Rochester Friendly Home Papers

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Rochester Friendly Home papers
Creator: Rochester Friendly Home (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.94
Dates: 1849-1933
Physical Description: 5 boxes, 15 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Revision Information
Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Minutes
Series II: Building Committee records
Series III: Construction records
Series IV: Resident records and account books
Collection Overview
Title: Rochester Friendly Home papers
Creator: Rochester Friendly Home (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.94
Dates: 1849-1933
Physical Description: 5 boxes, 15 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The institution currently known as the Rochester Friendly Home was founded in 1849 as the "Rochester Association for the Relief of Homeless and Friendless Females." Its first home was a tenement structure on Edinburgh Street. The original aim of the association was to assist destitute females by providing them with temporary lodgings and securing employment for them, usually as household help. During their stay in the facilities of the institution, the residents generally contributed to its support by performing domestic labor. After occupying a number of temporary locations, the organization was given a home at the corner of East Avenue and Alexander Street in 1853. After relocation to the East Avenue site, and until the establishment of a workhouse-type institution for vagrant children in 1856, orphans were also admitted. In 1855, the institution was officially incorporated as the "Rochester Home for the Friendless." From 1857 to 1875, the Home published a monthly Journal of the Home, which reported on the activities of the Home and appealed to the public for assistance in carrying out the Home's mission. In 1859, the Constitution of the Home was changed so as to permit the admission of aged women, and thereafter female invalids over the age of 65 were accommodated on a permanent basis. "Inmates," as residents of the Home were known, paid a sum of money in proportion to their age and in return were provided with care for the rest of their lives and a "Christian burial" in plots the Home owned in Mount Hope Cemetery. Eventually the Home came to specialize exclusively in the care of the aged. In 1918, the Home became the Rochester Friendly Home and began to accept married couples and single men as well as women. In the same year, the Home relocated to its present ten-acre site at 3156 East Avenue in Brighton. This structure was extensively remodeled and enlarged in 1966. Presently, the Home continues to function as a nursing home, specializing in the care of the elderly and infirm.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, which cover the periods 1849 to 1866 and 1872 to 1917, minutes of the meetings of the Board of Trustees from 1871 to 1933, records of the operation of the Home from 1849 to 1912, the minutes of the Good Will Club from January, 1920 to April, 1921, and the records of the Building Committee, which from 1915 to 1921 oversaw the construction of the building on East Avenue in which the Home is presently located.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Charities
Fraternal organizations
Women in charitable work
Poor women--Services for
Poor--Services for
Minutes (Records)
Records (Documents)
Rochester Friendly Home (Rochester, N.Y.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The minutes of the Board of Trustees meetings, records of the operation of the Home, records of the Building Committee, and one volume of Journal of the Home were donated by the Rochester Friendly Home on July 19, 1978. The minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings and of the Good Will Club were given by Mr. Rufus K. Dryer II on September 18, 1979.The updates the material in this collection.Access
The Rochester Friendly Home 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
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], Rochester Friendly Home papers, D.94, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Also available in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections are bound volumes of Journal of the Home, volume I, number 2 through volume XVIII, number 7, which include issues from October, 1857 through March, 1875. The call number is YHV 1471 R67 R68j.


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
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Revision Information
2018-03: EAD revision

Content List
Series I: Minutes
Box 1, Volume 1Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, March 1849-December 1854
Box 1, Volume 2Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, December 1854-April 1859
Box 1, Volume 3Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, April 1859-April 1862
Box 1, Volume 4Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, April 1862-April 1866
Box 1, Volume 5Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, April 1872-April 1877
Box 1, Volume 6Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, April 1877-April 1882
Box 1, Volume 7Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, April 1882 - April 1888
Box 2, Volume 1Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings ., April 1888-October 1895
Box 2, Volume 2Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, October 1895-April 1898
Box 2, Volume 3Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, April 1898-April 1901
Box 2, Volume 4Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, April 1901-January 1904
Box 2, Volume 5Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, January 1904-July 1907
Box 2, Volume 6Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, July 1907-February 1911
Box 2, Volume 7Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, March 1911-October 1914
Box 2, Volume 8Minutes of the Board of Managers' meetings, October 1914-October 1917
Box 2, Volume 9Minutes of the Good Will Club, January 1920-April 1921
Volume 14Minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees, July, 1871-March 1933
Series II: Building Committee records
Box 3, Folder 1Subject index covering the period from and from, November 17, 1915 to July 18, 1916 November 17, 1915 to May 17, 1916
Box 3, Folder 2May 17, 1916 to July 18, 1916
Box 3, Folder 3Subject index covering the period from and from, July 18, 1916 to November 15, 1916 July 18, 1916 to September 14, 1916
Box 3, Folder 4September 14, 1916 to November 15, 1916
Box 3, Folder 5Subject index covering the period from and from, November 16, 1916 to April 21, 1917 November 16, 1916 to January 5, 1917
Box 3, Folder 6January 5, 1917 to April 21, 1917
Box 3, Folder 7Subject index covering the period from and from, April 28, 1917 to July 21, 1917 April 28, 1917 to May 18, 1917
Box 3, Folder 8May 19, 1917 to July 21, 1917
Box 4, Folder 1Subject index covering the period from and from, July 21, 1917 to November 5, 1917 July 21, 1917 to August 31, 1917
Box 4, Folder 2September 1, 1917 to November 5, 1917
Box 4, Folder 3Subject index for the records covering the period from and from, November 5, 1917 to January 31, 1918 November 5, 1917 to December 17, 1917
Box 4, Folder 4December 17, 1917 to January 31, 1918
Box 4, Folder 5Subject index covering the period from and from, January 31, 1918 to November 8, 1918 January 31, 1918 to March 29, 1918
Box 4, Folder 6March 30, 1918 to November 8, 1918
Box 4, Folder 7Subject index covering the period from and from, October 28, 1918 to January 28, 1918 October 28, 1918 to April 1, 1919
Box 4, Folder 8April 2, 1919 to January 21, 1921
Series III: Construction records
Box 5, Folder 1Authorizations Paperwork
Authorizations to execute work on the Rochester Friendly Home, credit memoranda, and authorizations for payment for professional services issued in connection with the construction of the Rochester Friendly Home, May, 1916 to April, 1920; Approvals for payment issued by Foster & Gade Architects May, 1916 to April, 1917.

