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Orphan trains collection

 Collection — Folder: S2895
Identifier: S2895

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and an annual report from Annette R. Fry in New York, New York regarding various people who were relocated from New York City to Indiana on the orphan trains run by the Children's Aid Society of New York City.


  • 1971-1972

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Between 1850 and 1929, the Children's Aid Society of New York City initiated a program of sending orphaned or indigent children from New York City to the Midwest. It is estimated that around 153,000 children were sent to various states in the Midwest to not only remove them from the bad environment they were living in, but to provide farms with additional young workers.


Flora, J. M. "New Group Pays Homage to Orphan Train." Indianapolis Star, April 9, 1999. Accessed May 29, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Annette R. Fry on 1983/06/20.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/05/29 by Jennifer Carter. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/29 by Jennifer Carter. EAD finding aid revised 2018/06/07 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.