Finding Aid to the Baby Hygiene Committee Records, 1909-1964 MS 0051

Finding aid prepared by California Historical Society staff.
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Title: Baby Hygiene Committee records
Date (inclusive): 1909-1964
Date (bulk): 1909-1958
Collection Number: MS 0051
Creator: Association of American University Women. San Francisco branch. Baby Hygiene Committee.
Physical Description: 11 boxes (5.5 Linear feet)
Repository: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
415-357-1848
reference@calhist.org
URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Consists of administrative records, including constitution and bylaws, minutes (1909-1950), correspondence (1909-1955), annual and monthly reports (1910-1958), financial records (1923-1949), case histories, and membership lists. With these are newspaper clippings and printed materials pertaining to the organization’s activities and scope of interests, particularly child and infant health care and welfare, related health and education of mothers, and public health. Includes records of Community Chest of San Francisco, of which the Baby Hygiene Committee was a member from 1922 to 1943; Children’s Committee of Associated Charities (1919-1922); Certified Milk Fund (1910-1912); Mother’s Milk Bank; and Association of American University Women (1949-1964), San Francisco branch.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Baby Hygiene Committee Records, MS 51, California Historical Society.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Photography Collection, shelved as MSP 51.

Related Collections

Mothers’ Milk Bank, Inc. Records, 1945-1978, MS 3532

Scope and Contents

Consists of administrative records, including constitution and bylaws, minutes (1909-1950), correspondence (1909-1955), annual and monthly reports (1910-1958), financial records (1923-1949), case histories, and membership lists. With these are newspaper clippings and printed materials pertaining to the organization’s activities and scope of interests, particularly child and infant health care and welfare, related health and education of mothers, and public health. Includes records of Community Chest of San Francisco, of which the Baby Hygiene Committee was a member from 1922 to 1943; Children’s Committee of Associated Charities (1919-1922); Certified Milk Fund (1910-1912); Mother’s Milk Bank; and Association of American University Women (1949-1964), San Francisco branch.
Included in the papers is the history of the committee, as well as communications with doctors and hospitals concerning the various projects. Of particular interest are the case histories and a 1927 survey of mothers and children who attended the health center. There are several articles about child raising, spanning the years 1909 to 1959, as well as photographs of the members and clients.

History

In May of 1909, a group of concerned women formed the Certified Milk Fund Committee of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae in order Francisco's poor." Aided by local dairies, the committee successfully reduced infant mortality through their city-wide drive for uncontaminated milk. In addition to supplying milk, the Milk Fund Committee offered instruction in the care and feeding of foster babies.
They expanded their program in 1917 with the founding of the Childrens' Health Center. Functioning as "an educational center for all mothers," the center provided care for infants, foster children and the "older run about" stage. In the spirit of "initiating projects in the interest of child health," the Committee then developed programs for prenatal and postnatal care for mothers; classes and conferences; and examinations and vaccination clinics. Concerned about family planning, they established the Maternal Health Committee in-1929 to offer instructions in birth control.
In 1918, the committee changed its-name to the Baby Hygiene Committee. From 1922 to 1943, the Baby Hygiene Committee operated as a member of the Community Chest. The committee defined their interest as the "studying, operating and getting projects ready for acceptance by a public or private agency for city-wide application." Among their programs later adopted by the San Francisco Department of Public Health were the Well Baby Centers; Supervision of Private Boarding Homes for Infants and Children; Cardiac Diagnostic Center for Children; and, Hospital-Based Postnatal Care for Mothers.
With the closing of the Childrens' Health Center, the Baby Hygiene Committee embarked on a new project in 1945. They organized the Mother's Milk Bank, whose purFose was to provide milk for sick or premature babies. Included in this program was the promotion of natural child birth, breast feeding and rooming-in, in which the infant stayed with the mother in the hospital. From its inception in 1909, the Baby Hygiene Committee played a major part in the civic reform of San Francisco.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
American Association of University Women. San Francisco Branch.
Children's Certified Milk Fund (San Francisco, Calif.)
Children's Committee of Associated Charities.
Community Chest of San Francisco.
Mothers' Milk Bank, Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.).
Child health services--California--San Francisco.
Child welfare--California--San Francisco.
Children--Health and hygiene--California--San Francisco.
Infants--Care--California--San Francisco.
Maternal and infant welfare--California--San Francisco.
Maternal health services--California--San Francisco.
Membership lists.
Milk hygiene--California--San Francisco.
Minutes.
Parenting--Study and teaching--California--San Francisco.
Public health--California--San Francisco.
Women in charitable work--California--San Francisco.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

History of the Baby Hygiene Committee (BHC)

Box 1, Folder 2

Constitution, by-laws 1911-1947

 

Minutes

Box 1, Folder 3

1909-1917

Box 1, Folder 4

1918-1921

Box 1, Folder 5

1925-1931

Box 1, Folder 6

1933-1935

Box 1, Folder 7

Executive Committee minutes 1933-1935

Box 1, Folder 8

1939-1942

Box 1, Folder 9

AAUW minutes about BHC 1942-1947

Box 1, Folder 10

1943-1945

Box 1, Folder 11

1946-1950

 

