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Guide to the Records of the Children's Aid Society
1836-2006 (bulk 1853-1947)
 MS 111

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Collection processed by Cherie Acierno and Alegria Barclay (2009), Larry Weimer (2018)

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Series XII - Records of Other CAS Programs and Services, 1874-1947

Arrangement

This series consists of 6 subseries of records of 6 CAS programs and services not covered in the earlier series. In alphabetical order, the programs in the series are as follows:

XII.1 -Dental Service, 1910-1939 (bulk 1931-1939)

XII.2 - Family Emigration Program, 1874-1926

XII.3 - Housekeeper Service Committee, 1933-1941

XII.4 - Sandlot Baseball Program, 1933-1947

XII.5 - Service Bureau for Negro Children, 1936-1945

XII.6 - U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children, 1940-1947.

The materials within each subseries are arranged chronologically. The series as a whole consists of 2 boxes and 10 Family Emigration volumes. For more information about each program or service, and for specific information about records, please see notes for each subseries.

XII.1 - Dental Service, 1910-1939 1931-1939

Scope and Contents

The Children's Aid Society provided free dental care in its industrial schools beginning in 1906. The subseries consists of 23 folders, arranged chronologically. The first 2 folders contain pamphlets from 1910 and circa 1912-1913. The following folder contains correspondence 1931-1932. The remaining 20 folders contain reports on CAS dental services 1931-1939 and undated, and including a few responses by CAS secretaries Owen Lovejoy and Arthur Huck and President William Church Osborn.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 972 Folder : 1 Dental Service: "Something to Chew Upon": Pamphlet for the Dental Hygiene Conference and Exhibit
1910 May
Box: 972 Folder : 2 Dental Service: Pamphlet on Dental Dispensaries in Manhattan and the Bronx
circa 1912 or 1913
Box: 972 Folder : 3 Dental Service: Correspondence from Dr. Charles Conklin's Files
1931 March 27 - 1932 June 29
Box: 972 Folder : 4 Dental Service: "Report of Preliminary Inquiry into the Present Plans of Operation of the Guggenheim Dental Clinic" and Response by Owen Lovejoy
1931 May 5
Box: 972 Folder : 5 Dental Service: Report on the Annual Meeting of the Dental Society of the State of N.Y.
1931 May 15
Box: 972 Folder : 6 Dental Service: Report of the Assistant Medical Director in Charge of Dentistry
1931 June 1
Box: 972 Folder : 7 Dental Service: Report of the Final Plans for Operation of the Guggenheim Dental Clinic and Response by Arthur Huck
1931 June 23
Box: 972 Folder : 8 Dental Service: Report of Assistant Medical Director
1931 July 15
Box: 972 Folder : 9 Dental Service: 2 short reports
1931 July and August
Box: 972 Folder : 10 Dental Service Report: Summer Work in Dental Clinics
1931 September 15
Box: 972 Folder : 11 Dental Service Report: Estimates for Dental Equipment, and Response by William Church Osborn
1931 December 5
Box: 972 Folder : 12 Dental Service Report: Operation of Dental Clinic at Newsboys' House 1931
1932 January 30
Box: 972 Folder : 13 Dental Service Report: The Oral Hygiene Service of the Children's Aid Society
1932 February 25
Box: 972 Folder : 14 Dental Statistics by Center and Month
1932, 1936, 1937
Box: 972 Folder : 15 Dental Service: Report of Meeting of Oral Hygiene Committee of Greater N.Y.
1933 January 20
Box: 972 Folder : 16 Dental Service: Report on Time Spent Per Child
1933 July 25
Box: 972 Folder : 17 Dental Service: Report on Dental Service 1 December 1932-25 November 1933
circa December 1933
Box: 972 Folder : 18 Dental Service Report: Dental Work of the Children's Aid Society
1934
Box: 972 Folder : 19 Dental Service Report
1937 November 4
Box: 972 Folder : 20 Dental Service Report
1938 January 11 and April 18
Box: 972 Folder : 21 Dental Service Report: Dental Work in City Branches 1938 and Response from William Church Osborn
1939 February 3
Box: 972 Folder : 22 Dental Service: Report on Dental Work at Brace Farm
1939 April 14
Box: 972 Folder : 23 Dental Service: List of CAS Dental Clinics, Their Staff, Hours of Operation, and Fees
undated, circa 1930's

XII.2 - Family Emigration Program, 1874-1926

Scope and Contents

The subseries consists of 10 volumes related to the Family Emigration Program of the Children's Aid Society, arranged chronologically. Additional records of the Family Emigration Program may be found in the Company Books and Record Books of Series XI.4.

