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Muriel and Ralph Pumphrey Papers (WUA00176)

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Muriel and Ralph Pumphrey Papers (WUA00176), 1934-1993 | WUA University Archives

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Title: Muriel and Ralph Pumphrey Papers (WUA00176), 1934-1993Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/03/wua00176

Primary Creator: Pumphrey, Muriel (1910-2000)

Other Creators: Pumphrey, Ralph (1908-1997)

Extent: 52.0 Linear Feet

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian, Norwegian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The majority of this collection focuses on Ralph and Muriel’s years of professional work in St. Louis and their continued contributions to the field of social work education.  Earlier aspects of both of their education and careers in Ohio, New York and Indiana are also represented, although to a lesser extent.  The Pumphreys served as leaders, educators, and consultants for numerous social work organizations in the United States and internationally, which is also reflected in their papers.

While Series 01 and 02 contain materials that are related to only Muriel or Ralph respectively, Series 03 includes family material related to the Pumphrey family and joint scholarly work.  The remaining series are materials grouped by type collected by both Ralph and Muriel over the course of their long careers.

Documents are arranged alphabetically, except for Series 06 which is arranged by media type, and Series 07, which is arranged by type of government document.

Series 01 Muriel Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects

Series 02 Ralph Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects

Series 03 Muriel and Ralph Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects

Series 04 Academic Programs

Series 05 Associated Social Welfare Agencies

Series 06 Audio and Visual Materials

Series 07 Government Documents

Series 08 Serial Publications

Series 09 Subjects Files

Collection Historical Note

Muriel Elizabeth (Warren) Pumphrey, DSW (1910 – 2000) and Ralph E. Pumphrey, Ph.D. (1908 – 1997) were prominent figures in the refinement of both public-oriented and university social work education and on the history of the social work movement.  They were married in 1934, and had two children, Brooks and Jennie.

Muriel E. Pumphrey received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, Ohio in 1931.  In 1934 she graduated from the New York School of Social Work.  Her early career included work at the Family Society (1934 – 1936), Brooklyn Bureau of Charities (1937 – 1940), and the Travelers Aid Society (1941 – 1945).  Following World War II, Muriel taught sociology and social work at Butler University, Indiana, working with programs for returning veterans.  She completed her doctoral work (1952 – 1954) at Columbia University School of Social Work, and received fellowships from the National Institute of Mental Heath Training and the Russell Sage Foundation.  After graduating, Muriel worked at the Council on Social Work Education and the Community Service Society (CSS) in New York.  In 1959, following her husband’s appointment at Washington University in St. Louis, the family moved to Missouri.  Muriel worked on many research projects at Washington University over the next decade, including for the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology (1961 – 1964) and the Social Science Institute (1964 – 1966), in addition to teaching at the Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work.  She joined the faculty of the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) in 1971 to teach sociology and in 1976 was asked to help establish a new department at UMSL devoted to social work.  She also worked to establish the department as an accredited program, which was achieved just before her retirement in 1980.                   

Research interests of Muriel Pumphrey included mental retardation, mental illness, sociology, and ethics in the field of social work.  Her major research focus, and the subject of her doctoral dissertation, was the early 20th century social work figure, Mary E. Richards.

Ralph E. Pumphrey received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University, Ohio, in 1928.  After teaching history at New York University, Ralph went on to earn a doctorate from Yale University in English and social history in 1934.  In 1940 Ralph earned a degree in social work from the New York School of Social Work (part of Columbia University), a topic he became interested in through volunteer work in New York.  First working for various social agencies, Ralph began teaching social work at New York University in 1956.  In 1959 he joined the faculty of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.  In addition to teaching, Ralph also served as acting dean of social work in 1964 and chaired the University Council from 1965 – 1967.  Retiring in 1976, Ralph remained connected with Washington University and was granted professor emeritus status.  He also served on the boards for several St. Louis area civic organizations, including the Delmo Housing Corporation, the Good Samaritan Home, and United Church of Christ Neighborhood Houses.