Correspondence

Box 2, Folder 12

1909-1910

Box 2, Folder 13

1911-1919

Box 2, Folder 14

Correspondence with the American Association for the Prevention of Infant Mortality 1910-1911

Box 2, Folder 15

1920-1921

Box 2, Folder 16

1922

Box 2, Folder 17

1923

Box 2, Folder 18

1924-1925

Box 2, Folder 19

1926-1927

Box 2, Folder 20

1928-1929

Box 2, Folder 21

1930-1932

Box 2, Folder 22

1933

Box 2, Folder 23

1934

Box 3, Folder 24

1935-1936

Box 3, Folder 25

1937-1941

Box 3, Folder 26

1942

Box 3, Folder 27

1943

Box 3, Folder 28

1944

Box 3, Folder 29

1945

Box 3, Folder 30

1946-1947

Box 3, Folder 31

1948-1949

Box 3, Folder 32

1950-1955

Box 3, Folder 33

undated

 

Reports

Box 4, Folder 34

Annual Reports of the BHC 1910-1948

Box 4, Folder 35-38

Monthly Reports 1911-1952

Box 4, Folder 39

Miscellaneous Reports 1921-1958

Box 4, Folder 40

Committee Talks 1922-1941

Box 5, Folder 41

Treasurer's Reports 1923-1926

Box 5, Folder 42

Budget Notes 1923-1935

Box 5, Folder 43

Treasurer's Reports 1933-1935

Box 5, Folder 44

Expenditures 1934-1941

Box 5, Folder 45-46

Treasurer's Reports 1939-1949

Box 5, Folder 47

Treasurer's Miscellaneous

Box 6

Treasurer's Reports of the BHC. [Includes checkbooks, receipts and bank accounts] 1940's

 

Case Histories of the BHC

Box 7, Folder 48

A-M

Box 7, Folder 49

N-R

Box 7, Folder 50

S-Z

Box 7, Folder 51

Committee Statistics on Infant Mortality 1910-1919

Box 7, Folder 52

Certified Milk Fund Records 1910-1912

Box 7, Folder 53

Publications by BHC members 1916-1926

Box 7, Folder 54

Children's Committee of Associated Charities 1919-1922

Box 8, Folder 55-56

Insurance Policies 1922-1944

Box 8, Folder 57

Regulations Concerning Clinic Licenses 1933

Folder 8, Folder 58-59

Directories of Members and Donors 1909-1948, undated

Box 8, Folder 60

Survey of Childrens' Health Center 1927

Box 8, Folder 61

Immunization Records 1940-1944

Box 8, Folder 62

Program Announcements 1943-1956

Box 8, Folder 63

Appeals for Financial Aid 1942

Box 8, Folder 64

Forms and Instruction Sheets undated

Box 8, Folder 65-66

Rooming-In 1940-1950s

 

The Community Chest

Box 9, Folder 67

By-laws

Box 9, Folder 68-69

Correspondence 1922-1946

Box 9, Folder 70

Applications 1923-1941

Box 9, Folder 71

Financial Reports 1925-1933

Box 9, Folder 72

Remittance Statements 1928-1938

Box 9, Folder 73

Financial Reports 1934-1942

Box 9, Folder 74

Report to Audit Bureau 1927-1941

Box 9, Folder 75

Minutes 1933-1942

Box 9, Folder 76

Monthly Newsletter 1924-1935

Box 9, Folder 77

Miscellaneous

 

Mothers' Milk Bank (MMB)

Box 10, Folder 78

Mothers' Milk Bank Minutes 1944-1948

Box 10, Folder 79

Reports 1945-1947

Box 10, Folder 80

AAWU Reports on Ads 1942-1947

Box 10, Folder 81

MMB Correspondence 1945-1953

Box 10, Folder 82

MMB Membership Lists 1948-1949

Box 10, Folder 83

MMB Bank Statements 1946-1947

Box 10, Folder 84

Treasurer's Reports 1946-1949

Box 10, Folder 85

Finances 1944-1948

Box 10, Folder 86

Newspaper Clippings of MMB 1948-1950

Box 10, Folder 87

MMB Miscellaneous

Box 10, Folder 88

Certified Milk Fund clippings 1909-1911

Box 10, Folder 89-90

Clippings of the BHC 1920-1959

Box 10, Folder 91

Photographs

Box 10, Folder 92

Mrs. Grauper's Notebook

Box 10, Folder 93

Miscellaneous

Box 11, Folder 94

Association of American University Women, Bulletins 1949-1964

Box 11, Folder 95

Association of American University Women, Miscellaneous

Box 11, Folder 96

Child Care Publications

Box 11, Folder 97

Child Welfare

Box 11, Folder 98

Children's Health Centers, Nurseries, etc.

Box 11, Folder 99

Children's Private School Surveys 1938-1942

Box 11, Folder 100

Dairy Legislation

Box 11, Folder 101

Public Health

Box 11, Folder 102

Social Work and Education

Box 11, Folder 103

State Board of Health Publications 1914-1926

Box 11, Folder 104

U.S. Department of Labor Publications 1922-1930

Box 11, Folder 105

Women's Suffrage 1911