Malvin Morton papers
MSMort76

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Morton, Malvin, 1906-1998
Title
Malvin Morton papers
ID
MSMort76
Date [inclusive]
1939-1976
Extent
8.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Malvin Morton combined a talent for writing with an interest in people in her career in public relations for social welfare organizations. The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks, memorabilia, photographs, radio scripts, annual reports, conference programs, newsletters, brochures, reprints, speech notes, poems, resumes, booklets.

Preferred Citation

Malvin Morton papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Malvin Morton combined a talent for writing with an interest in people in her career in public relations for social welfare organizations. She was born in Tenaha Texas June 24, 1906, the daughter of a Methodist minister. She graduated with honors from Texas Woman's College (now Texas Wesleyan College) in 1933 with a BA in English and education. Upon graduation she worked for 2 years as a case worker for the Texas Relief Commission.

During her college years she had worked at the YWCA in Fort Worth Texas, and when she decided to pursue a career in social welfare work she turned to the YWCA again. She was hired by the YWCA in Greensboro, North Carolina as a group activities secretary where she worked from 1935 to 1940. She left there to become Girl Reserve Executive in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work with the YWCA was successful and in 1943 the Department of Study of the National YWCA recommended her for a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Based on that recommendation Ms. Morton applied to the School of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Pittsburgh and was accepted. While attending graduate school she received several fellowships. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration in 1945 and began to work for the Joint Public Relations Department, Community Chest and Federation of Social Agencies of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Pennsylvania.

She came to Chicago in 1947 to be the Director of Public relations for United Charities of Chicago. In that capacity she wrote and edited annual reports and newsletters, was a publicity liaison with various agencies, planned newspaper publicity and wrote numerous appeal letters. In 1952 United Charities re-defined the position to include responsibility for major fund-raising event and Ms. Morton left the agency. In November of that year she became Executive Director of the Chicago Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers. She was responsible for administering the programs and services of the Federation for its 31 member agencies, helping to co-ordinate their own programs and supervising publicity.

By 1961 she was ready for a change in direction in her career, and began to work for the American Public Welfare Association as the Publications Associate. She worked on public relations and publicity, but her primary function was to supervise publications of the organization. Within a year she was editor of its journal Public Welfare, and wrote a "message from the director" for each issue. She was named Director o Publications and as such co-ordinated and edited all material published by the American Public Welfare Association including occasional papers, booklets, reprints, brochure and directories. She officially retired at age 65 in June of 1971, but she remained at the organization until March of 1972 to insure a smooth transition.

However, Malvin Morton did not remain retired for long. In January of 1972 she became a public relations consultant for the Florence Crittenden Association of America. She edited its bi-monthly publication, the Field Reporter, supervised and edited all publications issued by the agency, participated in planning activities of the FCAA, was responsible for all publicity, and helped plan its 90th anniversary activities.

Malvin Morton was active outside of her jobs. She edited numerous books and articles in the social welfare field (see folders 95-123) including reprints of Neva Leona Boyd studies. She served as a consultant for local settlements, urban social welfare agencies and the National Association of Mental Health. She was Secretary of Chicago's Jane Addams Centennial Committee. She belonged to, and was active in various national social welfare organizations and was a delegate to several international conferences as well as the Mid-Century White House Conference on Children and Youth. In her personal life Ms. Morton is no less active. She worked with the Citizenship Council of Metropolitan Chicago, an organization which co-ordinates activities for new citizens such as receptions after their swearing-in ceremonies. She belongs to Friends of Literature, the Lyric Opera Guild and the Chicago Symphony Society. Throughout her life Ms. Morton has written poetry and several of her early poems were set to music and published. Finally, as a member of the Welfare Public Relations Council of Chicago, Malvin Morton helped establish the Helen Cody Baker Award in 1952, which recognizes contributions to promote understanding of social welfare. She subsequently won the award three times.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks, memorabilia, photographs, radio scripts, annual reports, conference programs, newsletters, brochures, reprints, speech notes, poems, resumes, booklets.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-07-07

