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Guide to the Records of the New York Foundling Hospital
1869-2009
 MS 347

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Series XIV - Records of Children and Mothers (Restricted), 1869-1966

Scope and Content

This series consists of 167 volumes tracking clients of the New York Foundling Hospital. The series is divided into 9 subseries, each containing a different type of volume:

XIV.1 - Admissions/Children's Records
XIV.2 - Discharges
XIV.3 - Baptisms
XIV.4 - Boarding-Out/Foster Care Volumes
XIV.5 - Comptroller Volumes
XIV.6 - St. Joseph's-by-the-Sea
XIV.7 - Mother's Records
XIV.8 - St. Ann's Maternity Hospital
XIV.9 - Autopsies

Access Restrictions

Every volume in this series is restricted.

Special permission is needed from the New York Foundling Hospital to view records that include personal information Researchers who wish to view restricted volumes should contact the library of the New-York Historical Society. These researchers will be referred to a designated specialist from the New York Foundling Hospital who will interview the potential researcher to determine what he or she may consult and will then supervise the reader's use of the appropriate material. Guidelines currently in place for family history research at the Foundling, as determined by legal restrictions on the accessibility of adoption and foster care records, will be followed. Such researchers will follow as well the general registration procedures of the New-York Historical Society.

Subseries XIV.1 - Admissions/Children's Records (Restricted), 1869-1955

Scope and content

The subseries consists of 15 admissions volumes 1869-1955, including 13 consecutive volumes and 2 additional volumes with some duplicate and some additional information. The volumes list children in the order they arrived, with each child given a new consecutive case number. The format of the volumes changed over the years, with different information collected. In general, the volumes give the child's name, the date of admission, date of birth, health, baptismal status, information about the parents including their religion, information about who committed the child to the Foundling, and information about the disposition of the child - his or her date of indenture, hospitalization, discharge, death, etc.

Volume 73 includes, on the last pages, lists of colored boys and girls going to Kansas and Baltimore.

For children listed alphabetically, see Comptroller volumes (Series XIV.5).

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 72 Admissions/Children's Record Vol. 1 [RESTRICTED]
1869 October - 1892 December
Volume: 73 Admissions [RESTRICTED]
1886 October-1896 December
Volume: 74 Admissions/Children's Record Vol. 2 [RESTRICTED]
1893 January - 1908 September
Volume: 75 Admissions/Children's Record Vol.3 [RESTRICTED]
1908 October - 1910 September
Volume: 76 Admissions/Children's Record Vol.4 [RESTRICTED]
1910 September-1912 September
Volume: 77 Admissions/Children's Record Vol.5 [RESTRICTED]
1912 September-1914 October
Volume: 78 Admissions/Children's Record Vol.6 [RESTRICTED]
1914 October-1917 April
Volume: 79 Admissions/Children's Record Vol.7 [RESTRICTED]
1917 April-1922 January
Volume: 80 Admissions and Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1920 May-1926 July
Volume: 81 Admissions/Children's Record Vol. 8 [RESTRICTED]
1922 January-1928 February
Volume: 82 Admissions/Children's Record Vol. 9 [RESTRICTED]
1928 February-1930 October
Volume: 83 Admissions/Children's Record Vol. 10 [RESTRICTED]
1930 October-1934 July
Volume: 84 Admissions/Children's Record Vol. 11 [RESTRICTED]
1934 July-1941 December
Volume: 85 Admissions/Children's Record Vol. 12 [RESTRICTED]
1942 January-1951 August
Volume: 86 Admissions/Children's Record Vol. 13 [RESTRICTED]
1951 September-1955 February

Subseries XIV.2 - Discharges (Restricted), 1906-1966

Scope and content

The subseries contains 9 volumes of records of children discharged from the New York Foundling Hospital, 1906-1966, with a gap between 1911 November and 1918 September. Each volume records discharges to family members or to other institutions, arranged by month. The earlier volumes also include lists of discharges due to death or indenture.

