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Lundberg, Emma (1881–1954)

Lundberg, Emma (1881–1954)

Swedish-American social worker. Name variations: Emma Octavia Lundberg. Born Emma Octavia Lundberg, Oct 26, 1881, in Tranegärdet, Humle Socken, Västergötland, Sweden; died Nov 17, 1954, in Hartsdale, NY; dau. of Frans Vilhelm Lundberg (machine worker) and Anna Kajsa (Johanson) Lundberg; University of Wisconsin at Madison, AB, 1907, AM, 1908; attended Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy and New York School of Philanthropy.

Advocate of public welfare services for children and destitute mothers who shaped policy, worked with Associated Charities in Madison and Milwaukee, WI (1910–12) and deputy for Wisconsin Industrial Commission; worked with US Children's Bureau, serving as head of social service division (1914–25), as assistant director of child welfare division (beginning 1935), and as consultant on social services for children (1942–44); retired (1944); with Katharine Lenroot, co-authored Children's Bureau publication, Illegitimacy as a Child-Welfare Problem, part I (1920) and part II (1922); worked with Child Welfare League of America, as director of institutional care and as director of studies and surveys, in NYC (1925–29); served as research secretary to Section IV of White House Conference on Child Health and Protection (1929–30); worked for New York State Temporary Emergency Relief Administration (1931–34), becoming director of research and statistics; served as assistant secretary of White House Conference on Children in a Democracy (1940).

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