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Addams, Jane, (Anniversaries, etc.), 1860-1935
  • Morton, Malvin, 1906-1998 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Hull-House and Settlement House History.
  • Human services -- United States.
  • Midwest Women's History.
  • Public relations -- United States.
  • Social service -- United States.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Malvin Morton Papers 

Box Folder

American Medical Writers Association, certificate of membership, 1970 

1 1

American Public Welfare Association, 1961-1977 

1 2

American Public Welfare Association, conference programs, undated 

1 3

American Public Welfare Association, Letter to Members, 1966 - 1971 

1 4

American Public Welfare Association, recruitment brochure, 1968 

1 5

American Public Welfare Association, Round Table Scrapbook, 1969-1970 

1 6a

Chicago Federation of Settlements, 1954 - 1975 

1 6b

Citizenship Council of Metropolitan Chicago, 1944 

2 7

Community Chest - Pittsburgh, 1944-1948 

2 9

Consultation: DesMoines, Iowa Council of Social Agencies, 1961 

2 10

Consultation: Directory for National Association of Mental Health, 1963 - 1965 

2 11

Consultation: Illinois civil service interviews, 1952 - 1972 

2 12

Consultation: Klinger manuscript "Nutrition and Pregnancy", 1975 - 1976 

2 13

Consultation: Neva Leona Boyd reprints, 1971 - 1975 

2 14

Consultation: Peoria Neighborhood House, 1961 - 1976 

2 15

Correspondence, 1947 - 1977 

2 16

Correspondence: Virgil Martin, 1960 - 1963 

2 17

Darrow Center, 1962 - 1974 

2 18

Education, 1929 - 1945 

2 19

Equal Rights Amendment, 1972 

3 20

Family Service Association of America, 1948 - 1952 

3 21

Florence Crittenton Association of America, articles by Griffin, and Barglow, Istiphan, Bedger, and Welbourne, 1962, 1974 

3 22

Florence Crittenton Association of America, Biennial conference-working folder 90th anniversary, 1973 

3 23

Florence Crittenton Association of America, Chicago Child Care Society and the 40's, 1972 -1975 

3 24

Florence Crittenton Association of America, copyright information for The Vulnerable, 1973 

3 25

Florence Crittenton Association of America, correspondence about employment of Malvin Morton, 1972 - 1974 

3 26

Florence Crittenton Association of America, correspondence about film "It happens to us",, 1974 

3 27

Florence Crittenton Association of America, correspondence, 1972 - 1974 

3 28

Florence Crittenton Association of America, Crittenton Comprehensive Care Centers (40's), 1973 

3 29

Florence Crittenton Association of America, Fact Book, 1973 

3 30

Florence Crittenton Association of America, Field Reporter, 1972 - 1976 

3 31

Florence Crittenton Association of America, films - Teenage Sexuality, 1970-1973 

3 32

Florence Crittenton Association of America, Fund raising, 1973 - 1977 

4 33

Florence Crittenton Association of America, historical material, 1950 - 1976 

4 34

Florence Crittenton Association of America, Lula Belle Stewart Center, Detroit Michigan, 1974 - 1975 

4 35

Florence Crittenton Association of America, printed pieces by Malvin Morton, 1971 - 1975 

4 36

Florence Crittenton Association of America, publicity about closing the Anchorage, 1973 

4 37

Florence Crittenton Association of America, "The Reactions of Adolescents to Birth Control and abortion" by Gloria Burger, 1974 

4 38

Florence Crittenton Association of America, scrapbook-newspaper series and Field Reporter, 1972-1973 

4 39

Florence Crittenton Association of America, scrapbook public relations program for 90th anniversary, 1973 

