Finding aid to the Edgewood Records 1851-2014 SFH 29

Pennington Ahlstrand, with help from Barb Heddy, Stacia Fink and Mary Gentry in 2001. Revised by Wendy Kramer in 2012. Revised by Katherine Ets-Hokin in 2019.
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Title: Edgewood Records
Date (inclusive): 1851-2014
Identifier/Call Number: SFH 29
Creator: Edgewood (San Francisco, Calif. : Orphanage)
Physical Description: (30 Linear Feet)
Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4567
Abstract: Annual reports, board minutes, admission and discharge records, indenture and adoption files, correspondence, administrative and financial records, property and maintenance records, and photographs of children, staff, buildings, activities, and events for the San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum, which became Edgewood. The collection also includes a small amount of records from the San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children that were acquired by Edgewood.
Physical Location: The collection is stored offsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edgewood Records (SFH 29), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


Gift; from Edgewood Center for Children and Families, Sept. 20, 2003. Second gift; from Edgewood Center for Children and Families, July 16, 2015.

Related Archival Materials at Other Institutions

Related archival materials at other institutions include: photographs of some of the early Managers at the California Historical Society; and photographs of early orphanages at the Society of California Pioneers.

Related Archival Materials at San Francisco History Center

Related files in the San Francisco History Center may be found in the San Francisco Ephemera Collection under "SF Buildings. Edgewood Orphanage." Some annual reports of San Francisco orphan societies are available in the San Francisco History Stacks, searchable in the library's online catalog.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Pennington Ahlstrand, with help from Barb Heddy, Stacia Fink and Mary Gentry. Completed May 2001. Second gift processed by Katherine Ets-Hokin in 2019.

