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Lydia Rapoport Papers, 1963-1968
1 box (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 149

Abstract:
Professor and social worker. Articles highlight the extensive research she conducted on the topics of family intervention, mental health consultation, and short-term casework. In the course of her career, Rapoport conducted consultations, workshops, and seminars at various institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Material includes correspondence, lectures, and published and unpublished articles.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Lydia Rapoport was born in 1923 in Vienna, Austria, to an intellectual Jewish family. Her family emigrated to New York City when she was a child. She graduated from Hunter College in 1942 and went on to the Smith College School for Social Work. She received her Master's in Social Work in 1944 at the age of twenty-one, making her the youngest degree recipient in the School's history.

In the course of her career, Rapoport conducted consultations, workshops, and seminars at various institutions, among them Hebrew University in Israel from 1963 to 1964, the Smith College School for Social Work in 1965, 1966 and 1967, and the University of Chicago in 1968. She served on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley from 1956 until her death on September 6, 1971. In 1974, the Lydia Rapoport Distinguished Visiting Professorship and Lecture Series was established in her memory at the Smith College School for Social Work.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lydia Rapoport Papers date from 1960 to 1968. Series I. Professional Activities consists of a letter to the Curator of the Sophia Smith Collection from Robert T. Apte, Rapoport's colleague at Berkeley and donor of her papers. It details certain aspects of the time Rapoport served at that university, as well as the circumstances surrounding her death. The series also includes professional correspondence, syllabi and course outlines, course evaluations, bibliographies, and transcripts of lectures. Series II. Writings features both published and unpublished articles written at the height of her career. Published journal articles highlight the extensive research Rapoport conducted on the topics of family intervention, mental health consultation, and short-term casework. Most of the unpublished articles were written in 1963 and 1964 while Rapoport taught at the Hebrew University.

This collection is organized into two series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Lydia Rapoport Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

History of the Collection

Robert Apte donated the papers of Lydia Rapoport to the Sophia Smith Collection in May 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 1998.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Fax: (413) 585-2886

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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES



Correspondence containing biographical information,
April 1988

Box 1: folder 1
List of professional institutes, seminars, and workshops,
1965-68

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence,
1963-68

Box 1: folder 3
Smith College School for Social Work: course outlines and bibliography,
1965-66

Box 1: folder 4
University of California, Berkeley



Course outlines and bibliographies,
1967-68, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
"Methods of Supervision," course transcript,
June 1967

Box 1: folder 6-7
"Descriptions of Advanced Program in Community Mental Health,"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Community Mental Health Program Prospectus,
June 1967

Box 1: folder 9
"A Study of Community Services for Abused Children and their Families," by Marilyn E. Miller,
June 1968

Box 1: folder 10
University of Chicago: course evaluations,
1968

Box 1: folder 11
SERIES II. WRITINGS



Published works



Journal articles



"In Defense of Social Work: An Analysis of Stress in the Profession,"
1960

Box 1: folder 12
"The Concept of Prevention in Social Work": article and requests for reprints,
1961

Box 1: folder 13
"The State of Crisis: Some Theoretical Considerations": article and requests for reprints,
1962

Box 1: folder 14
"Working with Families in Crisis: An ExplorationIn Preventative Intervention,"
1962

Box 1: folder 15
"Consultation in Social Work Practice,"
1963

Box 1: folder 16
"The Role of Supervision in Professional Education,"
1963

Box 1: folder 17
"Mental Health Consultation,"
1964

Box 1: folder 18
"Basic Concepts in Providing Services to Families" (in English and Hebrew),
1964

Box 1: folder 19
"The Clinician's Role in Respect to Mental Health,"
1965

Box 1: folder 20
"Consultation as a Social Work Activity,"
1965

Box 1: folder 21
"Advanced Education for Practice in Community Mental Health,"
1967-68

Box 1: folder 22
"Crisis-Oriented Short-term Casework": article and correspondence
1966-67

Box 2: folder 23
"Creativity in Social Work,"
1968

Box 2: folder 24
"Preventative Intervention Potentials in Public Child Care Centers,"
1966-68

Box 2: folder 25
Unpublished works



Articles and casework documents



"Final Report on Consultation to PBSSW; The Hebrew University,"
1963-64

Box 2: folder 26
"Role Considerations of Psychiatric Social Work Practice,"
1964

Box 2: folder 27
"Casebook of Short-Term Casework Treatment,"
1964

Box 2: folder 28
"The Casework Sequence,"
July 1964

Box 2: folder 29
"The Nature of Student Advising in Social Work Education,"
1965

Box 2: folder 30
"The Social Work Role in Family Planning,"
1965

Box 2: folder 31
"The Multi-Problem Family-Who Are They?,"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 32
Book reviews and brief articles,
1963, n.d.

Box 2: folder 33
Transcriptions of [?], pages 118-463, unidentified and incomplete,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 34-37
Speech: "Social Casework: An Appraisal and an Affirmation," address given at 50th Anniversary of the Smith College School for Social Work,
1968

Box 2: folder 38

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Subjects
  • Rapoport, Lydia
  • Smith College. School for Social Work--History--Sources
  • Social case work--Study and teaching--United States--History--Sources
  • Social work education--United States--History--Sources


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