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Collection Overview

Title: Josephine Harris Stewart Papers, 1920-2000

ID: 02/2000-001

Primary Creator: Stewart, Josephine Harris

Extent: 12.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Counseling, Social service, Stewart, Josephine Harris, Women's rights

Forms of Material: Bylaws (administrative records), Correspondence, Ephemera, Pamphlets, Photographs

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection arrived in little discernable order and the processor in consultation with the archivist has imposed an order. The collection is arranged primarily in chronological order and is divided into five series. Series two, three and four are based upon chronological divisions in Stewart's life: Pre-West Virginia University, West Virginia University, and Houston. Series One, Personal, contains information not easily assigned to the other series, and which spans most of Stewart's life. Series five, Ephemera, contains items such as tote bags, posters, newspaper clippings and plaques.

Biographical Note

Josephine Harris Stewart was a prominent social worker and activist who is recognized as a pioneer in the field of social group work. She was born June 9, 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is of Hungarian Jewish descent. She received a bachelor of science degree in education in 1945 from the University of Cincinnati Teachers College. Following graduation, she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and was assigned as an occupational counselor in Des Moines, Iowa, until her discharge in September 1946. She graduated in 1949 from the University of Pittsburgh with a master of social work degree, with a specialization in social group work. In 1960 she earned an advanced curriculum certificate in community organization from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed all the requirements, except for the dissertation, for a doctoral degree in social work.

Stewart's early career encompassed a number of jobs in the social work field, including teaching and social work practice at public and private social welfare agencies and hospitals. She was a social group worker at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, where she was the first social group worker in Kansas; the LaRue D. Carter Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she served as psychiatric social work supervisor; and the Rollman Institute of Psychiatry in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was a psychiatric social work educational supervisor. She was also a family counselor at Jewish Family Service of Philadelphia. Her teaching positions include serving as field work instructor and lecturer in social group work at Indiana University and lecturer in social welfare and field work consultant at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1964 to 1975, Stewart was an assistant professor and lecturer at West Virginia University, where she taught a number of social work courses. In 1975 she moved to Houston, where she was the first social worker hired at Methodist Hospital. She retired from Methodist shortly before her death from lung cancer on September 26, 1990.

Stewart was an activist for gay/lesbian and women's issues, particularly during her years in Houston. She was a charter member of the National Association of Social Workers and served the organization as national chairman on gay/lesbian issues during the 1980s. Stewart was also a co-founder of the Houston Area Women's Center.

Subject/Index Terms

Counseling
Social service
Stewart, Josephine Harris
Women's rights

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Acquisition Method: Donated by Margaret Hardeman-Muye, 2000

Preferred Citation: Josephine Harris Stewart Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal],
[Series 2: Pre-West Virginia University],
[Series 3: West Virginia University],
[Series 4: Houston],
[Series 5: Ephemera],
[All]

