Finding Aid to the Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco Records, 1914-2004 (bulk 1940-1989)

Finding aid prepared by Conor M. Casey and Wendy Kramer
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
(415) 557-4567
info@sfpl.org
2010


Title: Travelers Aids Society of San Francisco Records,
Date (inclusive): 1914-2004
Date (bulk): (1940-1989)
Collection Identifier: SFH 18
Creator: Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco.
Physical Description: 3 cartons, 2 boxes, 1 flat box (4.75 cubic ft.)
Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
(415) 557-4567
info@sfpl.org
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: The records of Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco document the organization's activities from its founding in 1914, through its transition to Compass Community Services in 1995, and up to 2004. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1940-1989, providing insight into the organization's shifting mission in response to changing social conditions. The collection contains board and committee minutes and reports, correspondence, training manuals, subject files, and scrapbooks.

Access

This collection is open for research. Access to psychiatric staff meeting minutes in Series 1, Subseries B are restricted until 2085; copies of these files with names redacted are open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts and archives must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco Records (SFH 18), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

Provenance

The Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco Records were donated by Compass Community Services, Travelers Aid's successor organization, in 2004.

Related Materials

Researchers are encouraged to see also the San Francisco History Center's subject and biographical files and the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, and to check the catalog holdings of the San Francisco Public Library for related materials.

Related Collections in Other Archives

National Travelers Aid Association of America Records, 1910-1975 (32 linear feet), Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota.

Conservation Note

During processing, the entire collection was re-foldered and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Some metal staples remain. Scrapbooks were dis-bound, with photographs and other material separated from plastic pages and sheets when possible.

Organizational History

The origins of the Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco date back to 1893, when it was founded as a department of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). In 1914, it became an independent organization dedicated to assisting travelers drawn by the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco. Part of the National Travelers Aid Association, a nationwide collection of societies located in most major US cities, Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco sought to protect stranded people, especially women and children, from abuse or victimization upon arrival in urban centers. Though many Travelers Aid programs were started by religious groups, the society is the oldest non-sectarian social welfare organization in the United States.
Over the course of its history, Travelers Aid of San Francisco (TASSF) has offered services in response to shifting social conditions, assisting a wide range of people. In the early years, it served refugees, soldiers and their families during wars, and transient single adults. The organization continued to respond to significant national and local events throughout the twentieth century, providing services to transients during the Great Depression of the 1930s, migrating military families and displaced refugees during World War II, and Flower Children in the 1960s. In 1972, the organization opened Aquarius House, founded to provide temporary shelter to young adults in crisis. During the 1980s, the agency began to shift its focus toward family homelessness and its components: lack of housing, employment, and other resources, and it opened a childcare center for homeless children in the Tenderloin in 1990. To signify this shift in focus, the organization changed its name to Compass Community Services (CCS) in 1995. At present, CCS provides childcare, a family center, an emergency shelter, and transitional housing services for families that need intensive rehabilitation or are in danger of becoming homeless.

Scope and Content

This collection documents the activities of the Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco (TASSF) and its transition to Compass Community Services (CCS), from the founding of the organization in 1914 through 2004. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1940-1989, providing insight into TASSF's shifting mission in response to changing social conditions. A major shift in focus is apparent the records documenting the opening a of Tenderloin childcare center for homeless children in 1990 and the organization's name change to Compass Community Services (CCS) in 1995. The collection contains minutes and reports of the general board, as well as individual committees that document policy-making decisions and provide an overview of TAASF/CCS' actions. Similarly, these activities are reflected by correspondence, fundraising materials, and training manuals for volunteers and officers. Travelers Aid's subject and reference files document the topics with which they were concerned and reveal the day-to-day operations of TASSF. Scrapbooks containing news clippings, correspondence, and photographs provide an excellent historical overview of the organization's role in the larger community; and proclamations of recognition from San Francisco mayors commemorate its successes in this respect.

Arrangement

The Travelers Aid of San Francisco Records are organized into eight series: Series 1: Minutes and Annual Reports; Series 2: Reports; Series 3: Correspondence; Series 4: Fundraising and Volunteers; Series 5: Training Manuals; Series 6: Subject Files and Reference Material; Series 7: Scrapbooks; and Series 8: Proclamations and Photos. Series 1 and 2 are subdivided by format and by records creator, respectively. Arrangement within each series is chronological.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Compass Community Services. -- Archives
Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco. -- Archives
San Francisco (Calif.)--Societies, etc.
Traveler's aid societies

 

Series 1 Minutes and Annual Reports, 1914-1989

Physical Description: 22 folders
 

Subseries A Combined Board and Committee Minutes and Annual Reports, 1914-1989

Physical Description: 13.0 folders

Arrangement

Folders are arranged chronologically, with materials in each folder in reverse chronological order.
Box 1, Folder 1

1914-1929

Box 1, Folder 2

1930-1940

Box 1, Folder 3

1940-1945

Box 1, Folder 4

1945-1951

Box 1, Folder 5

1952-1957

Box 1, Folder 6

1958-1964

Box 1, Folder 7

1965-1970

Box 1, Folder 8

1971-1973

Box 1, Folder 9

1974-1977

Box 1, Folder 10

1978-1981

Box 1, Folder 11

1982-1984

Box 1, Folder 12

1985-1986

Box 1, Folder 13

1987- Jan. 1989

 