Beginning in 1874, the CAS initiated a "family emigration" program, providing train tickets for entire families to leave the city together, to rejoin a breadwinner or pursue other opportunities. Families traveled on the same trains as companies of children and are included in the "Company Books" and the "Record Books" in subseries XI.4. However, families were never included in the case files of the Emigration Department; the CAS did not provide additional social work care for them or track their progress. Although some information about families is contained in Emigration Department Record Books, other records of Family Emigration were kept separate, in volumes that are arranged in this series.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 474 Emigration Record
1874-1880
Volume: 475 Emigration Record
1880-1887
Volume: 476 Emigration Record
1887-1891
Volume: 477 Emigration Record
1892-1898
Volume: 478 Family Emigration [Mr. Trott's companies]
1892-1896
Volume: 479 Family Emigration [Mr. Trott's companies]
1896-1899
Volume: 480 "Emigration Record of the Children's Aid Society by B.W. Tice, Agent"
1898-1899
Volume: 481 Record Book A
1901-1908
Volume: 482 Record Book B
1908-1918
Volume: 483 Record Book C
1914-1926

XII.3 - Housekeeper Service Committee, 1933-1941

Scope and Contents

The subseries consists of 5 folders, arranged chronologically, related to the Housekeeper (aka Homemaker) Service program operated by the Children's Aid Society and the Junior League. The purpose of the program was to provide temporary housework and childcare help to families when a mother was in the hospital or otherwise convalescing. The first three folders contain Minutes of the Housekeeper Service Committee 1933-1941. The remaining two folders contain bound reports distributed to the public in 1935 and 1937, on the work of the Housekeeper Service of the Junior League in Cooperation with the Children's Aid Society.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 972 Folder : 24 Housekeeper Service Committee - Minutes
1933, 1934, 1935
Box: 972 Folder : 25 Housekeeper Service Committee - Minutes
1936, 1937, 1938
Box: 972 Folder : 26 Housekeeper Service Committee - Minutes
1939, 1940, 1941
Box: 972 Folder : 27 "Substituting For Mothers: The First Report of the Housekeeper Service of the Junior League in Cooperation with the Children's Aid Society"
1935
Box: 972 Folder : 28 "Mothers on Call: the Second Report of the Housekeeper Service of the Junior League in Cooperation with the Children's Aid Society"
1937

XII.4 - Sandlot Baseball Program, 1933-1947

Scope and Contents

The Children's Aid Society operated a Sandlot Baseball League from 1933 to at least 1947, with teams from each of the Children's Centers. In 1933, 12 games were played at Yankee Stadium. The subseries consists of three folders, containing one broadside (undated, circa 1933-1934), two tickets to 1934 games at Yankee Stadium, and four official programs from 1938, 1939, 1941, and 1947, from the Sandlot Baseball Program.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 972 Folder : 29 Sandlot Baseball League of the CAS - Broadside
circa 1933-1934
Box: 972 Folder : 30 Sandlot Baseball League of the CAS - 2 tickets to games at Yankee Stadium
1934 May 19 and September 8
Box: 972 Folder : 31 Sandlot Baseball League of the CAS - 4 Programs
1938, 1939, 1941, 1947

XII.5 - Service Bureau for Negro Children, 1936-1945

Scope and Contents

The Service Bureau for Negro Children originated in 1936 when the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and the Welfare Council identified the need to improve foster placement resources for African American children referred by the Department of Welfare and the courts. Originally called the Negro Child Placing Bureau, the program aimed to place about 300 Negro children in Negro foster homes or institutions within three years, after which time the program would be evaluated and, if successful, extended. The Children's Aid Society agreed to administer the program. Dorothy Straus was the Chairman of the Board of the Advisory Committee, and Helen Cole of the CAS supervised the program. By 1939, a combination of public and private funds were procured. In three years, the Service Bureau placed 354 children in foster homes. The project was discontinued at the end of 1942. The project was notable in that it drew upon public subsidies for foster care, which had previously been paid for exclusively by private funding.