Ralph Pumphrey focused on various aspects of social welfare policy, health care, and the history of social work.  His major research focus was Michael M. Davis, an early 20th century health care advocate.  Over the course of several decades, Ralph compiled extensive biographical information for Davis, including correspondence with the Davis family.  While he wrote several articles on Davis, the book-length manuscript was not completed at the time of Ralph’s death in 1997 and was not published. 

While much of their scholarly work was done separately, Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey jointly authored numerous works including the benchmark book "The Heritage of American Social Work" in 1961.  Ralph traveled to Norway with Muriel when she received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the University of Trondheim in 1976 – 1977.  Both were invited back to teach graduate level courses at Trondheim, which they did from 1980 – 1982.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Access Restrictions: There is one folder of restricted material in this collection (correspondence related to Brooks Pumphrey), until 2042.  For details, contact the University Archivist at (314) 935-5495.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: This material was donated to the University Archives by Muriel and Ralph Pumphrey in 1973, 1976, 1977, and 1994, with addition boxes donated by Pumphrey family members 2006 and 2009.

Related Materials:

For more information on the School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, see the School of Social Work Administrative Records, also held by University Archives.

Ralph Pumphrey was associated with the Delmo Housing Corporation in the 1960s and 1970s.  For further documents, see the Delmo Housing Corporation Records, also held by University Archives.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Jay Kempen in October 1999.  Updated by Leela Pandey in January 2006.  Additions processed and finding aid updated by Miranda Rectenwald in November 2007 and January 2010.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in August 2012.


