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Guide to the Victor Remer Historical Archives of the Children's Aid Society
1836-2006 (bulk 1853-1947)
 MS 111

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Cherie Acierno and Alegria Barclay (2009), Larry Weimer (2018-19)

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Series V - Diaries, Memoirs, and Historical Sketches by CAS Employees, circa 1853-circa 1980s


This series is arranged in 3 subseries:

V.1 - Diaries and Journals of Agents of the CAS circa 1853-circa 1865

V.2 - Short Memoirs by CAS executives and employees

V.3 - Historical sketches and chronologies of the CAS

Subseries V.1 - Diaries and Journals of Agents of the CAS, circa 1853- circa 1865

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains 11 volumes of diaries/journals written by the earliest CAS Agents in the course of their work, and a transcription of a portion of another journal. The diaries are arranged chronologically. See also the diary of Charles Loring Brace in Series IV.1A for another diary from this period.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1026 Volume : 44 Daily Journal [of Mr. Smith], 18 May [1853] - 8 November [1853] (and a transcription)
circa 1853, May 18-November 8
Offsite-Box: 1026 Volume : 45 Day Book by Unknown CAS Agent
1854 February 4-September 9
Offsite-Box: 1026 Volume : 46 Daily Journal for 1855 [Detailed events at Newsboys Lodging House] [by E.P. Smith]
1855 January 1-1856 January 28
Offsite-Box: 1026 Volume : 47 Incidents and Sketches Among the Newsboys, Part III [by W. Colopy Desmond]
1855 September 6-November 22
Offsite-Box: 1026 Volume : 48 Incidents and Sketches Among the Newsboys, Part IV [by W. Colopy Desmond]
1855 November 22-1856 February 11
Offsite-Box: 1027 Volume : 49 Incidents and Sketches Among the Newsboys, Part V [by W. Colopy Desmond] and transcript
1856 February 18-May 7
Offsite-Box: 1027 Volume : 50 Sketches and Incidents in the Office of the Children's Aid Society, Part the First, by W.C.D. [W. Colopy Desmond]
1857 January 1-1859 March 14
Offsite-Box: 1027 Volume : 51 Daily Journal of Unknown CAS Agent
1857 April 28-1858 January
Offsite-Box: 1027 Volume : 52 Dayly [sic] Journal of Henry Friedgen, 1 January 1858-7 December 1859

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1858 January 1-1859 December 7
Offsite-Box: 1027 Volume : 53 Daily Journal of L.P. Atwood
1859 October 6-1860 February 14
Offsite-Box: 1027 Volume : 54 Daily Journal of William P. Price
1863 May 20-circa 1865 March 27
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 1 Transcription of the Daily Journal of William A. Doolittle Jr. "Visitations Among the Poor and Destitute in Brooklyn for the Children's Aid Society of N.Y." (location of original unknown)
1864 October 3-11

Subseries V.2 - Short Memoirs by CAS Executives and Employees, 1853-1938

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains 8 folders of memoirs, in the form of typed memoirs, letters, a pamphlet, a transcribed oral history, and a transcribed speech, giving first person accounts of working for the CAS 1853-1938. The materials were written 1913-circa 1980's, and are arranged chronologically by the date they were produced.(For additional memoirs, please see correspondence to Arthur Huck in Series IV.1.D)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 2 William L. King Recollections of the Formation of the Society, handwritten document and photocopy
undated, before 1890
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 3 Transcription of a letter from Western CAS Agent Anna Laura Hill to her mother, describing a dramatic event while doing CAS work in Iowa (photocopy)
1913 April 2
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 4 Pamphlet: "The Willing Workers 1871-1921" - memoir of Annie Strathern, CAS teacher and principal affiliated with the German School (272 E. 2nd St.) and Girls' Industrial School (120 W. 16th St.), among others
circa 1921
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 5 Memoirs of R.D. Neill, placing-out agent, original typescript and photocopy
circa 1924
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 6 Clara Comstock, placing-out agent, memoir/address to CAS staff, and Helen Baxter's introductory remarks. Also a letter from Clara Comstock (poor photocopy) on her experiences
1935 and circa 1931 or 1932
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 7 Memoir by Dr. Charles Conklin, Medical Director (2 pages of original missing, but complete photocopy)
1940 February 21
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 8 Memoir by Pauline Robinson on history of Monday Sewing Class (photocopy only)
1957 March 21
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 9 Oral history told by Helen Cole, Director of Foster Home Department 1924-1938
circa 1980's

Subseries V.3 - Historical Sketches of the CAS

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains 8 folders of short histories and chronologies of CAS events. They may have been composed either to provide internal reference and institutional memory, or as drafts for eventual inclusion in annual reports, appeals, or other public relations documents, although the intended purpose of each document is not clear. Most folders contain several histories. In contrast to the previous subseries of personal memoirs, the authors of the historical sketches are unknown.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 10 Histories of the Children's Aid Society (4 documents)
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 11 "A Brief Sketch of the CAS" unfinished draft, 57 pages
circa 1907
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 12 "Notes on Interview with Dr. Conklin" (a history of the Sick Children's Mission/Medical Department)
circa 1923-1930
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 13 Histories of the CAS as it relates to Horatio Alger (2 documents)
1928, 1938
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 14 Histories of the Children's Aid Society (3 documents)
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 15 Chronologies of CAS Property and Facilities
undated and circa 1953
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 16 Histories of the Children's Aid Society (2 documents)
1958 and circa 1950's
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 17 Histories of the Children's Aid Society (2 documents)

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