Fonds 1321 - Elisabeth Steel Livingston Govan fonds

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UTA 1321


Elisabeth Steel Livingston Govan fonds


  • 1925-1979 (Creation)

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3.32 m of textual, graphic, and cartographic records (25 boxes)

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Born in Hamilton, Scotland, on 18 Oct 1907. She received a B.A. from the U of T (1930, 2nd class honours in Modern History), M.A. in Public Welfare Administration from the U of T School of Social Work (1935) and Diploma in Social Work (1935). Received a B.A. Oxford University (2nd class honours from the School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 1932), and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1951).

-City of Toronto Department of Public Welfare, 1932-1934
-Brantford Department of Public Welfare, Aug-Sept 1935
-Children's Aid Society, Oshawa, Dec 1935-Apr 1936
-Caseworker at Infants' Homes of Toronto, 1936-1939
-Board of Social Studies in Sydney, Australia as teacher of casework, May 1939-Apr 1940
-Acting Director (later Director), Department of Social Work, University of Sydney, Apr 1940-Aug 1945
-Assistant Professor at U of T School of Social Work, 1945-1949
-Canadian Welfare Council - Associate Secretary - Child Welfare; Executive Secretary - Public Welfare; Secretary for Special Projects, 1950-1956
-United Nations Technical Assistance Administration. Consultant and teacher, Iraq, Sept 1952-Aug 1953
-On sabbatical leave. Consultant and teacher, Africa (Ethiopia, United Arab Republic, Ghana), Oct-Dec 1964
-Professor at U of T Faculty of Social Work in social welfare, 1956; retired June 30, 1973
-Consultant to Laurentian University in developing their Social Work Department

Studies on health insurance, reorganization of the child welfare services in Metro Toronto

President, New South Wales Social Workers' Association, 1943-1945

Member, Standing Committee of the child Welfare Advisory Council, N.S.W., 1944-1945

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Series consists of 2 accessions:

B1979-0027: Consists of correspondence, personal papers (diary notes, financial), filing cards, Faculty of Social Work course materials, student research reports, files on voluntary and aid organizations, associations, committees, as well as photoprints, negatives and slides, watercolours and etchings. (23 boxes, 1925-1979)

B1980-0003: Consists of lecture notes, poems, notes, correspondence, subject files on Social Work education, projects, welfare, committees, associations and organizations, and on field work in the Third World. (2 boxes, 1926-1973 (predominant 1950-1973))

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