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Social Security History

In this extensive collection of history-related materials, we present both the institutional history of the Social Security Administration and the history of the Social Security program.
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Key Info

SSA logo Brief History of Social Security
(pdf format)
Chronological History of Social Security Related Legislation


Frequently Asked Questions

Outside Sources

Related Sites



Program History

Historical Background and Development of Social Security
Historical Chronology
Text of the 1935 Social Security Act
Legislative Histories
Social Security Number History
Social Security Related Archives
Important Reports & Studies
Early Speeches & Articles
Key Early Documents
Social Security Pioneers
Historical Anniversaries
Photo Gallery
Sample Public Information Materials
Video and Audio Clips of Social Security History
History Articles From OASIS Magazine

Special Collections

Presidential Statements
LBJ Tapes
Nixon Tapes
Oral Histories
Puzzles and Quizzes


Agency History

Organizational History
Commissioners of SSA
Social Security Board Members
Cabinet Officials
Administrative History of SSA 1963-1968
Administrative History of SSA 1993-2000
History of SSA's International Operations
SSA Regional Office Alignments 1936-1989
Miscellaneous Agency-Related Topics
SSA Historian
History of the Historian's Office
Virtual History Room Tour


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