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Bible and Fruit Mission to the Public Hospitals of New York City Records
1877-1978
 MS 59

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


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Collection processed by Ann Christiansen

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 14, 2012
Finding Aid is written in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Bible and Fruit Mission to the Public Hospitals of New York City.
Title: Bible and Fruit Mission to the Public Hospitals of New York City Records
Dates: 1877-1978 (Bulk 1960-1970)
Abstract: The Bible and Fruit Mission to the Public Hospitals of New York City was founded in 1874 by a group of Protestant women to visit patients in New York City Hospitals. The purpose was to bring sweets, bibles, necessities, and the gospel to patients. The collection consists mostly of bills, receipts, bank statements, donation journals, custodian accounts and fiscal records of the organization.
Quantity: 4.0 Linear feet (10 boxes)
Language of Materials Note: The Bible and Fruit Mission to New York City Hospitals Records are written in English.
Call Phrase: MS 59

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Historical Note

The purpose of the Bible and Fruit Mission to the Public Hospitals of New York City was to distribute comfort and relief to patients in New York City’s Public Hospitals and to teach them the Gospel. The charity was founded in 1874 and incorporated in 1900 to visit patients in New York City's Hospitals who had no relatives or friends to visit them. It was started by a group of Protestant women who wanted to do charity works in the New York City’s Public Hospital for the holidays in 1874. In December 1875 women representing various Protestant Churches organized into this charity that would serve between 1,500-2,000 patients every year. A member of the organization would visit between 300 to 400 patients per week. They would bring sweets, basic necessities, and Christian reading material and the gospel to be distributed among the patients.

The Bible and Fruit Mission was located at 5 East 48th Street in New York City. The organization started visitation with the following hospitals: Charity Hospital, Convalescent Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and the City Hospital. The Bible and Fruit Mission expanded into visiting the following hospitals: Homeopathic Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, Almshouse, Hospital for Consumptives, City Home Hospital, Farm Colony, Marine Hospital, Sea View Hospital, Cancer Hospital, Welfare Hospital, Goldwater Memorial, Bird S. Coler Memorial, Elmhurst General, Cumberland Hospital, King County Hospital, Samaritan Hospital, Delafield Hospital, Coney Island Hospital, Harlem Hospital, and College View Nursing Home.

The Bible and Fruit Mission was largely run on donations and volunteers, until 1900. In 1900 the organization incorporated and started to use interest from investments to operate and hire people to visit patients. Investment money came mostly from bequests from various people in the New York area. In 1975, the Internal Revenue Service decided that the Bible and Fruit Mission no longer met the criteria for a non-for-profit foundation under the law. The Internal Revenue Service decided that the Bible and Fruit Mission was a private foundation and would have to pay taxes on its income. The charity was to pay 4% income tax on its investments, unless 10% of the charity's income came from public funds instead of investments. The East Midtown Protestant Chaplaincy Inc. offered to help the Bible and Fruit Mission reach its goal of 10% income from public funds. The Bible and Fruit Mission was able to reach its goal and did not have to pay taxes that year. In 1977, the Bible and Fruit Mission's board unanimously agreed to merge with the East Midtown Protestant Chaplaincy, Inc and dissolved the charity.

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Scope and Contents Note

The records of the Bible and Fruit Mission to the Public Hospitals of New York City consist of the financial records of the charity from 1907-1978 (bulk dates 1960-1970’s). The collection is made up mostly of bank statements, checks, bills, receipts, donations, custodian accounts, accounting books, and financial summaries focusing on expenditures and investments of the charity.

There is very little information on the daily actives and operations of the Bible and Fruit Mission, and of the merger with the East Midtown Protestant Chaplaincy Inc. There are a few meeting minutes from the monthly meetings and correspondence from 1920-1977. The records also include the estate records of Mabel G. Moorman Goddard who donated a large sum of money to the Bible and Fruit Mission and other charities in New York in 1970. There is no information on the organization before it was incorporated in 1900 except for multiple copies of one article from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper from 1877.

Arrangement Note

The Collection is arranged into three series Administration Records, Financial Records, and Seals, and are arranged chronological within each series.

