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Manuscript Group 1087, Newark Orphan Asylum

 

Archives Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs

 

Newark Orphan Asylum

 

The
Newark Orphan Asylum was founded on November 5, 1847 by a group
of Christian women who were concerned for the welfare of the
children of Newark. The Asylum was established as a home for
boys and girls whose families for what ever reason were unable to
take care of them.  The children at the Asylum were either
boarding their or candidates for adoption.  For a hundred
and one years the Newark Orphan Asylum provided a valuable
service for the city of Newark. In 1948 the Newark Orphan Asylum
merged with the Protestant Foster Home Society.  This merger
created the Newark Home For Foster Care.

 

 

The Scope and
Content of the Collection:

 
The Newark Orphan Asylum collection is contained in five boxes.
The collection contains board minutes from 1847 to 1948, the
board minutes proved an understanding of the inner workings of
the organization.  The financial records show how the
organization earned the money it need to maintain the home and
take care of the children.  The records also show the amount
of money spent directly on the children and what was purchased in
way of food and clothing.  The collection also has five
casebooks covering the periods of 1855 to 1909.  The
casebooks offer a look at some of the reasons why children were
placed in the orphanage.  Through these records it is
possible to see the process that the children went through in the
Asylum, from being taken in by the Asylum, to one day either
going back home or being adopted.  The collection also has
the four types of contracts the organization had; Surrender,
indenture, adoption, and boarding are the four types of contract
that the organization provided.  These contract show the
kinds of survives that were provided by child welfare
organizations.  They show the amount of choice open to
families and organization.

 

Protestant
Foster Home Society

 
In February 28, 1849 the Protestant Foster Home of Newark was
founded.  It was governed by a Board of Trustees consisting
of seven men and a Board of Managers made up women. The Board of
Trustees took care of  the financial and legal matters of
the society while the Board of Managers dealt with the daily
operations of the home.  The Protestant Foster Home of
Newark was established to proved a home for children for whom
adoption or a foster home placement was not an option.  The
home was a temporary placement for the children..  In 1948
the organization formed with the Newark Orphan Asylum to create
the Newark Home for Foster Care.

 

Scope and
Content of the Collection

 
The collection consists of three boxes that contain records from
1848 to 1947.  Most of the collection is made up of
financial document such as financial audits, treasurer accounts
and cash books.  The financial audits provide a clear
picture of the organization from how large their staff was to the
real-estate they owned.  It also shows the kinds of
financial issues child welfare organizations had.  The
development of this hundred year organization can be seen clearly
in the financial records. The casework service reports and the
event book offer the best look at the children and their lives at
the home.   The casework service reports are form 1940
to 1947.  They are the caseworkkers reports on each child
that was under the care of the home.  They explore the
reasons for why the children were at the home and give detailed
analysis on the  future of the children.  Child abuse,
neglect and juvenile crime are just some of the issues raised in
these reports.  The Event Book is a very unuasal document
because it is a record of all of the trips and extra curricular
activities that the children participated in.  This book
allows one to see the kinds of activities the home felt were
important for the children to experience.

 

Children’s
Aid and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

 
It is believed that the Children’s Aid and Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Children began in 1868.  The
correspondence of Jared W. Kimbell the superintendent are the
oldest records of the collection dating from 1890 to 1909.  The
originals purpose of the organization is unknown, but by 1890 the
Children’s Aid Society had established its self as an
advocate for the welfare of children.  The Society advocated
for the rights of children in the courts, participating in many
court cases where they felt children were being neglected or
abused.  It was the Society’s goal to find the best
services for the cases they handled.  The organization
provide adoption, legal aid, and other services for children in
need. The Children’s Aid Society did not have a home like
many of the other organization it concentrated solely on
providing legal services for children

 

Scope and
Content of Collection:

 

