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WAXTER Collection Overview

Collection Title: Thomas J. S. Waxter, Jr. (WAXTER)

Inclusive Dates: 1929-1976

Size: 7.2 linear feet

Scope and Contents:  
Correspondence, files, reports, publications, and notes.  The pre-1962 papers include professional correspondence, a social welfare book draft, anonymous history of Baltimore city hospitals, scrapbooks, tapes and transcripts, research note cards, and annual reports.  Most of the papers after 1962 concern an unpublished draft of a biography of Waxter by David Bremner.

Historical Note:  
Thomas Jacob Shryock Waxter was a leader in public welfare in Maryland for over three decades.  He received his law degree from Yale and held these major positions: Judge, Baltimore Juvenile Court, 1929-1935; Director, Baltimore Department of Public Welfare, 1935-1953; Director, Maryland Department of Public Welfare, 1953-1962.  The Waxter Center for Senior Citizens in Baltimore was dedicated as a memorial to him.

Custodial History:  
The collection was donated to the Social Welfare History Archives Center at the University of Minnesota in 1976 by Peggy Ewing Waxter.  In November 1982, the papers were transferred to University of Baltimore and received by Adele Newburger of the Baltimore Region Institutional Studies Center.