Guide to the Hebrew Infant Asylum of the City of New York records, 1895-1934

I-166

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Machine-readable finding aid was converted from a MARC record with marc2ead_ajhs.xsl in 2009. Finding aid written in English.
2016-09-26 PDF box list converted to dsc. Finding aid encoding revised by Janine Veazue. 2016-03-01. Changed "Orphanages" to "Jewish orphanages" in Subjects by Tanya Elder.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hebrew Infant Asylum of the City of New York
Title: Hebrew Infant Asylum of the City of New York records
Dates:1895-1934
Abstract: Contains various bound records from the administrative activities of the Hebrew Infant Asylum including annual reports, board meeting minutes, reports of the admitting physicians, and the admission and discharge records of children.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 3.70 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes + 1 OS1 box)
Identification: I-166
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note
Admitting Physician's Report of the Hebrew Infant Asylum of the City of New York, 1899

Admitting Physician's Report of the Hebrew Infant Asylum of the City of New York, 1899

"To receive and take charge of infants in cases where parent or parents are dead or unable or incompetent to afford to the infant the nursing and attention which they merit, and to care for their religious, physical and moral training." -Hebrew Infant Asylum Society, 1892.1

The origins of the Hebrew Infant Asylum can be traced back to Mrs. Solomon [Esther Hellman] Wallenstein, a member of the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society. She and other concerned New Yorkers recognized a a lack of proper housing for the city's abandoned Jewish children that fell below the age range of orphanage admittance. In 1892 she engaged the help of the United Hebrew Charities of the City of New York and created an informal committee to tackle this problem. Two weeks later, the committee coalesced into the Hebrew Infant Asylum Society, with Wallenstein as President. The Society mailed circulars to men and women in existing charitable organizations, collected second-hand clothing for infants to distribute among the poor, and placed several infants with families at the Society's expense. On April 17, 1895 a charter was obtained, membership dues were established, and 149th/Mott Ave was secured as a suitable location for a proper home for sheltering the city's Jewish infants.

Wallenstein ran the Hebrew Infant Asylum for the next eight years, until her death at the age of 57 on July 8, 1903.

The Asylum has changed locations several times around New York throughout its existence, including 161st street and Eagle Avenue.

By 1942, the Asylum had merged with the Jewish Child Care Association, an organization with a mission to provide "quality services to children and their families, and the universal mandate within the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam— the responsibility of every person to make the world a better place." Along with the Hebrew Infant Asylum, the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society, the Fellowship House and the Jewish Children’s Clearing Bureau all became part of the Jewish Child Care Association (now known formally as just the JCCA), which continues to be responsible for the care of thousands of children in as many foster homes.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains primarily bound volume reports of the Hebrew Infant Asylum (and its later iteration as the Home for Hebrew Infants). Including in these volumes are the printed annual reports (1898-1917), the "monthly city billing" (1904-1906), reports of the admitting physicians (1895-1908) and other general printed material. This collection also includes Board of Directors minutes (1905-1907) and admission and discharge records (1895-1908).

A read-only Excel spreadsheet containing more than 500 transcribed Physician’s Reports regarding children's illnesses and their admission into the Hebrew Infant Asylum can be found here.

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Arrangement

This collection is intellectually organized into three series, arranged by subject.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Hebrew Orphan Asylum Records, I-42
Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum Records, I-230
Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society Records, I-43
Jewish Child Care Association of New York Records, I-235
New York Association for Jewish Children Records, I-236

A read-only Excel spreadsheet containing more than 500 transcribed Physician’s Reports regarding children's illnesses and their admission into the Hebrew Infant Asylum can be found here.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Hebrew Infant Asylum of the City of New York records; I-166; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Access Points

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Reports and Minutes, 1896-1923

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1bookAnnual Reports1898-1908request_box
  

Bound Volume.

 
1bookAnnual Reports 1909-1917request_box
  

Bound Volume.

 
11Board of Directors- Minutes 1905-1907request_box
  

Bound Volume.

 
12Annual Report and an Announcement1896, 1923request_box
  

Bound Volume.

 
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Series II: Promotional Materials, 1896-1934

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21Miscellaneous Promotional Materials1896-1934request_box
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Series III: Admissions books and physicians reports, 1893-1908

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22Admissions Book1900 January-1905 Decemberrequest_box
  

Bound Volume.

 
23Book of Records1896-1903request_box
  

Bound Volume.

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31Admissions1903 March-1908 Januaryrequest_box
  

Bound Volume.

 
32Admissions1895 August-1903 March request_box
  

Bound Volume.

 
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41Admissions1895 August-1903 March
  

Bound Volumes.
Admitting Physician's Report, June 1895-June 1899; Admitting Physician's Report, March 1903-January 1908; Admissions and Discharges, January 1907-January 1913; Admissions and Discharges, January 1922-July 1927.

 
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OSbooksAdmissions and Physicians Reports1893-1905
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