Bureau For Men Records, 1920-1981 (S0176)

12.5 cubic feet, 328 folders, 41 photographs, 3 volumes

 Finding Aid

This collection contains the records of the St. Louis Bureau for Men, the first agency in the United States to provide social services to transient and homeless men. The collection is a combination of the Bureau's administrative files and the professional files of two of its four directors, Isaac Gurman and Charles Mann. The records document the founding of the Bureau until its demise in 1982 and the change of its focus from beggars, transients, and homeless men in the 1930s to ex-convicts in the 1950s-1980s.