Home for Little Wanderers
Scope:

The Home for Little Wanderers collection includes printed material, correspondence, professional material, financial material, legal material, photographs, manuscripts, memorabilia, artwork, scrapbooks, film and video, electronic media, audio material, and diaries.

The collection contains material pertaining to the organizations that were precursors to the Home for Little Wanderers. Organizations include Baldwin Place, the Bethesda Society, the Boston Female Asylum, Children’s Mission to Children, the Everett House, the Industrial School for Girls, Longview Farm, the New England Home for Little Wanderers, the Orchard Home School, Parents and Children’s Services to the Children’s Mission, and the Penitent Females’ Refuge Society.

Printed material includes editions of the Little Wanderer’s Advocate newsletter from 1865 to 1989, other newsletters from 1957 to 2012, subject files and alphabetical files dating from 1868 to 2002, various newspapers and newspaper clippings from the 1920s through the 2000s, booklets from 1904 to 2014, magazines from 1967 to 2008, programs from 1889 to 1958, flyers from 1956 to 1988, journal clippings from 1952 to 1963, brochures from 1950 to 2012, manuals, advertisements, cards and invitations, ballots, donation envelopes, magazine clippings, forms, and calendars.

Printed material also includes an Everett House program description and interview regarding the time between 1945 and 1978; program guides from 1977 to 1978 for the Orchard Home School; news clippings from 1934 to 1944 regarding Longview Farm; printed pamphlets, a newspaper from 1880, and a Bible from 1892 regarding or belonging to the Children’s Mission to Children; and material pertaining to the New England Home for Little Wanderers including newspaper clippings regarding Chaney Church Jones from 1932 to 1940, a cover of the first Advocate from 1865, newspaper clippings from 1865 to 1996, event programs from 1889 to 1965, booklets and pamphlets, a Herald magazine cover from 1965, and the composition “If Only I Had a Home Sweet Home” by Will Rossiter.

Correspondence includes alphabetical files of correspondence and general correspondence from the 1910s through the 1980s; the Penitent Females’ Refuge Society’s correspondence from 1914; the Bethesda Society’s correspondence including general correspondence and letters with various administrative figures from 1914 to 1947; the Orchard Home School’s various correspondences from the 1930s through the 1950s; Longview Farm’s various correspondences from 1933 to 1948; the Children’s Mission to Children’s correspondence including letters or items regarding a building sale from 1926 to 1927, a letter to superior court from 1929; the Parents and Children’s Service to the Children’s Mission’s financial correspondence from the 1950s through the 1970s; and the New England Home for Little Wanderers’ assorted letters.

Professional material in the collection includes alphabetical files dating from 1937 to 2006, bound and loose meeting minutes from 1912 to 1999, floor plans from 1958 to 1959, forms from 1955 to 1962, agendas from 1930 to 1989, schedules from 1958 to 1990, reports from 1915 to 1984, organizational lists from 1954 to 1974, applications and applicant files from 1958 to 1962, memos from 1959 to 1988, informational packets from 1949 to 1982, annual reports from 1974 to 1984, and business cards.

Professional material also includes the Penitent Females’ Refuge Society’s reports, records, meeting minutes, and admissions registers from the 1820s through the 1900s, among other materials; the Bethesda Society’s foster home applications, annual reports, and records from the 1850s through the 1930s, among other materials; the Industrial School for Girls’ records, administrative information, secretary records, meeting records, and admissions records from 1853 to 1945, among other materials; Everett House’s client records, secretary’s reports, and  meeting minutes from the 20th century; Orchard Home School’s intake rosters and referrals, daily schedules and reminders, meeting minutes, secretary reports, and internal documents regarding the Little Wanderer’s merger from the 1910s through the 1990s; Longview Farm’s inmate records, inmate reports, and advisory committee documents from the 1940s, among other materials; the Children’s Mission to Children’s reports, meeting minutes, and foster home applications from 1850s through the 1960s, among other materials; the Parents and Children’s Services to the Children’s Mission’s meeting minutes from the 1960s through the 1990s, among other materials; the Boston Female Asylum’s register of admittance from 1805 to 1856, among other materials; Baldwin Place’s admissions resisters, records, and visitor registers from 1867 to 1914; and the New England Home for Little Wanderers’ registers, record books, records of placement, admissions registers, meeting minutes, and miscellaneous subject files from the 1860s through the 1970s, among other materials.  

