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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal

Pre-West Virginia University

West Virginia University

Houston

Ephemera

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Josephine Harris Stewart Papers, 1920-2000



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Stewart, Josephine Harris
Title: Josephine Harris Stewart Papers
Dates: 1920-2000
Abstract: Josephine Harris Stewart was a prominent social worker and activist who is recognized as a pioneer in the field of social group 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. From 1964 to 1975, Stewart was an assistant professor and lecturer at West Virginia University. In 1975 she moved to Houston, where she was the first social worker hired at Methodist Hospital where she retired from shortly before her death in 1990. This collection contains correspondence, photographs, booklets, and a wide array of materials relating to Stewarts teaching and social work practice.
Identification: 2000-001
Quantity: 22 boxes; 12 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

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.

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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 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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

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, locating 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.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Names
Stewart, Josephine Harris
Subjects (Organizations)
Houston Area Women's Center
National Association of Social Workers
Methodist Hospital (Houston, Tex.)
West Virginia University. School of Social Work
Subjects
Women in community organization -- Texas -- Houston.
Social service -- Texas -- Houston.
Social workers -- Texas -- Houston.
Formats
Pamphlets
Photographs
Correspondence
Ephemera

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Josephine Harris Stewart Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition

Donated by Margaret Hardeman-Muye, 2000

Processed by

Joanie South-Shelley, May 2001

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Detailed Description

 
box folder
1 1-9 Personal
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.
1 Biographical Information
1 Biographical Information, 1924-2000
2-9 Photographs
2 Photographs, 1920s
3 Photographs, 1930s
4 Photographs, 1940s
5 Photographs, 1950s
6 Photographs, 1960s
7 Photographs, 1970s
8 Photographs, 1980s
9 Photographs, undated

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1-2 Pre-West Virginia University
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.
box folder
1 10 Correspondence
10 Correspondence, 1940s
11-14 Miscellaneous
11 Veterans Administration, 1946, 1949
12 University of Pittsburgh, 1947, 1949
13 Master's Thesis, 1949
14 Newspaper Clippings, 1952
15-25 Social Work Practice
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
box folder
2 1-20 Booklets
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 1962
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

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3-8 West Virginia University
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, Papers, Booklets, and Social Work Practice. All of the sub-series have been arranged chronologically, except Classes and 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 Papers sub-series contains papers written by professors and students and is arranged alphabetically by author.
box folder
3 1-5 Correspondence
1 Correspondence, 1964-1965
2 Correspondence, 1966-1967
3 Correspondence, 1968-1970
4 Correspondence, 1971-1973
5 Correspondence, 1974-1975
6-12 Administrative
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
box
3-5 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, Sept.-Dec. 1965
6 West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes, 1966
7 West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes, 1972-1973
8-10 Fieldwork
8 Group Work, 1964
9 Group Work, 1967-1972
10 Field Instruction Manual, 1973-1974
box
5-6 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
box folder
7 1-7 Booklets
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
box folder
8 1-8 Social Work Practice
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

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8-19 Houston
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.
box
8-13 National Association of Social Workers
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
box
13-14 National Association of Social Workers, 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, Sept.-Dec. 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
box
14-15 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
box
16-17 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 Harris County Women's Political Caucus, 1978-1979
11 Danish Clinic Study, 1979
12 National Women's Political Caucus, 1979
13 Houston Area Women's Center Board of Directors, 1979-1980
14 Houston Area Women's Center Financial Information, 1979-1980
15 Houston Area Women's Center Miscellaneous, 1980
box folder
17 1 National Women's Political Caucus, 1979
2 Women in Management, 1979
3 NOW National Issues Conference, 1980
4 Bibliography, Woman Abuse, undated
5 Discrimination Against Women, undated
6-11 United States Commission on Civil Rights
6 Packet, January 1978
7 Papers A - B, January 1978
8 Papers C - L, January 1978
9 Papers, M - R, January 1978
10 Papers, S - Z, January 1978
11 Resumes, January 1978
box folder
18 1-20 Social Work Practice
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
box folder
19 1-3 Gay/Lesbian Issues
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
4-9 Booklets
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
10-12 Miscellaneous/Personal
10 Correspondence, 1975-1989
11 Address Book, 1989
12 Retirement, 1990

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20-22 Ephemera
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.
box
20 Conference Items
NASW Insurance Trust, notepad holder, 1987
Social Work '88: Choices and Challenges, tote bag, 1988
AIDS '89: The Social Work Response, conference pouch, 1989
Ms. Magazine, tote bag, undated
A Woman's Place is in the House…and in the Senate, tote bag, undated
NOW National Conference Delegate, Identification Badge, 1980
box
21 Newspapers
Women's Political Times, June 1979
Cincinnati Enquirer (3), July 16, 1979
The Sentinal, June 13, 1980
Plaques
Distinguished Service Award, NASW National Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues, 1985
NASW Social Worker of the Year Award, 1986
Social Work Certification, 1989
NASW Academy Member, 1989-1990
NASW Pioneer Award, undated
Miscellaneous
Methodist Hospital, identification badge, undated
Name/Deskplate, undated
Social Workers for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, bumper sticker, undated
The Pines Country Club Women's Golf Association, three-ring binder, undated
box
22 Posters
Presidential Appointees, autographed by Sarah Weddington, 1979
Social Work, A Family Matter, NASW, Texas Chapter, undated
Feminism Spoken Here, undated
Gloria Steinem, speaking on Racism and Sexism, University of Houston Clear Lake, undated
Women's Week V, University of Houston Clear Lake, undated

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