In cooperation with the Affiliated Theological Colleges, McGill University instituted a Department of Social Service in 1918. In 1919 the University Calendar announced a Training School for Social Workers under the same Department. In 1922 the department became part of the Faculty of Arts. The subject of sociology also was introduced in the Faculty of Arts, with Carl Dawson being appointed as Professor of Sociology and Director of Social Service. The Department of Social Service evolved into the School for Social Workers in ca 1922, offering a two year course leading to a diploma. Economic restrictions induced McGill to withdraw from the direction of the School in 1933. However, with help from private sources and continuing use of classroom space at McGill, the Montreal School of Social Work was founded as the direct successor of the McGill School for Social Workers. In 1945 McGill once again took over the School which was renamed the McGill University School of Social Work. The School offered a two year graduate training course leading to the degree of Master of Social Work which was first granted in 1950. A short history of the School by David Leigh is contained in the Archives Information file on the School of Social Work.
DIRECTORS OF SOCIAL WORK
1918-1922 J. Howard T. Falk
1922-1932 Carl A. Dawson
1933-1950 Dorothy King
1950-1966 John J.O. Moore
1966-1976 David E. Woodworth
1977-1983 Myer Katz
1983-1984 Jane Aronson, Acting
1984- Myer Katz
McGILL SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL WORKERS, 1927-1932
Attendance Book, 1927-1932, 1 vol (c.79)
This book gives attendance at the courses given in the School.
MONTREAL SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, 1934-1950
Minute Book of Directors/Trustees, 1934-1950, 1 vol (c.79)
The minutes include a copy of the charter granted by George V in 1934.
McGILL SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, 1963-1980
Curriculum Records, 1963-1969
Course Files, 1963-1969, 1.5 m (c.57-c.61)
These contain course syllabi with bibliographies. Some are mimeographs.
Student Records, 1938-1980
Academic Files, 1938-1980, 18 m (c.1-c.56, c.62-c.78) RESTRICTED
The files of individual students contain applications for admission recording civil and academic information, correspondence, and some reports on the students' fieldwork and newsclippings about the students' subsequent activities. Included are records of the McGill School of Social Work and the earlier Montreal School of Social Work. Arranged alphabetically, in one block covering 1938-1948, and one year blocks thereafter.