Industrial School of Rochester

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Industrial School of Rochester records
Creator: Industrial School of Rochester
Call Number: D.103
Dates: 1857-1953
Physical Description: 2 boxes, 22 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Reports, correspondence, etc.
Series II: Minutes
Series III: Financial records
Collection Overview
Title: Industrial School of Rochester records
Creator: Industrial School of Rochester
Call Number: D.103
Dates: 1857-1953
Physical Description: 2 boxes, 22 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
After visiting an industrial school in Brooklyn, New York, Mrs. Ebenezer Griffin was resolved to begin a similar institution in Rochester. To that purpose, she and several other women met on December 17, 1856 to organize an association for the "care and instruction of vagrant children." The Industrial School of Rochester was incorporated by the New York State Legislature the following April. The school was first located in a former hotel on Exchange Street and moved to 133 Exchange Street in 1858. The original staff consisted of a matron, teacher, and cook; all other work was done by volunteers.The second article of the constitution stated the purpose of the organization to be:...to gather into the school, vagrant and destitute children, who from the vice of their parents, are unable to attend the public schools, and who gather a precarious livelihood by begging and pilfering, to give them ideas of moral and religious duty, to instruct them in the elements of learning, and in different branches of industry, and thus enable them to obtain honest and honorable support, and to become useful members of society. During the first thirty-five years of operation, the emphasis of the Industrial School was on conducting an education program that included sewing and cooking for the girls and woodworking and other crafts for the boys. The manual training was designed to teach job skills, but more importantly to instill good character traits. By 1872 the school was caring for children under school age whose parents were both in the work force, and in 1891 a kindergarten was opened. By 1919 the school age children were being sent to the public schools. Some children were boarded at the school between 1862 and 1895, but the practice was stopped for lack of space and fear of spreading communicable diseases. Beginning in 1921 children were again boarded at the school. This ended in 1926 when the Children's Aid Society began a housing program.In 1924 the institution was renamed the Rochester Children's Nursery as there was no longer an emphasis on vocational and moral training. Over the years the RCN has adopted strategies that reflect evolving theories of child development. While still focusing on educational programs, the staff has increasingly worked to meet the emotional and intellectual needs of the children under their care. In 1955 the RCN moved to a new building at 941 South Avenue, where it still operates as the Rochester Children's Nursery Day Care Center. The Industrial School of Rochester was run by a women's Board of Managers, while the finances were controlled by a male Board of Directors. The school was funded mainly by private contributions. Other financial resources came from state appropriations, the Board of Education, endowment from memorial legacies, and stock dividends.

Scope and Content
The collection contains minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers and Board of Directors, reports of Managers visiting the families of children in the school, financial records, legal documents, correspondence, and histories of the Industrial School.

Printed material removed from the collection and cataloged consists of annual reports of the Industrial School and the Rochester Children's Nursery (1858-1927, 1931), and issues of the Industrial School Advocate (1894-1924, incomplete).

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Children--Services for
Child care
Day care centers
Vocational education
Schools
Women in charitable work
Minutes (Records)
Correspondence
Financial records
Industrial School of Rochester
Rochester Children's Nursery
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Rochester Children's Nursery, 1977 and 1991.Access
The Industrial School of Rochester records is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Industrial School of Rochester records, D.103, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Reports, correspondence, etc.
Box 1, Folder 1Histories of the Industrial School of Rochester
Box 1, Folder 2Printed material
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 4Publicity and pictures
Box 1, Folder 5Committee reports
Box 1, Folder 6Consent and release forms to use children's pictures for publicity
Box 1, Folder 7Legal documents
Volume 16Reports of managers visits to families of children in the school, 1857
Series II: Minutes
Volume 1Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1857-1858
Volume 2Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1859-1860
Volume 3Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1861-1864
Volume 4Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1865-1878
Volume 5Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1879-1882
Volume 6Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1883-1886
Volume 7Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1887-1889
Volume 8Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1890-1891
Volume 9Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1892-1894
Volume 10Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1895-1899
Volume 11Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1899-1905
Volume 12Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1906-1910
Volume 13Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1911-1915
Volume 14Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1916-1920
Volume 15Minutes of meetings of the Board of Managers, 1920-1925
Volume 17Minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors, 1857-1908
Volume 18Minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors, 1938-1953
Box 2, Folder 27Lists of board members and managers
Series III: Financial records
Box 1, Folder 8Papers related to the Savannah Street property
Box 1, Folder 9Stock reports
Box 1, Folder 10Memoranda of legacies and financial reports
Box 1, Folder 11Cancelled checks, 1891-1907
Box 1, Folder 12Cancelled checks, 1907-1912
Box 1, Folder 13Treasurer's reports, 1885-1903
Box 1, Folder 14Treasurer's reports, 1904-1912
Box 2, Folder 1-26Receipts for payments made by the Industrial School for goods, services, taxes, etc., 1891-1918
Box 1, Folder 15Treasurer's reports, 1913-1917
Volume 19Investments of the Industrial School, 1859-1871
Volume 20Ledger, 1873-1902
Volume 21Treasurer's account book, 1888-1902
Volume 22Treasurer's account book, 1903-1913


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