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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
Phone: (212) 873-3400

© 2011 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.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 06, 2013
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content

The collection holds records of the childcare agency Graham Windham, and records of the predecessor orphanages, schools, and childcare agencies that merged to create Graham Windham. The earlier records include documents from the Orphan Asylum Society (later renamed the Graham School, then Graham Home for Children) 1806-1977, including minutes, annual reports, volumes of financial and children's records, brochures and other printed material, as well as other administrative materials and photographs, but not including administrative correspondence. The collection also includes documents from the Society for the Relief of Half-Orphans and Destitute Children (later renamed Windham Society for the Care of Boys/Windham Children's Services/Windham Child Care) 1841-1977, including an incomplete set of minutes, annual reports, administrative documents and a small number of photographs. Records from after the merger of these agencies in 1977 include minutes, annual reports, printed materials, memos, and photographs up to 2011. The collection also includes records of the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children (1910-1949), which merged into Windham in 1949, minutes of the New York Methodist Sunday School Society of the West Circuit 1835-1837, and one document from the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children (circa 1804-1881).


The collection is arranged in four series, corresponding to the agencies that produced the records:


  1. I - Orphan Asylum Society/Graham Home for Children, 1806-1981 (bulk 1806-1977)
  2. II - Society for the Relief of Half-Orphans and Destitute Children/Windham Child Care, 1841-1977
  3. III - Graham Windham, 1970-2011 (bulk 1977-2010)
  4. IV - Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Children circa 1804-1881; New York Methodist Sunday School Society 1835-1837; Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children 1910-1949