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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
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Cherie Acierno

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 12, 2022
The finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Records less than 70 years old are restricted, except to researchers with written permission from Rising Ground (the current organizational name of 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.

Use Restrictions


Please be advised that naming or disclosing of identifying information for any child cared for by Leake and Watts in publication is not permitted without the express written permission of Rising Ground ((the current organizational name of Leake and Watts).


Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

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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Association for the Benefit of Colored Orphans Records, 1836-1972 (bulk 1850-1936)

Children's Aid Society Records, 1836-2006 (bulk 1853-1947)

New York Foundling Hospital Records, 1869-2009

Nursery and Child's Hospital Records 1854-1934

James H. Roosevelt Financial Records, 1784, 1820-1863, 1916. Includes two volumes, and a portion of another, of the records maintained by Roosevelt and Cornelius Bogert as trustees for the Leake & Watts Orphan House and estate of Augustine H. Lawrence, 1843-46.

Graham Windham Records, 1806-2011

Watts Papers, 1689-1870 (bulk 1740-1840)

John Watts De Peyster Papers, 1849-1857

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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.