Financial material in the collection consists of alphabetical files and subject files containing material dating from 1912 to 2000, financial agreements from 1968, treasurer’s statements from 1983 to 1984, salary cards from 1958 to 1975, receipts from 1915 to 1985, checks from 1937 to 1985, first rate statements from 1983 to 1984, check ledgers from 1917 to 1950, financial reports and records from 1913 to 1989, expense statements from 1915 to 1988, contracts and requirements from 1978, salary and income records from 1928 to 1961, deposit slip copies from 1978 to 1981, dividend and interest records from 1940 to 1952, the Fiduciary Trust Company investment summary from 1961 to 1962, budget summaries from 1952 to 1980, tax returns from 1984 to 1987, bank statements from 1954 to 1987, six month investment account statements from 1980 to 1984, and investment records from 1913 to 1952.

Financial material also includes the Penitent Female’s Refuge Society’s fundraising book and accounts 1825 to 1870; the Bethesda Society’s accounting books and treasurer reports from 1915 to 1928; Orchard Home School’s financial documents from 1951 to 1953; Longview Farm’s financial records from 1934 to 1946; the Children’s Mission to Children’s financial claims, approved bills, cash books, and payroll documents from the 1920s through the 1960s; the Parents and Children’s Services to Children’s Mission’s securities and investments, bank and account transfers, financial reports, and audit reports from the 1960s through the 1970s, among other materials; Baldwin Place’s cash expenditures, accounts, and contribution records from 1865 to 1914; and the New England Home for Little Wanderers’ account books, financial records, collections books, contributions records, fundraising reports, cash receipts, payments, treasurer reports, budget reports, and ledgers from 1869 to 1971, among other materials.

Legal material includes undated alphabetical files, clerks certificates from 1976 to 1981, insurance reports from 1955 to 1963, court cases from 1932 to 1956, an affidavit from 1976, legislative information from 1940 to 1977, By-laws from 1976 to 1981, lease agreements from 1980 to 1981, contracts from 1941, and personal acknowledgments.

Legal material also includes an Orchard Home School’s deed from 1916; the Children’s Mission to Children’s lease and mortgage agreements, deeds, and claims from the 18th century; and the New England Home for Little Wanderers’ funeral documents and obituaries from 1910 to 1939; among other materials.

Photographs in the collection consist of alphabetical and subject files from 1970 to 2002 including photographs of notables Kevin Fitzgerald, Edward Kennedy, and Joan Wallace-Benjamin; various albums; historic photographs (pre-1950); group photographs and portraits of children; photographs of holiday and outdoor events featuring notables including Tom Menino; photographs pertaining to administration, buildings, or events from the 1950s through to 2000s featuring notables James Taylor and Phylicia Rashad; slides of “the Polluck family”; negatives from 1954 to 1962, and other general photographs.

Photographs also include prints regarding the Children’s Mission to Children, including Fannie Merrill, and the New England Home for Little Wanderers’ miscellaneous photographs.

Manuscripts include drafts of books including There is Always Someone There, and Watchers and Holy Ones; drafts of articles including “Orphan Trains West,”; and “A Study of the Current Adjustment of Girls Discharged from the Everett House During 1967-1968-1969,” a 1972 Master of Arts thesis by Donna Gindes, Melvin Shandler, and Susan Weinman; among other materials.

Manuscripts also include Longview Farm’s case study of inmates and a 1951 thesis, “The Alumni of Longview Farms,” and the New England Home for Little Wanderers’ policy manual.

Memorabilia consists of banners, yearbooks from 1986 to 1991, a time capsule from 1907 to 1914, and organizational charts, among other materials.

Artwork in the collection consists of sketches and children’s drawings.

Scrapbooks include the Children’s Mission to Children scrapbooks from the 1880s through the 1960s; the New England Home for Little Wanderers scrapbooks from the 1930s and from the 1960s; and the Home for Little Wanderers scrapbooks from 1976 to 1981.

The Home for Little Wanderers collection also includes miscellaneous film and video, electronic media, audio material, and diaries.

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