Organizational History

Edgewood, currently known as Edgewood Center for Children and Families, was the first children's services agency in San Francisco. Founded by the San Francisco Orphan Asylum Society in 1851 as the San Francisco Orphan Asylum (SFOA), it has undergone many name changes and several alterations in mission and function over the years. In 1862, in order to distinguish it from other agencies then in existence, its name was changed to San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum (SFPOA). In 1944, encouraged by popular parlance of the children, the name was officially changed to Edgewood. Over the years, the institution evolved from being an orphanage to a home additionally serving children and adolescents with problem family situations; and in 1951, it became a residential treatment program for teenagers. In subsequent years outside of the scope of this collection, Edgewood has also provided day treatment, educational services, and services to children and adults with learning disabilities. It has occupied several sites and campuses throughout the city.
San Francisco Orphan Asylum (SFOA) was founded in 1851 to help a group of siblings orphaned by cholera en route to San Francisco, probably from Australia. The Reverend Albert Williams and his wife hosted meetings in late January and early February of 1851 at the 1st Presbyterian Church. The ladies who attended the meetings agreed to found the San Francisco Orphan Asylum Society. Although the originating meetings were held at the Presbyterian Church, the orphanage was never affiliated with any specific denomination. ln 1854, the motto "Feed My Lambs" was adopted and incorporated into the official seal of the Society, which was used until 1920.
The Board of Managers of the SFOA were all women until 1958, and the first elected Managers were Mrs. A. Williams, Mrs. S.H. Will(e)y, Mrs. Emily A. Warren, Mrs. Harriet Boring, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Waller, Mrs. C.V. Gillespie, Mrs. Dub(b)s, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Joyce and Mrs. O.C. Wheeler. Many other women attended meetings and served on committees for the Society. For legal reasons, the Managers appointed three gentlemen to hold property in trust for the SFOA, and the first Trustees were Charles Gilman, Stephen Franklin and Daniel L. Ross. The first matron was Mrs. Wilson, and Dr. Coit was the on-call physician.
On March 12, 1851, nine children moved into the orphanage's first home, a prefabricated cottage in Happy Valley. The cottage had been imported from Boston by Mr. W.D.M. Howard and the "family" lived there rent-free for three months. The children ranged in age from 3 to 12 years. Elizabeth Dodds, Agnes Dodds, Charles Dodds and Henry Bacon were siblings, as were Robert & Eliza Plumbridge and Margaret, Patrick & Agnes Ward. (Spelling of names varied from document to document.) More children were admitted to the orphanage within days as the Managers visited assigned areas of the City, inquiring about children in need of aid. Most of the children were not actually orphans. Many were half-orphans (one parent was deceased), and in later years, they were children of "broken homes" or other problem family situations. By 1852, there were 26 children in the orphanage and the family clearly needed a new, larger home, so they moved a short distance to a house owned by General Halleck in Pleasant Valley. General Halleck refused to accept rent for the use of the home.
The Board of Managers heard about land in San Francisco that was available through public auction. For $100, they purchased property considered to be far beyond the City limits and basically in the middle of nowhere. Within a few years, the City grew up around the orphanage, which was located on a two-block lot bounded by Haight, Buchanan, Hermann and Laguna Streets. (In 2001, this site was occupied by the University of California Extension building and campus.) Legend has it that Haight and Waller Streets are named for Mrs. Haight and Mrs. Waller, both prominent San Franciscans who served on the SFOA Board of Managers for a time. The orphanage would be located on Haight Street from 1854 to 1919.
The Managers funded the purchase of this property and the intial construction of the building by canvassing door-to-door throughout San Francisco, sometimes collecting up to $1000 per day. The Managers had to borrow $5000 at 10% interest to complete construction of the building. On March 22, 1854, the children moved from Pleasant Valley to the new building, "located near Mission Dolores." It was a two-story dormitory-style building built of stone quarried from the site of the old Mint and carted free of charge by the Spring Valley Water Company. In addition to the children, the residents included a matron (and sometimes her husband and children), a nurse and a teacher. As the number of residents grew, so too would the number of staff. The children were schooled at the orphanage from 1854 to 1897. Before and after this period, they attended local public schools.
When the Society was first founded, the Managers raised awareness by placing an article in the Alta California and raised money for operating expenses by requesting donations from local Protestant churches, encouraging regular "subscription" donations and requesting board for half-orphans when the parent or friends of a child could afford it. An August 1852 meeting of the Managers reports a charity concert by Signora Biscaccianti, probably at the Jenny Lind Theatre. The Managers were very concerned with propriety and would refuse money raised in inappropriate ways, such as through the purchase of raffle tickets. As the reputation of the orphanage grew, community leaders and clergy from other areas (Nevada, Sacramento), would ask the Managers to admit children from their region. The Managers refused "without some appropriation being made for their support." Managers discontinued requesting money from San Francisco citizens, relying instead on government funding, in-kind donations and bequests.
Finally, in 1855, SFOA received a grant of $5000 from the State of California to help with the expenses of the children, who were often wards of the State. In 1860, SFOA received another $6000 from the State, and this money was used to enlarge the building. In 1862, the SFOA re-incorporated and changed its name to San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum (SFPOA) to distinguish it from other children's agencies that were in existence. In 1861, SFPOA had received the title to a building and the lot on Montgomery between Jackson and Pacific Streets. The building had served as the Sansome Hook & Ladder Company, and the lot was owned by James Lick. The building and lot were sold to raise money, and the resulting funds were used to construct what became known as the "Sansome" wing of the orphanage in 1863.
In 1865, the Managers noted that very few of the children living at SFPOA were actually from San Francisco. Because of this, the Managers continued their policy of not soliciting donations from the local populace and continued requesting funds from the State. While the Managers refused to actively request money from the people of San Francisco after the home on Haight Street was built, they did continue to accept "subscriptions" -- a regular annual donation -- and donations in many forms. Many of the names of people who contributed to SFPOA over the years are familiar still -- Levi Strauss, Eadweard Muybridge , H.H. Bancroft, Mrs. Stanford, Mrs. Crocker, Adolf Sutro, John McLaren, Bruce Porter, Spreckels, Milton Bradley, Mrs. Dean Witter, James Phelan, Gabriel Moulin, James Flood and Lillie H. Coit. The children who lived at SFPOA were fondly remembered by philanthropists and merchants alike. The children were given trips to the movies, circuses, the Mid-Winter Fair of 1893, the Pan-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, Mt. Tamalpais, Sutro Baths, the Chutes, a wide variety of concerts and other events. For decades, the children were allowed to ride the Muni streetcars and the merry-go-round at Golden Gate Park free of charge. By 1913, Mr. Scott Southwork came by once a week to give children rides in his motorcar.
The Managers were heavily involved in the lives of the children. A Visiting Committee regularly inspected the orphanage building and occupants, observing the children's health, manners, clothing, cleanliness, lessons and the methods used by Matrons and teachers in handling the children. When necessary, the Managers themselves helped the Matron-- for example, by mending the children's clothes during their board meetings. And when Elizabeth Dodds (the first orphan admitted to the orphanage) left to learn the dressmaking trade, the Managers presented her with $50 to help her on her way.
The Managers also decided which children to accept for admission to the orphanage. They investigated the habits and health of parents, whether living or dead. They thoroughly researched couples requesting to adopt children or take them for indenture, often checking references and asking neighbors about the applicant's character. Even after a child was sent for adoption or indenture, the Managers checked on the child once a year, ensuring that the child was receiving education, food, clothing and a generally appropriate upbringing. By 1867, new guardians had to sign a contract, specifying the terms of the indenture or adoption. Even when a parent returned to remove their own child from the orphanage, the Managers checked on the parent's financial situation and living accommodations to be sure that a child would be well-cared for. It was not unusual for children to be repeatedly admitted to the orphanage over the course of a few years.
The number of children living at the orphanage on Haight Street grew from a couple dozen to 300 in later years. The children were divided by age and gender and lived dormitory-style in large rooms. Reports indicate that the Hayes Valley neighbors enjoyed having the children in the area, and the orphans socialized with the local children. After the children began attending the public schools in the late 1890s, it was not unusual for the neighborhood children to play in the orphanage garden with their friends. At the home, the children were allowed to have small garden plots, to keep a dog or cat, or sometimes tend chickens and other animals at the orphanage. The older boys learned the Sloyd method of woodworking skills and the girls learned cooking and sewing. Children were expected to do their homework, do chores as assigned, and some children took drawing, dancing or music lessons. During the Spanish-American War, the boys became fascinated with military practices and formed their own marching regiment with uniforms. The girls did calisthenics and made articles of clothing for needy people. One year the girls made and dressed several dozen "Chinese" dolls and donated them to the Red Cross.
A diphtheria outbreak in 1902 necessitated a quarantine of the children for several months. Morale declined severely when the orphans were not allowed to see their school chums nor play with neighbor children. The Managers were very concerned about this and arranged a camping trip at Armstrong's Grove near Guerneville. They memorialized this summer outing as "Camp Alvord" when Mrs. Mary E. Alvord, then President of the Board of Managers, suddenly passed away. This was not the first time the children had been away from the City during the summer, but this "camp" was so successful that it was decided that the orphanage should make this an annual event. A bequest enabled the Managers to purchase land in Rancho EI Rio, near Alamo and Danville in Contra Costa County. The orphans attended "Camp Swain" (named for Ann T. Swain) from 1911 to 1946, when the property was sold. (Some of the original SFPOA camp structures are still standing on the land, which is now a park.)
In the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, devastation was everywhere. Orphanages were no exception. Everyone escaped the building unharmed. (Some records and ledgers that were kept at Managers' homes were lost in the Fire; but the orphanage itself, being west of Van Ness, was not destroyed, and that is why this collection exists.) The building was damaged but repaired by November. In the meantime, the children lived for a few weeks in the State Normal School, located on the southern half of the orphanage property, which had just been leased to the State of Califorma. Later, the children were sent to Petaluma, where they reportedly lived in the stables near Kenilworth Pavilion at the county fairgrounds.
In 1910, Mr. Ginn arranged a legacy to pay for boys to attend the Lick/Wilmerding vocational schools. Some fifty-five boys from SFPOA served in the military during World War I. The Managers tried to stay in touch with children who left the orphanage to make their way in the world. In poor economic times, they encouraged the former residents to return to the orphanage rather than suffer the embarrassment of bread lines, etc. Many alumni returned for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday parties. Sometimes they had younger siblings who still lived at the orphanage and other times they were interested in mentoring or helping orphans themselves. By 1926, at least two former residents graduated from the local high school and went on to college--a boy to California College of Arts & Crafts and a girl to nursing school.
By 1919, the orphanage building on Haight Street was no longer habitable. The repairs done after the Earthquake and the age of the building were conspiring to make the children homeless until the Managers negotiated a deal to rent the Maria Kip Orphanage until SFPOA could build a new facility. The Kip home was located at 7th Ave and Lake Street, near the Presidio. The Kip children went to an affiliated home while SFPOA occupied their building. After much deliberation, the Managers decided to sell the Haight Street property and build a new orphanage elsewhere in San Francisco. The Haight property was sold to the State of California, which had been leasing it since 1905. None of the Managers could bring themselves to attend the razing of the old Orphanage building.
SFPOA ended up being in the Kip Orphanage for five years. It was a difficult time for the staff and administrators. The Kip home was much smaller and arranged differently, with a yard that did not allow for the gardens and play areas the children had had at the old home. Sloyd and sewing classes were halted for lack of space. The older children were allowed to go to thc YMCA and the YWCA for recreation. At this time they also started a Boy Scout Troop and a Girls' Friendly Society. There was a great deal of personnel turnover during these years, and the Managers were trying new procedures in managing the home, including having a Superintendent instead of a Matron. Many of the new procedures were due to the fact that the State of California, and the City and County of San Francisco began regulating social services agencies more heavily. Enormous amounts of documentation were required when applying for financial aid for any child, and SFPOA had 80-120 children in residence. Admissions often came from the San Francisco Juvenile Court. Reports and forms had to be completed and sent in regularly. Officials came to visit and inspect the orphanage and could withhold funds from agencies that were not adhering to new standards. The Managers also re-incorporated as the San Francisco Protestant Orphanage Society in 1920.
As the Managers explored available real estate, they also researched the styles and methods of other orphanages. They visited the Pacific Hebrew Orphanage in San Francisco and a dozen other institutions in California. In 1923, the Managers negotiated the purchase of a 10-acre property on Vicente Street in the Parkside District of San Francisco (the property abuts what is now Stern Grove). They also decided that instead of building another dormitory-style institution, they would adopt the cottage system for SFPOA, similar to that of the Pacific Hebrew Orphanage. The cottage system was intended to better simulate family life for children who were separated by choice or chance from their parents and other family members.
On the new campus, there were six cottages, an administration building and a laundry building. In 1951, a Recreation building would be added. Each cottage housed up to 20 children and a cottage mother. The rooms were big and airy. Each child had her or his own closet. There was a living room, kitchen and dining room in each cottage. The buildings were designed by Bliss & Faville, and constructed by Lindgren & Swinerton. John McLaren offered to move vegetation from the old orphanage site to the new campus. By the time the children moved into the new orphanage, the neighborhood was being settled. Streets had been graded, street lights installed, streetcar routes added to service that part of town, and some sidewalks had been installed. An oral history interview with a former resident revealed that the children actually walked to their new school on a boardwalk for a time.
Great care was taken in deciding how to divide the children into the cottages. Most of the time siblings were housed together, but it was to the orphanage's benefit to segregate the older boys into a cottage of their own. The children were allowed to visit any cottage and play with any other children, and there was some friendly competition between cottages. The children continued to spend their summers at Camp Swain.
The staff and teenagers of SFPOA noticed that some of the children were embarrassed about being called "orphans," either because of social stigma or because they did have parents--only about 6% of the children were actually orphans. For psychological benefit, the children of each cottage were invited to designate a name to replace the cottage's original number. Even seven decades later, the cottages are called Lane Hall, Dimond Cottage, Stow Hall, Halleck Hall, Pine Lodge, and Williams Cottage. As early as 1930, the children began calling their home "Edgewood," and in 1944 the name was officially changed. Sometimes the children referred to themselves as "P.O. kids."
At Edgewood, life for the children was very similar to regular family life. Each child was expected to perform chores according to his or her abilities, they could do extra work to earn pocket money, they had bicycles and pets, they played basketball and baseball in the park with the neighborhood children. Edgewood children went to school, did homework, participated in scouting activities, went to dances, hosted parties in the gymnasium, exchanged gifts and took photographs of each other. Camp Swain was "self-governing" in that the children elected a "mayor" to be in charge of planned activitics throughout the summer.
During the Depression, children stayed an average of 35 months at Edgewood. When other orphanages closed, some of those children were sent to Edgewood. Some children were admitted to Edgewood for the summer months only, so they never lived at the Vicente campus as the children were at Camp Swain for vacation.
In 1948, a group of women got together and founded the Edgewood Auxiliary. Volunteer fundraising and assistance groups had been started at least twice before, circa 1883 and 1923, but these women were determined to make a profound difference in the lives of Edgewood children. In the first ten years, the Auxiliary took the children to the Ice Follies, threw bridal showers for young Edgewood brides, bought a school bus to facilitate transportation to and from special events, hired a tutor for children who needed help with schoolwork, decorated the recreation room, funded birthday parties for the children, paid for hot lunches, gave gifts to those children graduating from high school, and purchased flashlights for the children to have at Camp Swain, a television set, an encyclopedia and sports equipment. The Auxiliary made sure that Edgewood celebrated its centennial in 1951 with a great deal of media attention. The Auxiliary hosted annual fundraising events such as the Garden Fair and the Crystal Ball.
In 1951, Edgewood officially changed from a child-care agency to a residential treatment program for emotionally-disturbed children, mostly teenagers. In 1964, the residential day treatment program was initiated, with a focus on younger children and their families. Edgewood programs continued to change and grow over the years. Other programs that Edgewood sponsored during this time were: the Edgewood Learning Center, an intensive assessment and treatment program for learning disabled children and adults;a day-treatment program, a fully-independent non-public school; the Primary Intervention Program in San Francisco public schools; a sub-acute unit that is a fully-accredited alternative to psychiatric hospitalization; a diagnostic shelter care program; Parents Helping Parents; Grandpatents Who Care; and Therapeutic Foster Care. For a time, Edgewood was open only to boys of a certain age (the age group changed several times), but was again coeducational by 1979. In 1980, the Lucinda Weeks Center merged with Edgewood. In 1998, Edgewood won the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award for its Kinship Support Network, which started in 1995. In 2001, Edgewood has three campuses: the original Vicente campus, the Kinship Support Network on Rhode Island Street near Pacific Bell Park, and the East Palo Alto campus.

