University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Josephine Harris Stewart Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator Stewart, Josephine Harris
Collection Title Josephine Harris Stewart Papers
Dates 1920-2000
Identification 2000-001
Physical Description 12.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/, Phone: 713-743-9750

Biographical Information:

Josephine Harris Stewart was a prominent social worker and activist who is recognized as a pioneer in the field of social group work. She was born June 9, 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is of Hungarian Jewish descent. She received a bachelor of science degree in education in 1945 from the University of Cincinnati Teachers College. Following graduation, she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and was assigned as an occupational counselor in Des Moines, Iowa, until her discharge in September 1946. She graduated in 1949 from the University of Pittsburgh with a master of social work degree, with a specialization in social group work. In 1960 she earned an advanced curriculum certificate in community organization from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed all the requirements, except for the dissertation, for a doctoral degree in social work.

Stewart's early career encompassed a number of jobs in the social work field, including teaching and social work practice at public and private social welfare agencies and hospitals. She was a social group worker at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, where she was the first social group worker in Kansas; the LaRue D. Carter Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she served as psychiatric social work supervisor; and the Rollman Institute of Psychiatry in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was a psychiatric social work educational supervisor. She was also a family counselor at Jewish Family Service of Philadelphia. Her teaching positions include serving as field work instructor and lecturer in social group work at Indiana University and lecturer in social welfare and field work consultant at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1964 to 1975, Stewart was an assistant professor and lecturer at West Virginia University, where she taught a number of social work courses. In 1975 she moved to Houston, where she was the first social worker hired at Methodist Hospital. She retired from Methodist shortly before her death from lung cancer on September 26, 1990.

Stewart was an activist for gay/lesbian and women's issues, particularly during her years in Houston. She was a charter member of the National Association of Social Workers and served the organization as national chairman on gay/lesbian issues during the 1980s. Stewart was also a co-founder of the Houston Area Women's Center.


Scope and Contents

The collection arrived in little discernable order and the processor in consultation with the archivist has imposed an order. The collection is arranged primarily in chronological order and is divided into five series. Series two, three and four are based upon chronological and geographical divisions in Stewart's life: Pre-West Virginia University, West Virginia University, and Houston. Series One, Personal, contains information not easily assigned to the other series, and which spans most of Stewart's life. Series five, Ephemera, contains items such as tote bags, posters, newspaper clippings and plaques.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Bylaws (administrative records)
Correspondence
Ephemera
Pamphlets
Photographs
Personal Name:
Stewart, Josephine Harris
Topical Term:
Counseling
Social service
Women's rights

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Josephine Harris Stewart Papers, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Margaret Hardeman-Muye, 2000


Detailed List of Contents

Personal 1924-2000

Scope and Contents
This series contains nine folders dating from 1924 to 2000, arranged chronologically. It is divided into two sub-series, Biographical Information and Photographs. The series includes a short biography, curricula vitae, photographs and information spanning most of Stewart's life. The photographs are arranged chronologically by decade. Of note is a photograph of Josephine Stewart with Texas Governor elect Ann Richards taken in 1989 and found in folder 8.
Biographical Information
Box Folder
1 1 1924-2000
Photographs
Box Folder
1 2 1920s
3 1930s
4 1940s
5 1950s
6 1960s
7 1970s
8 1980s
9 undated



Pre-West Virginia University 1940-1964

Scope and Contents
This series contains thirty-six folders dating from the 1940s to 1964. The items concern Stewart's life prior to her employment at West Virginia University in 1964. The series is divided into four sub-series, which are arranged chronologically: Correspondence, Miscellaneous, Social Work Practice, and Booklets. The sub-series Social Work Practice contains papers relating to Stewart's work at various public and private social welfare agencies and hospitals. Notes relating to therapy sessions with particular groups comprise the majority of the material in this sub-series. The sub-series Booklets contains assorted booklets, including reports, studies, journals, and brochures about hospitals and clinics. Some of the booklets do not pertain to social work, but have been included in this sub-series because of their date. The sub-series Miscellaneous contains information about Stewart's military service, and a copy of her master's thesis.
Correspondence
Box Folder
1 10 1940s
Miscellaneous
Box Folder
1 11 Veterans Administration 1946, 1949
12 University of Pittsburgh 1947, 1949
13 Master's Thesis 1949
14 Newspaper Clippings 1952
Social Work Practice
Box Folder
1 15 University of California 1955-1956
16 Public Welfare Department 1958
17 Public Welfare Department 1958-1959
18 Papers 1958-1963
19 Psychiatric Hospital Relatives Orientation Group 1961
20 Group Counseling 1961-1962
21 Parent's Group 1962
22 United Community Services of Detroit 1962
23 Adolescent Girls 1964
24 Married Couples' Group undated
25 Thursday Father's Group undated
Booklets
Box Folder
2 1 A Marriage Proposal 1942
2 Program Planning, A Handbook for Social Group Workers 1947
3 Preliminary Report on an Experimental Project in Supervision in Clinical Psychology 1949
4 Techniques of Student and Staff Supervision 1950-1953
5 Shall We Have Witch Hunt? 1951
6 American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers, Members 1954
7 Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital 1954
8 Menninger Foundations 1954
9 Adams County Public Assistance Study 1955
10 Journal of Clinical Psychology 1955
11 Use of Group Techniques in the Family Agency 1959
12 The Sex Offender 1960
13 Interviewing in the Social Services 1962
14 University of Wisconsin School of Social Work
15 Walnut Hills High School Directory 1962
16 Developing Discussion Leaders 1963
17 Social Group Work with the Aged 1963
18 Social Work with Groups 1963
19 Social Group Work Practice Elaborated, University of Pittsburgh 1964
20 Sing Along the Way undated