Series 1: Personal
This series contains nine folders dating from 1924 to 2000, arranged chronologically. It is divided into two sub-series, Biographical Information and Photographs. The series includes a short biography, curricula vitae, photographs and information spanning most of Stewart's life. The photographs are arranged chronologically by decade. Of note is a photograph of Josephine Stewart with Texas Governor elect Ann Richards taken in 1989 and found in folder 8.
Sub-Series 1: Biographical Information
Box 1
Folder 1: Biographical Information, 1924-2000
Sub-Series 2: Photographs
Box 1
Folder 2: Photographs, 1920s
Folder 3: Photographs, 1930s
Folder 4: Photographs, 1940s
Folder 5: Photographs, 1950s
Folder 6: Photographs, 1960s
Folder 7: Photographs, 1970s
Folder 8: Photographs, 1980s
Folder 9: Photographs, undated
Series 2: Pre-West Virginia University
This series contains thirty-six folders dating from the 1940s to 1964. The items concern Stewart's life prior to her employment at West Virginia University in 1964. The series is divided into four sub-series, which are arranged chronologically: Correspondence, Miscellaneous, Social Work Practice, and Booklets. The sub-series Social Work Practice contains papers relating to Stewart's work at various public and private social welfare agencies and hospitals. Notes relating to therapy sessions with particular groups comprise the majority of the material in this sub-series. The sub-series Booklets contains assorted booklets, including reports, studies, journals, and brochures about hospitals and clinics. Some of the booklets do not pertain to social work, but have been included in this sub-series because of their date. The sub-series Miscellaneous contains information about Stewart's military service, and a copy of her master's thesis.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence
Box 1
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1940s
Sub-Series 2: Miscellaneous
Box 1
Folder 11: Veterans Administration, 1946, 1949
Folder 12: University of Pittsburgh, 1947, 1949
Folder 13: Master's Thesis, 1949
Folder 14: Newspaper Clippings, 1952
Sub-Series 3: Social Work Practice
Box 1
Folder 15: University of California, 1955-1956
Folder 16: Public Welfare Department, 1958
Folder 17: Public Welfare Department, 1958-1959
Folder 18: Papers, 1958-1963
Folder 19: Psychiatric Hospital Relatives Orientation Group, 1961
Folder 20: Group Counseling, 1961-1962
Folder 21: Parent's Group, 1962
Folder 22: United Community Services of Detroit, 1962
Folder 23: Adolescent Girls, 1964
Folder 24: Married Couples' Group, undated
Folder 25: Thursday Father's Group, undated
Sub-Series 4: Booklets
Box 2
Folder 1: A Marriage Proposal, 1942
Folder 2: Program Planning, A Handbook for Social Group Workers, 1947
Folder 3: Preliminary Report on an Experimental Project in Supervision in Clinical Psychology, 1949
Folder 4: Techniques of Student and Staff Supervision, 1950-1953
Folder 5: Shall We Have Witch Hunt?, 1951
Folder 6: American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers, Members, 1954
Folder 7: Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital, 1954
Folder 8: Menninger Foundations, 1954
Folder 9: Adams County Public Assistance Study, 1955
Folder 10: Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1955
Folder 11: Use of Group Techniques in the Family Agency, 1959
Folder 12: The Sex Offender, 1960
Folder 13: Interviewing in the Social Services, 1962
Folder 14: University of Wisconsin School of Social Work
Folder 15: Walnut Hills High School Directory, 1962
Folder 16: Developing Discussion Leaders, 1963
Folder 17: Social Group Work with the Aged, 1963
Folder 18: Social Work with Groups, 1963
Folder 19: Social Group Work Practice Elaborated, University of Pittsburgh, 1964
Folder 20: Sing Along the Way, undated
Series 3: West Virginia University
This series contains sixty-one folders dating from 1964 to 1975, and it includes materials concerning Stewart's employment at West Virginia University. This series is divided into seven sub-series: Correspondence, Administrative, Classes, Fieldwork, Papers, Booklets, and Social Work Practice. All of the sub-series have been arranged chronologically, except Classes and Papers. The sub-series Classes is arranged by the course number of the class rather than chronologically, which is how Stewart had this material organized. Some of the folders contain information on a particular class from different semesters, years, or institutions. This material was kept together because Stewart organized it that way; she appears to have used the same teaching materials year after year. The Papers sub-series contains papers written by professors and students and is arranged alphabetically by author.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence
Box 3
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1964-1965
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1966-1967
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1968-1970
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1971-1973
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1974-1975
Sub-Series 2: Administrative
Box 3
Folder 6: West Virginia University Brochures, 1960-1969
Folder 7: Tenure and Academic Freedom, 1964
Folder 8: Track B Package, 1969
Folder 9: Practice Committee, 1969
Folder 10: Training Meeting I, 1970
Folder 11: Affirmative Action, 1974-1975
Folder 12: Letterhead, undated
Sub-Series 3: Classes
Box 3
Folder 13: Social Work 61, undated
Folder 14: Social Work 210-220, 1974
Folder 15: Social Work 280, 1974
Folder 16: Social Work 298, 1968
Folder 17: Social Work 301, 1969
Folder 18: Social Work 302, 303, 1968
Folder 19: Social Work 304, 1946-1959
Box 4
Folder 1: Social Work 305, 1961-1965
Folder 2: Social Work 305, 1966
Folder 3: Social Work 305, 1967-1969
Folder 4: Social Work 305 Papers, 1965-1974
Folder 5: Social Work 312, undated
Folder 6: Social Work 317, 1962-1963
Folder 7: Social Work 322, 1967
Folder 8: Social Work 340, 1970-1973
Folder 9: Social Work 341, 1967
Folder 10: Social Work 351, 1967-1968
Folder 11: Social Work 360, 1965
Folder 12: Social Work 388, 1970
Folder 13: Social Work 421, 1973-1974
Folder 14: Social Work 441, 1974
Folder 15: Social Work 451, 1962
Folder 16: Social Work 480, 1974
Box 5
Folder 1: Miscellaneous Classes, 1964, 1974
Folder 2: Bibliography, undated
Folder 3: West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes, 1964
Folder 4: West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes, January-August 1965
Folder 5: West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes, Sept.-Dec. 1965
Folder 6: West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes, 1966
Folder 7: West Virginia Department of Welfare Classes, 1972-1973
Sub-Series 4: Fieldwork
Box 5
Folder 8: Group Work, 1964
Folder 9: Group Work, 1967-1972
Folder 10: Field Instruction Manual, 1973-1974
Sub-Series 5: Papers
Box 5
Folder 11: A - E, 1965-1972
Box 6
Folder 1: F - H, 1965-1960
Folder 2: I - L, 1965-1974
Folder 3: M - P, 1966-1971
Folder 4: Q - R, 1965
Folder 5: S, 1966-1970
Folder 6: T, 1964-1972
Folder 7: U - Z, 1965-1969
Folder 8: Book Review, 1966
Folder 9: Lecture, 1970
Sub-Series 6: Booklets
Box 7
Folder 1: Messiah, His Redemptive Career, 1963
Folder 2: Report of Division of Social Work West Virginia University, Part 1, 1967
Folder 3: The Social Worker and West Virginia's Economic Dilemma, 1968
Folder 4: Survey Report on Mental Health, 1970
Folder 5: Accreditation Review, Volume I, 1970
Folder 6: Accreditation Review Volume II, 1970
Folder 7: Community Survey, undated
Sub-Series 7: Social Work Practice
Box 8
Folder 1: Social Security Act Information, 1964
Folder 2: Miscellaneous Publications, 1964-1970
Folder 3: Miscellaneous Social Work, 1964-1971
Folder 4: Portsmouth Workshop, 1965
Folder 5: West Virginia Welfare Conferences, 1965-1972
Folder 6: Pennsylvania Association on Probation, Parole and Correction Conference, 1966
Folder 7: Veteran's Administration Social Workers, 1966
Folder 8: Symposium on Rural Social Work, 1971
Series 4: Houston
This series contains 149 folders dating from 1975 to 1990, and it concerns Stewart's time in Houston. The series is divided into nine sub-series, which are arranged chronologically: National Association of Social Workers; National Association of Social Workers, Chapters; Council on Social Work Education; Women's Movement; United States Commission on Civil Rights; Social Work Practice; Gay/Lesbian Issues; Booklets; and Miscellaneous/Personal. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an organization with which Stewart was heavily involved in the 1980s. Although some of the NASW material dates from before Stewart moved to Houston, it has been placed in this series in order to keep it with other NASW items. The same applies to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). At times, NASW and CSWE mailed out envelopes of information; the dates of material in each envelope varied and often included some things with dates up to one year old. The majority of these materials were still in their original envelopes from NASW and CSWE when Stewart's papers entered the archives. Despite the variety of dates, the material from each envelope has been kept together as originally compiled and sent. The date on each folder refers to the postmarked date on the envelope. Most of these mailings concern gay/lesbian issues. Other sub-series contain material on the women's movement, in which Stewart was involved, as well as items concerning social work practice.