Scope and Contents

The San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum (SFPOA) / Edgewood records contain listings of children admitted to and discharged; the minutes and annual reports created by the Board of Managers; photographs of children, staff, buildings, and events; and administrative records of the institution. Included are documents regarding all facets of management of institutional management, including personnel, taxes, construction and building repair, supply of foodstuffs and other goods, transportation of children and staff, entertainment, schooling, contact with parents and guardians, financial obligations, endowments, investments and legacies.
Also included in the collection are records of the San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children, San Francisco Female Hospital and San Francisco Foundling Home. Exact provenance of these items is unknown, but it is assumed that these homes sent their residents and records to SFPOA/Edgewood when they closed.


The collection is divided into two record groups: Record Group 1: San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum/Edgewood; and Record Group 2: San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children. Each record group is divided into series and subseries.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Adolescent psychotherapy -- Residential treatment -- California -- San Francisco.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social conditions.
Orphanages -- California -- San Francisco.
Children -- Institutional care -- California -- San Francisco.
San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children
San Francisco Orphan Asylum
San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum


San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum / Edgewood Record Group 1 1851-2014


Organized into eight series: Series 1: Board of Managers; Series 2: Records of Children; Series 3: General Administrative Files; Series 4: Finances; Series 5: Property and Maintenance; Series 6: Publications; Series 7: Photographs; Series 8: Artifacts.

Series 1 Board of Managers 1851-1957

Physical Description: 6 boxes, 3 folders


Arranged in three subseries: 1.1: Minutes; 1.2: Annual Reports; and 1.3: Miscellaneous Business Documents.

Subseries 1.1 Minutes 1851-2008

Scope and Contents

Annual report has a broken run. Some years are missing after 1930, especially the 1940s and after 1960.
box 1, folder 1

Constitution, By-Laws & Minutes of the Proceedings of the San Francisco Orphan Asylum Society (Liber A), 1851-1861

box 1, folder 2

Revised constitution, revised by-laws & minutes (Liber B), 1861-1867

box 1, folder 3

Revised constitution, revised by-laws & minutes (Liber C), 1867-1875

box 1, folder 4

Revised constitution, revised by-laws & minutes (Liber D), 1875-1882

box 1, folder 5

Revised constitution & minutes (Liber E), 1882-1889

box 1, folder 6-13

Minutes 1889-1918

box 2, folder 1-20

Minutes 1919-1967

box 3, folder 1-14

Minutes 1967-2008


Subseries 1.2 Annual reports 1851-1941

box 4, folder 1

Annual Reports, bound in 1 volume 1851-1870

box 4, folder 2

Annual Reports, bound in 1 volume 1871-1891

box 4, folder 3

Annual Reports, bound in 1 volume 1892-1910

box 4, folder 4-23

Annual Reports 1851-2014

box 4, folder 24

Annual report drafts 1930-1931

box 4, folder 25

Miss Stow's handwritten draft of the 90th Annual Report, 1941

box 4, folder 26

Miss Stow's typescript draft of the 90th Annual Report, 1941


Subseries 1.3 Miscellaneous Business Documents 1860-1957

box 52, folder 12

Articles of incorporation, by-laws, amendments, 1919-1942

box 52, folder 13

G.W. Haight, Powers of a corporation, 1903

box 3, folder 15

Prayer book ca. 1860

box 3, folder 16-17

List of fees, G.W. Haight 1897-1898

box 3, folder 18

Opinion on status of Board of Trustees 1898

box 3, folder 19

Board of Managers correspondence 1919

box 3, folder 20

Articles of Incorporation 1920

box 3, folder 21

Letter from Elizabeth Watt Campbell 1921

box 3, folder 22

Resignation letter from Louise de Voe Brickell 1925

box 3, folder 23

Resignation letter from Nellie Stow 1934

box 3, folder 24

Promotional booklet 1946

box 3, folder 25

Promotional brochure 1948

box 3, folder 26

Auxiliary projects 1948-1966

box 3, folder 27

Promotional brochure ca. 1957

box 3, folder 28

Misc. notes by Miss Stow undated

box 3, folder 29

Howard's Boston Houses, from The Argonaut 1937

box 3, folder 30

Eugenics Made Plain , by Havelock Ellis ca. 1910

box 3, folder 31

Rev. Albert Williams quotations re: Edgewood history undated

box 3, folder 32

Quote from California, an Intimate History , by Gertrude Atherton, 1914

box 3, folder 33

Total population figures 1851-1965


Series 2 Records of Children 1851-1963

Physical Description: 49 volumes, 3 boxes, 9 folders


Arranged in eight subseries: 2.1: Admissions and discharge records; 2.2: Indenture and adoption files; 2.3: Correspondence; 2.4: Baptisms; 2.5: Applications for children; 2.6: Matron's and Supervisor's reports; 2.7: City, State, and County documents; 2.8 Oral Histories.

Record books of Admission and Discharge Indexes 1851-1957

Physical Description: 48 volumes in boxes

Scope and Contents

Fifty record books containing handwritten information regarding admission and discharge of children. Most volumes contain a combination of admissions and discharges, while a few contain solely one or the other.


