The NYSPCC Archives

The NYSPCC Archives is one of the nation’s most valuable repositories of original and compiled material on the origins, history and development of the child protection movement. The mission of the NYSPCC Archives is to arrange, preserve, and make accessible the unique records of the organization, including files concerning approximately two million New York City children during the period 1874 to present day.

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The NYSPCC Archive Collection consists of NYSPCC annual reports containing a wealth of child protection statistics, newspaper clipping books concerning child protection issues including child labor and the theatre, selected cases such as the complete documentation of the Mary Ellen Case, practice manuals, forms, legislation, case files of any person who was the subject of an NYSPCC investigation, and miscellaneous artifacts.

This wealth of material has not only provided families with the means to reconnect with their roots, but has also been used by researchers to enrich documentaries, dissertations, biographies, histories, periodicals, and textbooks dealing with children’s rights around the globe.

From 1875 to 1950, nearly all reports of alleged child abuse, neglect, or abandonment in New York City were made to The NYSPCC. Records that may be on file include: residents of Manhattan and Marble Hill 1875-1950, Bronx residents west of the Bronx River 1975-1916, and non-resident children whose cases were reported in the above areas. Individuals researching their family genealogy may request information on individual case files from this period if they are persons who as children were the subjects of reports, relatives and descendants of such persons, legal representatives of such persons or their estates, or professionals engaged by any of the preceding individuals. Two levels of searches are offered: Family Search and Comprehensive Family Report. See the FAQ Section on Family Search Fees – Reference Request Form.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Use The NYSPCC's Archival Records?

The NYSPCC Archives have served as an invaluable resource for published works concerning the origins and history of child protection, the movement to regulate child performers, and for various local museum exhibitions.

User Community - Staff - Individuals - Families - Researchers - Students - Schools - Universities - Colleges - Organizations

Any person can use our records by looking over our finding aid and contacting the Archivist, Ruth Edele at redele@nyspcc.org.

Who May Request and Obtain Family Search Request?

• Persons who as children were the subjects of reports

• Relatives and descendants of such persons

• Legal representatives of such persons or their estates

• Professionals engaged by any of the preceding individuals

Whose Records May Be On File?

• Residents of Manhattan and Marble Hill 1875-1950

• Bronx residents west of the Bronx River 1875-1916

• Non-resident children whose cases were reported in the above areas

Family Search Fees - Reference Request Form - Family Donation Form

  • Family Search$100 Flat Fee

    Provides a thorough search of The NYSPCC records and the identification of all relevant case files. A “Report of Basic Findings” is provided which summarizes the number of case records found, names and vital information of household members, and a brief statement regarding the nature of the case. If a substantial amount of material is discovered, an estimate is provided regarding the number of hours required to produce a “Comprehensive Family Report”

  • Comprehensive Family Report$50 per additional hour

    Individuals seeking a more thorough examination of materials may request a “Comprehensive Family Report”, this will include a detailed review and analysis of all relevant information contained in each record, noting or resolving discrepancies in vital information, and to the extent applicable, explaining procedures and identifying resources for further research.

  • To make a request, here is the link to the Reference Request Form.

    To make a family search donation, here is the link to the Family Donation Form.

    Copyright

    Conditions Governing Use Copyright restrictions apply

    The materials in this collection are subject to copyright and intellectual property restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Researchers must obtain written permission from the copyright owner(s) if they wish to publish materials from this collection. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to The NYSPCC Archive, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC).
  • Preferred Citation The NYSPCC Archive, New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC)
  • Publication Statement

    The NYSPCC Archive The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC)

    520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1401

    New York, NY 10018

  • Contact Email: redele@nyspcc.org

  • Digital Collection

    The original material from this collection is digitized as Tiff images. Please direct any requests for digitized collection content to the Archivist - Ruth Edele - redele@nyspcc.org.

  • Additional History Documents
    Archives Contact Information

  • Archive Location

    The NYSPCC Archive The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC)

    520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1401

    New York, NY 10018

  • Email - Archivist - Ruth Edele

    redele@nyspcc.org

  • Phone Number - Archivist - Ruth Edele

    212-233-5500 ext. 252

  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Click the links below to continue learning about The NYSPCC’s history or contact The NYSPCC Archivist at redele@nyspcc.org

    The NYSPCC Archives

    The NYPSCC Archives serves as one of the nation’s most valuable repositories of original and compiled material on the child protection movement.

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    Contact The Archives

    Archive Location - The NYSPCC Archive The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1401 - NYC

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