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    Homelessness in the Great Depression.

    Salvation Army Archive - An interesting grouping of material related to the Salvation Army's response to the enormous problem of homelessness during the Great Depression. The grouping, consisting of approximately 65 pages of material including letters, booklets and multi-page reports dating between 1931 and 1933, illustrates the sheer magnitude of the problem facing private organizations like the Salvation Army who found themselves ill-equipped to handle such a massive problem without much help from the federal government. One report notes: "...We have suffered from depression before but during the last fifteen or twenty years we have geared up our industries to where we had a greater proportion of our population working in industries so that when the depression hit us a larger number of workers were thrown out of employment. Previously agriculture has been able to absorb a large number of the men which seemingly is not being done in this depression. The unemployed man and boy has become a difficult if not a serious problem in every community..." Much of the material deals with a national census of homeless men and boys of which they estimated that "...1,250,000 people are without homes or are wandering up and down the country..." including 191,000 women and girls and 135,000 boys under the age of twenty one. Also included is correspondence relative to the Salvation Army's shelters in New York including a hand written list of supplies available and in use at one their major homeless shelters. Other documents note the typical menus served at soup kitchens, reports on juvenile transients, shelter operations, guidelines for workers and much more. A fascinating glimpse into the workings of one of the most significant private social service agencies in the United States. Many pages toned and chipped at edges, overall good to very good.

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