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Maurine Boie La Barre Papers


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Maurine Boie La Barre received her B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1927, did graduate work in English there 1927-1928, and received her M.A. in Sociology there in 1932. She received her M.S.W. from Bryn Mawr in 1937 and did further work at the Pennsylvania School of Social Work. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, she was editor-inchief of The Family, journal of the Family Welfare ASsociation of America in New York City, and in 1943 she wrote the New York Baby Book which was given to every new mother in the city.

In 1939 she married Weston La Barre and they eventually moved to Durham, North Carolina. M. La Barre retired from 1943-1955 to raise her three children: John, David, and An. She helped start the Durham Child Guidance Clinic and was founder of the Durham School for Pregnant School Girls. In 1960, M. La Barre was appointed assistant professor of Psychiatric Social Work at Duke University, and in 1971 she returned to psychiatric social work at the Duke University Medical Center. M. La Barre received the Isabel Carter for Distinguished Contributions to Social Work.

The Maurine Boie La Barre papers house the papers of Maurine La Barre, graduate of the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work, founder of the Durham School for Pregnant School Girls, professor of Social Work at Duke University, and recipient of the Isabel Carter Award for Distinguished Contributions to Social Work. The collection, which dates from 1863 to 1989, consists of professional publications, personal and academic papers.

The collection is housed in eight boxes. Some of the boxes are arranged by subject, but most contain a miscellany of materials.

Box 1 consists of a large variety of materials, including a bibliography; letters of appreciation articles, clippings, and talks; and correspondence. Box 2 also contains a mixture of materials, including LaBarre's C.V.; professional correspondence, papers, and articles; and personal writings and papers. Box 3 consists primarily of photographs and letters to Mildred Boie from the 1930s, as well as some miscellaneous letters and papers. Box 4 consists of published papers; personal papers and brochures; personal photographs; and personal correspondence. Box 5 contains a great deal of materials related to LaBarre's practice as a social worker, including publications on cultural influences, pregnant school girls, and family social work. Box 6 contains a large variety of materials, from LaBarre's notes from Fisk and Bryn Mawr, dated 1931-1934; more publications on child, mother, and family social work; notes on John from November 1943- March 1945; and LaBarre's master's thesis entitled "A Study of Conflict and Accommodation of Negro-White Relations in the Twin Cities- Based on Documentary Sources from 1932. The vast majority of Box 7 is Maurine's letters to Weston La Barre, from July 1943- March 1963. It also contains letters from family and friends. Box 8 contains four volumes of family history.

This collection contains unique views into the personal and professional life of Maurine LaBarre. It would be of value to those interested in the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work, and Maurine LaBarre's social work career, as well as mid-20th century opinions on family social work.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
?, Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Finding Aid Date
2018 February 2
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This collection is open for research.

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The Maurine Boie La Barre Papers are the physical property of Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors' heirs and assigns.

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