Admission and discharge records are grouped alphabetically by type and then chronologically.
box 5, folder 1

Admissions [Volume 1] 1851-1854

box 5, folder 2

Admissions [Volume 39] 1890-1891

box 5, folder 3

Admissions [Volume 42] 1895-1899

box 5, folder 4

Admissions [Volume 63] 1907-1913

box 5, folder 5

Alphabetically Arranged List [Volume 19] 1878-1885

box 9

List of Children [Volume 10] 1858-1882

Physical Description: flat-box
box 10

List of Inmates [Volume 18] 1873-1902

Physical Description: flat-box
box 11

Matron's Record [Volume 44] 1896-1912

Physical Description: flat-box
box 7, folder 2

Minutes / Register [Volume 14] 1867-1881

box 5, folder 6

Record [Volume 21] 1878-1904

box 5, folder 7

Record [Volume 22] 1879-1886

box 5, folder 8

Record [Volume 25] 1880-1895

box 7, folder 6

Record [Volume 26] 1881-1904

box 7, folder 7

Record [volume 27] 1882-1884

box 5, folder 9

Record [Volume 30] 1886-1892

box 5, folder 10

Record [Volume 32] 1887-1891

box 7, folder 8

Record [Volume 33] 1887-1901

box 7, folder 9

Record [Volume 35] 1888-1897

box 5, folder 11

Record [Volume 40] 1892-1898

box 12

Record [Volume 41] 1893-1896

Physical Description: flat-box
box 5, folder 12

Record [Volume 43] 1896-1903

box 7, folder 10

Record [Volume 46] 1898-1905

box 5, folder 13

Record [Volume 47] 1898-1905

box 5, folder 14

Record [Volume 49] 1899-1918

box 13

Record (of Orphans) [Volume 50] 1899-1922

Physical Description: flat-box
box 5, folder 15

Record [Volume 58] 1905-1915

box 5, folder 16

Record [Volume 60] 1906

box 14

Record (of Orphans) [Volume 59] 1906-1914

Physical Description: flat-box
box 13

Record (of Orphans) [Volume 65] 1908-1913

Physical Description: flat-box
box 15

Record [Volume 83] 1929-1942

Physical Description: flat-box
box 6, folder 1

Record of Admissions [Volume 56] 1904-1916

box 6, folder 2

Record of Admissions [Volume 62] 1907-1910

box 16

Record of Children [Volume 37] 1890-1917

Physical Description: flat-box
box 6, folder 3

Record of Discharge [Volume 45] 1897-1903

box 6, folder 4

Record of Discharge [Volume 36] 1888-1903

box 6, folder 5

Record of Discharge [Volume 54] 1903-1906

box 6, folder 6

Record of Discharge [Volume 61] 1906-1917

box 6, folder 7

Record of Discharges [Volume 64] 1907-1914

box 6, folder 8

Record of Discharge [Volume 66] 1908-1916

box 6, folder 9

Record of Discharge [Volume 67] 1909-1918

box 14

Record of Inmates [Volume 57] 1904-1906

Physical Description: flat-box
box 17

Register (of the Orphans) [Volume 2] 1851-1878

Physical Description: flat-box
box 6, folder 10

Register [Volume 12] 1863-1868

box 6, folder 11

Register [Volume 16] 1869-1873

box 7, folder 5

Register [Volume 23] 1879-1890

box 18

Register [Volume 24] 1879-1896

Physical Description: flat-box
box 12

Register [Volume 28] 1897-1957

Physical Description: flat-box
box 6, folder 12

Removal Record [Volume 15] 1867-1885


Subseries 2.1 Admission and discharge records 1851-1963

Scope and Contents

Some admission records include discharge records and vice versa. Admission and discharge records may also include baptismal, marriage or other records.
box 19-20

Admission and Discharge Records filed by Year 1851-1896

Conditions Governing Access

To access children's admission and discharge records contact the San Francisco History Center.
box 20-46

Admission and Discharge Records filed by Children's Number 1897-1963

Conditions Governing Access

To access children's admission and discharge records contact the San Francisco History Center.
box 20, folder 1

Children Discharged, Relatives and Foster Homes 1890-1904

box 20, folder 2-4

Children Discharged, A-Z 1890-1904

box 47

Subseries 2.2 Indenture and adoption files 1853-1916


Filed alphabetically by child's birth name.
box 47, folder 1-91

Indenture files


Batzer, Louisa A. 1886


Batzer, William 1885


Berg, Vivian Grace 1907


Biddle, Harry 1899


Blanchard, Annie 1912


Bosch, Florence 1912


Botting, Evan 1884


Botting, Gomer 1885


Brockman, Lillie 1905


Brown, Frank 1872


Bruns, Matilda 1888


Cadogan, Harry E. 1901


Casenore, Leonard 1899


Derrick, Anna 1871


Dowland, Thomas 1853


Droast, John M. 1892


Ewing, Harry 1871


Fisher, Edwin 1906


Fitzgerald, Marion 1900


Flodberg, Samuel 1903


Fredericks, Emma 1892


Goeble, Frederick 1893


Gray, Nathan Willis 1884


Gross, Fred W. 1908


Gross, William C. 1907


Haines, Albert 1893


Haley, Elizabeth 1870


Hamburger, Lena 1909, 1910


Harold, George 1900


Hill, Annie Marie 1916


Iverson, Bertha 1905


Iverson, Dora 1899


Iverson, Minnie 1904


Johnson, Henry 1901


Johnson, Viola 1899


Joslin, Edith 1910


Joslin, Edna 1909


Keebler, Carrie 1891


Kelly, Agnes 1906


Kelly, Mary Ellen -- see Saunders, Elene


Koenicke, Henry 1905, 1908


Langdon, Josephine 1868


Larsen, Daisy A. 1891


Loeffler, Lulu 1896


Loring, Robert 1904


Lowe, Thomas 1868


Martinson, Arnie 1899


Martinson, Sophia 1893


Mclaughlin, James 1885


Miller, Anna 1870


Mitchel, Elisabeth 1878


Moeller, Claudine 1908


Mueller, Camilla 1887


Nelson, Alice 1902


Niendick, Clemens 1913


Niendick, Harry 1912


Niendick, Lillian 1907


Nolon, Dora 1878


Oetll, Frank 1887


Olsen, Hilda 1892


Ott, Frank 1870


Paul, Maud


Peterson, Charles 1909


Peterson, John 1909


Peterson, Margaret 1905


Peterson, Mary Winifred 1903


Potts, Louisa 1905


Purcher, Nora 1904


Rankin, William L. 1900


Rick, Robert 1884


Roy, Augustine 1872


Rumsay, Edith 1884


Ruthven, Louisa 1907


Saunders, Elene 1896


Schafer, Adeline 1918


Schenk, Clara 1905


Schenk, Lillian 1903


Schmidt, Maria 1871, 1872


Schwilks, William 1872, 1872


Semler, Thomas 1902


Shoebridge, Emma 1900


Shular, Mary 1888


Shurr, Elizabeth 1867


Smith, Edward 1888


Smith, William 1872


Stillman, Samuel 1899


Stuck, August 1892


Ubhaus, Joseph 1899


Wilson, Ida 1909


Winters, Mary 1902


Woods, Nettie 1897


Zwaal, Annie E. 1907

box 47, folder 92-113

Adoption files


Adriance, Frank 1871


Adriance, Willie 1872


Aukele, Caroline 1884


Austin, Minnie Constine 1877


Crittenden, Maud 1887


Crocker, Thomas 1895


Derrick, Maggie 1870


Feeley, Mary


Findlay, Bertha 1894


Havens, Frank 1885


Hunter, Laura A. 1872


Liebenberg, Henry 1894


Liebenberg, Mary 1894


Manly, Laura 1868


Metke, Dora 1884


Morgan, Mary 1871


Schure, John 1872


Stahl, Christian 1871


Stevenson, Emma 1885


Stevenson, Frank O. 1885


Swan, Henry G. 1871


Zimmerman, Matilda 1906

box 47, folder 114-118

Letters of inquiry for adoption and indenture 1927-1945

Physical Description: 5 folders
box 48

Subseries 2.3 Correspondence 1881-1915


Filed alphabetically by child's birth name.

Adams, Arthur & Rowland


Anderson, Maude


Ault, George


Bartells, Daisy


Beggo, Edward, James A. & Samuel C.


