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Guide to the Records of the New York Foundling Hospital
 MS 347

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Creator: New York Foundling Hospital.
Title: Records of the New York Foundling Hospital
Dates: 1869-2009
Abstract: The collection documents the programs and administration of the New York Foundling Hospital, 1869-2009, and the St. Agatha Home for Children, which operated separately from the Foundling beginning in 1884, before merging into the Foundling in 1977. The Foundling opened in 1869, under the auspices of the Sisters of Charity, as a Catholic haven for abandoned babies. It was one of the principal institutions sending children to live with families in the country, in a program known today as the "orphan train." That program ended in 1929. Thereafter the Foundling expanded, diversified, and decentralized. Today the Foundling is an organization providing foster care, adoption, social work, and community-based preventive and health services to children and families in New York and Puerto Rico. Portions of the collection have been digitized and can be viewed on flickr.
Quantity: 79.0 Linear feet (79 boxes, 253 volumes)
Call Phrase: MS 347