      The
collection is contained in seven boxes dating from 1890 to 1960.
In the collection one can see the changes that have occurred in
child welfare over a hundred years.  Many of the programs
and attitudes surrounding this kind of organization are
discussed. The letters of Jared W. Kimbell the superintendent of
the Society show how Mr. Kimbell fought in the courts to get
children from parents it considered unfit.  Through out
these letter the issues of just what make a fit parent is
discussed.  In two case books form 1895 to 1913 one can see
the steps taken be the Society to rescue children from unsafe
homes.  These case books allow one to see the services
provided to the children.  One would be able to follow a
child through the orginization can see the Society’s success
with the child.  The collection also contains all of the
surrender and indenture contract from 1895 to 1913. In these
document one may be able to understand some of the reasons the
children needed the services of the society.  These document
are highly confidential and only Xeroxed copies can be provided
with the names of the children blacked out.

 

 

 

Association
of Children of New Jersey

 

MG
1087

 

Container
List

 

 

 

SERIES I:  Newark Orphan Asylum

 

 

Box   Folder
Title
Dates

 

1
1        Board Minutes
1847-49

 

2
“
Oct. 1850-55

 

3
“
Oct. 1855-June 1861

 

4
“
Mar. 1874-Oct. 1876

 

5
“
Jan. 1877-83

 

6
“
Jan. 1883-90

 

7
“
May 1890-Nov. 1895

 

8
“
Jan. 1896-Feb. 1900

 

9
“
Mar. 1900-Nov. 1906

 

10

“
Dec. 1906-Feb. 1909

 

11
“
Mar. 1906-May 1913

 

 

2
1        Board Minutes
June 1913- Nov. 1916

 

2
“
Dec. 1916-Dec. 1928

 

3
Guild Minutes
Feb. 1917-Nov. 1925

 

4
Board Minutes
1926-32

 

5
Collection Districts
n.d.

 

6
Abstract of Minutes
1919-26

 

7
Membership Roster
1939-48

 

8
Board Minutes
1942-48

 

9
Minutes from a Merger Committee
1947-48

 

10
Letters Received
1897-1908

 

 

3
1        Legacies Received
1849-1900

 

2
Financial Records
1909-15

 

3
“
1915-22

 

4
Book of Donations
May 1913-Dec. 1942

 

5
Record of Financial Holdings
n.d.

 

6
Misc. Financial and Legal Letters
1897-1944

 

7
Records of Building Repairs and Maintenance
1930

 

 

4
1        Minutes Admission
Committee
Mar. 1848-Jan. 1855

 

2
Casebook
1855-69

 

3
“
1863-68

 

4
Register Book
1848-85

 

 

5
1        Casebook
1858-1876

 

2
“
1877-84

 

3
“
1906-09

 

4
Donations
1883-98

 

5
Contracts
1889-91

 

6
“
1892-95

 

7
Surrender Papers
1896-1910

 

8
“
1899-1910

 

9
Correspondence
1896-99

 

10
Articles of Indenture
1890-1908

 

11
Adoption Contracts
1890-1908

 

12
Birth Records
1892-1908

 

    

 

SERIES II: Prostestant Foster Home
Society

 

 

6
1        Financial Appeal
1882

 

2
Lists of Officers
1848-98

 

3
Minutes and Financial Records
1896-1904

 

4
Legal and Financial Papers
1934-37

 

5
“
1939

 

6
Minutes
1941-48

 

7
Estate Papers
1936-37

 

8
Events
June 1930-42

 

9
Correspondence
1936-46

 

10
Act of Incorporation, (copy)
n.d.

 

 

7
1        Financial Records and
Receipts
1935-39

 

2
Financial Audits
1936-40

 

3
“
1936-40

 

4
“
1941-43

 

5
“
1941-54

 

6
Casework Service Reports
1940-47

 

 

8
1        Treasurer Accounts
(Vol. 1)
1911-14

 

2
“
(Vol. 2)
1911-14

 

3
Register
Nov. 1914

 

4
Treasurer Accounts
1914-25

 

5
Cash Book
1926-30

 

