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Guide to the Victor Remer Historical Archives of the Children's Aid Society
1836-2006 (bulk, 1853-1947)
 MS 111

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Cherie Acierno and Alegria Barclay (2009), Larry Weimer (2018-19)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 19, 2023
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Children's Aid Society (New York, N.Y.)
Title: Children's Aid Society records
Dates [inclusive]: 1836-2006 (bulk, 1853-1947)
Abstract: The collection consists of the historical records of the Children's Aid Society (CAS). The charitable organization was founded in New York City in 1853 to aid, educate, and provide lodging for poor children in the city, and/or to place them in foster homes or with employers outside of the city. The bulk of the records relate to the CAS lodging houses, industrial schools, convalescent homes, health centers, farm schools, and, especially, the emigration programs ("orphan train") and foster care and adoption programs which operated during the period 1853-1947. The collection also includes material, such as minutes and financial data, from 1948-1970 and annual reports to 2006. Most records involving specific children require special permission to be viewed. Portions of the collection have been digitized and can be viewed on flickr.
Quantity: 787 Linear feet  in 1,018 boxes of various sizes and 807 bound volumes
Location: This collection is stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult it, please visit
Language: The documents in this collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 111