The subseries consists of 8 folders of Minutes and By-Laws, arranged chronologically 1936-1942, followed by 9 folders of correspondence, memos, and reports, arranged chronologically 1938-1945.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 973 Folder : 1 Minutes of the Sub-Committee on the Development of Additional Social Work Facilities for Negroes, and on the Colored Boarding Out Project
1936 November 30 and 1937 June 16
Box: 973 Folder : 2 Minutes of the Negro Child Placing Bureau (7 meetings)
1937 October 1-1938 January 6
Box: 973 Folder : 3 Minutes of the Service Bureau for Negro Children (6 meetings)
1938 February 14-1938 December 23
Box: 973 Folder : 4 By-Laws of the Service Bureau for Negro Children
1938 October
Box: 973 Folder : 5 Minutes of the Service Bureau for Negro Children (6 meetings)
1939 March 21-1939 December 5
Box: 973 Folder : 6 Minutes of the Service Bureau for Negro Children including Committee and Staff Meeting Minutes (13 meetings)
1940 January 2-1940 December 30
Box: 973 Folder : 7 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Minutes of the Committe on Clothing and the Advisory Committee, and memos re: clothing
1941 January 6-1941 October 29
Box: 973 Folder : 8 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Staff Meeting Minutes
1942 May, September
Box: 973 Folder : 9 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Correspondence, memos, and reports [from files of Arthur Huck]
1938 January-December
Box: 973 Folder : 10 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Pamphlet-style reports and invitation
1939, 1942, and circa 1940
Box: 973 Folder : 11 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Correspondence, memos, and reports [from the files of Arthur Huck]
1939 January-October
Box: 973 Folder : 12 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Correspondence, memos, and reports [from the files of Arthur Huck]
1940 January-December
Box: 973 Folder : 13 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Correspondence, memos, and reports [from the files of Arthur Huck]
1941 January-December
Box: 973 Folder : 14 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Correspondence, memos, and reports [from the files of Arthur Huck]
1942 January-April, and undated circa 1942 April
Box: 973 Folder : 15 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Correspondence, memos, and reports [from the files of Arthur Huck]
1942 May-December, and undated circa 1942
Box: 973 Folder : 16 Service Bureau for Negro Children - undated documents
circa 1939-1942
Box: 973 Folder : 17 Service Bureau for Negro Children - Correspondence, memos, and reports [from the files of Arthur Huck]
1943 January-1945 May

XII.6 - The United States Committee for the Care of European Children, 1940-1947

Scope and Contents

The U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children was founded in 1940 out of a desire to provide temporary foster homes for European refugee children during World War II. Eleanor Roosevelt was the Honorary President, Marshall Field was President, and Agnes King Inglis was Secretary of the organizataion. The Children's Aid Society was one agency authorized to investigate potential foster homes and provide follow-up supervision of the children placed in these homes. The Children's Aid Society was wary of the project. CAS Executive Director Arthur Huck believed the children would be better off in Europe and CAS President William Church Osborn noted that international transfer of children was a serious business. Ultimately, rather than sending the children to foster care, a group of British children was housed in the former home of Charles E. Mitchell in Tuxedo New York, under the care of Mrs. H.C. Sonne whose husband bought the house and provided funding to sustain the children. Contributions for what became known as The Children's House were sent to CAS and processed through CAS accounts. CAS then paid bills and salaries to support the endeavor.

The subseries consists of 5 folders of correspondence and memos, arranged chronologically, followed by 1 folder of press clippings.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 973 Folder : 18 U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children - Correspondence, Pamphlet
1940 June 6 - 1940 October 15
Box: 973 Folder : 19 U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children - Case of Pat Boucher - Correspondence, Memos
1940 July - 1942 May 14
Box: 973 Folder : 20 U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children - Case of Priscilla Clark - Correspondence, Memos
1942 January 28-June 2
Box: 973 Folder : 21 U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children - Correspondence [from the files of Arthur Huck]
1942 August 12-September 11
Box: 973 Folder : 22 U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children - Correspondence [from the files of Arthur Huck]
1944 October 4-1945 July 11
Box: 973 Folder : 23 U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children - Press
1940-1947

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