Inventory
 

Family Service Association of Terre Haute
Dates: 1882-1973
Accession Number:  20090520
Donor:  Tara Williams
Description:  Eight document cases and one flat storage box;
 includes several photographs 

History

The Family Service Association of Terre Haute traces its formal organizational roots to 1882 when it was known as the Society for Organizing Charity.  The organization is now known (Jan. 2010) as FSA Counseling & Behavioral Health.

The Family Service Association was "born" in 1862 when a Ladies' Aid Society was established for the relief of the families of men serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. 

Charitable giving in Terre Haute operated in this informal fashion until 1882 when prominent Hauteans emulated the "Charity Movement" in Europe and the eastern United States and founded a Society for Organizing Charity (SOC).  Citizens in Indianapolis had founded their own Society a few months earlier.  The Terre Haute SOC's first officers included Mayor James Lyne, Superintendent of Schools William Wiley, Colonel Richard W. Thompson, Mrs. D. W. Minshall and several other prominent Hauteans.

Terre Haute's Society for Organizing Charity was led in its early years by Charles Henderson, pastor of the First Baptist Church.  The SOC's constitution set out five goals: 

  1. Relief of all deserving cases of destitution;

  2. Prevention of indiscriminate and duplicate giving;

  3. Employing the destitute in useful work instead of providing them with outright financial aid;

  4. Prevention of deception from those not truly in financial distress;

  5. Reduction of vagrancy and pauperism and determination of their true causes

Terre Haute's Society for Organizing Charity employed the principles of "friendship" as their operational philosophy.  Society volunteers were referred to as "friendly visitors" and a Friendly Inn was opened in 1883 at the northwest corner of Fourth and Walnut Streets in which to maintain offices and lodge transients.  The "means test" for worthy applicants consisted of the Friendly Inn staff requiring applicants for shelter to chop a certain amount of lumber for the use of the Inn before the applicant could gain entrance.

The Friendly Inn was the first of several local charitable endeavors created by the Society for Organizing Charity and was in operation into the 1960s.  In 1907, the Society established the Fresh Air Mission which provided youngsters with brief respites at outdoor camps.  In 1912, the Society established the Tuberculosis Association which later became the Vigo County Tuberculosis Society.  In 1917, the Society for Organizing Charity was a cofounder of the local American Red Cross Chapter. And in 1919, the Society organized the Welfare League which is now (2009) the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

The Family Service Association also participated in the Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal and was a member of the Council of Social Agencies of Terre Haute.

The organization which formally started as the Society for Organizing Charity (1882-1935) is now known as FSA Counseling & Behavioral Health (est. 2001) but has operated under several names including the Family Welfare Society of Terre Haute (1935-1948), the Family Service Association of Terre Haute (1948-1993), and the Family Service Association of the Wabash Valley, Inc.  (1993-2001).  

Content and Scope of Collection

The collection includes constitutions, bylaws, annual and monthly reports, minutes, correspondence, financial statements, news clippings, photographs and bound publications.

The collection also contains materials from the Fresh Air Mission, the Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal, the Welfare League, the Community Council and the Council of Social Agencies of Terre Haute.

 Note:  This collection is referred to as the Family Service Association of Terre Haute because this was the name under which the organization was operating at the time that the latest item in the collection was created.
 

Document Case 1

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Sixty Years of Family Service, 1882-1942

1942

 

 

 

 

Family Service Association in Terre Haute,
  1882-1957

1957

 

 

 

Folder 2

Family Welfare Society (history prepared by
  Albert A Faurot, Recording Secretary; originally submitted for publication in The Wabash Valley Remembers: A Chronicle but omitted when published according to Faurot)

ca. 1935

 

 

 

Folder 3

Board Members, 1882-1987

1987

 

 

 

Folder 4

Historical Events and Activities

1972

 

 

 

Folder 5

Constitution

1919

 

 

 

Folder 6

Annual Reports

1882, 1895,
1904

 

 

 

Folder 7

Annual Report

1913

 

 

 

Folder 8

Annual Report

1914

 

 

 

Folder 9

Annual Report

1915

 

 

 

Folder 10

Annual Report

1916

 

 

 

Folder 11

Minutes, Board of Directors

Feb. 1907-
April 1910

 

 

 

Folder 12

Minutes, Board of Directors

April 1910-
Jan. 1912

 

 

 

Folder 13

Minutes, Board of Directors

Jan. 1912-
1914

 

 

 

