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Another neat find at the Way Back Machine was a title called "Report on housing and living conditions in the neglected sections of Richmond, Virginia (1913)." The report was prepared by Gustavus A. Weber, secretary for the Society for the Betterment of Housing and Living Conditions in Richmond. Weber was a prolific chronicler of social ills across the country and an advocate for better government. This report was published by Whittet & Shepperson of Richmond in 1913.
It was reports like this one on Richmond and Virginia social needs that led to the formation of a group of Richmond citizens to organize what became the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health in 1917 - that school became Richmond Professional Institute (RPI) in 1939. RPI merged with the Medical College of Virginia in 1968 to become Virginia Commonwealth University.
- Ray B.