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Guide to the Robinson Family Papers
1822-1966 (Bulk 1860-1940)
  MS 520, MS 2309

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Collection processed by Maurita Baldock

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 02, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series XIV: Charities (1872-1952)

Scope and Contents note

This series includes the records of the charity work of female members of the Robinson family, particularly Pauline. The letters and clippings document the need for and the efficacy of the various charities.

Subseries 1: Monday Sewing Class, (1872-1952)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains the records of the Monday Sewing Class, a group of women who sewed, and eventually simply paid others to sew, clothes for the poor. Anna Foster Robinson was a founding member of the group and Pauline Robinson later became its President. The records include fabric and monetary contributions, amounts of items of clothing sewn for the poor, and photographs of the members at a luncheon. Besides the loose items, the series also contain two volumes of records. The records also list the prominent female members of the charity such as Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt- the wife and mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The series also contains four short thank you notes to the group from Eleanor Roosevelt..

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Monday Sewing Class: Lists of Members
1872-1940
Box: 12 Folder : 15 Monday Sewing Class: Minutes and Reports
1921-1952
Box: 12 Folder : 16 Monday Sewing Class: Correspondence
1924-1945
Box: 12 Folder : 17 Monday Sewing Class: Photographs
[1947]
Box: 12 Folder : 18 Monday Sewing Class: Exhibit at Museum of the City of New York for 75th Anniversary
1947-1948
Volume: 3 Record Book of the Monday Sewing Club
1872-1901, 1921
Volume: 4 Membership and Attendance Book of the Monday Sewing Club
1877-1887
Subseries 2: Public Schools as Community Recreation Centers, (1906-1913)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries documents the efforts to keep public schools open in the evening to provide space for clubs and recreation for local residents. The centers included reading libraries, games, and space for physical activities for teenagers and adults. Various lectures and forms of entertainment were also provided for in many of the schools. Much of the subseries entails correspondence with the Department of Education in New York City. The scrapbook pages mainly include letters responding to Pauline's plea for financial or organizational assistance.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 19 Public Schools as Community Recreation Centers, Correspondence
1906-1913
Box: 12 Folder : 20 Public Schools as Community Recreation Centers, Lists of Committee Members, Clippings
1907, undated
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Scrapbook of Charity Work, Part 1
1906-1908
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Scrapbook of Charity Work, Part 2
1906-1908
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Scrapbook of Charity Work, Part 3
1906-1908
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Scrapbook of Charity Work, Part 4
1906-1908
Subseries 3: Parks and Playground Association, (1908-1915)

Scope and Contents note

This series documents Pauline Robinson's involvement in the parks and playground movement which worked to establish playgrounds on roofs and vacant lots. The material includes correspondence, reports, and newspaper clippings. More materials regarding this charity are also in the scrapbook pages in Subseries 2, Public Schools as Community Recreation Centers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Parks and Playground Association, Correspondence and Reports
1908-1915
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Parks and Playground Association, Clippings
1910, undated
Subseries 4: West Side Children's Center, (1919-1945)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes reports and of the West Side Children's Center which was part of the larger national group, the Children's Aid Society. The records include a report and some correspondence. The records indicate that Pauline Robinson was President of the West Side Children's Center.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Records of West Side Children's Center
1919-1945
Subseries 5: Junior League, (1902-1951)

Scope and Contents note

This series documents Pauline Robinson's membership in the Junior League. It includes ephemera from events and a booklet from 1951 that documents the League's thirty year history.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Junior League
1902, 1951, undated
Subseries 6: American Ambulance Hospital in Paris, (1917)

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains a program from a series of performances to benefit the hospital. The program also indicates that Pauline Robinson was on the Junior Committee for the benefit.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Program for Benefit
1917

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