Rochester Female Charitable Society Papers

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Rochester Female Charitable Society papers
Creator: Rochester Female Charitable Society
Call Number: D.160
Dates: 1822-1997
Physical Description: 22 boxes, 56 Volumes, 1 package
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
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Series I: Minutes
Series II: Relief
Series III: Articles given out
Series IV: Income and accounts
Series V: Collectors' books
Series VI: Treasurers' records
Series VII: Treasurers' books
Series VIII: History and ephemera
Collection Overview
Title: Rochester Female Charitable Society papers
Creator: Rochester Female Charitable Society
Call Number: D.160
Dates: 1822-1997
Physical Description: 22 boxes, 56 Volumes, 1 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Rochester Female Charitable Society was founded in February 1822, at the home of Everard Peck. The principal functions of the society were to aid the sick poor and establish a charity school for those too poor to pay city school fees. The organization consisted of a president, vice president, treasurer, board of twelve directresses, and a visiting committee to oversee fifteen districts of the village. Members paid twenty five cents per year to belong to the Society and also contributed provisions, clothing, and bedding which they collected from the community. Visitors distributed the goods and money to the poor of each district. By 1872, seventy three districts had been established, each with a woman visitor.

The chief source of income for the early years was a collection taken at a sermon preached by a different minister each year. The Society also received money from the proceeds of the second Jenny Lind concert in 1851, and from a lecture given in 1855 by P.T. Barnum, as well as many gifts and bequests of cash and property. In 1855, the Society was incorporated, with an additional board of men trustees to oversee the investment of funds.

The Charitable Society School was carried on in a building on a lot given by William Fitzhugh until 1841, when it was superseded by the city school system. The major task of the period 1845 to 1863 was the establishment of the Rochester City Hospital. The City of Rochester designated the old cemetery on Buffalo Street for the hospital, and the school lot was sold to help finance it, but the building was not erected and occupied until 1863. In the meantime, the Society tried to maintain a temporary hospital, or sick house. The Charitable Society, or individual members, was also involved in the organizing of the Rochester Orphan Asylum, the workhouse, the Home for the Friendless, and the Industrial School. In addition, the Society oversaw disaster relief after the flood of 1865 and a major fire in 1868.

By the early twentieth century, the Society was primarily involved with visiting nurse services, and also began distributing pure milk to the needy. By 1922, many functions were being carried out by other agencies. The constitution was amended to conform with the newly formed Community Chest, and the system of visitors was dropped. The Society since that time has supplied needs not met by other agencies.

The collection consists of minutes of the directresses, records of relief distribution, financial records kept by both the treasurer and by male trustees, and printed histories and related ephemera.

Scope and Content
The material is arranged in four series in chronological order within the series. The first series consists of correspondence, manuscript annual reports, and the monthly minutes. The minute books until about 1859 also contain lists of dues collected and visiting districts. The second series consists of records of relief in money and goods given or lent out, and reports by district visitors. The third series consists of financial records, including the treasurers' accounts, the records of income from dues, annual sermons and special events, and the minutes and records of the trustees' investment accounts. The final series contains miscellaneous histories of the society, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and printed ephemera. The following inventory is arranged by subject. The bound volumes and boxed material on the same subject, therefore, are listed together.

New York (State)--Rochester
Women in charitable work
Disaster relief
Records (Documents)
Rochester Female Charitable Society
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Rochester Female Charitable Society, May 29, 1981, August 23, 1982, October 12, 1995, and May 2001.Access
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Administrative Information
Author: Jessica McCane
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: Minutes
Volume 11832-1844
Volume 21844-1850
Volume 31850-1859
Volume 41859-1865
Volume 51865-1870
Volume 61870-1878
Volume 71878-1887
Volume 81887-1892
Volume 91892-1895
Volume 101895-1900
Volume 111900-1905
Volume 121905-1910
Volume 131911-1917
Volume 141917-1921
Volume 151921-1922
Volume 161922-1933
Box 13, Folder 11933-1941
Box 1, Folder 51941-1949
Box 1, Folder 61950-1956
See also volumes 48-52 and Box 5, Folder 2