West Virginia University 1964-1975

Scope and Contents
This series contains sixty-one folders dating from 1964 to 1975, and it includes materials concerning Stewart's employment at West Virginia University. This series is divided into seven sub-series: Correspondence, Administrative, Classes, Fieldwork, Academic Papers, Booklets, and Social Work Practice. All of the sub-series have been arranged chronologically, except Classes and Academic Papers. The sub-series Classes is arranged by the course number of the class rather than chronologically, which is how Stewart had this material organized. Some of the folders contain information on a particular class from different semesters, years, or institutions. This material was kept together because Stewart organized it that way; she appears to have used the same teaching materials year after year. The Academic Papers sub-series contains papers written by professors and students and is arranged alphabetically by author.
Correspondence
Box Folder
3 1 1964-1965
2 1966-1967
3 1968-1970
4 1971-1973
5 1974-1975
Administrative
Box Folder
3 6 West Virginia University Brochures 1960-1969
7 Tenure and Academic Freedom 1964
8 Track B Package 1969
9 Practice Committee 1969
10 Training Meeting I 1970
11 Affirmative Action 1974-1975
12 Letterhead undated
Classes
Box Folder
3 13 Social Work 61 undated
14 Social Work 210-220 1974
15 Social Work 280 1974
16 Social Work 298 1968
17 Social Work 301 1969
18 Social Work 302, 303 1968
19 Social Work 304 1946-1959
Box Folder
4 1 Social Work 305 1961-1965
2 Social Work 305 1966
3 Social Work 305 1967-1969
4 Social Work 305 Papers 1965-1974
5 Social Work 312 undated
6 Social Work 317 1962-1963
7 Social Work 322 1967
8 Social Work 340 1970-1973
9 Social Work 341 1967
10 Social Work 351 1967-1968
11 Social Work 360 1965
12 Social Work 388 1970
13 Social Work 421 1973-1974
14 Social Work 441 1974
15 Social Work 451 1962
16 Social Work 480 1974
Box Folder
5 1 Miscellaneous Classes 1964, 1974
2 Bibliography undated
3 West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes 1964
4 West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes January-August 1965
5 West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes September-December 1965
6 West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes 1966
7 West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes 1972-1973
Fieldwork
Box Folder
5 8 Group Work 1964
9 Group Work 1967-1972
10 Field Instruction Manual 1973-1974
Academic Papers
Box Folder
5 11 A - E 1965-1972
Box Folder
6 1 F - H 1965-1960
2 I - L 1965-1974
3 M - P 1966-1971
4 Q - R 1965
5 S 1966-1970
6 T 1964-1972
7 U - Z 1965-1969
8 Book Review 1966
9 Lecture 1970
Booklets
Box Folder
7 1 Messiah, His Redemptive Career 1963
2 Report of Division of Social Work West Virginia University, Part 1 1967
3 The Social Worker and West Virginia's Economic Dilemma 1968
4 Survey Report on Mental Health 1970
5 Accreditation Review, Volume I 1970
6 Accreditation Review Volume II 1970
7 Community Survey, undated
Social Work Practice
Box Folder
8 1 Social Security Act Information 1964
2 Miscellaneous Publications 1964-1970
3 Miscellaneous Social Work 1964-1971
4 Portsmouth Workshop 1965
5 West Virginia Welfare Conferences 1965-1972
6 Pennsylvania Association on Probation, Parole and Correction Conference 1966
7 Veteran's Administration Social Workers 1966
8 Symposium on Rural Social Work 1971



