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RG 104 Human Services/Social Services

Originally established in 1937 as the Board of Social Welfare by the 47th General Assembly, the duties of the agency has undergone numerous changes. In 1967, the 62nd General Assembly combined a number of functions of the former Board of Control and of the Board of Parole with Social Welfare to create the Department of Social Services. Renamed the Department of Human Services in July 1983 administrative responsibility for prisons, community corrections, and prison industries, assigned to the agency in 1967, were then transferred to the Department of Corrections. The following is a partial list of records:

Title Date Span
Commissioner, Subject Files 1972-1977
Correspondence, Adult Corrections 1974-1978
Council of Human Services, Staff Minutes 1984-1992
Eldora, Account Book, Ledger, Receipts and Expenditures 1868-1885
Eldora, Industrial School Payroll 1898-1910
Eldora, Merit Book
Eldora, Minutes of the Iowa State Reform School, Board of Trustees 1868-1884
Eldora, Record of Deportments
Employee Manuals 1940-1985
Payroll Finals 1972