in 1940, a group of social work executives began meeting informally and discussed among themselves the need for an employment service which would bring unemployed social workers and available jobs together. Further exploration of the topic disclosed that many agencies and workers would welcome such an employment service. An informal committee to explore setting up such a service, and establish standards began in late 1940. Educational training and job experience were seen as essential requirements for social workers. An official Advisory Committee to the Social Workers Placement Service was appointed on January 28, 1941, by the Director of California Department of Employment, R. G. Wagenet. Original Advisory Committee members were Aleta Brounlee, chairman, Dr. H. M. Cassidy, Lexie Cotton, Eva Hance, Alma Holzschuh, Esther Hutson, Elizabeth B. Mac Latchie, Louis Miniclier, and Emily Minton. The Advisory Committee's duties were to advise the Department of Employment on matters of policy interviewing applicants, promoting public relations and conducting studies. The Advisory Committee set up subcommittees which prepared a questionnaire and explored the job classification system in social work.
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