Frances Lomas Feldman

An interview with Professor Emerita Frances Lomas Feldman, as she discusses her lengthy career at USC, the California Social Welfare Archives (CSWA) and the Hall of Distinction, the evolution of USC and the School of Social Work, as well as areas in the field that needed special attention.

Frances Lomas Feldman Interview #1. Interviewed by Maurice Hamovitch
Dates of interview: 10-24/31-89; 11-3-89. 3 cassette tapes (3 duplicate tapes). Length of interview: 3 hours and 43 minutes. Transcript of interview: 71 pp. (1 copy of rough draft of transcript). CD containing interview and transcript.

Interview Topics
Entrance into field of social work; declined medical school; beginning positions and experiences; education at USC; Al Feldman's studies in social work at USC; marriage and social work; work with state; work with Community Chest; work with Los Angeles Housing Authority; Homemaker Service; Family Services; Norris Class; Belvedere; Pat Murphy; benefits for orphans in Belvedere district; study in Chicago; return to USC; Welfare Planning Council; adoption; mental health study; Welfare Planning Council; publication of book; study for public welfare department, "Project 220"; Watts riots; McComb Commission; Alaska Project; impact of Alaska Project; Cancer Society of California; studies re Society; study of TRW and Security Personnel at USC; family financial planning; staff/faculty counseling at USC; reflections on contributions to social welfare in California.

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Frances Lomas Feldman Interview #2. Interviewed by Emilie Stoltzfus
Dates of interview: 6-21/28-97. No cassette tapes. Length of interview: undetermined. Transcript of interview: 40 pp. (2 copies).

Interview Topics
Child care facilities in LA during World War II; entrance into profession of social work; Homemaker Service; work with county (Child Care Coordinating Committee); struggle between social welfare groups and education groups over childcare and supervision; Katherine Oettinger; Catholic opposition to Child Care Coordinating Committee; beginnings at USC; lobbying for child care program; groups in support of childcare centers; development of childcare centers; Feldman's own childcare for her daughter; attitudes towards working women; standard budgets; segregation and integration of child welfare institutions; work with State Relief Administration; work with county; Aid to Dependent Children; controversies over childcare centers; attitudes towards childcare by such agencies as Dept. of Education and social welfare agencies; community mental health; Martha Branscombe of U.S. Children's Bureau; childcare for migrant workers.

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Additional Material

  • California Social Work Hall of Distinction Biography
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • 1 diskette of transcript of interview.
  • Photocopies of newspaper articles re research of Frances Feldman.
  • Carol Tucker, "Mending and Tending the Safety Net," University of Southern California Chronicle vol. 15, no. 20 (12 February 1996), 1, 6-7.
  • 1 photograph of Frances Lomas Feldman.
  • Program of "Tenth Annual Academic Honors Convocations, University of Southern California," 12 March 1991.
  • 1 8x 10 in. photograph of staff at Belvedere, including Frances Lomas Feldman.
  • Statement by Frances Lomas Feldman before Hearing on Welfare, California State Legislature.

Frances Lomas Feldman Video Oral History Interview
Interviewed by Phyllis Massing. Date of interview: 3-5-05. Length of interview: 1 hour and 24 minutes. DVD containing interview.

Interview Topics
(01:00)- Intro. (01:50)- George Nickel CSWA's beginnings (1979). (03:30)- Role since CSWA's inception. (05:08)- Current involvement with CSWA. (05:56)- 1st CSWA history interview and techniques learned applicable today. (06:46)- Focus of work related to USC and School of Social Work since the Emeriti Center Oral History Series interview (3/15/95). (08:51)- Successful committees/projects since the Emeriti interview (CSWA, Hall of Distinction). (13:20)- Human Services in the City of Los Angeles. (14:50)- Obstacles encountered in research and publications. (15:49)- Any unsuccessful projects? (USC retirees). (24:20)- USC retirement questionnaire, sample questions and involvement in data analysis. (31:00)- Committee involvement pros and cons. (35:18)- USC President's Advisory Council Community involvement and Robert Biller. (39:10)- Role of USC in the community. (40:15)- Integration of work and family into career in social work. (44:50)- Success of predictions made during the Emeriti interview regarding USC (scholarships, research, ethnic diversity, . and international ties). (46:03)- Increase in availability of scholarships for USC students. (48:27)- Ethnic mix representative of local and international communities. (56:58)- International ties of USC and the School of Social Work. (59:57)- Increase stature as a research university and School of Social Work research contributions. (1:00:55)- Ongoing development of library system to support students and faculty in research. (1:02:11)- Changes in the past 12 years that have affected the field, USC, and yourself (poverty, social security, gangs). (1:06:10)- Issues with the public welfare system. (1:07:20)- Description of the Hall of Distinction: History and Future. (1:13:35)- Future of the California Social Welfare Archives (CSWA). (1:14:22)- Beginnings in the field as the most gratifying experiences in social work. (1:16:47)- Past experiences and family influence in becoming a social worker. (1:21:35)- Personal values and beliefs. (1:22:30)- Closing remarks