6
“
1930-42

 

 

SERIES III: Children’s Aid and
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

 

 

9
1        Administrative Manual
(Vol. 1)
1945

 

2
“
(Vol. 2)
1945

 

3
Board Minutes
1947, 1949-51

 

4
“
1952-53

 

5
“
1954-55

 

6
“
1956-June1957

 

7
“
Sep. 1957-58

 

9
Donation Records
1956-60

 

 

10
1        Board Minutes
1899-1914

 

2
Copied Publicity Files
Ca. 1918

 

3
“
(Vol. 1)
1922-48

 

4
“
(Vol. 2)
1922-48

 

5
Child Welfare League Reports
1952

 

6
Property Records
1931-34

 

7
“
1931

 

8
“
1932

 

9
Record of Complaints
1898-1902

 

10
Jared W. Kimbell, Letter Sent
n.d.

 

11
Jared W. Kimbell, Letters Sent
1890-99

 

12
“
1900-09

 

13
Jared W. Kimbell, Copied  (Vol. 1)
1893-1909

 

14
“
(Vol 2.)
1893-1909

 

 

11
1        Casebook
1895-1906

 

2
“
1906-13

 

3
Newspaper Clippings from Casebook
1906-13

 

4
Index found in the Casebook
1906-13

 

5
Superintendent’s Reports     (Vol. 1)
1903-05

 

6
“
(Vol. 2)
1903-05

 

 

12
1        Surrender & Indenture
Papers, A
1895-1913

 

2
“   , Becker
1895-1913

 

3
“   , Becker-Bergman
1895-1913

 

4
“   , Bergman-Bollinger
1895-1913

 

5
“   , Bollinger-Bursch
1895-1913

 

6
“   , Bursch-Bundy
1895-1913

 

7
“   , Buerman
1895-1913

 

8
“   , Cahubean-Carr
1895-1913

 

9
“   , Carr-Colham
1895-1913

 

10
”   , Colham-Conroy
1895-1913

 

11
“   , Conroy-Cunninghum
1895-1913

 

12
“   , Daly-Dempsay
1895-1913

 

13
“   , Destifarro-Doty
1895-1913

 

14
“   , Douglas-Durand
1895-1913

 

15
“   , Earl-Eklers
1895-1913

 

16
”   , Ellenberger-Etenes
1895-1913

 

17
“   , Fackel-Fisher
1895-1913

 

18
“   , Fisher-Furze
1895-1913

 

13
1        Surrender & Indenture
Papers, Gaffqa-Greathend      1895-1913

 

2
“   , Greenfield-Gullick
1895-1913

 

3
“   , Hand-Hauck
1895-1913

 

4
“   , Hauser-Herbert
1895-1913

 

5
“   , Hershi-Horn
1895-1913

 

6
“   , Horn-Huge
1895-1913

 

7
“   , Jackson-James
1895-1913

 

8
“   , Karcher-Kennedy
1895-1913

 

9
“   , Kerman-Klause

1895-1913

 

10
“   , Klubeuspies-Krender
1895-1913

 

11

“   , Krieger-Kupper
1895-1913

 

12
”   , Lane-Laurient
1895-1913

 

13
“   , Levy
1895-1913

 

 

14
1        Surrender & Indenture
Papers, McConnel-McDermitt    1895-1913

 

2
“   , McNain-Medler
1895-1913

 

3
“   , Medler-Mester
1895-1913

 

4
“   , Metschent
1895-1913

 

5
“   , Morce-Muerrle
1895-1913

 

6
“   , Muerrle-Mynett
1895-1913

 

7
“   , Nagel-Nultz
1895-1913

 

8
“   , Oberk-O’Neal
1895-1913

 

9
“   , Parke-Peal
1895-1913

 

10
“   , Peers-Prussions
1895-1913

 

11
“   , Quinn
1895-1913

 

12
“   , Radin-Rieken
1895-1913

 

