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EL Collection Overview

Collection Title: Esther Lazarus (EL)

Inclusive Dates: 1915-1980

Bulk Dates: 1950-1979 

Size: 3.1 linear feet

Scope and Contents:  
Collection includes, biographical, photographs, speeches, correspondence regarding her work at the Baltimore Department of Social Services and at various other organizations. Personal documents are virtually nonexistent.

Historical Note:  
Esther Lazarus (1900-1980) was a social worker, teacher, and former director of the Department of Social Services in Baltimore.

1900Born April 1, in Baltimore, Md.
1926Ph.D., University of Chicago
1927-38 Juvenile court probation officer, Baltimore, Md.
1932 Married Albert D. Goldman
1938 M.S. W., University of Pennsylvania
1938-43 First training director, Baltimore Department of PublicWelfare (now Baltimore Department of Social Services)
1943-53 Assistant director, Baltimore Department of PublicWelfare
1950 Served as consultant in establishing the welfare system in the U. S. Virgin Islands
1953-69 Director, Baltimore Department of Social Services
1969-70 Lecturer, University of Maryland at Baltimore
1974 Founder, Women in Self-Help (WISH)
1980Died June 16, Baltimore, Md.

Custodial History:  
The collection was originally donated to the University of Maryland at Baltimore by Esther Lazarus in 1988.  The collection was arranged and described there in 1992.  In 2002, the collection was transferred to the University of Minnesota's Social Welfare History Archives.  Since the collection dealt almost exclusively with the Baltimore area, David Klaassen of the Social Welfare History Archives offered the collection to the University of Baltimore, where it was accepted by Thomas L. Hollowak in June 2003.