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Coalition for Health and Welfare records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 247
Contains the records of the Erie County Coalition for Health and Welfare. Includes historical information such as bylaws and annual reports; grants; testimonies; and files on social services, legislation, and advocacy.


  • 1938, 1971-1990


Terms of Access

The bulk of the records are open for research, with the exception of folder 3.28 (until 2063) and folders 9.14-9.58 (until 2052).

This collection has been minimally processed. Privacy protected information (including but not limited to certain educational, medical, financial, criminal, attorney-client, and/or personnel records) may be revealed during use of archival collections, particularly in collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and University Archives before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.


16.25 Linear Feet (13 cartons)


The records of the Coalition for Health and Welfare of Buffalo and Erie County contain information from: local, state, and national social welfare organizations; correspondence with legislators on social welfare issues; testimonies from public hearings; grant applications for funding; and documentation on the Coalition itself (annual meetings, reports, by-laws, etc.).

Historical Note

The Coalition for Health and Welfare of Buffalo and Erie County was founded in February 1972 by the NYS Coalition for Health and Welfare Western New York chapter, National Association of Social Workers, and the Buffalo Research and Planning Council.

The purpose of the organization as originally stated in its by-laws was to: provide inter-organization communication; establish priorities for study and action; educate communities and legislation; prepare documented reports and public statements; and formalize recommendations to take appropriate action.

More specifically, the Coalition acted as an advocacy agency for the rights and concerns of those at risk: low income persons, the elderly, children, disabled, homeless, and recipients of public benefits. Their priorities focused on welfare reform, public services and their delivery systems, care of the deinstitutionalized, and health care delivery systems. The Coalition's work primarily fell into two categories: interagency conferences and providing testimonies at public hearings along with letter campaigns to local, county, state, and national legislators on a variety of social welfare issues.

The membership of the Coalition was comprised of individuals and representatives of local social welfare agencies. Work was carried out in the mid-1970s through the early 1980s by staff hired through the CETA program, an occasional social work student intern, volunteer committees, and Frances Engel (whose official title was Convenor). After the demise of the CETA program in the early 1980s, Engel, along with a part-time assistant, ran the day-to-day activities of the Coalition. A founding member and volunteer, Engel was a retired social worker who led the Coalition from its inception until her death at age 89 in May, 1989.

The Coalition was dissolved at the end of 1989.


Arranged in 11 series, retained from original organization.

Acquisition Information

The Coalition for Health and Welfare records were gifted to University Archives in December 1989 by Killian Vetter.

Accruals and Additions

No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

This collection was minimally processed by Amy Vilz, May 2018; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, May 2018.
Coalition for Health and Welfare records
Minimally Processed
Finding aid prepared by Amy Vilz.
07 May 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

420 Capen Hall
Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
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