On the bookshelf
• The Children’s Aid Society of New York: An Index to the Federal, State and Local Census Records of Its Lodging Houses (1855-1925) by Carolee Inskeep (Clearfield Co.)
• Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo: The Life’s Work of Rev. H.D. Clarke by Clark Kidder (Heritage Books)
• The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America by Marilyn Irvin Holt (University of Nebraska Press)
• Orphan Train Riders: Their Own Stories by Mary Ellen Johnson and Kay B. Hall (Gateway Press, out of print)
• The Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed by Stephen O’Connor (Houghton Mifflin Co.)
• Orphan Trains to Missouri by Michael Patrick and Evelyn Goodrich Trickel (University of Missouri Press)
• Legends & Legacies: Orphanages <www.legends.ca/orphanages/orphanages.html>: Browse the growing list of known orphanages nationally and internationally, plus learn about the history and types of orphanages.
• Orphan Trains: The American Experience <www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/orphan>: PBS documentary examines the efforts of the Children’s Aid Society to find rural homes for homeless city youths between 1850 and 1929.
• Orphan Trains of Kansas <kuhttp.cc.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/articles/orphans>: Search for the lost history and ancestry of orphan children sent from the streets of New York to the West between 1867 and 1930.
• Brooklyn Nursery and Infants Hospital
c/o Salvation Army Social Services for Children
132 W. 14th St.
New York, NY 10011
• Children’s Aid Society
Office of Closed Records
150 E. 45th St.
New York, NY 10017
• The Children’s Village
(formerly the New York Juvenile Asylum)
Office of Alumni Affairs
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-0600, Ext. 1410
<www.childrensvillage.org> Founded in 1851.
• Five Points House of Industry
c/o Greer-Woodycrest and Hope Farm
Mark Lukens, Director
Crystal Run Village
RD 2, Box 98
Middletown, NY 10940
• Brooklyn Home for Children
c/o Forestdale Inc.
67-35 112th St.
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Founded in 1884 as the Home for Destitute Children.
• New England Home for Little Wanderers
c/o The Home for Little Wanderers
271 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Founded in 1865; merged with Boston Children’s Services in 1999.
• New York Child’s Foster Home Services
c/o Sheltering Arms
122 E. 29th St.
New York, NY 10016
For Sheltering Arms and Speedwell records.
• New York Infant Asylum, 1865-1910, New York Nursery and Child’s Hospital, 1910-1947
c/o New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives
525 E. 68th St, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10021
• Orphan Train Heritage Society of America
614 E. Emma Ave., Suite 115
Springdale, AR 72764
<www.orphantrainriders.com> Publishes a quarterly newsletter, has documented information on 10,000-plus riders and sponsors orphan train rider reunions.
• New York Foundling Hospital
Record Information Department 590 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011 (
212) 633-9300, Ext. 6830
Founded as the New York Foundling Asylum in 1869.
• Orphan Asylum Society of Brooklyn
c/o Brookwood Child Care (1960-present)
25 Washington St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Records back to 1855.
Original records were sent to: University of Minnesota Social Welfare
320 Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 21st Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-9825 <special.lib.umn.edu/swha>
Founded in 1832.
• Orphan Asylum Society of New York City
c/o Graham Windham Services to Families and Children
1 S. Broadway
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706