Berg, Hugo & Vivian Grace


Berkuer, Annie


Biddle, Harry


Bosworth, Harold


Bradley, Deldair


Bradley, Lawrence


Breeze, Elton


Brewer, Bertrand


Brown, Alfred


Caldwell, David


Campbell, William


Casenore, Theresa


Casenore, Victor


Cheffers, Alfred


Christianson, Christine


Church, Nelson


Clemens, Teresa


Clark, Claude


Cottrell, David & Delina


Crandall, Eugene Gilbert & Warren W.


Detels, Albert H. & Edward H.


Doleson, Gordon N.


Feltes, Donald


Fiest, Albert, Leroy & Louis H.


Findley, Bertha, Emma, Harry & Minnie


Fisher, Edwin


Fitzgerald, Gerald & Marion


Flodberg, Samuel


Forbes, Florence [Susie?]


Forbes, Sadie & Susie


Frederick, Conrad, Emma & Robert


Fullenback, Eva


Garratt, Arthur, Elsie, Grace & Walter


Gibson, John & Ripley


Goeble, Frederick


Goetz, Walter


Grange, Elizabeth & Walter


Green, Margaret


Haines, Albert B.


Hansen, Herbert


Helberg, Elizabeth


Hopwood, Nettie -- see Wood, Nettie


Houge, Elizabeth, Minna, Robert & William


Iverson, Bertha


Iverson, Frank & Minnie


Johnson, Frederick & Sarah


Johnson, Henry & Viola


Johnson, Nellie


Keebler, Johnnie & Oliver


Kelly, Mary Ellen -- see Sanders, Elene


Kempf, George & Margaretta


Kern, Edward


Kern, Abbie, George & Stella


Larsen, Daisy A.


Larson, Mamie A. [Minnie?] & Susie A.


Liebenberg, Harry & Mary [Mamie]


Loeffler, Carrie


Loeffler, Emma, George, Harry & Lulu -- see also Loeffler, Carrie


Loosli, Lizzie


Loring, Ruby


Luceo, Arthur


Lundberg, Violet


Mangels, Fritz & Wilhelm


Marr, Willie L.


Martenson, Sophia


Martin, Dorothy


Martinson, Arne


McDonald, Ernest


McDonald, John A. & Robert Lyle


Moore, Leslie


Mungari, Frank


Musgrove, Alma & Mabel


Nahhas, Philip


Nelson, Alice


Niendick, Lillie


Paul, Maud


Peterson, Annie & Mabel


Peterson, Charles A.


Peterson, Charles


Polio, Kenneth George


Popp, Claus, Frederick, Henry & Lizzie


Potts, Jessie, Louisa & Minnie


Pregg, Harry & Minnie -- see Findley


Presley, Bruce, Lee & Nellie


Purcher, Nora


Ruthven, Louise


Sanders, Elene


Scarborough, Clarance, Edith & Robert


Schmidt, Adela, Gideon & Lionel


Shackleton, George, John, Jonathan & William


Smith, Joseph, Percy & Walter


Stanton, James


Stamer, Harry


Steck, August


Stephens, Annie


Stevens, Lloyd, Rosie & Sadie


Stillman, Margaret & Raymond


Wightman, Alice Eliza


Willett, Angelina & Della


Williston, Cecil & Florence


Wilmot, Charles & Rose


Wood, Nettie


Zwaal, Charles J.

box 5, folder 17

Subseries 2.4 Baptisms [Volume 48] 1898-1946

Physical Description: 1 volume
box 47, folder 119-123

Subseries 2.5 Applications for children 1918-1921

box 49, folder 2-4

Subseries 2.6 Matron's and Supervisor's reports 1918-1922


Subseries 2.7 City, State, and County documents 1916-1943

Physical Description: 19 folders
box 49, folder 5

Report of the Coordination Committee to the Council of Social and Health Agencies and to the Community Chest, 1925

box 49, folder 6

Proof of publication: Notice of children admitted to SFPOA, 1919-1934

box 49, folder 7

Board of Charities and Corrections: Standards for childrens' institutions and per capita costs by institution, 1919

box 49, folder 8-10

State aid documents 1916-1929

Physical Description: 3 folders
box 49, folder 11-15

Reports and claims for State aid 1917-1929

Physical Description: 5 folders
box 49, folder 16

SFPO reports on payments from City & County of San Francisco, 1921-1934

box 49, folder 17-22

Court documents 1919-1934

Physical Description: 6 folders
box 49, folder 23

County maintenance documentation 1934-1943


Oral Histories Subseries 2.8 Mar. 29, 2001

box 49, folder 24-25

Cecil Malmin (resident 1924-1932) interview, includes audio recording and transcript. Jim Hum interview, includes audio recording and transcript. 2001-2015

box 49, folder 26

John Wilkins interview, includes Audio recording and transcript. Joanne Meads, includes audio recording and transcript 2014-2015


Series 3 General Administrative Files 1851-1951


Arranged in three subseries: 3.1: Correspondence; 3.2: Business Documents; 3.3 Centennial 1951.

Subseries 3.1 Correspondence 1851-1951

box 50, folder 1

General correspondence 1851-1879

box 50, folder 2

General correspondence 1880-1899

box 50, folder 3

General correspondence 1900-1909

box 50, folder 4

General correspondence 1910-1916

box 50, folder 5

General correspondence 1917

box 50, folder 6-12

General correspondence 1918


Alphabetical by correspondent.
box 50, folder 13-21

General correspondence 1919

box 50, folder 22-25

General correspondence 1920

box 50, folder 26-29

General correspondence 1921

box 50, folder 30-39

General correspondence 1922-1931

box 50, folder 40-43

General correspondence 1932-1935

box 50, folder 44

Letter from Eva Daniels 1938

box 50, folder 45

Letters from former residents 1950-1951


Subseries 3.2 Business documents 1916-1934

Physical Description: Box 50 (12 folders)
box 50, folder 46

Form for report for Children's Institutions 1916-1927

box 50, folder 47

Menu planning information from the State Board of Charities and Corrections 1917

box 50, folder 48

Eligibility for lamp purchase agreement from State Purchasing Department 1918

box 50, folder 49

Statement on corporal punishment from State Board of Charities and Corrections 1918

box 50, folder 50

"Milk for Children" from State Board of Health 1918

box 50, folder 52

Some suggestions re: obtaining County aid 1919

box 50, folder 51

Instructions and table showing rates for months and days (re: State aid) 1919

box 50, folder 53

Monthly Census Bulletin from the State Board of Charities and Corrections 1919

box 50, folder 54

Rules relating to State aid from State Board of Examiners ca. 1919

box 50, folder 55

Visit reports from State Board of Control 1920-1922

box 50, folder 56

New rulings from the State Dept. of Finance, Bureau of Children's Aid 1922

box 50, folder 57

Children's Council 1930-1934


Subseries 3.3 Centennial 1951

Physical Description: Box 47 (18 folders)
box 47, folder 124

City-County Record (reprint) 1951

box 47, folder 125

A compilation of earlier reports of history 1950

box 47, folder 126

Press releases 1950-1951

box 47, folder 127

For Herb Caen 1950

box 47, folder 128

Notes and timeline from historical records 1851-1951, 1951?

box 47, folder 129

Press release and invitation to Edgewood Christmas play, 1950

box 47, folder 130

Edgewood Centennial Program scripts (KCBS) 1951

box 47, folder 131

Centennial press correspondence and Home Tour information 1950-1951

box 47, folder 132

Centennial guests and gifts 1951

box 47, folder 133

Press invitation 1951

box 47, folder 134

Centennial press packet 1951

box 47, folder 135

Centennial program draft and mock-up 1951

box 47, folder 136

Master copies [mimeograph] of background information 1951

box 47, folder 137

Salute to Edgewood script (KNBC) 1951

box 47, folder 138

Press release: Mrs. Bartlett's remarks to Council of Executives of Child Care Institutions ca. 1951

box 47, folder 139

Press release: Auxiliary increase 1951

box 47, folder 140

Centennial invitation 1951

box 47, folder 141

Fortnight January 22, 1951


Series 4 Finances 1851-1959


Subdivided by physical type into Files and Record Books. Files are arranged chronologically within each box; Record Books are arranged chronologically by volume.

