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Visiting Policies

For the security of the NYSPCC’s staff, visitors, researchers, and collections, we ask you to join our efforts to create a research-friendly environment and to preserve the collection for future generations by adhering to the Archives policies. Please contact the Archivist if you have any questions about the policies and rules below.

Please contact The NYSPCC Archivist, Chelsea Frank, MLIS at or at (212) 233-5500 x214

The NYSPCC Archives has one visiting room, which houses ephemera including the dress worn by Mary Ellen at the time of her rescue, professionally mounted in a museum display case, the badges or shields worn by the NYSPCC president, directors and special officers, and the original cast iron seal of the Society.

Admittance to view the Collection

Researchers wishing to consult material in the Archive should write to the Archivist with details of their research proposal. All visits to the Archive are by prior appointment with the Archivist.

Access to Collections

Due to the nature of the material some files are restricted and may not be generally available to researchers. Please refer to the finding aid as to what collections are restricted or contact the Archivist if you have any questions regarding this policy.

Appropriate preservation aids for consulting original documents, such as book rests and weights, will be provided. Magnifying glasses and a light box are available upon request.

Conditions of use of the Reading Room

Food and beverages are not permitted in the reading room. There is a water fountain with paper cups in our front entrance for guest and there are numerous restaurants in the area, which the archivist can offer suggestions to.

Personal cameras may be used in the NYSPCC Conference room under certain circumstances, depending on the physical condition of materials. Photographs taken in the reading room may not be posted on the internet, donated/sold to another repository, or exhibited in any way. In order to use any duplicated photos please ask the Archivist for our usage guidelines.

We ask patrons with cellular phones to please silence these devices during their visit. All necessary calls should be conducted outside the reading room at an appropriate volume.

The use of pens is not permitted in the Conference room. Pencils and papers are available. The use of a laptop computer is encouraged.

In the event of an alarm being sounded, researchers must follow the directions of the Archivist.

Updated April 10, 2020


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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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View The NYSPCC Archives Finding Aid and information on how to search the collection.

Historical Timeline

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125th Anniversary Booklet

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