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Scott Briar papers, 1957-1981

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Briar, Scott, 1926-
Title
Scott Briar papers
Dates
1957-1981 (inclusive)
Quantity
5 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Collection Number
(Accession No. 4119-003)
Summary
Papers of a professor and dean of the University of Washington School of Social Work.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The papers are open to all users.

Material stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joseph Scott Briar was born on July 27, 1926, and died on June 17, 1998. He received his bachelor's degree from Washburn University in 1950, his master's degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis in 1952, and his doctorate in social welfare from Columbia University in 1961. Between his master's and doctoral degrees, he worked as a psychiatric social worker and supervisor for the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. He was a professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1959 to 1971. At Berkeley his research interests included work with youth and families.

Briar became professor and dean of the University of Washington School of Social Work in 1971. In 1975, the School of Social Work began a Ph.D. program in social welfare. This program had been in preparation for nearly a decade, and Briar played an important part in the final steps of its creation. He served as dean until 1988 and taught until 1990.

In addition to teaching and research, Briar was involved in a number of professional organizations. He was the book review editor of Social Work, the journal of the National Association of Social Workers, from 1971 to 1972 and editor-in-chief from 1972 to 1976. He spoke at several events for the Council on Social Work Education, and his paper from the 1973 annual meeting, "Effective Social Work in Direct Practice: Implications for Education," (box 2, folders 7 to 11) generated great interest. In the 1980s, he led the American Association of Schools of Social Work, which is also sometimes known as the Conference of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, and the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work. In addition, he was a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1966 to 1969.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Scott Briar papers contain records from many stages of Briar's career, including correspondence, speeches and writings, conferences and conventions, subject files, case files, and photographs. The papers also include records from the University of Washington School of Social Work that document the establishment of a Ph.D. program in social welfare; records from the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work; and correspondence, editorials, and meeting files regarding the publication Social Work.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Personal and professional papers, 1957-1981Return to Top