Record books 1851-1951

Physical Description: Various volume numbers (36 volumes)
box 5, folder 1

Account Book (bound with admissions) [Volume 1] 1851-1856

box 51, folder 1

Notebook [Volume 3] 1852

box 51, folder 2

Cash [Volume 4] 1852-1853

box 51, folder 3

Cash [Volume 5] 1853

box 51, folder 4

Account Book [Volume 6] 1853-1854

box 51, folder 5

Cash [Volume 7] 1853-1854

box 51, folder 6

Treasurer's Book [Volume 8] 1854-1858

box 51, folder 7

Donations [Volume 9] 1854

box 51, folder 8

Record of Bequests [Volume 29] 1885-1976

box 51, folder 9

Donations [Volume 13] 1863-1871

box 7, folder 1

Treasurer's Book [Volume 11] 1861-1869

box 7, folder 3

Treasurer's Book [Volume 17] 1869-1878

box 7, folder 4

Treasurer's Book [Volume 20] 1878-1888

flat-box 67

Treasurer's Book [Volume 34] 1888-1894

box 17

Treasurer's Book [Volume 38] 1894-1899

box 7, folder 11

Cash [volume 51] 1899-1904

box 7, folder 12

Ledger [Volume 52] 1899-1917

box 7, folder 13

Record [Volume 53] 1902-1928

box 8, folder 1

Cash [Volume 55] 1904-1910

box 8, folder 2

Cash [Volume 68] 1910-1917

box 8, folder 3

Building Fund Book [Volume 69] 1911-1917

box 51, folder 10

Articles Donated 1916-1923

box 8, folder 5

Cash 1917-1918

box 13

Cash [Volume 73] 1918-1921

box 8, folder 6

Ledger [Volume 74] 1918-1924

box 8, folder 7

Journal [Volume 75] 1918-1932

box 11

Cash [Volume 76] 1921-1925

box 14

Chart of Accounts [Volume 77] 1924-1931

box 51, folder 11

Donations [Volume 78] 1924-1930

box 51, folder 12

Things to Remember [Volume 79] 1924

box 10

Cash [Volume 81] 1926-1929

box 9

Cash for Maintenance of Children [Volume 81] 1928-1948

box 11

Cash [Volume 82] 1929-1932

box 15

Receipts and Disbursements [Volume 84] 1930-1946

box 8, folder 8

Journal [Volume 85] 1933-1951

flat-box 68

Journal [Volume 86] 1933-1935

box 51, folder 13

Donations [Volume 87] 1936-1937


Files 1852-1959

box 51, folder 14

Contributions from Bowen Bros. Grocers ca. 1860

box 51, folder 15-18

Legacies, gifts & investments 1879-1915

Physical Description: 4 folders
box 51, folder 19

Wiley Trust 1925-1959

box 51, folder 20-22

Investments 1931-1944

Physical Description: 3 folders
box 51, folder 23

Committee on the Modification of the Federal Legacy Tax ca. 1900

box 51, folder 24

Metropolis Trust & Savings bank 1908

box 51, folder 25

List of legacies left to SFPOA 1852-1903

box 51, folder 26

Notes on investments and legacies 1870-1898

box 51, folder 27

Cancelled cheques drawn on investments 1877-1896

box 51, folder 28

Relating to Christmas donations 1881

box 51, folder 29

In regard to the purchase of bonds 1900-1903

box 51, folder 30

Summary of Building Fund account 1918

box 51, folder 31

Estates of Glazier, Leiding, Riordan, Scott, Stanford, Van Reed, Wiley undated

box 51, folder 32

Cash donations for new orphanage, gifts for new orphanage 1924

box 51, folder 33

Legacies received 1937-1959

box 51, folder 34

Donations as given to the Board of Managers 1939-1943

box 51, folder 35

Newspaper clippings regarding legacies undated

box 52, folder 1

Probate business 1859-1878

box 52, folder 2

Correspondence and information on legacies 1870-1910

box 52, folder 3

Search of records of City & County of San Francisco showing bequests 1885-1894

box 52, folder 4

Investments for the Building Fund 1898-1917

box 52, folder 5

Lease Agreement with State Normal School 1906

box 52, folder 6

Notes re: Swain estate 1908

box 52, folder 7

Copy of Court Proceedings in the Matter of the Sale to the State of California of two 50-vara lots in Waller and Hermann Streets 1911

box 52, folder 8

List of securities of the SFPOA Society [Building Fund] 1918

box 52, folder 9

Building Fund deposit and credit slips 1924-1929

box 52, folder 10

Breon Estate 1930

box 52, folder 11

Investment securities of the Oroville-Wyandotte Irrigation District 1932

box 53, folder 1-3

Monthly population reports 1919-1933

Physical Description: 3 folders
box 53, folder 4-5

Population & payroll 1934-1944

Physical Description: 2 folders
box 53, folder 6-29

Treasurer's reports 1918-1949

Physical Description: 24 folders
box 53, folder 30-33

Auditor's reports 1917-1948

Physical Description: 4 folders
box 51, folder 36-37

Requisitions 1918-1926

Physical Description: 2 folders
box 51, folder 38

Cancelled cheques for taxes 1877-1896

box 51, folder 39-43

Tax bills 1898-1946

Physical Description: 5 folders
box 51, folder 44

Documents relating to purchase of Ford Model T 1920

box 51, folder 45-47

Insurance 1922-1930

Physical Description: 3 folders
box 54, folder 1-4

Insurance 1931-1939

Physical Description: 4 folders
box 54, folder 5-10

Balance sheets 1947-1952

Physical Description: 6 folders
box 54, folder 11-15

Balance sheets 1953-1958

Physical Description: 5 folders
box 54, folder 16-20

Bank statements 1949-1958

Physical Description: 5 folders
box 52, folder 33

Insurance 1949-1951


Series 5 Property and Maintenance 1855-1946

Physical Description: 4 boxes, 15 folders


Arranged in three subseries: 5.1: Haight Street Building; 5.2: Vicente Campus; and 5.3: Camp Swain.

Subseries 5.1 Haight Street building 1855-[1918]

box 49, folder 29-31

Deeds, Surveyors Map (Milo Hoodley), Water 1853-1925

box 55, folder 0

Construction & repair estimates & agreements 1855-1913

box 55, folder 2

Bills for building [Sansome] wing 1859-1860

box 55, folder 3

Bills for digging well 1859-1860

box 55, folder 4

Facilities improvements 1880-1896

box 55, folder 5

Cancelled cheques for repairs 1882-1896

box 55, folder 6

Laundry building 1896-1910

box 55, folder 7

Grading & paving Laguna Street (corr. w/ attorney Haight) 1904

box 55, folder 8

Sewer contract 1904

box 55, folder 9

Lease agreement with State Normal School 1905

box 55, folder 10

Resolution regarding: lease to State Normal School 1906

box 55, folder 11

Corr. re: State Normal School 1906-1907

box 55, folder 12

Corr. re: sale of Jones Street lot 1907-1908

box 55, folder 13

Notes re: Boys' Savings Account 1911-1914

box 55, folder 14

Architectural report on orphanage building 1913

box 55, folder 15

"Mayor" and "Councilmen" position descriptions ca. 1918

box 52, folder 14

Specifications for buttresses ca. 1860

box 52, folder 15

Bills & vouchers for alterations and additions to SFPOA building (Clevland & Swain) 1882-1883