Houston

Scope and Contents
This series contains 149 folders dating from 1975 to 1990, and it concerns Stewart's time in Houston. The series is divided into nine sub-series, which are arranged chronologically: National Association of Social Workers; National Association of Social Workers, Chapters; Council on Social Work Education; Women's Movement; United States Commission on Civil Rights; Social Work Practice; Gay/Lesbian Issues; Booklets; and Miscellaneous/Personal. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an organization with which Stewart was heavily involved in the 1980s. Although some of the NASW material dates from before Stewart moved to Houston, it has been placed in this series in order to keep it with other NASW items. The same applies to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). At times, NASW and CSWE mailed out envelopes of information; the dates of material in each envelope varied and often included some things with dates up to one year old. The majority of these materials were still in their original envelopes from NASW and CSWE when Stewart's papers entered the archives. Despite the variety of dates, the material from each envelope has been kept together as originally compiled and sent. The date on each folder refers to the postmarked date on the envelope. Most of these mailings concern gay/lesbian issues. Other sub-series contain material on the women's movement, in which Stewart was involved, as well as items concerning social work practice.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Box Folder
8 9 Statement of Reference 1963-1964
10 Study Projects 1966-1967
11 Pamphlets 1968-1970
12 West Virginia Chapter, Spring Meeting 1970
13 Mailings 1973
14 Insurance 1978
15 Sixth NASW Professional Symposium 1979
Box Folder
9 1 Mailings 1980
2 Mailings 1981
3 Travis Peterson Paper February 1982
4 National Task Force on Lesbian and Gay Issues, Meeting Minutes May 1982
5 Mailings May 1982
6 Fourth National Lesbian/Gay Health Conference June 1982
7 Mailings August 1982
8 Mailings October 1982
9 Gay/Lesbian Resource Manual, Part 1 October 1982
10 Gay/Lesbian Resource Manual, Part 2 October 1982
11 Mailings November 1982
Box Folder
10 1 Mailings December 1982
2 Washington Rally 1982
3 Annual Meeting, Part 1 January 1983
4 Annual Meeting, Part 2 January 1983
5 Mailings February 1983
6 Mailings April 1983
7 Mailings May 1983
8 Mailings June 1983
9 Mailings July 1983
Box Folder
11 1 Mailings August 1983
2 Mailings September 1983
3 National Office October 1983
4 Mailings October 1983
5 Mailings November 1983
6 Professional Symposium November 1983
7 Directory 1983
8 Resource Manual, Part 1, Rough Draft 1983
9 Resource Manual, Part 2, Rough Draft 1983
Box Folder
12 1 Resource Manual, Part 1 1983
2 Resource Manual, Part 2 1983
3 Mailings January 1984
4 Mailings January 1984
5 Mailings February 1984
6 Mailings March 1984
7 Mailings April 1984
8 Mailings July 1984
9 Mailings August 1984
10 Mailings October 1984
11 Mailings December 1984
Box Folder
13 1 Services Packet, One 1984
2 Services Packet, Two 1984
3 Mailings January 1985
4 Mailings February 1985
5 Mailings March 1985
6 National Office March 1985
7 Mailings April 1985
8 Women's Issues Conference May 1985
9 Women's Issues Conference May 1986
10 Miscellaneous undated
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Chapters
Box Folder
13 11 Texas Chapter - Mailings November 1981
12 Texas Chapter - Mailings 1981
13 Texas Chapter - Sixth Annual Conference October 1982
14 Texas Chapter - Mailings 1983-1985
15 Texas Chapter - Mailings September 1988
16 Texas Chapter - Mailings October 1988
Box Folder
14 1 Texas Chapter - Mailings September-December 1989
2 Texas Chapter - Mailings October 1989
3 Texas Chapter - Mailings November 1989
4 Texas Chapter - Mailings December 1989
5 Texas Chapter - Political Action for Candidate Election 1989-1990
6 Texas Chapter - Mailings January 1990
7 Texas Chapter - Directory undated
8 Maine Chapter - Mailings 1984
9 Illinois Chapter - Mailings 1984-1985
Council on Social Work Education
Box Folder
14 10 Group Work Records 1952
11 Source Book of Readings on Teaching Social Work, Part 1 1965
12 Source Book of Readings on Teaching Social Work, Part 2 1965
13 Mailings 1964-1965
14 Mailings 1966
15 Mailings 1967
16 Mailings 1968
17 Mailings 1969
18 Mailings 1970
Box Folder
15 1 Mailings 1971
2 Mailings 1973
3 Mailings 1974
4 Mailings 1980
5 Mailings 1981
6 Mailings 1982
7 Mailings 1983
8 Mailings 1984
9 Mailings 1985
10 Mailings 1989
Women's Movement
Box Folder
16 1 NOW National Conference 1974
2 Young Women's Christian Association Bylaws 1975-1979
3 Battered Women Pamphlets/Newsletters 1977
4 Feminist Movement, Miscellaneous 1977
5 Houston Area Women's Center Bylaws 1977
6 Battered Women Information 1978
7 Houston Town Meeting 1978
8 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1978
9 Women in Action, Women's Information and Referral Exchange Service (WIRES) 1978
10 Danish Clinic Study 1979
11 Houston Area Women's Center Board of Directors 1979-1980
12 Houston Area Women's Center Financial Information 1979-1980
13 Houston Area Women's Center Miscellaneous 1980
Box Folder
17 1 Women in Management 1979
2 NOW National Issues Conference 1980
3 Bibliography - Woman Abuse undated
4 Discrimination Against Women undated
United States Commission on Civil Rights
Box Folder
17 5 Packet January 1978
6 Papers A - B January 1978
7 Papers C - L January 1978
8 Papers, M - R January 1978
9 Papers, S - Z January 1978
10 Resumes January 1978
Social Work Practice
Box Folder
18 1 Youth Development Center 1972
2 Pamphlets 1972 - 1990
3 Miscellaneous Newsletters 1974-1980
4 Legislation 1975
5 Texas Hospital Association 1975
6 University of Houston 1977
7 Medicare Information 1979-1980
8 Alcoholism Information 1982
9 Gerontology Information 1982-1983
10 Association for Women in Social Work 1984-1985
11 Clinical Social Work Journal 1989
12 Menninger Clinic Seventh Annual Conference 1989
13 Miscellaneous AIDS Information 1987
14 Miscellaneous Mental Illness 1988
15 Social Workers Making a Political Difference 1989
16 Texas Society for Clinical Social Work, Directory 1989
17 University of Houston Futures Conference 1990
18 Articles 1977-1990
19 Human Serve Fund undated
20 Miscellaneous Social Work undated
Gay/Lesbian Issues
Box Folder
19 1 Third National Lesbian and Gay Health Conference 1980-1982
2 Second Annual West Coast Women's Music and Cultural Festival 1981
3 Miscellaneous Gay/Lesbian Information undated
Booklets
Box Folder
19 4 The Giving Tree 1964
5 Sylvia Plath, Crossing the Water 1971
6 Getting Clear, Body Work for Women 1973
7 Working with People Called Patients 1977
8 Current Concepts in Rehabilitative Medicine 1988
9 A Goddess in My Shoes 1988
Miscellaneous/Personal
Box Folder
19 10 Correspondence 1975-1989
11 Address Book 1989
12 Retirement 1990