13
“   , Riekland-Roony
1895-1913

 

14
“   , Rogers-Ryan
1895-1913

 

15

“   , Sands-Schrank
1895-1913

 

16
“   , Schretz-Sexton
1895-1913

 

17
“   , Sexton-Smith
1895-1913

 

18
“   , Smith-Sparno
1895-1913

 

19
“   , Starkhouse-Stoffer
1895-1913

 

20
”   , Stout-Swan
1895-1913

 

 

15
1        Surrender & Indenture
Papers, Taylor-Tone
1895-1913

 

2
”   , Tone-Trembley
1895-1913

 

3
“   , Van Bleaf-Vogt
1895-1913

 

4
“   , Wagewer-Watkins
1895-1913

 

5
“   , Wazes-Weller
1895-1913

 

6
“   , Wheller-Wilson
1895-1913

 

7
“   , Windisch-Wrigly
1895-1913

 

8
“   , Yates-Young
1895-1913

 

9
“   , Zuchan
1895-1913

 

 

SERIES IV: Foster Home Auxiliary Society

 

 

16
1        Board Minutes
1892-98

 

2
“
1896-1903

 

3
“
1913-25

 

4
Papers from the Minute Book
1913-25

 

5
Seventy-Third Annual Report
??

 

 

SERIES V: Newark Home for Foster Care

 

 

17
1        Board Minutes
1948-49

 

2
Treasurer’s Report
Sep. 1948-Mar. 1954

 

3
Caseworker’s and Social Service Reports
1948-59

 

4
Miscellaneous Reports
1948-59

 

5
Board of Trustee Minutes
1950-51

 

6
Bylaws and Certificates of Consolidation
1951-52

 

7
Infirmary Reports
1952-53

 

8
Board of Trustee Minutes
1952-53

 

9
“
1954-55

 

10
“
1956-57

 

11

“
1958-59

 

12
“
1960

 

13
Security Analyses
1959-60

 

14
Donation Records
1957-58

 

15
Miscellaneous Financial Reports
??

 

 

18
1        Correspondence
1948-54

 

2
“
1955

 

3
“
1956

 

4
“
1957

 

5
“
1958

 

6
“

1959

 

7
Legal Reports
1948-60

 

8
Infirmary Reports
1948-56

 

9
Financial Audits
1950, 1952, 1956-57,

 

1959-60

 

10
Cash Receipts
1951, 1954-58, 1960

 

11
Security Analysis
1954, 1958-60

 

12
Appraisal of Land Owned
May 8, 1957

 

13
Payroll Book
1959-60

 

14
Miscellaneous Financial Records
??

 

 

19
1        Personnel Files,
A-B (Bick)
1940-60

 

2
“
B-C
1940-60

 

3
“
D-E
1940-60

 

4
“
F
1940-60

 

5
“
G
1940-60

 

6
“
H-J
1940-60

 

7
“
K-L
1940-60

 

8
“
M
1940-60

 

9
“
N-R
1940-60

 

10
“
S (Sallans-Skade)
1940-60

 

11
“
S-Z (Slover-Z)
1940-60

 

 

20
1        Adoption Laws and
Information
1940-49

 

2
“
1950-60

 

3
Adoptive Homes and Fees
1960

 

4
Study Fees
1960-63

 

5
Letters from the National Health and Welfare

 

Retirement
Association

1962

 

6
Miscellaneous Records (Non-Financial)

 

7
Miscellaneous Financial Records

 

6
Incomplete draft of Wednesday’s Children (vol.1)

 

7
Incomplete draft of Wednesday’s Children (vol.2).

 

 

SERIES VI: Unidentified Organization

 

21
1        Record Books
1850-69

 

2
Letters
1909, 1930, 1950

 

3
Children’s Money Book
1924-29

 

4
Petty Expense Funds
1924-27

 

5
Donation Records
1946-48

 

6
Index
n.d.

 

7
Notebook
n.d.

 