box 52, folder 16

Contract and plans for boiler 1913


Subseries 5.2 Vicente Campus 1922-1930

box 49, folder 32

Parkside Property

box 49, folder 35

Map Showing the Closing of Portions of 29th and 30th Avenue and Wawona Street

box 55, folder 16

Trocadero Valley property offer 1922

box 55, folder 17

Crocker Amazon property offer, 1922

box 55, folder 18

Assessed and estimated values of lots considered for purchase ca. 1922

box 55, folder 19

Sunset district (San Francisco) maps and notes ca. 1922

box 55, folder 20

Corr. re: property near Laguna Honda tunnel station 1922

box 55, folder 21

Detailed cost of the SFPOA 1922-1926

box 55, folder 22

Building Zone Ordinance (San Francisco) ca. 1922

box 55, folder 23

Parkside Realty Co. 1922-1923

box 55, folder 24

Bliss & Faville 1923-1930

box 49, folder 33-34

Bliss and Faville. Administrative building. Original Drawings

box 55, folder 25

Spring Valley Water Co. 1923-1924

box 55, folder 26

Pacific Gas & Electric 1924

box 55, folder 27

West Coast Fire Extinguisher Co. 1924

box 55, folder 28

DN&E Walter & Co. 1924

box 55, folder 29

General Sales Corp. 1924-1926

box 55, folder 30

C.A. Ericsson estimate for tree planting ca. 1924

box 55, folder 31

Criticisms and responses re: building plans ca. 1924

box 55, folder 32

William McCann notes re: furnishings 1924-1925

box 55, folder 33

A. Quandt & Sons 1924-1930

box 55, folder 34

American Laundry Machinery Co. 1924-1925

box 55, folder 35

Standard Fence Co. 1924-1925

box 55, folder 36

Construction estimates, bills and correspondence 1924-1928

box 55, folder 37

List of the contents of the box placed in the tablet stone... [time capsule] 1924

box 55, folder 38

Fay Improvement Co. 1925

box 55, folder 39

Building Fund statements of account 1925

box 55, folder 40-45

Receipts for goods & services 1923-1938

Physical Description: 6 folders
box 55, folder 46

Cyril Williams, Jr. 1924

box 55, folder 47

City & County of San Francisco 1924

box 55, folder 48

Thomas Day Co. 1924

box 55, folder 49

Cement work and invoices 1925

box 55, folder 50

Gladding, McBean & Co. 1924

box 55, folder 51

Job descriptions: Matron, Superintendent, Clerk 1928

box 55, folder 52

American Trust Roos Fund (used for campus improvement) 1929-1937

box 55, folder 53

Significance of cottage names 1930

box 52, folder 18

Agreement to purchase Parkside property 1922

box 52, folder 19

Bitumen contract 1922

box 52, folder 20

General specifications of work to be done in the erection and completion of eight buildings (Bliss & Faville, architects) 1923

box 52, folder 21

Nathan-Dohrmann Co. 1924

box 52, folder 22

Thomas Day Co. 1924

box 52, folder 23

Specifications for painting work 1924

box 52, folder 24

Specifications for well 1924

box 52, folder 25

Lindgren & Swinerton contracts 1924

box 52, folder 26

Payroll for construction labor 1924

box 52, folder 27-31

Lindgren & Swinerton receipts & invoices 1924

Physical Description: 5 folders
box 52, folder 32

MacRorie-McLaren Co. 1924-1925


Subseries 5.3 Camp Swain 1913-1946

box 49, folder 27-28

Contra Costa Property, Deeds etc.

box 52, folder 17

Contract for construction of Camp Swain (Bliss & Faville) 1913

box 55, folder 54

Notes re: purchase of property at Rancho El Rio [Camp Swain] 1914-1921

box 55, folder 55

Directions for reaching Camp Swain undated

box 55, folder 56

Swimming pool 1936-1939

box 55, folder 57

The story of the swimming pool 1936

box 55, folder 58

Improvements 1937-1942

box 55, folder 59-69

Records re: Camp Swain, including hiring staff, travel, food, raods, health 1929-1946

Physical Description: 11 folders

Series 6 Publications about and by Edgewood 1875-1972

box 4, folder 27

Edgewood News 1965-1972

box 4, folder 28

Rules and Regulations 1875

box 4, folder 29

Rules and Regulations 1880

box 4, folder 30

Rules and Regulations 1905

box 4, folder 31

Some Reminisces of the San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum 1900

box 4, folder 32

The Story of the San Francisco Protestant Orphanage 1924

box 4, folder 33

The Tower of Strength in the City's Building 1941

box 4, folder 34

Etchings from The Tower of Strength in the City's Building 1941

box 56

Scrapbooks 1950-1951


"Edgewood Centennial 1851-1951" 1950-1951

Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles.


Scope and Contents

Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, notes, images of grounds, and reproductions of event posters.

Series 7 Photographs Circa 1851-1959

Physical Description: 6 boxes of prints, two albums, misc. oversize items in box, 1 box of negatives (Boxes 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63; Volumes 88-89)

Publication Rights

Copyright for some photographs is held by Gabriel Moulin or other studios and photographers

Scope and Contents

Images of children, staff, buildings, activities and events, late 1800's to 1990's.
At least two photos from San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children are included.


Subdivided by physical type into Files and Albums. Files are arranged roughly chronologically within each box.
box 57

Adults (parents?) pre-1900

Scope and Contents

7 cartes de visite, incl. J. H. Sperling, Caroline Frey, Reinhold Frey, Eddie Bruce's mother.
box 57

Portraits of young ladies undated [early 1900's]


Bound volume

Scope and Contents

Signed Marjorie, Elizabeth Dacher, Harriet Walsh, Betty Barioll, Mad Benedict, Kathryn, Barbara, Mary, Adeline E. Howard, Eleanor P. Sell, Miriam Beaver, Amy Long, Amy Requa.
box 57

Children Pre-1924

Scope and Contents

Includes cabinet cards (group of six unidentified children, baby portrait) and photographs (group of children and car in front of Haight St. building, classroom of young children, boys in military uniforms ca. Spanish American War, boys in Sloyd class, girls in sewing class, girls and boys exercising). Includes some copy prints.
box 57

Panorama of children in Petaluma after the Great San Francisco Earthquake 1906

box 57

Children 1922-1929

Scope and Contents

Incl. indoor shots of boys and girls playing, outdoor shots of children playing, 1922 panorama of Business League Picnic and Kiddies Outing. Includes some copy prints.
box 57

Children circa 1924-1959

Scope and Contents

Identified persons incl. Charles Boser, Miss Marden, Mrs. Wayne.
box 57

Camp Swain 1927

Scope and Contents

Pages and photographs separated, but identified persons incl. Mr. C. W. Mark.
box 57

Children 1930-1939

Scope and Contents

Incl. 1937 portrait of Cottage 3 (all children and adults identified).
box 60

Camp Swain 1936

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook. Incl. track results from 4th of July races. Identified persons: Eddie Burch (?), Gerald Topper, Marlon Newton, Howard Keenan, Doug Lariolette, Billie Metcalf, Arthur Vaughan, Esther Glunt, Lillian Glunt, Dorothy McGhee, Keitha Bailard, Dolores LaRose, Elinor Lewohl, Lucile Burchell, Mary Hansen.
box 57

Camp Swain 1943

Scope and Contents

Photo of dedication stone, buildings and identified persons: Mrs. Howard Naffziger, Mr. Kuser, Mrs. Leroy Briggs, Mrs. Clarence Oddie, Mrs. Rulofson.
box 57

Children 1940-1949

Scope and Contents

Identified persons include: Mrs. Roth, Mr. Runyan, Mrs. Towne, Bill Kuser, Alex Sherriff, Melvin Philbrick. Scenes are of Camp Swain, Searsville Lake and SFPOA/Edgewood. VERY POOR CONDITION.
box 57

Christmas 1940s-1950s

Scope and Contents

Images from U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Union Label (A.F. of L.) parties.
box 57

Children 1950-1959

Scope and Contents

Includes images of District Attorney Pat Brown, Byron Owen, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Levy, Melvin Philbrick, Parkside School Room 5 (1955), Jerry Wills.
box 59, folder 1-4

Children 1980s

box 57

Haight Street buildings ca. 1854-1900

Physical Location: Glass plates are located in the Photo Room.

Scope and Contents

Images of old orphanage building in Haight between Laguna and Buchanan. Drawing of building as it was in 1854, photos & drawing of building after addition of Sansome wing in 1863. Includes 3 glass plates of Haight Street building and expansion.
box 57

Edgewood buildings 1923-1951

Scope and Contents

Includes images of construction (1923-1924), dedication plaques and completed buildings (1924-1951).
box 57

Edgewood Campus 1930s

Scope and Contents

Images of Edgewood campus taken by Gabriel Moulin.
box 57

San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children ca. 1910?

