Charles Irwin Schottland


(1907-1995). Social Security Commissioner. Dean of School of Social Work, Brandeis University. President, National Association of Social Workers.

Interviewed by Frances Lomas Feldman. Date of interview: 1-6/7/8-87. 3 cassette tapes (3 duplicate tapes). Length of interview: 4 hours and 1 minute. Transcript of interview: 71 pp. (1 copy rough draft of transcript). CD containing interview and transcript.

Interview Topics

Background; California State Relief Administration; elevation to position of Social Security Commissioner; career and developments in California State Dept. of Social Welfare; problems and issues of merit system; social work education, including UC-Berkeley's undergraduate programs in Economics Department and establishment of two year program at USC; categorical public assistance programs; OAS; George McClain; Myrtle Williams; adoptions; role of volunteers in adoption and in licensing of social workers; importance of social policy; social workers' approaches to shaping social policy; contributions of California Social Welfare to rest of nation.

Additional Materials

  • California Social Work Hall of Distinction Biography
  • LA Times and NASW News obituary notices.
  • Four photographs of Charles Irwin Schottland; two with wife, Edna Schottland.
  • Papers and publications of Charles Irwin Schottland, including The Social Security Program in the United States (New York: Appleton-Century Crofts, 1963). 4. Also in Doheny Library.
  • Additional oral histories (1992, 1993) on Jewish Big Brothers, including interview of Charles Irwin Schottland re subject.
  • Correspondence dated 1-29-87 and 2-12-87 from Frances Lomas Feldman to Charles Irwin Schottland re interview.
  • Letter dated 9-11-99 from Frances Lomas Feldman to Charles Irwin Schottland re assistance in grant proposal for California Social Welfare Archives.
  • Memoranda from Frances Lomas Feldman to John Milner, Chair Oral History committee, re Schottland interview.
  • 1 diskette of first draft of transcript of interview.
  • CSWA oral history interview forms.

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