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Arkansas Employment Security Division collection

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Finding aid for the Arkansas Employment Security Division collection

BC.MSS.98.12

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

April 20, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Gill, Purifoy
Title: Arkansas Employment Security Division collection
Dates: 1941-1948
Quantity: 2.1 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, and other material describing the 11th annual interstate conference of employment security agencies.
Identification: BC.MSS.98.12
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, and other material describing the 11th annual interstate conference of employment security agencies held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, September 30-October 3, 1947.


Historical Information

After President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act of 1935, states began enacting unemployment compensation laws. In December of that year representatives of newly formed state employment security departments began meeting in order to discuss problems and issues, and to coordinate efforts on behalf of the states to implement the new laws. National Social Security board officials were also invited to participate.

In 1936 a committee was formed to recommend a structure for state and federal representatives to work together. As a consequence, the first annual meeting of the Interstate Conference of Unemployment Compensation Agencies was held in October 1937.

In 1939 the name of the organization was changed to the Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies (ICESA), a name that was used for the next 61 years.

The conference was under the direction of the Bureau of Employment Security, a division of the Social Security Board. ICESA recognized that working collectively was vital in setting up new state administrative structures and handling the interstate aspects of unemployment insurance. In 2000 the name of the organization was change to the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA). It works closely with the National Governors Association, National Council of State Legislatures, National Association of Workforce Boards, Conference of Mayors, League of Cities, and National Association of Counties.

In Arkansas, state government responded to the 1935 Social Security Act by creating the Arkansas Employment Security Division in 1941. It became a department-level agency in 1991, and was re-named the Arkansas Employment Security Department. In 2007 the name of the department was again changed; it is now the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- Politics and government
Arkansas. Employment Security Dept.
Gill, John P.
Hot Springs (Ark.)
Hotels -- Arkansas
Laney, Benjamin Travis, Jr., 1896-1977

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arkansas Employment Security Division collection, MSS.98.12, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by John P. Gill, March 23, 1998


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