4 40

Friends of Literature, 1978 

4 41

Helen Cody Baker Awards, 1952 - 1976 

4 42

Helen Cody Baker Award winning annual reports, 1957 - 1960 

4 43

Hull House, 1962 - 1974 

5 44

Illinois certificate of registration, 1969 

5 45

Institute on Interpretation in Social Work at Western Reserve University, 1949 

5 46

International conferences, 1956 - 1968 

5 47

Jane Addams Centennial, 1951 - 1972 

5 48

Lea Taylor, 1961 - 1976 

5 49

Malvin Morton miscellaneous writings and speeches, 1942 - 1953 

5 50

Manuscript, The Expendable Poor, 1976 

5 51

Memorabilia, undated 

6 52

Mid-Century White House Conference on children and youth, notes, 1951 

6 53

Mid-Century White House Conference on children and youth, scrapbook, 1950 - 1951 

6 54

Mid-Century White House Conference on children and youth, scrapbook, 1950 - 1951 

6 55

Mid-Century White House Conference on children and youth, scrapbook, 1951 

6 56

National Association of Social Workers, 1948 - 1978 

6 57

National Conference on Social Welfare, 1961 - 1977 

6 58

National Conference on Social Welfare bibliography prepared for Malvin Morton, 1966 

7 59

National Federation of Settlements, 1967 - 1974 

7 60

Photographs, 1935 - 1973 

7 61

Poetry, Christmas poems, 1939 - 1976 

7 62

Poetry, scrapbook, 1932-1940 

7 63

Presidential Inauguration invitations, 1961-1977 

7 64

Publicity about Malvin Morton, 1973 

7 65

Research: Bernadette W. Hoyle articles, 1962 - 1967 

7 66

Research: Edgar may reprints, 1960-1961 

7 67

Research: Gisela Konopka articles, 1961 - 1973 

7 68

Research: "How to Interpret Social Work" by Helen Cody Baker and Mary Swain Routyahn, 1937 

7 69

Research: miscellaneous articles, 1934 - 1974 

8 70

Research: poverty and race, 1964 - 1968 

8 71

Research: public relations, 1945 - 1974 

8 72

Research: "Report of the Advisory Council on Public Welfare", 1966 

8 73

Research: "Report on the use of group methods at Children's Division, Department of Public Aid of Cook County", 1965 

8 74

Research: Social Action "Graham Taylor, Prophet of Democracy", 1939 

8 75

Research: Social Work, 1944 - 1973 

8 76

Research: The Survey, 1951 - 1951 

8 77

Resumes, vitae, 1960-1961 

8 78

United Charities, 1946 - 1963 

8 79

United Charities, Family Service, 1947 - 1952 

9 80

United Charities, publication, 1947 - 1951 

9 81

Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago,, 1961 

9 82

Welfare Public Relations Council, 1949 -1966 

9 83

Welfare Public Relations Forum, beginning draft of manuscript and correspondence, 1966 - 1967 

9 84

Welfare Public Relations Forum, radio program, 1938 - 1966 

9 85

Welfare Public Relations Forum, research for book, 1964 - 1966 

9 86

White House Conference, 1959 - 1960 

9 87

Young Women's Christian Association, general, 1944 - 1963 

9 88

Young Women's Christian Association, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1935 - 1948 

9 89

Young Women's Christian Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1940 - 1944 

9 90

Framed objects: Graham Taylor card, 1932 

10 91

Framed objects: Helen Cody Baker award, 1974 

10 92

Framed objects: Kenwood Ellis Community Center Brotherhood award, 1958 

10 93

Framed objects: Picture of Edith Abbott, undated 

10 94

Can Public Welfare Keep Pace, New York, Columbia University Press, 1969 

11 95

Caseworker...Person With Value by Mary Overholt Peters, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1967 

11 96

Chronic Disease; A HANDBOOK for Public Welfare Workers, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1966 

11 97

Designing Social Service Systems by Bloedorn, MacLatchie, Friedlander, and Wedemeyer, Chicago, American Public Welfare Associate, 1970 

