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Guide to the Records of the Leake and Watts Children's Home
1802-1983 (bulk 1831-1949)
 MS 377

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

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Cherie Acierno 2011. Machine readable finding aid created by Cherie Acierno 2011.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 01, 2018
Description is in English
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Administrative Information


The collection was donated in 1983, by The Leake and Watts Children's Home, Inc.

Access Restrictions

Records less than 70 years old are restricted, except to researchers with written permission from Leake and Watts. Records older than 70 years old are open for scholarly research.

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.)

Use Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.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

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Permission must be granted by both the New-York Historical Society and Leake and Watts. Researchers will be asked to agree that no name of any child cared for by Leake and Watts will be included in any published material. 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

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as The Records of the Leake and Watts Children's Home, MS 377, The New-York Historical Society.

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Processing Note

The Leake and Watts Children's Home Records were inventoried by New-York Historical Society library staff in 1983, and processed again by Cherie Acierno in 2011.