  1. Series 1: Administration Records
  2. Series 2: Financial Records
  3. Series 3: Seals

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Account books
  • Annual reports
  • Bankbooks
  • Checkbooks
  • Checks
  • Financial records
  • Insurance Policies
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Minutes
  • Receipts

Subject Organizations

  • Bible and Fruit Mission to the Public Hospitals of New York City. -- Administration

Subject Topics

  • Charities--New York (State)--New York
  • Hospitals, Convalescent--New York (State)--New York
  • Women's Charities--New York (State)--New York

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

One folder restricted until 2050. The rest of the collection is open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as the Bible and Fruit Mission to the Public Hospitals of New York City Records, MS 59, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society has the annual reports of the Bible and Fruit Mission to the Public Hospitals of New York City in their main collection (F128 BV4585 .B5 Non-circulating) The Annual Reports are from 1876-1974 with some years missing.

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Container List

Series 1: Administration Records, 1924-1978

Scope and Contents Note

Series 1 consists of documents related to the management of the Bible and Fruit Mission. This includes one article, correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports and the records of the merger with East Midtown Protestant Chaplaincy Inc.

Arrangement Note

Administration Records are arranged chronological from 1877-1978

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Article from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
May 5, 1877
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1920-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Annual Reports
1921-1968
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Meeting Minutes
1927-1940
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Meeting Minutes
1941-1949
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Meeting Minutes
1953-1957
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Meeting Minutes
1957-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1970-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Records of the Merger with East Midtown Protestant Chaplaincy Inc.
1975-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Records of Merger with East Midtown Protestant Chaplaincy Inc.
1977

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Series 2: Financial Records, Bulk, 1960-1970 1907-1977

Scope and Contents Note

Series 2 consist of documents related to the financial records of the Bible and Fruit Mission that includes fiscal records, checkbooks, custodian accounts, bank statements, donations, bills, payroll, insurance policy, and estate records of Mabel G. Moorman Goddard.

Arrangement Note

Financial Records are arranged chronological from 1907-1977

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Donation Journal
1907-1928
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Donation Journal
1911-1915
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Thank You and Donation Notes
1920-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Donation Journal
1928-1938
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Visitation Log Book, Reimbursements
1928-1939
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Expenditure Book and Balance Sheets
1928-1940
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Donation List
1935-1940
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Employee and Expenditure Book
1939-1955
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Custodian Accounts
1938-1961
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Investments Accounts and Financial Statements
1930-1960
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Receipts
1940's
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Donation List
1942-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Monthly Bank Statements/Balance Sheets
1948-1949
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Fiscal Records
1954-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Fiscal Records
1957
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence on Donations and Investments
1950-1960
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Donation List
1960
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Payroll and Deposits
1960-1965
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Fiscal Records
April 1, 1960-March 31, 1961
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Fiscal Records
April 1, 1961-March 31, 1962
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Fiscal Records
April 1, 1962-March 31, 1963
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Fiscal Records
April 1, 1963-March 31, 1964
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Fiscal Records
April 1, 1964-March 31, 1965
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Insurance Information for Bible and Fruit Mission
1964-1968
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Financial and Custody Statements
1964-1974
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Fiscal Records
April 1, 1965-March 31, 1966
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Checkbook
1965-1968
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Fiscal Records
April 1, 1966-March 31, 1967
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Fiscal Records
1968
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Fiscal Records
April 1, 1968-March 31, 1969
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Fiscal Records
1968-1970
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Fiscal Records
1969-1971
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Estate Records of Mabel G. Moorman Goddard
December 1, 1970-December 15, 1971
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Payroll
1970-1974
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Checking Account Statements
1970-1974
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Bills
1970-1974
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Investments
1971-1972
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Monthly Bank Statements
1971-1973
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Checkbooks
1971-1975
Box: 9 Folder : 1 IRS tax forms and information for the Bible and Fruit Mission
1972-1973
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance Claims and Policies
1972-1976
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Insurance Policy/Claims
1974-1975
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Custodian Accounts
1974-1975
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Deposit Slips
1974-1975
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Thank You and Donation Notes
1974-1975
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Monthly Bank Statements
1974-1976
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Payroll
1974-1976
Box: 9 Folder : 9 W2 and W4 Forms for Employees (Restricted until 2050)
1974-1976
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Bills
1974-1977
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Fiscal Records
1975-1977
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Financial Transfer to East Midtown Protestant Chaplaincy Inc.
1976-1977

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Series 3: Seals, undate

Scope and Contents Note

Series 3 consists of the tools to make stamps and seals for the Bible and Fruit Mission.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 10 Stamp of the State Board approval of Bible and Fruit Mission as a Charity
1896
Box: 10 Stamp of the women working for the Bible and Fruit Mission
Undated
Box: 10 Tool to make the seal of the Bible and Fruit Mission
Undated
Box: 10 Tool to make the seal of the Bible and Fruit Mission
Undated

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