Pictured: Mary Ellen - The Case That Inspired the Formation of The NYSPCC

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.

About The NYSPCC Archives

Where The NYSPCC Archives Is Located

520 Eighth Avenue – Suite 1401 – New York City 

Contact Information – 212-233-5500 Ext. 252

Click to reach out to the Archivist. 

 

About The NYSPCC Archive Collection

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.

The NYSPCC Archive Collection includes: 

  • The NYSPCC Annual Reports From 1900 to 1920 
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Eight Detailed Child Abuse Cases 
  • Mary Ellen Case Files – The case that became the inspiration for the incorporation of The NYSPCC
  • Artifacts
  • Legislation 
  • Case Files From 1874 to 1920

 

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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

Who May Request and Obtain Family Search Request? Whose Records Could Be On File?

• 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

• 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

Research Fee Schedule and How to Place A Request

Research Fee Schedule

• Family Search (light/intense) - $100/$250

• Requestor Search (light/intense) - $100/$300

• Publication (use of material in book-article-press release; one-time use) - $300

Depending on the research work required for requests, there may be additional fees.

Click to email a request to The NYSPCC Archivist. 

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 RESOURCES

    Click the links below to continue learning about The NYSPCC’s history.

    Historical Timeline

    View the compelling story behind The NYSPCC’s founding and early history!

    Need to Report Child Abuse?

    Report Child Abuse