Sub-Series 1: National Association of Social Workers
Box 8
Folder 9: Statement of Reference, 1963-1964
Folder 10: Study Projects, 1966-1967
Folder 11: Pamphlets, 1968-1970
Folder 12: West Virginia Chapter, Spring Meeting, 1970
Folder 13: Mailings, 1973
Folder 14: Insurance, 1978
Folder 15: Sixth NASW Professional Symposium, 1979
Box 9
Folder 1: Mailings, 1980
Folder 2: Mailings, 1981
Folder 3: Travis Peterson Paper, February 1982
Folder 4: National Task Force on Lesbian and Gay Issues, Meeting Minutes, May 1982
Folder 5: Mailings, May 1982
Folder 6: Fourth National Lesbian/Gay Health Conference, June 1982
Folder 7: Mailings, August 1982
Folder 8: Mailings, October 1982
Folder 9: Gay/Lesbian Resource Manual, Part 1, October 1982
Folder 10: Gay/Lesbian Resource Manual, Part 2, October 1982
Folder 11: Mailings, November 1982
Box 10
Folder 1: Mailings, December 1982
Folder 2: Washington Rally, 1982
Folder 3: Annual Meeting, Part 1, January 1983
Folder 4: Annual Meeting, Part 2, January 1983
Folder 5: Mailings, February 1983
Folder 6: Mailings, April 1983
Folder 7: Mailings, May 1983
Folder 8: Mailings, June 1983
Folder 9: Mailings, July 1983
Box 11
Folder 1: Mailings, August 1983
Folder 2: Mailings, September 1983
Folder 3: National Office, October 1983
Folder 4: Mailings, October 1983
Folder 5: Mailings, November 1983
Folder 6: Professional Symposium, November 1983
Folder 7: Directory, 1983
Folder 8: Resource Manual, Part 1, Rough Draft, 1983
Folder 9: Resource Manual, Part 2, Rough Draft, 1983
Box 12
Folder 1: Resource Manual, Part 1, 1983
Folder 2: Resource Manual, Part 2, 1983
Folder 3: Mailings, January 1984
Folder 4: Mailings, January 1984
Folder 5: Mailings, February 1984
Folder 6: Mailings, March 1984
Folder 7: Mailings, April 1984
Folder 8: Mailings, July 1984
Folder 9: Mailings, August 1984
Folder 10: Mailings, October 1984
Folder 11: Mailings, December 1984
Box 13
Folder 1: Services Packet, One, 1984
Folder 2: Services Packet, Two, 1984
Folder 3: Mailings, January 1985
Folder 4: Mailings, February 1985
Folder 5: Mailings, March 1985
Folder 6: National Office, March 1985
Folder 7: Mailings, April 1985
Folder 8: Women's Issues Conference, May 1985
Folder 9: Women's Issues Conference, May 1986
Folder 10: Miscellaneous, undated
Sub-Series 2: National Association of Social Workers, Chapters
Box 13
Folder 11: Texas Chapter, Mailings, November 1981
Folder 12: Texas Chapter, Mailings, 1981
Folder 13: Texas Chapter, Sixth Annual Conference, October 1982
Folder 14: Texas Chapter, Mailings, 1983-1985
Folder 15: Texas Chapter, Mailings, September 1988
Folder 16: Texas Chapter, Mailings, October 1988
Box 14
Folder 1: Texas Chapter, Mailings, Sept.-Dec. 1989
Folder 2: Texas Chapter, Mailings, October 1989
Folder 3: Texas Chapter, Mailings, November 1989
Folder 4: Texas Chapter, Mailings, December 1989
Folder 5: Texas Chapter, Political Action for Candidate Election, 1989-1990
Folder 6: Texas Chapter, Mailings, January 1990
Folder 7: Texas Chapter, Directory, undated
Folder 8: Maine Chapter, Mailings, 1984
Folder 9: Illinois Chapter, Mailings, 1984-1985
Sub-Series 3: Council on Social Work Education
Box 14
Folder 10: Group Work Records, 1952
Folder 11: Source Book of Readings on Teaching Social Work, Part 1, 1965
Folder 12: Source Book of Readings on Teaching Social Work, Part 2, 1965
Folder 13: Mailings, 1964-1965
Folder 14: Mailings, 1966
Folder 15: Mailings, 1967
Folder 16: Mailings, 1968
Folder 17: Mailings, 1969
Folder 18: Mailings, 1970
Box 15
Folder 1: Mailings, 1971
Folder 2: Mailings, 1973
Folder 3: Mailings, 1974
Folder 4: Mailings, 1980
Folder 5: Mailings, 1981
Folder 6: Mailings, 1982
Folder 7: Mailings, 1983
Folder 8: Mailings, 1984
Folder 9: Mailings, 1985
Folder 10: Mailings, 1989
Sub-Series 4: Women's Movement
Box 16
Folder 1: NOW National Conference, 1974
Folder 2: Young Women's Christian Association Bylaws, 1975-1979
Folder 3: Battered Women Pamphlets/Newsletters, 1977
Folder 4: Feminist Movement, Miscellaneous, 1977
Folder 5: Houston Area Women's Center Bylaws, 1977
Folder 6: Battered Women Information, 1978