Box 13, Folder 21957-1962
Volume 17Record of Officers and Trustees, 1885-1924
Box 5, Folder 1Meetings of the R.F.C.S., 1933-1953
Box 13, Folder 31963-1971
Box 13, Folder 41965-1994
Box 13, Folder 51971-1976
Box 5, Folder 21977-1979
Box 13, Folder 61980-1984
Box 14, Folder 11985-1988
Box 14, Folder 21989-1994
Box 14, Folder 3-41994-1999
Box 14, Folder 51999-2001
Box 15, Folder 11998-2001
Box 15, Folder 21999
Box 15, Folder 32000
Box 15, Folder 42001
Box 15, Folder 52001
Box 15, Folder 62002-2003
Box 15, Folder 72002-2003
Box 15, Folder 82003-2005
Box 15, Folder 92003-2007
Box 15, Folder 102007-2009
Box 16, Folder 12009-2010
Box 16, Folder 22011-2012
Box 16, Folder 32013-2014
Box 16, Folder 42014-2017
Box 16, Folder 52017-2018
Box 16, Folder 62018-2019
Series II: Relief
Volume 18Charity School record book, 1830-1835
Box 1, Folder 7Statement in relation to Sick Home, undated
Box 1, Folder 8Statement of expenditure for Home for Friendless, 1854
Box 1, Folder 9Reports of money paid out, 1844-1849
Box 1, Folder 10Flood sufferers' relief, 1865
Box 1, Folder 11Visitor's record book, District 19, 1879
Box 1, Folder 12Visitor's record book, District 34, 1877-1880
Box 1, Folder 13Visitor's record book, District 37, 1878-1879
Box 1, Folder 14Visitor's record book, District 56, 1878-1880
Box 1, Folder 15Visitor's record book, District 57, 1879-1880
Box 1, Folder 16Visitor's record book, Districts 14-16, 1882-1890
Box 1, Folder 17Blank book, circa 1890
Box 1, Folder 18Public Health Nursing Association, 1916-1919
Box 1, Folder 19Milk supply, 1919
Box 5, Folder 3Milk program, undated
Box 10, Folder 9Social Service directory, 1929-1930
Issued by the Council of Social Agencies, Rochester, New York
Part of an addition to the collection, accessioned in 1999

Box 1, Folder 30Relief guidelines, 1978-2011
Box 1, Folder 29"Winter Chill" Program grant, 2017
Series III: Articles given out
Volume 191853-1874
Volume 201875-1876
Volume 211876-1891
Volume 221891-1906
Volume 231907-1922
Volume 24Records of recipients of relief, 1920-1921
Box 5, Folder 4Miscellaneous memos and records of recipients of relief, undated
Box 5, Folder 5Christmas remembrances, 1950, 1955, 1957-1959
Series IV: Income and accounts
Volume 25Receipts from annual sermons, 1822-1859
Volume 25Dues records, 1855-1861
Box 1, Folder 20Income sources, 1832-1855
Box 1, Folder 21P.T. Barnum lecture, 1855
Series V: Collectors' books
Box 1, Folder 22-23St. Luke's Church, 1849-1861
Box 1, Folder 24-25First Presbyterian Church, 1848-1861
Box 1, Folder 26Brick Presbyterian Church, 1859-1861
Box 1, Folder 27Central Presbyterian Church, 1858-1861
Box 1, Folder 28No location, 1860
Series VI: Treasurers' records
Box 2, Folder 1Treasurers' reports, 1828, 1830-1832, 1835-1836
Box 2, Folder 2Treasurers' reports, 1838-1844
Box 2, Folder 3Treasurers' reports, 1845-1846, 1848-1850, 1867-1868
Box 2, Folder 4Treasurers' reports, 1907-1909, 1911-1917, 1921
Box 2, Folder 5Summary of finances, 1822-1872
Box 5, Folder 6Annual treasurer's reports and records, 1922-1923
Box 5, Folder 23Annual treasurer's reports, 1928-1970
Box 5, Folder 7Annual treasurer's reports and records, 1937-1940
Box 5, Folder 8Annual treasurer's reports and records, 1941-1950
Box 5, Folder 9Annual treasurer's reports and records, 1951-1960
Series VII: Treasurers' books
Volume 261827-1832
Volume 271832-1844
Volume 281844-1850
Volume 291850-1859
Volume 301859-1866
Volume 311866-1868
Volume 321868-1872
Volume 331872-1876
Volume 341876-1880
Volume 351880-1882
Volume 361882-1886
Volume 371886-1890
Volume 381890-1894
Volume 391894-1896
Volume 401896-1900
Volume 411900-1904
Volume 421904-1909
Volume 431909-1914
Box 2, Folder 6Summary of assets, 1866
Box 2, Folder 7Trustees' minutes, 1880, 1889, 1903, 1905
Box 10, Folder 4Trustee Agreements, 1972-1993
Box 2, Folder 8Investment accounts, 1876-1905
Box 2, Folder 27Trustee correspondence, 1905 1936 undated
Box 2, Folder 9Investment account book, 1862-1891
Volume 44, Volume 45Investment account book, 1880-1916
Box 2, Folder 26Investment records, 1905-1980
Box 5, Folder 10-11Chase Lincoln investment reports, 1991, 1994 (October and annual)
Box 5, Folder 12Visiting Nurse Service annual reports, 1960-1961, 1963
Box 2, Folder 10Deed to School Lot, Fitzhugh Street, 1824
Box 2, Folder 11Deed for Baker property, 1872
Box 2, Folder 12Deeds for Corcoran property, 1865
Box 2, Folder 13Cornelia Webb Bryant bequest, 1907
Box 2, Folder 14Deeds for Draper property, 1857
Box 2, Folder 24Mortgage records, 1905-1909
Box 2, Folder 25Will & Estate records, 1905-2000
Box 2, Folder 15Receipts from L.A. Ward, 1864
Box 2, Folder 16-17Bank book, Fidelity Trust Co., 1898-1905
Box 2, Folder 18Bank book, Rochester Trust Co., 1905
Box 2, Folder 19Bank book, Security Trust Co., 1904-1907
Box 2, Folder 20Lincoln Trust Co., annual financial reports, 1954-1967
Box 17, Folder 1Annual Reports, 1925
Box 17, Folder 2Annual reports, 1935-1939
Box 17, Folder 3-4Annual reports, 1964-1979
Box 17, Folder 5Annual reports, 1981-1986
Box 8, Folder 1-12;
Box 9, Folder 1-9
Annual reports, 1967-1977, 1979-1999
Annual reports produced by the Lincoln Rochester Trust Company, then the Chase Lincoln Capital Advisors, and later Chase.

