Records of the Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children, 1864-1986
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder,1 reel of microfilm (M-130)
There is little documentation of individual clients of the Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children.
Extending her interest to the reform of penal institutions, Hannah Balch Chickering visited prisons across the state, and in 1870 served on an advisory board to investigate and suggest improvements in the management of state prisons. One recommendation was the establishment of separate jails for women, and in 1877 the Reformatory for Women was opened at Sherborn. Other reforms included a "ticket of leave," the forerunner of the present parole system, and an indenture law (1879) giving inmates the opportunity to live in private homes.
With prisons putting into practice many of the policies of the asylum, it was decided, in 1910, to amend the charter, changing the name to the Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children, and the function to another form of social service: the convalescent care of women and children. About this time the home also became known as Chickering House, in memory of its founder; the Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children remained its legal name, however. In 1943 the Charter was further amended to include care for men. In 1946 funding from the Greater Boston Community Federation was suspended and Chickering House was therefore closed. Income on the endowment continues to provide convalescent aid through disbursements to established charitable agencies and social service departments of hospitals.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These records of the Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children were given to the Schlesinger Library in February 1987 by the Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children.
MICROFILM OF ANNUAL REPORTS:
- Reports for 1864-1910 were filmed from bound volumes lent to the Schlesinger Library for this purpose by the Dedham Historical Society. Reports for 1911-1945 were filmed from separate volumes in the library's collection.
- Blank pages, and covers of reports that contain only information duplicated on the respective title pages, were not filmed.
- Box 1: Folders 1-3, 12a-17
- Box 2: Folders 4-12
- Box 3: Folders 18-27, 29-31
By: Alison Ernst
- Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children. Records of the Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children, 1864-1986: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Annual reports, 1864-1945, were microfilmed in April 1990 with funds provided by the Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children and the Friends of the Schlesinger Library. The records were processed with a grant from Clara Goldberg Schiffer.
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