Folder 7: Houston Town Meeting, 1978
Folder 8: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1978
Folder 9: Women in Action, Women's Information and Referral Exchange Service (WIRES), 1978
Folder 10: Danish Clinic Study, 1979
Folder 11: Houston Area Women's Center Board of Directors, 1979-1980
Folder 12: Houston Area Women's Center Financial Information, 1979-1980
Folder 13: Houston Area Women's Center Miscellaneous, 1980
Box 17
Folder 1: Women in Management, 1979
Folder 2: NOW National Issues Conference, 1980
Folder 3: Bibliography, Woman Abuse, undated
Folder 4: Discrimination Against Women, undated
Sub-Series 5: United States Commission on Civil Rights
Box 17
Folder 5: Packet, January 1978
Folder 6: Papers A - B, January 1978
Folder 7: Papers C - L, January 1978
Folder 8: Papers, M - R, January 1978
Folder 9: Papers, S - Z, January 1978
Folder 10: Resumes, January 1978
Sub-Series 6: Social Work Practice
Box 18
Folder 1: Youth Development Center, 1972
Folder 2: Pamphlets, 1972 - 1990
Folder 3: Miscellaneous Newsletters, 1974-1980
Folder 4: Legislation, 1975
Folder 5: Texas Hospital Association, 1975
Folder 6: University of Houston, 1977
Folder 7: Medicare Information, 1979-1980
Folder 8: Alcoholism Information, 1982
Folder 9: Gerontology Information, 1982-1983
Folder 10: Association for Women in Social Work, 1984-1985
Folder 11: Clinical Social Work Journal, 1989
Folder 12: Menninger Clinic Seventh Annual Conference, 1989
Folder 13: Miscellaneous AIDS Information, 1987
Folder 14: Miscellaneous Mental Illness, 1988
Folder 15: Social Workers Making a Political Difference, 1989
Folder 16: Texas Society for Clinical Social Work, Directory, 1989
Folder 17: University of Houston Futures Conference, 1990
Folder 18: Articles, 1977-1990
Folder 19: Human Serve Fund, undated
Folder 20: Miscellaneous Social Work, undated
Sub-Series 7: Gay/Lesbian Issues
Box 19
Folder 1: Third National Lesbian and Gay Health Conference, 1980-1982
Folder 2: Second Annual West Coast Women's Music and Cultural Festival, 1981
Folder 3: Miscellaneous Gay/Lesbian Information, undated
Sub-Series 8: Booklets
Box 19
Folder 4: The Giving Tree, 1964
Folder 5: Sylvia Plath, Crossing the Water, 1971
Folder 6: Getting Clear, Body Work for Women, 1973
Folder 7: Working with People Called Patients, 1977
Folder 8: Current Concepts in Rehabilitative Medicine, 1988
Folder 9: A Goddess in My Shoes, 1988
Sub-Series 9: Miscellaneous/Personal
Box 19
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1975-1989
Folder 11: Address Book, 1989
Folder 12: Retirement, 1990
Series 5: Ephemera
This series is dated 1979 to 1990, although it contains a number of items which cannot be dated. It is divided into five sub-series, which are arranged chronologically: Conference Items, Newspapers, Plaques, Miscellaneous, and Posters. This series contains items such as tote bags, a bumper sticker, newspaper clippings, and plaques. The posters have been placed in an oversized folder, labeled as box 22.
Sub-Series 1: Conference Items
Box 20
Item 1: NASW Insurance Trust, notepad holder, 1987
Item 2: Social Work '88: Choices and Challenges, tote bag, 1988
Item 3: AIDS '89: The Social Work Response, conference pouch, 1989
Item 4: Ms. Magazine, tote bag, undated
Item 5: A Woman's Place is in the House…and in the Senate, tote bag, undated
Item 6: NOW National Conference Delegate, Identification Badge, 1980
Sub-Series 2: Newspapers
Box 21
Item 1: Cincinnati Enquirer (3), July 16, 1979
Item 2: The Sentinal, June 13, 1980
Sub-Series 3: Plaques
Box 21
Item 1: Distinguished Service Award, NASW National Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues, 1985
Item 2: NASW Social Worker of the Year Award, 1986
Item 3: Social Work Certification, 1989
Item 4: NASW Academy Member, 1989-1990
Item 5: NASW Pioneer Award, undated
Sub-Series 4: Miscellaneous
Box 21
Item 1: Methodist Hospital, identification badge, undated
Item 2: Name/Deskplate, undated
Item 3: Social Workers for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, bumper sticker, undated
Item 4: The Pines Country Club Women's Golf Association, three-ring binder, undated
Sub-Series 5: Posters
OVS Box 22
Item 1: Presidential Appointees, autographed by Sarah Weddington, 1979
Item 2: Social Work, A Family Matter, NASW, Texas Chapter, undated
Item 3: Feminism Spoken Here, undated
Item 4: Gloria Steinem, speaking on Racism and Sexism, University of Houston Clear Lake, undated
Item 5: Women's Week V, University of Houston Clear Lake, undated

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