History of the Catholic Social Welfare Bureau, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1920–1959

Eldred B Lesniewski, Fordham University


There is an obvious interrelation between social work practice and social research. They share unique objectives and unique approaches to the study of social problems and their amelioration. Both profit by a steady interchange of experiences and discoveries. But the social worker is usually too busy to engage in the work of research. He has to deal with immediate problems and their intense pressures, with steady insistence for immediate action and betterment. The social researcher, however, is not concerned with practical problems as such, but is interested in the description and interpretation of social processes, patterns of behavior, and the relative efficiency of different services. His work has a definite relation to basic needs of people and social welfare, but his goals are less proximate.

Subject Area

Social work|Social research|History|Social studies education

Recommended Citation

Lesniewski, Eldred B, "History of the Catholic Social Welfare Bureau, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1920–1959" (1960). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30725063.