The personal and professional papers series contains Briar's correspondence, speeches, writings, documentation from his participation in professional conferences, research files, and reports. In addition, subject files document a wide range of Briar's research interests and casework, as well as his other professional activities. Much of the series consists of material from his work and research at the University of California, Berkeley. The curriculum files include casework used by Briar in his teaching at Berkeley.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1-2
Biographical information
1962-1979
General correspondence
Box/Folder
1/3
Rosenblatt, Aaron
1972-1973
1/4
Turem, Jerry S.
1973-1974
1/5-25
Miscellaneous
1959-1978
Correspondence regarding:
Box/Folder
1/26
Miscellaneous editorials
1976-1977
1/27
National Conference on Social Welfare, Family Policy Commission
1977
1/28
National Conference on Social Welfare, Future of Social Services Task Force
1976
1/29
Position offers
1963-1968
1/30
Reprint requests
1978-1979
1/31
Social Work Group for the Study of Behavioral Methods
1975
1/32
Undergraduate textbook
1972
1/33
Wichita State Hospital workshop
1977
Speeches
Box/Folder
1/34
Annual Meeting of the Family Counseling Service of Portland, Oregon
1967
1/35
"An Exploratory Study of the Connection Between Research and Social Policy Development"
1971
1/36
"Future of Social Work Practice"
1973
1/37
Marin Association for Mental Health
1962
1/38
Northwest Regional Child Welfare Steering Committee Meeting
1980
1/39
Miscellaneous
1977
Writings
Box/Folder
2/1
"Behavior Modification in Total Institutions"
1972
2/2
"Collaboration Between Schools of Social Work and University Medical Centers"
undated
2/3
"Contemporary Issues and Trends in Social Work Practice," article for Encyclopedia of Social Work
1976-1977
2/4
"Current Crisis in Social Casework"
1967
2/5
"Delinquency, Situational Inducements and Commitment to Conformity"
1965
2/6
"Divorce and the Pursuit of Happiness"
1967
2/7-11
"Effective Social Work in Direct Practice: Implications for Education," Council on Social Work Education Annual Program meeting paper
Also includes notes, correspondence, and other materials regarding the paper.
1973
2/12
"A Factor in Analytic and Trait Interference Study of the Leary Interpersonal Checklist"
1963
2/13
"The Family as an Organization: An Approach to Family Diagnosis and Treatment"
undated
2/14
"In Summary"
1977
2/15
"Needed: A Simple Definition of Social Work"
1981
2/16
"Police Encounters with Juveniles"
1964
2/17
Review of "Notes on Social Casework: A Problem Solving Process" by Helen Harris Perlman
1957
2/18
"Some Elements, Issues and Problems in the Early Relations between Social Casework, Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis"
1957
2/19
"The Theory in Studying Effects of Client Social Class on Students' Judgments"
1961
2/20
"Toward Autonomous Social Diagnosis"
1976
2/21
"Two Perspectives for the Diagnosis and Treatment of the Family as a Social System"
1962
2/22
"Welfare Recipients' Attitudes"
undated
2/23
"Why Children's Allowances?"
1969
2/24
Miscellaneous
1974, undated
Speeches and writings of others
Box/Folder
2/25
"The Family as a Unit of Study and Treatment"
1969
2/26
"Health Journal"
undated
2/27
Peterson, Donald and London, Perry, "A Role for Cognition in the Behavioral Treatment of a Child's Elimination Disturbance"
1967
2/28
Piliavin, Irving
1963, 1968, undated
2/29
Strean, Herbert S, "Psychoanalytically-Oriented Casework versus Behavior Modification Therapy"
undated
2/30
Titmuss, Richard, "Welfare Rights, Law and Discretion"
1971
2/31
Van Wagenen, Richard D., "Fair Hearing Study"
1977
2/32
Wollins, Martin, "Societal Function of Social Welfare," and "Group Care: Friend or Foe?"
1968
Conferences and conventions
Box/Folder
2/33
Child Welfare League of America
1962
2/34
Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Phoenix
1976
2/35
Council on Social Work Education Southwest Regional Workshop: Integrating Practice and Research Curriculum
1980
2/36
Department of Health, Education and Welfare Social Rehabilitation Service Conference
1976
2/37
Directions in Social Work Conference, Portland State University
1973
2/38
Dissemination Conference, Title XX
1976
2/39
Domestic Council Conference
1975
2/40
George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, 50th Anniversary Conference
1976
2/41
International Council on Social Welfare
1976
2/42
National Association of State Budget Officers
1975-1976
2/43-44
National Association of Social Workers, National Conference on the Future of Social Work Research, San Antonio
1978
2/45
National Conference on Social Welfare
1977
2/46
Ph.D. Conference, Ann Arbor
1976
2/47
Social Dynamics and Social Intervention
1976
2/48
Conference of Social Work Deans, San Diego
1977
2/49
Social Work in the New Age of Accountability Institute
1973
2/50
Social Work Practice: Future Directions
1973
3/1-2
Miscellaneous
1975-1977
Bulletins
Box/Folder
3/3
University of California Bulletin
1965
3/4
Menninger Clinic, "Diagnosis and the Difference it Makes"
1975
Reports
Box/Folder
3/5
Report to the Governor on the Department of Social and Health Services [Washington]
1977
3/6
National Commission on Families and Public Policies
1978
Research files
Box/Folder
3/7
Transcripts of interviews
Contains interviews of elementary school children regarding school and family life, by unidentified interviewers.
undated
3/8-9
Police observation
Contains observational notes compiled by Briar, Irving Piliavin and Ray Turner during a study of the Oakland, CA police department, with specific attention towards juveniles.
1963
Curriculum files
Box/Folder
3/10-11
Casework, general
Casework studies and reports used as materials for courses on social work.
1961-1964
Subject files
Box/Folder
3/12
Advocacy
1972
3/13
Briar-Hutchins social work course materials
1975
3/14
Briar-Strean debate, New York University
1972
3/15
University of Chicago visits
1974
3/16
Children and Youth Services Review
1978
3/17
Comparative analysis of family treatment methods
1972
3/18
"Emotional Stresses in the Family"
1965
3/19
Faculty retreat
1976-1977
3/20
Family research
1962-1964
3/21
"Getting Published" workshop
1975
3/22
Health affairs advisory
1974
3/23
Holiday open house
1973-1981
3/24
Menninger Foundation
1975
3/25-27
Multiple impact therapy
Information regarding the use of multiple impact therapy, and Briar's observation of it's practice in a University of Texas Medical Center case.
1959-1963
3/28
National Association of Social Workers, Washington D.C.
1969
3/29
National Commission for Children in Need of Parents
1978
3/30
National Science Foundation Proposal
1972
3/31
Problems and issues in social casework
1972-1973
3/32
San Diego meeting of San Diego State University and local chapters of the National Association of Social Workers
1977
3/33
Speaking engagements
1975-1976
3/34
Task centered casework
1975-1976
3/35
U.S. President Commission on Mental Health Task Panel on Manpower and Personnel
1978
3/36
University governance
1968-1971
3/37
Washington D.C. trip
1977
3/38
Welfare fraud
1968
3/39
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, consultation
1973
Box/Folder
4/1
Newsletters
1972-1974
4/2
Brochures
1965-1966
4/3
Photographs
Contains portraits of Scott Briar and photos of members of the University of Washington, School of Social Work.
undated
4/4
Miscellany
1969
4/5
Clippings
1965-1972

