Northaven, Inc. Papers

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Northaven, Inc. papers
Creator: Northaven, Inc.
Call Number: D.189
Dates: 1895-1976
Physical Description: 2 boxes, 1 volume
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
Collection Overview
Title: Northaven, Inc. papers
Creator: Northaven, Inc.
Call Number: D.189
Dates: 1895-1976
Physical Description: 2 boxes, 1 volume
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Northaven, Inc. of Rochester, N.Y., a home for unwed mothers, was founded in 1895 as the Door of Hope Association by a group of concerned local women. The founders, wives of prominent city business and political leaders, rented a house at 293 Troup Street and, with the cooperation of the City Hospital, provided physicians and nurses to assist and reform "unfortunate and erring" young women. Local and transient women were admitted with no regard to color, social station, origin or religion, and given medical attention and moral and practical guidence through their pregnancy, delivery, and post-natal periods. No women were forced to give up their children, although arrangements were made for adoption of the babies if it was deemed necessary. The outlook and services of the home changed with advances in medical and social sciences, and it also went through a number of organizational and name charges. In 1922 it began to receive support from the Community Chest and became known as the Rochester Community Home for Girls. In 1931 the organization's charter was amended to facilitate adoption of babies born in the home, and to de-emphasize the moral reform aspects of the program. In 1945 it received a New York State adoption charter and in 1953 was renamed the Rochester Maternal and Adoption Service. In 1956 the organization was housed in new quarters built especially for its use, and by 1967 was a United Way agency and became incorporated under the name of Northaven, Inc. The maternity home closed in the early 1970s when changed attitudes about pregnancy outside of marriage made its services no longer necessary. The pregancy counseling and adoption activities of Northaven were formally taken over by Hillside Children's Center when the two organizations merged in 1976.

Scope and Content
The Northaven papers chronicle the history of the organization founded in 1895, from its early insistence upon moral reform and Christian purity to service founded upon modern tenets of social science, practical assistance and advice. The papers, while incomplete, include correspondence, memoranda, budgets, annual reports, scrapbooks, and publicity material. Especially useful to the researcher will be the volumes in box two and an oversize volume containing the constitution, charter, and by-laws of the organization, secretary's minutes of staff and board meetings, and admittance, progress, and case histories of women during and after their stay in the home during the period 1898-1932.

The collection does not include adoption records.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Unmarried mothers--Services for
Adoption agencies
Scrapbooks
Minutes (Records)
Photographs
Northaven, Inc.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Hillside Children's Center, 26 June 1984Access
The Northaven, Inc. papers 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
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[Item title, item date], Northaven, Inc. papers, D.189, 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:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, memoranda, budgets, etc., 1900-1967
Box 1, Folder 2Annual reports, 1895-1976
Printed; incomplete

Box 1, Folder 3Publicity material, 1929-1956
Box 1, Folder 4Photographs, 1950s-1960s
Box 1, Folder 5Northaven scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1929-1962
Box 1, Folder 6Northaven scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1963-1969
Box 1, Folder 7Unwed mothers scrapbook (local and national) of newspaper clippings, 1963-1968
Box 1, Folder 8Scrapbook of newspaper clippings (national) about adoption, 1960-1966
Box 1, Folder 9Scrapbook of newspaper clippings (local) about adoption, 1960-1966
Box 1, Folder 10Scrapbook of newspaper clippings (local) about adoption, 1967-1969
Box 2, Folder 1Charitable work, 1895-1911
Box 2, Folder 2Constitution, by-laws, and secretary's minutes, 1894-1912
Box 2, Folder 3Secretary's book: Staff of Door of Hope, 1899-1912
Box 2, Folder 4Secretary's minutes and annual reports, 1916-1928
Box 2, Folder 5History of girls, 1919-1927
Includes information on admittance, gender of child, discharge of mother and child

Box 2, Folder 6Board minutes, 1928
Volume 1Admittance, progress, and case histories, 1898-1932


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