Box 5, Folder 2Authorization Paperwork
Authorizations for payment and invoices issued in connection with the construction of the Rochester Friendly Home, April, 1917 to January, 1920.

Box 5, Folder 3The Contractors Financial Paperwork
Alphabetized list of itemized accounts and payments made to individual contractors in connection with the construction of the Rochester Friendly Home

Box 5, Folder 4Detailed Construction Paperwork
Specifications for the construction of the Rochester Friendly Home: Blueprint plan of the first floor "Draft of the specifications of the general work for the erection of a building known as 'The Friendly Home' at Rochester, N. Y." "Specifications of the general work for the erection of a building known as 'The Friendly Home' at Rochester, New York"

Box 5, Folder 5Heating System Specifications
Specifications for heating contractors employed in the construction of the Rochester Friendly Home "Specifications of vapor heating system for the erection of a building known as 'The Friendly Home' at Rochester N. Y." "Specifications for heating installation of Rochester Friendly Home" "Specifications of the heating work for a building to be erected at Rochester, New York and known as 'The Friendly Home'"

Box 5, Folder 6Plumbing Work Specifications
Specifications for plumbing work performed in connection with the construction of the Rochester Friendly Home "Specifications of the plumbing work for the erection of a building known as 'The Friendly Home' at Rochester, New York"

Box 5, Folder 7Electrical Work Specifications
Specifications for electrical work performed in connection with the construction of the Rochester Friendly Home "Specifications of the electrical work for a building known as 'The Friendly Home' to be erected at Rochester New York"

Box 5, Folder 8Disposal Facilities Specifications
Specifications for sewage disposal facilities at the Rochester Friendly Home: Letter of April 28, 1919 to Mrs. Lee Superintendent of the Rochester Friendly Home from Charles C. Evans of Foster & Gage "Guide Rules for care and operation of sewage disposal plant" "Specifications for the construction of a sewage disposal plant for "The Friendly Home' at Rochester, New York"

Box 5, Folder 9Roadway and Grading Specifications
Specifications for roadway and grading at the Rochester Friendly Home "Memorandum of specifications for roadway and grading work for 'The Friendly Home' at Rochester New York"

Box 5, Folder 10Landscape Specifications
Specifications for landscaping work to be performed at the Rochester Friendly Home Letter from Alling S DeForest Landscape Architect to the Rochester Friendly Home Building Committee Blueprint of preliminary plans for the grounds (moved to map case in Alcove 4)

Box 5, Folder 11Contractors Construction Agreements
Agreements between the Rochester Friendly Home and various contractors for work performed in connection with the construction of the Rochester Friendly Home Agreement between the Rochester Friendly Home and George C. Rossell Agreement between the Rochester Friendly Home and Howe & Bassett Agreement between the Rochester Friendly Home and Bard & Creelman; Agreement between the Rochester Friendly Home and Fish & Horton

Series IV: Resident records and account books
Volume 1Annals of the Home
An informal record of inmates kept by the matron of the Home. It is contained in two volumes, the first of which covers the period from 1849 to 1856

Volume 2Annals Of the Home, 1849-1858
Volume 3Register of the Home
A semi-alphabetical record of arrivals and departures from the Home from 1859 to 1871. The book also contains some anecdotal descriptions of inmates admitted between 1855 and 1860.

Volume 4Names of persons received at the Home
A chronological list of those receiving assistance from the Home during the period from 1860 to 1864. This volume also contains a list of prospective situations for inmates.

Volume 5Admissions and departures
Records from 1864-1870. This is a continuation of the previous volume.

Volume 6Records of Residents
"Record of inmates of the Home for the Friendless, Rochester," contains names and descriptions of women residing in the Home during the 1870's and 1880's.

Volume 7Inmates of the Dame
A record of women who entered the Home during the 1880's and 1890's. When deceased, the place of burial and next of kin are also noted

Volume 8Names of inmates deceased
This is a record of deaths at the Home from 1880 to 1911. It lists the name of the deceased, age, date of death, and place of interment.

Volume 9The Names of Life Members
Names of those received at the Home as life members" gives the names and ages of women taking up permanent residence in the Home from 1880 to 1912.

Volume 10Residents Personal Records
Record of inmates, 1890 - 1903, gives some personal data on each inmate and, in cases of death, the place of interment.

Volume 11Record of Mary Ball Walling, Matron
This lists those who were admitted to and those who left the Home during the years from 1893 to 1903. Each woman's age is listed, and occasionally a brief personal description is given. In cases of death, the date and place of interment are also given.

Volume 12Donations to the Home
A record of gifts of money and goods made to the Home for the Friendless during the period from January, 1864 to August, 1882.

Volume 13Account Book
a record of funds received and disbursed from 1877 to 1902.

Volume 14Certification of Incorporation
Includes a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation, dated January 4, 1855.

Volume 15Rules for the Regulation of the Home for the Friendless
This is an 1857 list of the rules governing the operation of the Home and setting standards of conduct for those residing therein.



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