- Additional Authors
- Colored Orphan Asylum (New York, N.Y.)
- 2 lin. ft.
- Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
- Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
- Source (note)
- Riverdale Children's Association
- Biography (note)
- The Riverdale Children's Association was founded by a group of Quakers in 1836, as the Colored Orphan Asylum in New York City; it was the first institution in the United States dedicated to the care of African American children.
- Processing Action (note)
- Call Number
- Sc MG 300
Riverdale Children's Association (New York, N.Y.)
Riverdale Children's Association Records, 1889-1957.
No photographs of registers; confidentiality form required.
Records of the Riverdale Children's Association consist of registers listing names of children admitted; cause of admission; parents' names; name and address of individual who brought in the child; amount of payment person or city agreed to pay per week for board, tuition and clothing; and contagious diseases and immunization record. Some entries include whether the child was baptized, whether siblings were admitted, and discharge date and name of person taking responsibility for child. Registers cover the years 1889-1916, with discharge dates extending to 1925. Collection also contains admission and discharge registers which include information on the disposition of the child, 1900-1914; scrapbooks containing news clippings, 1936-1957; and a centennial edition pamphlet of the history of the asylum, 1936.
The Riverdale Children's Association was founded by a group of Quakers in 1836, as the Colored Orphan Asylum in New York City; it was the first institution in the United States dedicated to the care of African American children. The Asylum organized its own school, as there were no public school facilities for orphans, and at age 12, the children were indentured to learn a trade. Members of the Board of Trustees were Protestant. The Asylum's facilities moved several times, and its second home at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan was burned to the ground during the New York City Draft Riots in 1863. In 1918, children began to be placed in foster homes, and in 1944, the name was changed to Riverdale Children's Association; at this time, the majority of the children were not orphans but were neglected and dependent. White children were also admitted at this time. The home is presently closed and the association now serves as a foster home placement agency.
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Colored Orphan Asylum (New York, N.Y.)
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Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
- Research Call Number
Sc MG 300