Volume 80, in the previous subseries, also contains discharge information.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 87 Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1906 October-1911 November
Volume: 88 Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1918 September-1930 October
Volume: 89 Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1930 November-1943 October
Volume: 90 Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1943 November-1952 April
Volume: 91 Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1952 May-1954 March
Volume: 92 Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1954 March-1957 September
Volume: 93 Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1957 September-1960 November
Volume: 94 Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1960 December-1964 March
Volume: 95 Discharges [RESTRICTED]
1964 April-1966 November

Subseries XIV.3 - Baptisms (Restricted), 1869-1945

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of 3 volumes of baptismal records, 1869-1945. The volumes are arranged by date, listing the name of the child, his or her case number at the Foundling, and the name of the person who performed the baptism or where it took place. The final volume includes some notations about subsequent confirmations and marriages, dating as late as circa 1962.

Additional baptismal records may be found in the Boarding-Out Department, St. Joseph's-by-the-Sea, and St. Ann's Maternity Hospital subseries (XIV.4, XIV.6, and XIV.8 respectively).

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 96 Baptisms [RESTRICTED]
1869 October 27 - 1888 January 18
Volume: 97 Baptisms [RESTRICTED]
1888 January 10 - 1907 April 30
Volume: 98 Baptisms [RESTRICTED]
1907 May 1 - 1945 December 29

Subseries XIV.4 - Boarding-Out/Foster Care Volumes (Restricted)

Scope and Content

The subseries contains several types of volumes of boarding-out and foster care records, grouped by type of volume. The various formats enable access to information from different perspectives. Text in square brackets explains each volume's organizational principle.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 99 Foster Homes [alphabetical by foster parent] [RESTRICTED]
circa 1874-1904
Volume: 101 Foster Homes [alphabetical by foster parent M-Z] [RESTRICTED]
circa 1900-1915
Volume: 102 Foster Homes [alphabetical by foster parent] [RESTRICTED]
circa 1915-1932
Volume: 103 Finance Supervision Record [chronological by child; date of birth 1884-1912, supervision 1903-1933] [RESTRICTED]
1884-1933
Volume: 104 Finance Supervision Record [chronological by child; date of birth 1888-circa 1905, supervision 1909-1927] [RESTRICTED]
1888-1927
Volume: 105 Finance Supervision Record [chronological by child; date of birth 1906-1912, supervision 1909-1932] [RESTRICTED]
1906-1932
Volume: 106 Finance Supervision Record [chronological by child; date of birth 1912-1937, supervision 1915-1944] [RESTRICTED]
1912-1944
Volume: 107 Finance Supervision Record [chronological by child; date of birth 1912-1952, supervision 1915-1959] [RESTRICTED]
circa 1912-1959
Volume: 108 Placements [chronological] [RESTRICTED]
1935 October-1955 January
Volume: 109 Placements [chronological] [RESTRICTED]
1941 January - 1947 May
Volume: 110 Placements [chronological] [RESTRICTED]
1952 April-1956 December
Volume: 111 Returns [chronological] [RESTRICTED]
1951 November-1956 December
Volume: 112 Returns [chronological] [RESTRICTED]
1957 January-1958 January
Volume: 113 Returns [chronological] [RESTRICTED]
1958 January-1959 January
Volume: 114 Boarding-Out Department Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation Book [chronological] [RESTRICTED]
1927-1957
Volume: 100 Foster Homes [alphabetical by foster parent A-L] [RESTRICTED]
circa 1900-1915

Subseries XIV.5 - Comptroller Volumes (Restricted)

