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The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Project: Linking Empowerment, Growth, Advocacy, And Caring For 50 Years

The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Project was created in 2001 to preserve NASW's historical record. The goal of the L.E.G.A.C.Y. Project is to enable NASW to identify and preserve the photographs, books, papers, and other documents that will tell the NASW story for many decades to come.

The NASW Foundation began fundraising for the L.E.G.A.C.Y. Project, with support from the NASW Social Work Pioneers, in Fall 2001. Thanks to the generous support of NASW members and friends, more than $63,000 has been raised to date.

From June 2004 to October 2006, Nancy Perlman served as LEGACY archivist.  Ms. Perlman began with a preliminary inventory of archival, manuscript, and audiovisual materials located in the NASW Library, and also surveyed and inventoried materials in NASW's storage facility. Additionally, she located and requested collection catalogues for related NASW records in other repositories throughout the country, including the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution which holds the NASW Centennial Collection (created in 1998 on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the social work profession).

Ms. Perlman worked with David Klaassen, Curator of the Social Work History Archives at the University of Minnesota where much of the extant documentation of NASW and its seven predecessors is housed. The holdings at University of Minnesota, taken together with the materials housed at NASW’s National Office, provide a substantial record of the broad spectrum of historic NASW documents.

Message from Nancy Perlman, Project Archivist

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NASW Social Work Pioneers® Listening Conferences DVD Set

FREE with Your Donation of $25 or More to The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Project, NASW Foundation. Hear first-hand from social work pioneers about the first federal investments in the social work profession.

How NASW Mobilized for Civil Rights
Narrated by Kurt Reichert, NASW President from 1963 to 1965, this documentary describes NASW’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.
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