Chapin Hall for Children records

Descriptive Summary

Chapin Hall for Children records
Chicago Nursery and Half-Orphan Asylum
Chapin Hall Ridge Farm Preventorium (Lake Forest, Ill.)
46 linear ft. (68 boxes and 1 pkg.)
1 oversized folder.
1 sound tape.
Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, minutes of meetings, 1867-1958, admission and dismissal ledgers, financial records, case files, and other records of the organization, which provided day-care services for working mothers and served as a temporary shelter for dependent children and as an orphanage. The Chicago Nursery and Half-Orphan Asylum was known since the 1930s as Chapin Hall for Children (the name of its building at 2800 West Foster Avenue). The archives include materials on its 100th anniversary celebration in 1960. Also an oversize folder in the collection contains rules and regulations and a list of donors (ca. 1950). A record book of meetings of the early Lady Managers of the Nursery and Half-Orphan Asylum, 1868-1871, lists officers elected; number of children accepted, admitted, and left; reports of sick children, hospital cases, deaths; physicians reports; donations and plans for new building; changes in by-laws; and names of children in the asylum.

Some later correspondence, 1946-1954, relates to the Chapin Hall Ridge Farm Preventorium in Lake Forest (Ill.), an organization seeking to assist dependent children and neglected children with behavioral problems.

Conditions for Access

Unprocessed materials and case files (1977-1984) are closed to researchers. For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).

Conditions Governing Use

Contact the archives for more information on licensing and permissions for use and reproduction.

Preferred Citation

A common citation for archives is as follows: Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Collection title, ID number, Repository name, location.

Acquisition Information

Chapin Hall M1967.0662. Chapin Hall M1968.0711.

Custodial History

Gift of the Chicago Nursery and Half-Orphan Asylum (M1967.0662; M1968.0711).

Biography or History

Founded in 1860 as the Chicago Nursery and Half-Orphan Asylum, the organization was known unofficially as Chapin Hall for Children since the 1930s. In 1984 a successor organization became part of the University of Chicago as a research and development center officially named the Chapin Hall Center for Children. The old Chapin Hall building at 2800 West Foster was torn down in 1985.

Related Material

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Chapin Hall for Children photograph collection (1986.0277).

Descriptive inventory available online. It does not describe the unprocessed materials although they are included in the overall size of the collection.

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