Scope and Contents

Two images. Newspaper clipping mounted on cardboard -- photo of group of children. Photograph mounted -- image of building at 14th Ave. and Lake St.
box 58

Desk shots undated

Scope and Contents

Staged images of the SFPOA registers, fountain pen and roll-top desk.
box 58

Staff, Board members and volunteers undated

Scope and Contents

Identified: Mrs. Cunningham (?), Mrs. Dean Witter, Mrs. Roth, Mr. Atholl McBean, Melvin Philbrick, Miss Nellie Stow, Mrs. Waldo Coleman, Mrs. Henry Wright.
box 58

Staff, Board members and volunteers (unidentified) undated

Scope and Contents

Cabinet cards and photographs of adults.
box 58

Auxiliary 1948

Scope and Contents

Includes photos of Mrs. Alan McLenegan, Mrs. John Bosche, Mrs. Edmund MacDonald, Mrs. Lawrence Bowes, Mrs. Philip Boone, Mrs. Granger F. Kenly, Mrs. Thayer Hopkins.
box 58

Poster ca. 1947-1949

Scope and Contents

Includes images of a cowgirl actress visiting with groups of Edgewood girls, a cowboy actor visiting with Edgewood children, Camp Meeker and a roller skating party panorama.

Custodial History

Someone created an historical display of photographs of Edgewood events. Images were mounted on several posters and were identified with a number written on a bright orange sticker. The key to these images is not available. The posters have been disassembled, but the photos remain grouped and identified as much as possible. Some of these photos may not be Edgewood-related.
box 58

Poster circa 1953

box 58

Christmas 1 poster undated

Scope and Contents

Images of Marine Corps Christmas parties, Optimist basketball team, talent shows.
box 58

Christmas 2 poster ca. 1946-1948

Scope and Contents

Marine Corps parties (incl. Gen A Creesy), talent shows, all day picnic with Marin Town & Country Club, and San Francisco Lumberman's Club party at the Palace Hotel.
box 58

Christmas 3 poster ca. 1946-1948

Scope and Contents

Includes images of Halloween, drawing, science classes, birthday party, boys visit to HMNZS Royalist, opening the Blum's store at the Fairmont Hotel with Mrs. Fred Levy, and in kitchen with cook.
box 60, volume 88

Album ca. 1951

Scope and Contents

Boys' outing(s) to the beach.
box 60, volume 89

Album ca. 1951

Scope and Contents

Recreation at Edgewood and around SF. VERY POOR CONDITION -- photos not correctly developed.
box 62, folder 1-66



Includes images of children, staff, events and grounds.
box 61

Photographs Pre 1900-circa 1942

box 61

Children, Vicente Campus circa 1910-1930

box 61

Model. Community Chest. Podesta and Baldocchi (Doll furniture and dolls) circa 1933

box 61

Portraits. Ashburner, Mrs. William circa 1890-1900

box 61

Portraits. Peterson, Charles (Admission 1876)

box 61

Portraits. Thurston, Sarah and Emma 1876

box 63, folder 1-32

Negatives 1980s-1990s


Series 8 Artifacts Circa 1851-Circa 1933

box 64

Community Chest Doll Furniture and Dolls Circa 1933

Physical Description: Contains: 2 red tables, 2 benches (orange and gray), 1 tennis net, 4 black metal chairs, 1 round black metal table, 2 small round gold tables, 1 metal black stove, 1 red goal post, 1 gold San Francisco Protestant Orphanage flag, 1 red Pacific Hebrew Orphanage flag, 2 porcelain dolls with hair and crepe paper clothes, 3 medium porcelain dolls with crepe paper clothes, 1 miniature doll with blond painted hair, 1 dog, 4 vegetables/fruits, 9 black and red porcelain football players with movable arms and legs, 10 blue and gold porcelain football players with movable arms and legs, 5 porcelain dolls with crepe paper clothes moveable arms and legs.
box 64

Vinyl Records, Victory Records "Camp Fone"

Physical Description: Eight records bound together in one brown case. Several records have broken edges.
box 65

Wood Engraving Plates, Vicente Campus Circa 1925


Back of Administration (5 X 7)


Front of Administration (5 X 7)


Front Door (5 X 7)


One of the Cottages (5 X 7)


Side Door (5 X 7)


Administration Front Steps (3.5 X 5)


Cottage Common Room? (3.5 X 5)


Cottage Room (3.5 X 5)


One of the Cottages (3.5 X 5)


View from Vicente Street (3.5 X 5)


Campus from Vicente Street (Pine, Administration, Lane) (3.5 X 5)

box 65

Embossing Seal Circa 1851-Circa 1900

box 65

Original Key to Haight Street Building Circa 1870-Circa 1890


San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children Record Group 2 1895-1932

Physical Description: 1 box, 2 vols., 1 folder


Organized into four series: Series 1: Annual Reports; Series 2: Admission and Discharge Records; Series 3: Adoption Papers; and Series 4: Ephemera. Some photos of the San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children may be found interfiled with the Edgewood photographs in Subgroup 1, Series 7.

Biographical / Historical

The San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children (SFNHC) was founded in 1892 as "a non-sectarian home for children whose parents, either by neglect, ill-fortune, or unfitness, could not give them proper care and protection" and the institution continued until at least 1932. Both boys and girls were admitted. SFNHC was originally incorporated as the San Francisco Female Hospital in 1878 and also incorporated a Foundling Home that was founded in 1887. SFNHC's stated purpose in 1900 was to be a home for children under the age of 12. In 1932 the ages of children allowed was "4 years 3 months to 16 years." The first location of SFNHC was at First St. and Bryant. They moved to Second St. and Harrison for a time, and then to 14th St. and Mission. In 1904, SFNHC moved from its home on Mission St. to a new builcling near 14th Ave. and Lake St. This new building was practically destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, and the children lived in tents for two weeks before being sent to an affiliated home in Sacramento. SFNHC rebuilt the building at 14th Ave and Lake St. By 1911, SFNHC had begun a successful series of annual pencil sales as a fundraiser. Records in this collection include a letter from Al Jolson. The children were treated to movies, gardening, open air shop classes, piano lessons, sewing lessons, folk dancing lessons, various circuses, the beach, the Chutes and the Pan-Pacific International Exposition. In 1915, the SFNHC children attended a Christmas play put on by Bruce Porter and the SFPOA children at the Haight St. orphanage. The SFNHC children attended public school (primarily Sutro Elementary). In 1921, the SFNHC children began going to the "country" for the summer. By 1932 SFNHC had purchased the Love Creek summer camp in Ben Lomond, California. When possible, parents were expected to pay something toward room and board, but State and County Aid was sometimes available as well. SFNHC was a member of the San Francisco Community Chest.


No Subnote Content
box 66, folder 1-19

Annual reports Series 1 1900-1932


Arranged chronologically.

11th Annual Report, 1900


13th Annual Report, 1902


14th Annual Report, 1903


15th Annual Report, 1904


16th Annual Report, 1905


17th Annual Report, 1906


18th Annual Report, 1908


19th Annual Report, 1908


20th Annual Report, 1909


21st Annual Report, 1910


22nd Annual Report, 1911


23rd Annual Report, 1912


24th Annual Report, 1913


25th Annual Report, 1914


26th Annual Report, 1915


27th Annual Report, 1916


28th Annual Report, 1917


29th Annual Report, 1918-1919


Report, July 1919 - February 1922


Admission and discharge records Series 2 1887-1929

Physical Description: 2 vols.
box 67

[Volume 31] 1887-1893

Physical Description: Flat box.
box 8, folder 4

[Volume 70] 1914-1917 and 1920-1929

box 66, folder 20

Adoption papers Series 3 1895-1901

Physical Description: 1 folder

Ephemera Series 4 1910-1932

Physical Description: Document box 3, Folders 21-22 Legal box 1, Folder 1 (3 folders)
box 66, folder 21

Published admission notice 1910

box 49, folder 1

Publicity for pencil sale 1919-1922

box 66, folder 22

Promotional brochure 1932