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Guide to the Records of Graham Windham
1804-2011
 MS 2916

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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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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Series II - Society for the Relief of Half-Orphans and Destitute Children/Windham Child Care, 1841-1977, 1841-1977

Scope and Content

The Society for the Relief of Half-Orphan and Destitute Children (SRHO) was founded in 1835, and incorporated in 1837. In 1947, after moving and restructuring, it was renamed The Windham Society for the Care of Boys. In 1949, it merged with Protestant Children's Services, Inc., and was renamed Windham Children's Services. In 1969, it merged with the Child Care Center, an agency which had previously merged with the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children, and became Windham Child Care. In 1977, the agency merged with The Graham Home for Children, and the combined entity became Graham-Windham Services to Families and Children (now Graham Windham).

The series contains materials of the Society for the Relief of Half-Orphan and Destitute Children and its subsequent organizations from (1926?-1977), up to the merger with the Graham Home for Children. For records after the merger, see Series III.

Materials include minutes, annual reports, and photographs.

The Society for the Relief of Half-Orphan and Destitute Children was founded in 1835, and incorporated in 1837. In 1947, after moving and restructuring, it was renamed The Windham Society for the Care of Boys. In 1949, it merged with Protestant Children's Services, Inc., and was renamed Windham Children's Services. In 1969, it merged with the Child Care Center, an agency which had previously merged with the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children, and became Windham Child Care. In 1977, the agency merged with The Graham Home for Children, and the combined entity became Graham-Windham Services to Families and Children (now Graham Windham).

The series contains Minutes of the Society for the Relief of Half-Orphan and Destitute Children and its subsequent organizations from 1923-1977, up to the merger with the Graham Home for Children. Minutes from 1933-1945 are missing. Minutes prior to 1923 may be found at the Butler Library, Columbia University.

The series also includes Annual Reports 1868-1979 (not inclusive) in loose copies and bound volumes, a pamphlet memorializing founder Eliza Tomlinson (1862), three folders of administrative documents (1926-1976), a scrapbook of newspaper clippings (1957-1964) and a set of photographs of celebrities, autographed for the Windham children (1965 and undated).

For records after the merger with the Graham Home for Children, see Series III. For records of the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children, see Series IV.

The series is arranged in 6 subseries, as follows:

Missing Title

  1. II.1 - Board Minutes, 1923-1977
  2. II.2 - Committee Minutes, 1841-1968
  3. II.3 - Annual Reports, 1853-1973
  4. II.4 - Administrative and Printed Documents, 1862-1976
  5. II.5 - Photographs, 1965 and undated
  6. II.6 - Clippings, 1957-1964

Subseries II.1 - Board Minutes, 1923-1977, 1923-1977

Scope and Content

The series contains Minutes of the Society for the Relief of Half-Orphan and Destitute Children and its subsequent organizations (Windham Society for the Care of Boys, Windham Children's Services, Windham Child Care) from 1923-1977, up to the merger with the Graham Home for Children. Minutes from 1933-1945 are missing. Minutes prior to 1923 may be found at the Butler Library, Columbia University.

An index to the minutes is available to researchers at the New-York Historical Society manuscript department.

Minutes are closed to the public for a term of one hundred years from date of creation. Minutes older than one hundred years are open for research.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 134 Volume : 165 SRHO Board Minutes
1923 January - 1926 June
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 1 SRHO Board Minutes
1926 October - 1932 December
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 2 SRHO Board Minutes
1945 October - 1948 January
Offsite-Box: 137 Volume : 166 SRHO Board Minutes
1948 March - 1949 May
Offsite-Box: 137 Volume : 167 SRHO Board Minutes
1949 September - 1950 November
Offsite-Box: 137 Volume : 168 SRHO Board Minutes
1951 January - 1954 November
Offsite-Box: 137 Volume : 169 SRHO Board Minutes
1955 January - 1958 December
Offsite-Box: 138 Volume : 170 SRHO Board Minutes
1959 January - 1962 November
Offsite-Box: 138 Volume : 171 SRHO Board Minutes
1963 January - 1965 November
Offsite-Box: 138 Volume : 172 SRHO Board Minutes
1966 January - 1968 November
Offsite-Box: 138 Volume : 173 SRHO Board Minutes
1969 January - 1971 June
Offsite-Box: 139 Volume : 174 SRHO Board Minutes
1971 September - 1973 March
Offsite-Box: 139 Volume : 175 SRHO Board Minutes
1973 April - 1975 April
Offsite-Box: 139 Volume : 176 SRHO Board Minutes
1975 May - 1977 June
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 3 Reports of the Executive Director to the Board 1950-1962, and Board Minutes 1965
1950-1965

