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Guide to the Records of the New York Foundling Hospital
||New York Foundling Hospital.
||Records of the New York Foundling Hospital
||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
||79.0 Linear feet (79 boxes, 253 volumes)