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William Gordon and Margaret Schutz Gordon Papers

Identifier: WUA-03-wua00109

This collection consists of biographical accounts, correspondence, publications, teaching materials, and papers detailing projects that were directed by two professors from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.   

The following projects figure prominently into this collection:

a) Tulane University’s Field Instruction Project (1959-1960). This project preceded the 3-School-Project (detailed below) and Washington University’s Field Instruction Research Project (F.I.R.P.).

b) The 3-School Project in Field Instruction (1961) was comprised of three institutions, namely Tulane University, the University of Denver, and Washington University.  The project was not funded by N.I.M.H. and later morphed into Washington University’s Field Instruction Research Project (F.I.R.P.).

c) Washington University’s Field Instruction Research Project (1962-1969). William Gordon authored the first part of Section I of the Final Report.


  • 1941-1980


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2.00 linear feet

2 boxes

Biographical Information

William Gordon was born on October 12, 1911 in Morgan County, Illinois. He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1937 and a Ph.D. in quantitative ecology from there in 1941. Gordon was a Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis from 1951 to 1978. Before coming to Washington University, Gordon taught in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Minnesota from 1941 to 1942 and at Nashville School of Social Work, Vanderbilt University from 1948 to1951. He served as Chief at the Bureau of Research and Statistics, Division of Social Welfare for the State of Minnesota from 1942 to 1945. He was a Regional Research Consultant for the Social Security Administration in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1945 to 1948. Margaret Schutz Gordon was born on January 11, 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her B.A. with majors in Psychology and Sociology in 1943 from Washington University in St. Louis.  She received her M.S.W. in 1944 from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She was an Instructor and Thesis Supervisor at the School from 1944 to 1948 and then Professor and Director of Field Instruction from 1957 to 1970.  From 1970 to 1983, Schutz was a professor and Director of Field Practicum at the University of Kansas. Then she became Professor Emerita.

Both of them were heavily involved in social work research and have been widely published.


This collection is organized into seven series as detailed below:

Series 01: Professional Development and Biographical Accounts (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Series 02: Personal and Professional Correspondence (arranged alphabetically by last name or subject)

Series 03: Publications, Symposiums, and Papers Presented (arranged alphabetically by last name or organization then by title)

Series 04: Lecture Notes, Syllabi, and Handouts (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Series 05: The Tulane Project

Series 06: The Three School Project (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Series 07: Field Instruction Research Project (F.I.R.P.) (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by Margaret Schutz Gordon in December 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Jay Kempen and Leela Pandey in November 2005.  Updated by Sonya McDonald in February 2006.

William Gordon and Margaret Schutz Gordon Papers
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  • 2021 May 13: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
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