11 98

Developing Services For Older Persons by Mel Spear, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1967 

11 99

Equal Justice, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1965 

11 100

Essential Supports For the Case of Mentally Impaired Aged Persons, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, May 1967 

11 101

Families Are For Children, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1962 

11 102

Group Work in Public Welfare by William Schwartz, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1968 

11 103

The Homemaker in Public Welfare, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1962 

11 104

Let's Understand Home Care, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1964 

11 105

Mandate For Research, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1965 

11 106

The Newcomer: Public Welfare's Challenge, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1962 

11 107

The Patient Comes First, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1962 

11 108

Planning Responsibilities of State Departments of Public Welfare, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1966 

11 109

Potentials For Service Through Group Work in Public Welfare, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1962 

11 110

Program Planning For Strengthening Services To the Aging Through Public Welfare Agencies, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, undated 

11 111

Protecting Children, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1965 

11 112

1971 Public Welfare Directory, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1971 

12 113

1970 Public Welfare Directory, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1970 

12 114

Public Welfare Projected, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1966 

12 115

Recording The Client's Health Problems, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, undated 

12 116

Round Table Reader 1967, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1968 

12 117

Selected Biennial Round Table Conference Papers 1963, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1964 

12 118

Senior Centers, by Virginia O'Neill, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1978 

12 119

The Social Welfare Forum, 1977, New York, Columbia University Press,, 1978 

12 120

Supervision, by Eve Kneynek, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1966 

12 121

The Vulnerable: Crittenton's Concern, Chicago, Florence Crittenton Association of America, 1973 

12 122

Working With Older People-A Field Placement Program For Second Year Graduate Students by Jack Brewer, Chicago, American Public Welfare Association, 1970 

12 123
Oversize

New York Times supplement "Growing Trees for a Growing World: How Paper Serves America", 

Folder 124

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Supplement I 

Box Folder

Awards, 1983 

1-SI 1

Chicago Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers, 1978 

1-SI 2

Christmas Cards, 1979-1980 

1-SI 3

Citizenship Council, 1979-1980 

1-SI 4

Conference on Social Welfare - Conference Bulletin, 1978-1981 

1-SI 5

Contact Chicago, 1982-1987 

1-SI 6

First United Methodist Church - Chicago Temple - Lenten Events, 1977-1978 

1-SI 7

Hull House Centennial, 1974, 1989 

1-SI 8

Hyde Park Neighorhood Club, 1984 

1-SI 9

Illinois State Historical Society - Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 1977 

1-SI 10

Kenopa, Gisela - Retirement, 1978-1979 

1-SI 11

Lutheran Church - Ninth Biennial Convention - Statement; Aging and the Older Adult, 1978 

1-SI 12

Methodist Church - American Bicentennial, 1984 

1-SI 13

Miscellaneous - Speeches, Presentations, Awards, 1982-1987 

1-SI 14

NYA Pressen, Swedish-American newspaper, 1968 

1-SI 15

National Association of Social Work - Illinois Chapter - Annual Meeting, 1987 

2-SI 16

National Association of Social Work - Illinois Chapter - Third Biennial Symposium, 1984 

2-SI 17

National Conference on Social Welfare - Chicago Delegates, Photo, 1966 

2-SI 18

Symposium VI, Advancement of Social Work with Groups, 1984 

2-SI 19

Texas Wesleyan College - 45th Reunion of Class of 1933, 1978 

2-SI 20

United Methodist Church - Department of Information and Development - Childserv, 1987 

2-SI 21

Welfare Public Relations Forum, 1965-1979 

2-SI 22

Who's Who of American Women - 1981-1982 - Morton Entry, 1979 

2-SI 23
Box

Scrapbook - American Public Welfare Association - Malvin Morton's Retirement, 1971 

3-SI

Three untitles framed prints, undated 

4-SI

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