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50 Int'l Soc. Work 5 (2007)

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International Social Work 50(1): 5-9p

Sage Publications: London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi
DOI: 10.1177/0020872807071939


As the banner on the cover of this issue signifies, we are pleased to be
able to welcome readers to the 50th volume of International Social
Work: we are looking forward to celebrating this event throughout
2007, including planning a Special Anniversary Issue for later in the
year. While the special issue will afford an opportunity for reflect-
ing on (international) social work's history over this period, this
editorial provides an opportunity to say something about the history
of the journal itself.
  I am indebted to Katherine Kendall for the following recollec-
tions. The journal had its origins in the 1954 Congress in Toronto
of the then International Committee of Schools of Social Work
(ICSW). This marked  the point at which the committee became an
association (the International Association of Schools of Social
Work,  IASSW)  and  new officers discussed how to become more
truly international. One strategy was to establish effective communi-
cations with member schools, including a number of new ones then
being founded (some with the assistance of the UN and UNESCO).
The treasurer, Charles (Chick) Hendry (Canada), made a successful
application to the National Cash Register Corporation for a jour-
nal, which was initially a member benefit.
  ICSW  worked  closely with IASSW in sponsoring the journal and
arranged for it to be published at low cost in India. Both the Madras
School of Social Work and later the Tata Institute were involved:
a significant part of the editorial work was carried out by one of
the officers of IASSW, Katherine Kendall, while Ruth Williams
(ICSW)  assisted with management and circulation. In these early
days the journal published papers from congresses but also func-
tioned as a newsletter, reporting on seminars and the work of
expert groups involved in projects with the UN and UNICEF, as
well as giving information about other activities of the sponsoring
organizations (which had been joined by the International Federa-
tion of Social Workers, IFSW,   soon after its establishment in

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