Ephemera

Scope and Contents
This series is dated 1979 to 1990, although it contains a number of items which cannot be dated. It is divided into five sub-series, which are arranged chronologically: Conference Items, Newspapers, Plaques, Miscellaneous, and Posters. This series contains items such as tote bags, a bumper sticker, newspaper clippings, and plaques. The posters have been placed in an oversized folder, labeled as box 22.
Conference Items
Box Item
20 1 NASW Insurance Trust notepad holder 1987
2 Social Work '88: Choices and Challenges tote bag 1988
3 AIDS '89: The Social Work Response conference pouch 1989
4 Ms. Magazine tote bag undated
5 A Woman's Place is in the Houseā€¦and in the Senate tote bag undated
6 NOW National Conference Delegate Identification Badge 1980
Newspapers
Box Item
21 1 Cincinnati Enquirer (3) July 16, 1979
2 The Sentinal June 13, 1980
Plaques
Box Item
21 1 Distinguished Service Award - NASW National Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues 1985
2 NASW Social Worker of the Year Award 1986
3 Social Work Certification 1989
4 NASW Academy Member 1989-1990
5 NASW Pioneer Award, undated
Miscellaneous
Box Item
21 1 Methodist Hospital identification badge undated
2 Name/Deskplate undated
3 Social Workers for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament bumper sticker undated
4 The Pines Country Club Women's Golf Association three-ring binder undated
Posters
Drawer OVS_Folder
F.8 5 Presidential Appointees - autographed by Sarah Weddington 1979
5 Social Work: A Family Matter - NASW, Texas Chapter undated
5 Feminism Spoken Here undated
5 Gloria Steinem speaking on Racism and Sexism - University of Houston Clear Lake undated
5 Women's Week V - University of Houston Clear Lake undated