University of Washington, School of Social Work records, 1966-1979Return to Top

The University of Washington, School of Social Work series contains records from the first decade of Briar's tenure as dean of the school. The bulk relates to the creation of the doctoral program in social welfare. Correspondence includes inquiries from students interested in applying to the program, some of which date almost 10 years before the actual inception of the program. The Ad Hoc Social Welfare Committee files include the proposal for a doctoral degree program in social welfare.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/6
General correspondence
1975-1978
Correspondence regarding:
Box/Folder
4/7
Council of Higher Education and the proposed Ph.D program in Social Welfare
1973-1974
4/8
Job inquiries for School of Social Work positions
1971-1972
4/9-13
Ph.D. program, applicant inquiries
1966-1974
4/14-19
Ph.D. program in social welfare
1971-1974
Reports
Box/Folder
4/20
Review of master of social work program
1973
Subject files
Box/Folder
4/21
Core requirements
1976
4/22-24
Doctoral program in social welfare
1974
4/25
Faculty curricula vitae
1974
Box/Folder
4/26
University of Washington, School of Social Work, Administrative Group
1979
4/27
University of Washington, School of Social Work, Personnel Committee
1979
4/28
University of Washington, School of Social Work, Ph.D. Program Committee
1971
University of Washington, School of Social Work, Social Welfare Committee (Ad Hoc)
Proposals
Box/Folder
4/29
"The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Social Welfare"
1970
4/30
"Information to Supplement a Request for Authorization of a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare Program at the University of Washington"
1973
Box/Folder
4/31
Reports
1972

American Association of Schools of Social Work (AASSW) records, 1982-1987Return to Top

AASSW was an organization concerned with ensuring excellence in social work education programs and was led by Briar in the mid 1980s. It went through two name changes while Briar was in charge: the Conference of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work until 1985, when it became the AASSW, and the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work in 1987. Briar was a proponent of the 1987 name change because he felt it better represented the nature of the group as an organization of administrators, rather than that of schools.

The series contains correspondence of AASSW, meeting minutes, subject files related to program accreditation and AASSW by-laws, and AASSW's interaction with the Council on Social Work Education.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/32-37
General correspondence
1985-1987
Correspondence Regarding:
Box/Folder
4/38
Dues negotiations with the Council on Social Work Education
1985
4/39
Tax exemption and non-profit status
1985
4/40
U.S. National Institute of Mental Health
1986
Box/Folder
4/41
Minutes
1985
4/42
Conference file: fall meeting, Chicago
1985
4/43
Memoranda
1985-1986
4/43
Membership lists
1985
Subject files
Box/Folder
5/1
Accreditation
1984-1987
5/2
Accreditation surveys
1986-1987
5/3
By-laws survey
1986
5/4
Council on Social Work Education
1987
AASSW Taskforce on the Future Role and Structure of Graduate Schools of Social Work Education
Box/Folder
5/5-6
General correspondence
1982-1984
5/7-8
Reports
1983
Box/Folder
5/9
AASSW Taskforce on Implementation
1985-1987
5/10-11
AASSW Taskforce on Quality in Graduate Social Work Education
1983-1984

Social Work Records, 1971-1976Return to Top

Contains records documenting Briar's service as book review editor and editor-in-chief of Social Work , the journal for the National Association of Social Workers. Primarily includes correspondence, copies of Briar's editorials, and meeting files.

Container(s) Description Dates
General correspondence
Box/Folder
5/12-13
Book review editor
1971-1972
5/14-17
Editor-in-chief
1972-1976
5/18-25
Editorial board
1972-1976
5/26
Miscellaneous
1974-1976
Box/Folder
5/27-29
Editorials
1973-1975
5/30-31
Meeting files
1971-1972
5/32
Subject file: future issue
1974