Folder 14

Minutes, Board of Directors

April 1913-
Nov. 1914

 

 

 

Folder 15

Minutes, Board of Directors

Dec. 1914-
Jan. 1916

 

 

 

Folder 16

Minutes, Board of Directors

Feb. 1916-
Jan. 1917

 

 

 

Folder 17

Minutes, Board of Directors

Jan. 1917-
April 1918

 

 

 

Folder 18

Minutes, Board of Directors

June 1918-
Jan. 1920

 

 

 

Folder 19

Minutes, Board of Directors

Jan. 1921-
April 1924

 

 

 

Folder 20

Minutes, Board of Directors

June 1924-
Dec. 1928

 

 

 

Folder 21

Minutes, Board of Directors

Feb. 1929-
Dec. 1931

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 2

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Minutes, Board of Directors

Jan. 1932-
Feb. 1935

 

 

 

Folder 2

Minutes

Jan. 1935-
Dec. 1936

 

 

 

Folder 3

Minutes

March 1937-
Nov. 1938

 

 

 

Folder 4

Minutes

Jan. 1939-
Dec. 1940

 

 

 

Folder 5

Minutes

Feb. 1941-
March 1943

 

 

 

Folder 6

Minutes

April 1943-
Oct. 1946

 

 

 

Folder 7

Minutes

Jan. 1947-
June 1948

 

 

 

Folder 8

Minutes

June 1948-
April 1950

 

 

 

Folder 9

Minutes

April 1950-
Dec. 1950

 

 

 

Folder 10

Minutes

Jan. 1951-
Dec. 1953

 

 

 

Folder 11

Minutes

Jan. 1954-
June 1955

 

 

 

Folder 12

Minutes

June 1955-
Dec. 1956

 

 

 

Folder 13

Minutes

Jan. 1957-
Jan. 1958

 

 

 

Folder 14

Minutes

Jan. 1958-
Feb. 1959

 

 

 

Folder 15

Minutes

March 1959-
March 1960

 

 

 

Folder 16

Minutes

April 1960-
Dec. 1961

 

 

 

Folder 17

Minutes

Jan. 1962-
Dec. 1963

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 3

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Notes from Board minutes

1882-1885

 

 

 

Folder 2

Notes from Board minutes

1886-1892

 

 

 

Folder 3

Notes from Board minutes

1897-1906

 

 

 

Folder 4

Notes from Board minutes

1907-1913

 

 

 

Folder 5

Notes from Board minutes

1914-1916

 

 

 

Folder 6

Bills, receipts and checks

1886-1903

 

 

 

Folder 7

Financial statements

1926

 

 

 

Folder 8

Financial statements

1927

 

 

 

Folder 9

Financial statements

1928-1930

 

 

 

Folder 10

Financial statements

1931

 

 

 

Folder 11

Financial statements

1932

 

 

 

Folder 12

Financial statements

1936-1941

 

 

 

Folder 13

Financial statements

1942-1945

 

 

 

Folder 14

Financial statements

1946, 1947

 

 

 

Folder 15

Financial statements

1948

 

 

 

Folder 16

Financial statements

1949

 

 

 

Folder 17

Financial statements

1954

 

 

 

Folder 18

Correspondence--Letter  of resignation of
  B. E. Lockwood, first executive secretary
  of the Society of Organizing Charity

1889

 

 

 

Folder 19

Correspondence--Wilbert Jeffreys case

1913

 

 

 

Folder 20

Correspondence

1916-1926

 

 

 

Folder 21

Correspondence

1946

 

 

 

Folder 22

Correspondence

1965

 

 

 

Folder 23

Correspondence

1967

 

 

 

Folder 24

Correspondence

1973

 

 

 

Folder 25

Brochures

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 26

Brochures

n.d.

 

 

 

Speeches and radio scripts (Folders 27-41)

 

 

 

 

Folder 27

"What is organized charity?"

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 28

"What is social work?"

