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The NYSPCC, incorporated in 1875 and now in its second century of continuous service, is the first and the oldest child protection service in the world. From 1875 through 1975, The NYSPCC was the principal child protection agency in New York (Manhattan) County, receiving and investigating all reports alleging child maltreatment or violations of child protection laws.

Additionally, there is a collection of photographs (some in print, some on glass slides), including several NYSPCC buildings and persons of historical importance to The NYSPCC such as Etta Wheeler, Elbridge T. Gerry, Henry Bergh, and Mary Ellen, before and after her rescue, and later with her children.

Archival ephemera include 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 NYSPCC.

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The NYSPCC Archive's

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

Contact The Archives

Contact information for The NYSPCC Archivist and visiting policy.

Historical Timeline

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

125th Anniversary Booklet

Click here to view The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's 125th Anniversary Booklet.

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