Scope and Content

The subseries contains 18 volumes labeled "Comptroller." The volumes are a complete set (1874-1930) of lists of children arranged alphabetically and by year. The volumes record each child's time in an unspecified Foundling facility and provide a final disposition (discharged, transferred, indentured, died). These volumes complement the Children's Record volumes (Series XIV.1) which provide more detailed information.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 115 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1874-1879
Volume: 116 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1880-1885
Volume: 117 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1885-1889
Volume: 118 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1889-1893
Volume: 119 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1893-1899
Volume: 120 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1899-1904
Volume: 121 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1904-1909
Volume: 122 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1909-1911
Volume: 123 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1912-1914
Volume: 124 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1915-1916
Volume: 125 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1917-1918
Volume: 126 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1919-1920
Volume: 127 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1921-1922
Volume: 128 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1923-1924
Volume: 129 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1925-1926
Volume: 130 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1927-1929
Volume: 131 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1929
Volume: 132 Comptroller [RESTRICTED]
1930

Subseries XIV.6 - St. Joseph's-by-the-Sea (Restricted)

Scope and content

The subseries consists of four volumes of records from the St. Joseph's-by-the-Sea facility in Staten Island. The facility was an overflow extension of the Foundling's facilities on 68th Street.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 133 Comptroller - St. Joseph's-by-the-Sea [RESTRICTED]
1912-1924
Volume: 134 Comptroller - St. Joseph's-by-the-Sea [RESTRICTED]
1925-1928
Volume: 135 Baptisms, Communions, Confirmations - St. Joseph's-by-the-Sea [RESTRICTED]
1924-1927
Volume: 136 Baby Pavilion Returns [RESTRICTED]
1935-1955

Subseries XIV.7 - Mothers' Records (Restricted)

Scope and content

The subseries consists of two volumes of records of mothers who resided temporarily at the Foundling. Both volumes are arranged chronologically. There is some overlap of information in the volumes.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 137 Mothers and Children [RESTRICTED]
1872-1893
Volume: 138 Mothers Register [RESTRICTED]
1875-1928

Subseries XIV.8 - St. Ann's Maternity Hospital (Restricted)

Scope and content

The subseries consists of 11 volumes of patients' records, followed by 86 Birth Registry volumes, followed by 2 volumes of baptismal records from St. Ann's Maternity Hospital.

The 11 volumes of patients' records are chronological records spanning 1879-1946, with a gap between 1903 December and 1921 May, and another gap between 1926 February and 1936 January. The records 1879-1926 record the mother's name, maiden name, age, and country of birth; the father's name, age, country of birth and profession; the child's name, birthdate, and case number if applicable; a contact address; a record of payment; and sometimes the doctor's name. The records 1936-1946 record the mother's name and age, along with a detailed medical report of the labor and birth, signed by the doctor and nurse.

The 86 Birth Registry volumes contain the birth certificate stubs of children born at St. Ann's, 1881-1946. These birth certificate stubs provide the same information as the birth certificate. The volumes are roughly chronological, with one child's certificate per page.

