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Academic Affairs. Dean. College Of Business. School Of Social Work (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0006-004-004

Content Description

The records mainly contain textual information created and curated by the University of Maine School of Social Work, but there is also photographic material.

The record series Administrative Records contains various material regarding the administration of the School of Social Work and University of Maine including: faculty meeting material, accreditation material, various committees, strategic planning material, and staffing information.

The record series Welfare Rights Research Records contains various research material on the subject of welfare rights including: reports, clippings, fliers, case studies, and notes.

The record series Nutrition & Hunger Research Records contains various research material on the subject of nutrition and hunger both in Maine and nationally, including: reports, clippings, fliers, case studies, and notes, grant applications, reference material, requests for funding support, financial information, surveys, committees material, interview responses, project results and analysis, and supporting material.

The record series Research Studies & Programming Records contains details research and programming both in the School of Social Work and at social justice organizations across Maine and the nation. Includes: fliers, newsletters, reports, clippings, notes, and correspondence.

The record series Peace Studies & Research Records contains various material on the subject of peace, including clippings, reference material, various committee and organization material, and details of the University of Maine's Nuclear War Project.

The record series Rural Health Project Records contains material from an Interdisciplinary Team Training (ITT) Rural Health Care Project, including: reports, correspondence, reference material, meeting material, grant applications, and training content.

The record series Kharkov Exchange Program Records contains details of the Exchange Program between the University of Maine and University of Kharkov, includes: brochures, travel information for visiting Ukraine, student applications, meeting material, agreements, and correspondence.

The record series Masters of Social Work Records contains various information regarding the Masters course offered by the School of Social Work, including State of Maine licensing information, program proposal for the establishment of the master’s program, applications, exit interviews with students, and press releases regarding the program.

The record series Political Correspondence contains letters from various Maine politicians thanking William H. Whitaker and his wife for support and also regarding social policy issue.


  • Creation: 1966-1998
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1989-1994


Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and legally protected information will be redacted before release.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Biographical / Historical

The University of Maine has provided undergraduate education in social work and social welfare since the 1950′s and began offering the BA degree in Social Work in 1972. The BSW program was granted initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1979. The graduate program leading to the Master of Social Work degree was approved by the Board of Trustees in 1987. The University of Maine's School of Social Work (formerly Department of Social Work) was formed on July 1, 1989. The School is based in Annex C and offers fully accredited BSW and MSW degree programs.

Much of the material in this record group appears to have come from William H. Whitaker, former University of Maine associate professor of social work. Whitaker led the Maine Community Childhood Hunger Identification Project (CChip), a study of childhood hunger in Maine (1991-1993). The effort was a collaboration with the Margaret Chase Center for Public policy and the Maine Nutrition Council. In 1996, the CChip effort resulted in the creation of the State of Maine's Blue Ribbon Commission on Hunger and Hunger and Food Security which Whitaker served on. Whittaker was also a founding member of the Maine Coalition for Food Security and national planning member of the Medford Declaration to End Hunger in the United States.

Whitaker was co-principal investigator on a grants for Interdisciplinary Training for Health Care in Rural Maine and an advisor for an exchange program between the University of Maine and Kharkov University in Ukraine which was part of an agreement signed by the two universities in 1988. Whitaker was also a member of a number local, regional and national groups related to social justice, particularly related to peace and non-violence and welfare reform.

Whitaker died on September 27, 2020.


10 boxes

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The record group is broken down intellectually into the following series: 1. Administrative Records, 2. Welfare Rights Research Records, 3. Nutrition & Hunger Research Records, 4. Curriculum & Syllabi Records, 5. Research Studies & Programming Records, 6. Peace Studies & Research Records, 7. Rural Health Project Records, 8. Kharkov Exchange Program Records, 9. Masters Of Social Work Records, and 10. Political Correspondence

The record series 3. Nutrition & Hunger Research Records includes the following subseries: 1. Community Childhood Hunger Identification Project Records, 2. Medford Group Records, 3. State Of Maine Blue Ribbon Commission On Hunger & Food Security Records, and 4. Maine Coalition For Food Security.

Physically the material is arranged by subject, with material on the same subject assimilated where possible. Some file names were changed to make them more meaningful and to correct errors and dates were added where missing. Loose and unlabeled items were filed and labelled. Content on the same subject and/or record type were merged where appropriate.Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.


The processing archivist appraised the records and destroyed duplicate items. Material not considered appropriate for permanent retention in Fogler Library’s Special Collections were destroyed, including: material already held by Fogler Library, information regarding individual students and staff which should not be permanently retained, and miscellaneous reference material.


Accruals from the University of Maine Department Of Social Work are anticipated.

Processing Information

Processed by volunteer Matthew Revitt, August 2019, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace. Space saving made from destroying duplicate copies of and material not appropriate for long-term preservation and grouping material on the same subject meant the contents of the boxes could be assimilated into ten boxes, instead of the original 11.

University Of Maine. School Of Social Work Records
Matthew Revitt
August 23, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States