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Guide to the Records of Graham Windham
 MS 2916

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Phyllis Barr 1992-1994 and 2006-2010, and again by Cherie Acierno 2011. Finding aid written by Phyllis Barr and Cherie Acierno. Machine readable finding aid created by Cherie Acierno in 2011.

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Administrative Information


The collection was donated to the New-York Historical Society by Graham Windham in 2011.

Access Restrictions

Records of the agency open to the public include printed matter from any date, such as annual reports, brochures, flyers, programs, newsletters, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs from any date, and most records from the Office of Development.

Admission and discharge records, case histories, financial records, minutes, president's records, superintendent's journals, and school records are closed to the public for a period of 100 years from the date of their creation.

All records of the agency more than 100 years old are open to the public.

Researchers who wish to view open materials will register as Manuscript users, and be allowed access to the unrestricted materials in the collection.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Manuscripts Curator The New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West New York, NY 10024

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Graham Windham Records, MS 2916, the New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials at the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society has among its collections eight volumes of minutes (1797-1932) from Isabella Graham's earlier organization, the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children, an agency that preceeded the Orphan Asylum Society (OAS) and then operated simultaneously. The OAS was established to help the orphaned children of the poor widows.

The New-York Historical Society also has collections of other child welfare organizations founded in the nineteenth century with connections to the Orphan Asylum Society, including the Children's Aid Society Records, 1836-2006 (bulk 1853-1947), the New York Foundling Hospital Records, 1869-2009, records of the Leake and Watts Children's Home (and the several predecessor organizations which merged to form it) 1831-1949, and the Colored Orphan Asylum Association for the Benefit of Colored Orphans Records, 1836-1972 (bulk 1850-1936).

Related Materials in Other Collections

The Society for the Relief of Half-Orphan and Destitute Children Records, 1836-1923 (bulk 1853-1922) may be found at the Butler Library, Columbia University

Processing Note

The collection was previously processed by Phyllis Barr at Graham Windham in 1992-1994 and 2006-2011. Upon transfer to the New-York Historical Society, the collection was partially re-processed by Cherie Acierno in September-November 2011.