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Series 7: Government DocumentsAdd to your cart.
(arranged by type, then chronologically; subjects included are listed below)
Sub-Series 1: ActAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: An Act to extend and improve the federal old  - age and survivors insurance systemAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: An Act to extend and improve coverage under the Federal old - age, survivors, and disability insurance systemAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: An Act to improve benefits under the old age survivors and disability insurance program by increasing the minimum benefitsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: An Act to extend and improve the public assistance and Child Welfare servicesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: An Act to provide a hospital insurance program for the aged under the Social Security Act with a supplementary health benefits programAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: An Act to provide a hospital insurance program for the aged under the Social Security ActAdd to your cart.
(x2 copies)
Folder 7: An Act to authorize a family assistance plan providing basic benefits to low income families with childrenAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Child and family services act of 1974, S. 3754, August 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: An Act to provide a comprehensive, coordinated approach to the problems of Juvenile delinquencyAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Act: Welfare Reform H.R. 9030, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 11: An Act relating to the regulation and licensing of Social Workers with penalty provisions." House Bill No. 639, January 6, 1977Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: AmendmentAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Amendment, intended to be proposed by Mr. Ricicoff to H. R. 1, an Act to amend the Social Security ActAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: BillAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 13: A Bill to amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code so as to extend coverageAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: A Bill to provide for payment for hospital services, skilled nursing home services, and home health servicesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: A Bill to provide for payment fort hospital services, skilled nursing home services, and home health servicesAdd to your cart.
(x2 copies)
Folder 16: A Bill to provide a program of health care insurance for individuals aged sixty - five or over who are retired," S 2664, January 11, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 17: A Bill to extend and improve the public assistance and child welfare services programs of the Social security ActAdd to your cart.
(x2 copies)
Folder 18: A Bill to provide for the medical and hospital care of the aged through a system of voluntary health insuranceAdd to your cart.
(x2 copies)
Folder 19: A Bill to amend the Social Security Act to provide an increase in benefits under the old-age, survivors, and disabilityinsurance systemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: A Bill to establish a comprehensive manpower development program to assist persons in overcoming obstacles to suitable employmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: A Bill to authorize a family assistance plan providing basic benefits to low income families with childrenAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: A Bill to add a new title XX to the Social Security Act to establish a Federal Child Care CorporationAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: A Bill to amend the Social Security Act to provide increase in benefits, improve Computation methodsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: A Bill of the Adequate Income Act of 1971," H.R. 6729, March 24, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 25: A Bill to amend Chapter 2 and 21 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and title II of the Social Security ActAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: A Bill to establish comprehensive and developmental child care services in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare," H.R. 14000, March 22, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 27: A Bill to amend the Social Security Act to establish a national health insurance program for all Americans within the Social Security System, S. 3286, April 2, 1974Add to your cart.
(x2 copies)
Folder 28: A Bill to provide for services to children and their familiesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Committee PrintAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Characteristics of General Assistance in the United States, November 30, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Industrialized Housing, April 1969Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: CompilationAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Compilation of the Social Security Laws, July 1, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Compilation of the Social Security Laws, December 31, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Compilation of the Social Security Laws, Document No. 454, December 31, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Compilation of the Social Security Laws, Document No. 373, December 31, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Compilation of the Social Security Laws, Document No. 312, Vol. I, December 31, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Compilation of the Social Security Laws, Document No. 312, Vol. II, December 31, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Compilation of the Social Security Laws, Document No. 266, Vol. I, January 2, 1968Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: HearingsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Analysis of the social Security System, Hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee on ways and means, Part I, July 24 and 25, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Analysis of the Social Security System, Hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee on ways and means, Part 2, November 12 and 13, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Analysis of the Social Security System, Hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means, Part 3, November 16 and 17, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Analysis of the Social Security System, hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means, Part 4, November 18, 19 and 20, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Analysis of the Social Security System, Hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee on ways and means, Part 5, November 23, 24, and 25, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Analysis of the Social Security System, Hearing before a Subcommittee of the Committees on ways and means, Part 6, November 27, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Analysis of the Social Security Systems, Hearings before a subcommittee of the Committee on ways and means, appendix I: Statistical Tables, 1954Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Excerpts from US Senate hearings on Supplemental Appropriation Bill for 1962, H.R. 9169, Tuesday September 19, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Medical care for the aged, executive Hearings before the Committee on ways and means, House of Representatives, Part 1, H.R. 1, January 27,28, February 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10, and 16, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Medical Care for the aged, executive Hearings before the Committee on ways and means, H.R. 1, Part 2, January 27,28; February 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10, and 16, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Social Security, Hearing before the Committee on finance, H.R. 6675, Part 1, April 29, 30, and May 3-7, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Social Security, Hearings before the committee on Finance, H.R. 6675, Part 2, May 10-14 and 17-19, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Urban America: Goals and Problems, Hearings before the subcommittee on Urban Affairs of the Joint Economic Committee, September 27, 28, October 2, 3, and 4, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Industrialized Housing, Hearings before the Subcommittee on Urban Affairs of the Joint Economic, Part 1: July 9, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Industrialized Housing, Hearings before the Subcommittee on Urban Affairs of the Joint Economic Committee, part 2: July 23 and 24, 1969.