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Muriel and Ralph Pumphrey Papers (WUA00176)

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Muriel Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects

Ralph Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects

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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 2: Ralph Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects],
[Series 3: Muriel and Ralph Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects],
[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],
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Series 9: Subjects FilesAdd to your cart.
(arranged alphabetically by subject)
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AFL-CLOAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: African AmericansAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: AlcoholismAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: American Friends Service CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Birth ControlAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: CaliforniaAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Casework and InterviewsAdd to your cart.
(x10 folders)
Folder 8: Children and FamilyAdd to your cart.
(x4 folders)
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Children and FamilyAdd to your cart.
(x6 folders)
Folder 2: Children and Family - History Outline for the Study of Children (and Adults), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: City PlanningAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Community Development (Foreign)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Community Development (U.S.)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: ConnecticutAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: CrimeAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Deaf Culture, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Death and Dying, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Education and TeachingAdd to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 11: ElderlyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Employment, 1972-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Family Service Association of AmericaAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Family Welfare ServicesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Federal and Legislative Social Welfare ReportsAdd to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 16: FloridaAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Food StampsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ford FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Health and Medical CareAdd to your cart.
(x7 folders)
Folder 3: Health and Medical Care - Act of 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Health and Medical Care - "Paying the Doctor Under National Health Insurance: Foreign Lessons for the United States" William Glaser, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Housing and RelocationAdd to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 6: IllinoisAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: IndianaAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Indiana (Indianapolis)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Jane Addams Centennial, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Jobs and UnemploymentAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Labor UnionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: MarylandAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Massachusetts (Boston)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Massachusetts (Boston, Church Home Society)Add to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 15: Mental HealthAdd to your cart.
(x3 folders)
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Mental HealthAdd to your cart.
(x3 folders)
Folder 2: MichiganAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Migrants and TransientsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Military Group ExperienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: MinnesotaAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Minnesota - "Controlled Practice Study of the Value of the Social Service Exchange in the Casework Process" Family service of Milwaukee, 1954 and 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 7: MissouriAdd to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 8: Missouri - "A Study in History and Administration: Adair County, MO Country Farm" by Marguerite C. Metz, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Missouri (Delta Ecumenical Ministry)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Missouri (St. Louis, Jeff-Vander-Lou Neighborhood)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Missouri (St. Louis, Health and Welfare Council)Add to your cart.
(x6 folders)
Folder 12: Missouri (St. Louis, Health and Welfare Council - Memorandums)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Missouri (St. Louis, Human Development Corporation)Add to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 14: Missouri (St. Louis, Mental Health Issues)Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Missouri (St. Louis, Metropolitan Youth Commission)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Missouri (St. Louis, Pruitt-Igoe)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Missouri  (St. Louis, Public Welfare Organizations)Add to your cart.
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Folder 4: Missouri  (St. Louis, Social Planning Council)Add to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 5: Missouri, St. Louis - Social Planning Council ("A Study of Public Assistance in MO and St. Louis, 1954-1955")Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Missouri  (St. Louis, Social Planning Council - Correspondence)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Missouri  (St. Louis, Social Planning Council - Economic Study)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Missouri  (St. Louis, Social Planning Council - Memorandums)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Missouri  (St. Louis, Social Planning Council - Salary Studies)Add to your cart.
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Folder 10: Missouri  (St. Louis, Social Planning Council - Studies and Reports)Add to your cart.
(x4 folders)
Folder 11: National Association of ManufacturesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: New YorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: New York - "A Study of Some of the Characteristics of 150 Multiproblem Families" NY City Youth Board, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 14: New York (New York City)Add to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 15: New York (Syracuse)Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: New York State Youth CommissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings - Retardation and Mental IllnessAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings - Jail and CorrectionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings - World Affairs, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings - Missouri Welfare, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings - Social Welfare (Misc.) 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings - Health Care Proposals , 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings - Social Welfare, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Newspaper Clippings - Children, Elderly, and Miscellaneous, circa 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: OhioAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Ohio (Cleveland)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: PennsylvaniaAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Poverty and IncomeAdd to your cart.
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Folder 14: Poverty, 1960s and 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Poverty and Income - Institute for Research on Poverty - Papers by Edelman (1968), Handler (1968), and Income Transfer Conference (1979)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Public PolicyAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Public WelfareAdd to your cart.
(x3 folders)
Folder 18: Reference - Aging, Social Services for - Annotated List, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Reference - "Analysis of Population, Housing, crime, and Delinquency Characteristics in the Study Area" by D. Pittman and S. Boggs, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Reference - As Long as Charity Shall Be a Virtue, Hardwick, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Reference - "A Case History of a Research Project" Mrs. Newman, et al. 1959 (NCSW)Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Reference - "Classification" Paul Lazarfeld and Allen BartonAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Reference - Cultural Differences in American Ethnic Groups . . . Culture of Poverty - Annotated List, 1964 (Colorado Department of Social Welfare)Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Reference - Documents in the History of Social Welfare, 1833-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Reference - "Framework for Planning" Community Chests and Councils, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Reference - "No Future?  No Past!  Re/Discovering the Roots in Social Work" Joachim Wieler, circa 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Reference - "Perspectives on the Leading of Groups" Professor Enrique di CarloAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Reference - "The Professional Base of Social Work" William E. Gordon, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Reference - "Resolving, Refocusing, and Realigning Social Work Values and Knowledge" William E. Gordon, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Reference - "Social Goals and the Power Structure" Charles V. Willie, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Reference - "Today's Issues in Community Organization" by Bertram Beck, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Reference - "Women and Alcohol: A Selective Annotated Bibliography" May 1976Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Religious CharitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: ResearchAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Revenue SharingAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Rockefeller FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Russell Sage FoundationAdd to your cart.
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Folder 6: Rural Social WorkAdd to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 7: Social Security (History of)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Social Security, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Social Security (Misc.)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Social Welfare (Foreign)Add to your cart.
(x5 folders)
Folder 11: Social Welfare, Foreign - "Indian Social Work," Muzumdar 1960Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Social Welfare (U.S.)Add to your cart.
(x4 folders)
Folder 2: Social Welfare and Food Rights, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Social Welfare and Social Security Research (Articles), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Social Welfare and Social Security Research (Europe), 1977, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Social Welfare and Social Security Research (News clippings), 1967-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Social Welfare and Social Security Research (paper by H. Spiegelberg), 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Social Workers (Biographies of Important Figures)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Social Workers (Biographies-Brief includes: Kenworthy, Sorenson, Brackett, Gordon Hamilton, Holbrook, Towley)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Social Workers (Education)Add to your cart.
(x6 folders)
Folder 10: South Carolina - State Health Care Reform, 1983-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 11: SupervisionAdd to your cart.
(x3 folders)
Folder 12: Triple RevolutionAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 13: United Church of ChristAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: United NationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Undeveloped CountriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Urban America, Inc.Add to your cart.
(x2 folders)
Folder 17: Volunteer ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: VirginiaAdd to your cart.

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[Series 2: Ralph Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects],
[Series 3: Muriel and Ralph Pumphrey Publications, Papers, and Projects],
[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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