Box 18, Folder 1-8Annual reports, 1999-2006
Box 19, Folder 1-6Annual reports, 2006-2012
Box 20, Folder 1Annual report, 2013
Box 20, Folder 2-5Annual reports, 2016-2019
Box 2, Folder 21-23Vouchers and receipts, 1846-1917
Box 5, Folder 13Last wills and testaments naming R.F.C.S. as legatee, 1922, 1950, 1952
Box 5, Folder 22Endorsements, Order and wills, 1904
Box 10, Folder 1Receipts, 1919-1932
Box 10, Folder 6Record book, 1933-1948
Box 10, Folder 7Record book, 1967-1985
Box 1, Folder 31Legal Articles/Constitution, 1928-1969
Box 10, Folder 2Legal Accounts, 1971-1978
Box 10, Folder 3Legal Accounts, 1979
Box 5, Folder 14Certificate of Right of Access to the vaults of the Lincoln-Rochester Trust Company, 1960
Box 10, Folder 5Holiday Gifting, 1997-2000
Series VIII: History and ephemera
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1838-1971
Box 7, Folder 1-13Correspondence, 1919-1938, 1941-1966, 1975-1992
Box 7, Folder 14Correspondence, undated
Box 11, Folder 1-10Thank you notes and correspondence, 1995-2007
Box 11, Folder 11Lewis St. Child Care thank you book, 2014
Box 1, Folder 2Personal reports, 1846, 1918, 1920, 1922
Box 1, Folder 3Certificate of Incorporation, 1855
Copy, 1945

Box 5, Folder 15Certificate of Report of Existence, 1951

Box 1, Folder 4Constitution, 1922
Box 5, Folder 16Constitutions and member lists, 1921, 1952-1954, 1955-1956, 1956-1957
Box 12, Folder 9-14Constitution and members lists, 1848-1939
Box 12, Folder 5Visitor record book, Undated
Box 3, Folder 1Belated histories and accounts of R.F.C.S.
Box 3, Folder 2Amy Hanmer Croughton, Rochester Female Charitable Society; R.H.S. Publication Fund Series, Vol. IX, 1930
Box 5, Folder 17"Future health trends and resources," printed address by Albert D. Kaiser, June 27, 1945
Box 3, Folder 3Tickets for Greenough Benefit Concert, 1860
Box 3, Folder 4Printed forms and appeals, undated
Box 5, Folder 18Community Chest Campaign, 1922
Box 3, Folder 5-7;
Box 5, Folder 19
Newspaper clippings, 1872-1965, undated
Box 12, Folder 8Newspaper clippings, 1963
Box 12, Folder 7Newspaper, 50 Years of Visiting Nurses Service, 1969
Box 12, Folder 1Newspaper clippings, 1977-2013
Box 5, Folder 20Memorials, 1958 and undated
Box 3, Folder 8Exhibit labels, Rochester Centennial Celebration, 1922
Volume 46Scrapbook, Centennial Celebration, 1922
Volume 47Attendance record, Centennial Celebration, February 26, 1922
Box 5, Folder 21Photographs, 175th anniversary, 1997
Box 3, Folder 9Resolution in recognition of the Rochester Female Charitable Society's contributions to Rochester General Hospital, Signed September 27, 1995

Box 4File box, case summaries, 1950's
Includes bible presented to R.F.C.S. by Mrs. E.H. Galusha, 1907

Box 6;
Box 21;
Box 22
Awards and citations presented to the Rochester Female Charitable Society
Box 10, Folder 8The bulletin, March 1944, February 1947
The Bulletin is issued by the Medical Society of the County of Monroe, Rochester Academy of Medicine, Rochester Pathological Society. Included are volume I, number 11 (March, 1944) and volume IV, number 10 (February, 1947)

Box 12, Folder 2Centennial Review, 1922
Box 12, Folder 3Rochester Historical Society publication, 1931
Box 12, Folder 4Rochester General Hospital archivist, 1995
Box 12, Folder 6The Hospital Review, 1904
Box 10, Folder 10Inventory

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