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 29

"Society for Organizing Charity"

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 30

History of private and public relief agencies

ca. 1930s

 

 

 

Folder 31

History of social welfare/philosophy of
  social work

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 32

"Vocational Aspects of Social Work in General
  and Family Social Work in Particular"

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 33

Speech

1928

 

 

 

Folder 34

"What is social work?"--presentation to the
  Social Science Studies Club

1928

 

 

 

Folder 35

"Social Work"

ca. 1938

 

 

 

Folder 36

Family Welfare Societypresentation
  to county home economics teachers

Nov. 6, 1939

 

 

 

Folder 37

Family Welfare Society

March 7, 1940

 

 

 

Folder 38

Description of services available
  for military veterans

ca. 1945

 

 

 

Folder 39

FSA presentation on radio

Sept. 19, 1949

 

 

 

Folder 40

Public Health Nurses Association

Dec. 4, 1950

 

 

 

Folder 41

Script for radio presentation on FSA

1957

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 4

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Friendly Inn--Construction

1920-1921,
1927

 

 

 

Folder 2

Fresh Air Mission--Minutes

1941-1946

 

 

 

Folder 3

Fresh Air Mission--Minutes

1946-1949

 

 

 

Folder 4

Fresh Air Mission--Minutes

1949-1954

 

 

 

Folder 5

Fresh Air Mission--Application for property
   tax exemption

1964

 

 

 

Folder 6

Newspaper clippings--Society for Organizing Charity

n.d.; 1935

 

 

 

Folder 7

Newspaper clippings--Society for Organizing Charity

1921-1940

 

 

 

Folder 8

Newspaper clippings--Society for Organizing
  Charity/Family Welfare Society/Family Service
  Association

1930s-1950s

 

 

 

Folder 9

Newspaper clippings--Friendly Inn

1915-1933

 

 

 

Folder 10

Photographs

1920s-1970s

 

 

 

Folder 11

Photographs

1940s-1970s

 

 

 

 

 

Folder 12

Photographs--Fresh Air Mission

ca. 1950s?

 

 

 

Folder 13

Photographs--Fresh Air Mission

ca. 1950s?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 5

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Health/Welfare Crusade

Sept. 1935

 

 

 

Folder 2

Health/Welfare Crusade

Sept. 1935

 

 

 

Folder 3

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1936

 

 

 

Folder 4

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1936

 

 

 

Folder 5

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1937

 

 

 

Folder 6

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1937

 

 

 

Folder 7

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1938

 

 

 

Folder 8

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1939

 

 

 

Folder 9

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1939

 

 

 

Folder 10

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1939

 

 

 

Folder 11

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1939

 

 

 

Folder 12

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1939

 

 

 

Folder 13

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1940

 

 

 

Folder 14

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1940

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 6

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1940

 

 

 

Folder 2

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1940

 

 

 

Folder 3

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1940

 

 

 

Folder 4

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1941

 

 

 

Folder 5

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1941

 

 

 

Folder 6

Health/Welfare Annual Fund Appeal

1941

 

 

 

Folder 7

Friendly Inn--Register
  (see also Document Case 8)

1885-1895

 

 

 

Loose

Fresh Air Mission--Account book

1907-1924

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 7

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Welfare League and Community Council--
  Constitution and bylaws

1927

 

 

 

Council of Social Agencies of Terre Haute (Folders 2-10)

 

 

 

 

Folder 2

Constitution

1942

 

 

 

Folder 3

Bylaws

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 4

Membership requirements

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 5

Minutes

July 9, 1938

 

 

 

Folder 6

Minutes

1947-1949

 

 

 

Folder 7

Minutes

1949

 

 

 

Folder 8

Correspondence

1939-1949

 

 

 

Folder 9

Remarks of Dewey Annakin at first meeting of
  the Council of Social Agencies of Terre Haute

Nov. 1, 1938

 

 

 

Folder 10

Program for the prevention of delinquency
  in Terre Haute, Indiana

ca. 1945

 

 

 

Folder 11

Indiana State Conference on Social Work--History

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 12

Board of State Charities--First report to the 
  Indiana Legislature

March 1, 1889-
Oct. 31,1890

 

 

 

Folder 13

Russell Sage Foundation: A History

1947

 

 

 

Folder 14

Indiana:  A century of progress--a study of
  the development of public charities and correction,  1790-1915

1916

 

 

 

Loose

Echoes from the Trail (autobiography of Olis G.
  Jamison)

1973

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 8

 

 

 

 

Loose

Friendly Inn intake register (records of those who
  resided at the Friendly Inn and the reason for
  inclusion)

Jan. 1896-
April 1908

 

 

 

Loose

Friendly Inn intake register (records of those who
  resided at the Friendly Inn and the reason for
  inclusion)

Feb. 1903-
March 1909

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flat Storage Box

 

 

 

 

 

Scrapbook, Family Welfare Society of Terre Haute/     Family Service Association of Terre Haute

1940-1986