Subseries II.2 - Committee Minutes, 1841-1968, 1841-1968

Scope and Content

The subseries contains 3 bound volumes of minutes of committees.

Minutes are closed to the public for a term of one hundred years from date of creation. Minutes older than one hundred years are open for research.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 139 Volume : 177 Minutes of the Visiting Committee
1841-1845
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 178 Children's Service Committee Minutes
1959-1968
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 179 Staff Meeting Minutes
1960-1964

Subseries II.3 - Annual Reports, 1853-1973, 1853-1973

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of Annual Reports of the Society for the Relief of Half Orphans and Destitute Children, bound together in volumes, 1853-1937, and loose copies of Annual Reports of the organization 1868-1949 and its successor organization, Windham Children's Service, 1964-1973 (not inclusive).

An index to the annual reports is available to researchers at the New-York Historical Society manuscript department.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 180 SRHO Annual Reports
1853-1863
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 181 SRHO Annual Reports
1864-1874
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 182 SRHO Annual Reports
1875-1886
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 183 SRHO Annual Reports
1886-1898
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 184 SRHO Annual Reports
1897-1909
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 185 SRHO Annual Reports
1910-1923
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 186 SRHO Annual Reports
1924-1933
Offsite-Box: 140 Volume : 187 SRHO Annual Reports
1934-1937
Offsite-Box: 25 SRHO Annual Reports
1868-1900
Offsite-Box: 26 SRHO Annual Reports
1900-1919
Offsite-Box: 27 SRHO Annual Reports
1919-1934
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 1 SRHO Annual Reports
1934-1936
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 2 SRHO Annual Reports
1937-1938
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 3 SRHO Annual Reports
1939-1941
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 4 SRHO Annual Reports
1942-1945
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 5 SRHO Annual Reports
1946-1947 and 1949
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 6 SRHO Annual Reports
1964-1973

Subseries II.4 - Administrative and Printed Documents, 1862-1976, 1872-1976

Scope and Content

The subseries includes a pamphlet memorializing founder Eliza Tomlinson (1862), and three folders of administrative documents (1926-1976).

The pamphlet in Folder 1 is available for research. Folders 2, 3, and 4 are closed to the public for a term of one hundred years from date of creation. Documents older than one hundred years are open for research.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 7 Eliza Tomlinson memorial pamphlet
1862
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 8 Visitor's Notes
circa 1926
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 9 Audits
1942-1943
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 10 Board members' manual
1976

Subseries II.5 - Photographs, 1965 and undated, 1965 and undated

Scope and Content

The subseries includes autographed original photographs of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Harry Truman, Mayor Robert Wagner, Adlai Stevenson, Leonard Bernstein, Danny Kaye, Emmett Kelly, and Elizabeth Arden, most signed "to the Windham Children." These photographs had been framed and displayed by the Windham agency, but have now been removed from their frames for conservation purposes. Researchers may view photocopies of these signed portraits, not the originals.

The subseries does not include photographs of the Windham Agency. However, a few photographs from the agency before its merger with the Graham Home may be found arranged with post-merger photographs in Box 89, Folder 6 of Series III.9.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 11 Signed Photographs
1965 and undated
Box: OS 1 Folder : 5 Signed photograph of Adlai Stevenson
undated

Subseries II.6 - Clippings, 1957-1964, 1957-1964

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 136 Volume : 188 Windham Clippings Scrapbook
1957-1964

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