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Marks, Rachel

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Rachel B. Marks (1911 – April 13, 1998): Social Worker, Professor, Author and Co-Founder of the Social Welfare History Group

Rachel Marks A. M. ’44, Ph. D. ’50, was a social work educator and proponent of social work history. After experiences as a case worker and then teaching in Virginia and Brazil, at Indiana University and the University of Illinois, she joined the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in 1952, later becoming its associate dean and editor of its journal, Social Service Review. Marks directed professional and academic attention to exploring social work’s history by organizing with others the Committee on the History of Social Welfare in 1956 (later known as the Social Welfare History Group which continues to publish a newsletter and sponsor sessions at professional conferences). Marks was a Fulbright professor in Colombia and a consultant on Peruvian and Greek social-work education. Marks was also the Samuel Deutsch professor emerita in the University of Chicago SSA.

Note: The Social Welfare History Group developed in the mid‐1950s from a rebirth of interest in historical matters within social work and an emerging concern about social welfare issues in history.

How to Cite this Article (APA Format): Social Welfare History Project (2011). Rachel B. Marks (1911 – April 13, 1998): Social worker, professor, author and co-founder of the Social Welfare History Group. Social Welfare History Project. Retrieved [date accessed] from

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