The baptismal records span the years 1910-1934. The first volume (1910-1926) is organized alphabetically by child. Most of the entries are from 1910-1913, with a few added entries up to 1926. The second volume (1926-1934) is arranged chronologically.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 139 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1879 March-1888 January
Volume: 140 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1888 February-1903 December
Volume: 141 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1921 May-1926 February
Volume: 142 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1936 January-1937 April
Volume: 143 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1937 April-1938 June
Volume: 144 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1938 June-1939 September
Volume: 145 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1939 September-1941 March
Volume: 146 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1941 March-1942 July
Volume: 147 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1942 July-1943 July
Volume: 148 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1943 July-1945 January
Volume: 149 St. Ann's Patients' Records [RESTRICTED]
1945 January-1946 February
Volume: 150 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1881 May 6 - 1883 February 11
Volume: 151 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1882 March 10 - 1883 December 14
Volume: 152 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1883 December 16 - 1884 December 26
Volume: 153 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1884 December 27 - 1885 December 27
Volume: 154 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1885 December 31 - 1886 December 23
Volume: 155 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1886 December 25 - 1887 December 14
Volume: 156 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1887 December 17 - 1888 December 31
Volume: 157 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1889 January 1 - 1889 December 12
Volume: 158 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1889 December 14 - 1890 December 17
Volume: 159 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1890 December 18 - 1891 December 25
Volume: 160 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1891 December 28 - 1892 December 30
Volume: 161 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1893 January 1 - 1894 January 7
Volume: 162 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1894 January 8 - 1895 January 8
Volume: 163 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1895 January 10 - December 26
Volume: 164 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1895 December 28 - 1896 December 25
Volume: 165 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1896 December 25 - 1897 December 23
Volume: 166 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1897 December 24 - 1898 December 30
Volume: 167 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1899 January 3 - December 31
Volume: 168 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1900 January 4 - December 31
Volume: 169 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1901 January 1 - December 31
Volume: 170 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1902 January 1 - December 31
Volume: 171 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1903 January 1 - December 30
Volume: 172 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1904 January 4 - December 31
Volume: 173 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1905 January 1 - December 30
Volume: 174 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1906 January 1 - December 31
Volume: 175 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1907 January 1 - December 30
Volume: 176 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1908 January 1 - December 30
Volume: 177 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1909 January 1 - December 30
Volume: 178 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1910 January 1 - December 30
Volume: 179 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1911 January 4 - Deember 31
Volume: 180 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1912 January 3 - December 26
Volume: 181 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1913 January 1 - 1914 January 6
Volume: 182 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1914 January 5 - 1915 January 6
Volume: 183 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1915 January 1 - 1916 January 14
Volume: 184 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1916 January 6 - December 21
Volume: 185 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1916 December 22 - 1918 January 8
Volume: 186 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1918 January 1 - December 25
Volume: 187 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1918 December 30 - 1920 January 1
Volume: 188 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1919 December 27 - 1920 December 30
Volume: 189 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1920 December 27 - 1922 January 12
Volume: 190 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1921 December 26 - 1923 January 14
Volume: 191 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1923 January 2 - 1924 January 17
Volume: 192 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1923 December 30 - 1924 July 4
Volume: 193 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1924 June 21 - December 27
Volume: 194 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1924 December 14 - 1925 July 2
Volume: 195 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1925 June 27 - December 29
Volume: 196 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1925 December 25 - 1926 July 2
Volume: 197 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1926 June 22 - December 29
Volume: 198 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1926 December 18 - 1927 June 27
Volume: 199 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1927 June 24 - December 30
Volume: 200 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1928 January 2 - June 30
Volume: 201 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1928 June 27 - December 31
Volume: 202 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1929 January 1 - July 19
Volume: 203 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1929 July 7 - December 28
Volume: 204 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1929 December 22 - 1930 June 30
Volume: 205 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1930 July - December
Volume: 206 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1930 December - 1931 June
Volume: 207 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1931 July - December
Volume: 208 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1932 January - June
Volume: 209 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1932 July-December
Volume: 210 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1933 January-June
Volume: 211 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1933 July-December
Volume: 212 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1934 January-June
Volume: 213 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1934 July-December
Volume: 214 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1935 January-June
Volume: 215 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1935 July-December
Volume: 216 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1936 January-June
Volume: 217 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1936 July-December
Volume: 218 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1937 January-June
Volume: 219 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1937 July-December
Volume: 220 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1938 January-June
Volume: 221 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1938 July-December
Volume: 222 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1939 January-June
Volume: 223 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1939 July-December
Volume: 224 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1940 January-June
Volume: 225 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1940 July-December
Volume: 226 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1941 January-June
Volume: 227 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1941 July-December
Volume: 228 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1942 January-June
Volume: 229 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1942 July-December
Volume: 230 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1943 January-June
Volume: 231 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1943 July-December
Volume: 232 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1944 January-June
Volume: 233 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1944 July-December
Volume: 234 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1945 January-June
Volume: 235 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1945 July 1-September 29
Volume: 236 Registry of Births [RESTRICTED]
1945 September 30 - 1946 February 23
Volume: 237 St. Ann's Baptismal Records
1910-1926
Volume: 238 St. Ann's Baptisms
1926 March - 1934 May

Subseries XIV.9 - Autopsies (Restricted)

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 239 Record of Autopsies
1931 October 8 - 1955 February 21

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