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Family Assistance Act of 1970, Hearings before the Committee on finance, H.R. 16311, April 29, 30, and May 1, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Regional Planning Issues, Hearings before the subcommittee on urban affairs of the Joint Economic Committee, part 1, October 13, 14, and 15, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Trends in Long - Term Care, Hearings before the subcommittee on Long - Term Care of the Special Committee on Aging, Part 10, December 14, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Social Security Amendments of 1971, Hearings before the Committee on finance H.R. 1, July 27, 29, August 2 and 3, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Trends in Long - Term care, Hearings before the subcommittee on long - term care of the special committee on aging, Part 16, September 29, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Trends in long - term care, Hearings before the subcommittee on long - term care of the special committee on aging, part 17, October 14, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Trends in Long - Term Care, hearings before the subcommittee on long term care of the special committee on aging, Part 18, October 28, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Trends in long - term care, Hearings before the subcommittee on long - term care of the special committee on aging, Part 19A, November 29, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Trends in long - term care, Hearings before the subcommittee on long - Term care of the special committee on aging, Part 19 B, November 29, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Regional planning issues, hearing before the subcommittee on urban affairs of the Joint Economic committee, Part 2, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Trends in Long - Term Care, Hearings before the subcommittee on long - term care of the special committee on aging, part 20, August 10, 1972Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 7: LawsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Laws relating to social security and unemployment compensation, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Law relating to social security and unemployment compensation, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Elements of entitlement and benefits available under the hospital insurance benefits for the aged and the supplementaryAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 8: OtherAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Long - Range cost estimates for old - age and survivors insurance, Actuarial Study No. 36, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Public health and social problems in the use of tranquilizing drugs, August 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 25: A Brief explanation of the social security Act, March 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Social security in the United States, 1959Add to your cart.
(x2 copies)
Folder 27: State Data and State Rankings in Health, education and welfare, Part 2, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 28: US Social Security Admin - Handbook Transmittal Letters, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 29: US Social Security Admin - Handbook Transmittal Letters, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Health Insurance under social security, June 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Model City Agency - Health and Welfare Council Proposal, 1967 and 1968Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 9: ReportsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Common Human Needs," Public Assistance Report No.8, Circa 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 2: State public assistance plans, public assistance report No. 21, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 3: A report to The Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare on Extension of Old - Age and Survivors Insurance to Additional groups of Current Workers, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Administrative costs of Public Assistance, Variations among States, 1954, Public Assistance Report No. 25, May 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 5: State Public Assistance Plans, Public Assistance Report No. 27, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Report of the Advisory council on Public Assistance, March 28, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: A Report of Nationwide Surveys of Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance, and Attitudes of the Unemployed, June 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Trend Report, Graphic presentation of Public Assistance and related Data, December 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Medical Resources Available to meet the needs of Public Assistance Recipients: A Report 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Welfare Amendments of 1962, Report No. 1414, March 10. 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Public Welfare Amendments of 1962, Report [To accompany H.R. 10606] report No. 1414, March 10, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Report on Medical Care Under Assistance, March 15, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Social security Amendments of 1965, Report of the Committee on Ways and Means on H.R. 6675, March 29, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Public Welfare Amendments of 1962, Report of the Committee on Finance, H.R. 10606, June 14. 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Social Security Amendments of 1965, Report of the Committee on Finance H.R. 6675, Part II, June 30, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Social Security Amendments of 1965, H.R. 6675, July 26, 1965 Conference ReportAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Social Security Amendments of 1967, Report of the Committee on ways and means on H.R. 12080, August 7, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Medicare and Medicaid, Problems, Issues, and Alternatives; February 9, 1970. A ReportAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Report of the Subcommittee on Urban Affairs of the Joint economic Committee congress of the United States, December 6, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Social Security Amendments of 1972, Report of the Committee on Finance, H.R. 1, September 26, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Social Security Amendments of 1972, Report No. 92-1605, October 14, 1972Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 10: StudyAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 22: The Adequacy of Resources for Economic Growth in the United States; A study, December 16, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 23: About the Poor by E. Herzog, Children's Bureau No. 451, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Studies in Public Welfare, Paper No. 16, A Model Income Supplement Bill, December 20, 1974Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 11: SummaryAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 25: The Social Security Amendments of 1965 - Public Law 97, 89th Congress, Brief Summary of Major Provisions and Detailed Comparison with Prior Law, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Summary of Provision of H.R. 12080, The "Social Security Amendments of 1967" H.R. 544, August 7, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 27: President Reagan's 1985 Proposals: The FY 1986 Budget by Sugarman, Jule et al.Add to your cart.

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[Series 2: Ralph Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects],
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[Series 4: Academic Programs],
[Series 5: Associated Social Welfare Agencies],
[Series 6: Audio and Visual Materials],
[Series 7: Government Documents],
[Series 8: Serial Publications],
[Series 9: Subjects Files],
[All]


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