8
Caseworkers Log
1945

 

9
Photos (b&w of young girl in a dress holding a cat)

 

(b&w
of 2 young girls with a young boy standing

 

between
them on a porch)
1948

 

10
Photo (b&w group picture of children in
front of

 

the
Hifelaud House)
Summer 1952

 

11
Photos (4 b&w of children at play. One
picture

 

shows
five boys standing at the front of New

 

Jersey
Historical Society)
1953

 

12
Photos (13 b&w, children at the home and
on            1954

 

trips.
One 8×10 of girls on a slide, 1954)

 

13
Photos (13 b&w, children at Xmas party)
1955

 

14
Photos (18 b&w, children playing in a

 

river
during the summer)
1956

 

15
Photos (26 b&w, children at Xmas party and
at

 

 

 

Archives

Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs)
1957

16
Photos (9 b&w, children & adults from
organization)  1958

 

17
Photos (Six 8×10 b&w of children)
n.d

 

 

SERIES VII: Home for the Friendless

 

 

22
1        Bylaws and Minutes

 

2
Board Minutes
1886-93, 1903-08

 

3
Register Records
1903-31

 

4
Board Minutes
1908-12

 

5
Financial Records
1947-53

 

6
Check and Bank Requests
1948-51

 

7
Privilege Money
1949-50

 

8
Checks and Bank Request
1951-53

 

9
Treasurer’s Reports
1951-53

 

10
Case Committee Records
n.d.

 

 

23
1        Bank Statements and Checks

1944

 

2
“
1946

 

3
“
1947

 

4
Treasurer’s Report
1947-48

 

5
“
1948-49

 

6
Bank Statements and Checks

 

7
Check Receipts
1963-64

 

8
“
1964-65

 

9
“
1965

 

10
“
1965

 

 

24
1        Cashbooks (2 vols.)
(oversized)
Ca. 1953-55

 

 

25
1        Accounts (oversized)
1920-30

 

 

26
1        Cashbooks  (oversized)
1930-31,1947-53

 

 

27
1        Record Book
(oversized)
1895

 

 

Children’s Aid and Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Children

 

28
1        Register (oversized)
1888-1913

 

 

 

 
1087. ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN OF
NEW JERSEY, NEWARK, N.J.

 
Records, 1848-1963. 10 ft.

 

 

Restriction:
All elements of this collection which are less than 100 years old
are closed to research.  Those older than a century are
conditionally available for genuine historical inquiry.  Specific
conditions for use are available in the manuscripts office.

 

 
In 1978 the Association for Children of New Jersey was formed by
the merger of the Child Service Association and the Citizens
Committee for Children of New Jersey.  The new organization
became the legal successor to eight organizations whose records
comprise this collection.

 

 

1.
Newark Orphan Asylum, founded 1847: Minutes of the board of
trustees, 1847-1948; correspondence, 1897-1903; financial
records, 1915-1944; casebooks, 1848-1908; and other records.

 

 

2.
Protestant Foster Home Society, founded 1848: Minutes of the
board of managers, 1896-1948; financial records, 1911-1960.

 

 

3.
Boys’ Lodging House, founded 1868: Cashbook, 1895-1908.

 

 

4.
Foster Home Auxiliary Society: Minutes, 1892-1925.

 

 

5.
Home for the Friendless, founded 1872: Minutes of the board of
trustees, 1886-1912; financial records, 1944-1965; registers; and
other records.

 

 

6.
Children’s Aid Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Children, founded 1890: Minutes of the board of trustees,
1899-1913; correspondence, 1893-1909; registers, 1888-1913; and
other records.

 

 

7.
Newark Home for Foster Care, 1948: Minutes of the board of
trustees, 1948-1960; correspondence, 1954-1959; financial
records, 1950-1960; and other records.

 

 

8.
Child Service Association, named in 1960: Financial records,
1960-1963.

 

 
Inventory available.

 
Gift of the Association for Children of New Jersey, 1978.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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