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Margaret Reeves (1893 - 19777)
Margaret Reeves was the first director of the State Bureau of Child Welfare in New Mexico, serving from 1924 to 1935. She was also a member of the Child Welfare League of America and served on its board of directors from 1933 to 1935.
After serving on the State Bureau of Child Welfare and the State Relief Administration of New Mexico, Reeves became the executive secretary of the Milwaukee Council of Social Agencies in 1935.
Prior to moving to the southwest, Reeves worked for the Children’s Bureau and the Seybert Institute, both of which were located in Philadelphia. She also worked in Denver for the American Red Cross and in New York for the Russell Sage Foundation.
Reeves graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1914.
Significant Achievements and Awards
Reeves was a member of the National Conference of Social Work’s Child Committee from 1932 to 1934. She was also chair of the American Association of Social Work’s public welfare division in 1934 and third vice-president in 1936.
Reeves, M. (1929.) Training Schools for Delinquent Girls. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation
Yohn, S.M. (1995). A Contest of Faiths: Missionary Women and Pluralism in the American Southwest. Cornell University Press.