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The Louise Silbert Bandler Papers include professional correspondence, lecture and seminar notes from Bandler's department at Smith College and the SCSSW; teaching materials including course outlines, syllabi, reading lists, lectures, student papers, grant applications, and material pertaining to organizing professional conferences; and writings, including her MSW thesis, lectures, typescripts, published books, journal articles, and book reviews. There are also correspondence, plus minutes and reports from the American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers and Smith College reunion memorabilia, including photographs. The collection includes material about Bertha Reynolds centennial, 1986, and on the evolution of social work education.
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This collection must be screened by an archivist for case histories identifying third parties before being used by researchers. Please contact the archives a minimum of two weeks in advance of your visit for access.
Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that she owns copyright, Louise Silbert Bandler has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Bandler, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Louise Silbert Bandler was a psychiatric social worker and served as director of psychiatric social work at Massachusetts General Hospital, 1932-1944. She received an AB from Smith College in 1932, a MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work (SCSSW) in 1932, and a diploma from a SCSSW post-graduate course for supervisors and students in 1937. She organized, developed, and participated in seminars for psychiatric social workers at Massachusetts General from 1935-1945. Bandler was a professor at Simmons College School for Social Work, 1943-1975 and has been professor emertius there since 1975. She is active in alumnae affairs for SCSSW, including serving on advisory committees, 1936-1978. She was also active in the American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers, 1929-1955. Bandler planned and coordinated professional psychiatric social work conferences in Wales and England, 1978-1979, and published numerous books, journal articles, and book reviews throughout her career.
18.5 linear feet (20 boxes.)
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