Subseries B Individual Committee Minutes and Reports, 1957-1988

Physical Description: 8.0 folders
Box 2, Folder 1

Personal Committee Minutes, 1957-1958

Box 2, Folder 2

Staff Meeting Minutes, 1949-1956

Box 2, Folder 3-4

Psychiatric Staff Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1950-1954

Box 2, Folder 5

Program Committee Meeting Minutes, 1963-1980

Box 2, Folder 6

Aquarius House Annual Reports and Historical Origins, 1968-1975

Box 2, Folder 7

Aquarius House Binder, 1974

Box 2, Folder 8

Personnel Committee Minutes and Reports, 1979-1980

Box 2, Folder 9

Monthly Staff Meeting Minutes, 1984-1988

 

Series 2 Reports, 1943-1989

Physical Description: 6 folders
 

Subseries A San Francisco Travelers Aid Association Reports, 1943-1989

Physical Description: 4.0 folders
Box 2, Folder 10

Annual Reports, 1943-1948

Box 2, Folder 11

Statistical Reports, 1967-1983

Box 2, Folder 12

Executive Committee Quarterly Reports, 1959-1964

Box 2, Folder 13-14

Financial Reports, 1988-1989

 

Subseries B National Travelers Aid Association Reports and Recommendations to San Francisco Travelers Aid, ca. 1957, 1967

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
Box 2, Folder 15

Report and Recommendations on the Study of the San Francisco Travelers Aid Society by the National Travelers Aid Association, ca. 1957

Box 2, Folder 16

Report and Recommendations on the Study of the San Francisco Travelers Aid Society by the National Travelers Aid Association, 1967

 

Series 3 Correspondence, 1962-1990

Physical Description: 6.0 folders
Box 2, Folder 17

General director Savilla Simmons Correspondence, 1962-1965

Box 2, Folder 18

Letters from United Way of the Bay Area, 1978-1981

Box 2, Folder 19

Executive Director Memo to Board of on Corporate Planning Process, 1988

Box 2, Folder 20

General Correspondence, 1988-1989

Box 2, Folder 21

Letters of Complaint about Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco, 1989

Box 2, Folder 22

Letter from Travelers Aid International to Travelers Aid of San Francisco on Non-Payment of Dues, 1990

Box 2, Folder 23

Fundraising and Volunteers, Series 4 1979-1989

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Series 5 Training Manuals, 1948-ca. 1980

Physical Description: 8.0 folders
Box 2, Folder 24

Personnel Manual, Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco, 1948-1959

Box 2, Folder 25

Executive Secretary's Manual, 1952

Box 2, Folder 26

Board Manual, Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco, 1952

Box 2, Folder 27

Volunteer Manual, 1955

Box 3, Folder 1

Volunteer Manual, Ferry Building, 1956

Box 3, Folder 2

Volunteer Manual, San Francisco International Airport, 1960

Box 3, Folder 3

Volunteer Manuals, Greyhound Bu Depot, 1971, 1980

Box 3, Folder 4

Volunteer Manual, Airport, ca. 1980

 

Subject Files and Reference Material, Series 6 1952-ca. 1989

Physical Description: 16.0 folders
Box 3, Folder 5

The Structure and Function of Travelers Aid, 1952

Box 3, Folder 6

Reference Material, National Travelers Aid Association, 1959-1960

Box 3, Folder 7

Sophie Maxwell Memorial (Scholarship?), 1963

Box 3, Folder 8

Statistical Recording and Reporting in Travelers Aid, 1969

Box 3, Folder 9

Resource Material for Social Work Staff, ca. 1969-1973

Box 3, Folder 10

Greyhound Volunteers, 1973-1977

Box 3, Folder 11

Travelers Aid San Francisco Employee Job Descriptions, ca. 1980s

Box 3, Folder 12

"Wage and Benefit Survey of and for San Francisco Bay Area Tax-Exempt, Nonprofit Organizations," 1987

Box 4, Folder 1

Travelers Aid San Francisco History, 1988, 1989

Box 4, Folder 2

General Funding Terms and Conditions and Program Requirements for Child Development Programs, 1988-1989

Box 4, Folder 3

Travelers Aid San Francisco: United Way Self-Evaluation, 1989

Box 4, Folder 4

Agency Organization and Administrative Systems, ca. 1989

Box 4, Folder 5

Travelers Aid Society Blank Certificates of Appreciation, undated

Box 4, Folder 6

Organization Bylaws undated

Box 4, Folder 7

Staff List of Tenderloin Center for Children in Crisis, undated

Box 4, Folder 8

Travelers Aid Society San Francisco Employee Evaluation Forms and Benefit Pamphlet, undated

 

Series 7 Scrapbooks, 1914-2004

Physical Description: 1.0 box
Box 5, Folder 1-2

Scrapbook 1, 1914-1945

Folder Oversize Folder 1

Oversize clipping on "She-Tramps" (female hoboes), 1940

Box 5, Folder 3-4

Scrapbook 2, 1946-1949

Box 5, Folder 5-6

Scrapbook 3, 1950-1955

Box 5, Folder 7-9

Scrapbook 4, 1956-1958

Box 5, Folder 10-11

Scrapbook 5, 1959-1966

Box 5, Folder 12-15

Scrapbook 6, 1967-1976

Box 5, Folder 16-17

Scrapbook 7, 1977-2004

Box 5, Folder 18

Scrapbook 8: Tenderloin Childcare Center (TLC), ca. 1991

Box 6

Series 8 Proclamations, Oversize Photographs, Ephemera, and Realia, early 1900s-1991

Physical Description: 1 flat box, 1 small suitcase
 

Proclamation from San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein for Travelers Aid 50th Anniversary, March 2, 1983

 

Proclamation from San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos declaring Travelers Aid Day in San Francisco, February 28, 1991

 

Photograph of unidentified woman (photographic reproduction of photographic print), undated

 

Photograph of three women (photographic reproduction of a photographic print), undated

 

Travelers Aid Patch

Realia Box 118

Suitcase