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Guide to the North Idaho Children's Home, Inc. Records 1908-1984

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: North Idaho Children's Home, Inc.
Dates: 1908-1984
Quantity: 5 linear feet
Abstract:Administrative and financial records; photographs, scrapbooks and printed material of a Lewiston, Idaho, care facility for abused or emotionally disturbed children.
Identification: MG137
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

Although not all of the material was received in the original folders, the original folder headings were retained where possible. The records of NICH consist of six series. Series I, Correspondence, is concentrated in the earlier period (1912-1930) and deals mostly with bequests and investments. The second series, Administrative, includes Board of Directors' minutes (1909-1959) and administrative and financial reports. Ledgers, the third series, includes cash journals (1908-1940) and two expense ledgers (1925-1940 and 1975-1976). Photos, series 4, is listed in the photo card index as well as in this inventory. The bulk of the photographs is of the period 1960-1980. The fifth series, Scrapbooks, contain five scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings and the guestbook from a 1949 open house. Printed Material in series six includes the newsletter of NICH, Children's Home Finder and Flashes (1912-1983). A more complete set of the newsletter is part of the Day-Northwest Collection in the University of Idaho Library. This series also contains promotional literature and NICH related materials such as newspaper clippings.

Scope and Content

The records of NICH span the years from 1908 to 1983 with the bulk of the material covering the years 1912 to 1930; there is little information about the period from 1930 to 1960. The records include scattered correspondence, some of which refers to financial bequests and contracts with Health and Welfare, and annual and monthly reports. The records also contain the minutes of the Board of Directors (1909-1959), as well as several bookkeeping ledgers and the Superintendent's day books. Approximately one quarter of the records consist of photographs. Also included are scrapbooks and printed materials such as NICH promotional literature and newspaper clippings. These records do not contain any confidential information such as adoption records.


Administrative/Biographical History

In 1908, a Congregational minister in Lewiston, Charles B. Chase, began taking abused and abandoned children into his home prior to their being placed in foster care. The Idaho Children's Home and Finding Aid Society in Boise had asked his help because of distance and transportation difficulties. Chase quickly found that the number of children sent to him by the courts was more than he could adequately care for himself. In 1909, he and other community leaders formed a permanent organization, the Northern District of the Idaho Children's Home Finding and Aid Society of Boise. Funding for the new organization was provided by several public service organizations such as the Commercial Club of Lewiston and the Women's Clubs in Northern Idaho. The children continued to live with Rev. Chase who was named superintendent (a post he held until 1918). Permanent housing was obtained in 1911, when Hurlbut House was bought for $14,000. This was the home of the organization for more than fifty years.

In 1935, the organization separated from Boise and became the Children's Home Finding and Aid Society of North Idaho, Inc. Following World War II the Children's Home faced financial difficulties stemming from the shift in emphasis from private charity to public responsibility for social services. In the 1960's, large permanent care facilities, such as orphanages and mental hospitals, were increasingly replaced by smaller, more specialized units. The Child Protective Act of 1963 gave responsibility for the placement of dependent children to the Idaho Department of Health (later Health and Welfare). These were functions which had been performed by organizations such as the Children's Home. Because of these changes, the children's Home redefined its purpose. No longer an "orphanage," it became a treatment center and temporary home for children who could not stay in their own homes but were not suited for foster care. This change in function eased the Homes' financial crisis. In addition to money from Department of Health contracts, the Home continued to receive private contributions. The George F. Jewett's donated a six-bedroom house, 22 acres of land and fifty thousand dollars to the Children's Home. The move to the Jewett estate was made in 1969.

In 1973, the organization became the North Idaho Children's Home, Inc., (NICH) an organization which continues to provide services for emotionally disturbed and homeless children, much as it did in 1909.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Medicine and Health

North Idaho Children's Home

Child psychotherapy -- Residential treatment -- Idaho -- Lewiston -- History -- Sources
Children -- Institutional care -- Idaho -- Lewiston -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Source

The records of North Idaho Children's Home, Inc. were donated to the University of Idaho by the Children's Home in August of 1984.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Correspondence 1912-1975
A. General 1912-1975
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1/11/1Booth Memorial Hospital: Unwed mothers 1964-1967 18 items
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1/21/2Catholic Family Services: Unwed mothers 1965-1967 8 items
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1/31/3Fundraising 1950 7 items
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1/41/4Intelligence Tests [Results] 1918-1930 10 items
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1/51/5Internal Revenue Service 1953 2 items
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1/61/6Investments 83 items
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1/71/7Tag Day 1922-1923 30 items
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1/81/8Thank you letters 1961-1975 18 items
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1/91/9Other Correspondence 1912-1962 4 items
B. Legal 1914-1930
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1/101/10Nels Halgeson Estate 1929 4 items
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1/111/11Walter Hickerson Estate 1914 1 item
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1/121/12Charles W. Mount Estate 1925 1 item
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1/131/13I. Pickering Estate 1927-1930 13 items
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1/141/14Ana Trimble Estate 1925 2 items
C. Special Projects 1925-1976
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1/151/15Construction of Boys' Dorm 1925 92 items
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1/161/16Group Home 1975-1976 87 items
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1/171/17Law Enforcement Project Grant 1974-1976 34 items
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1/181/18Maternal Infant Care Project 1967-1973 58 items
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1/191/19NICH - DECs [contracts] 1974-1976 7 items
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1/201/20Sewer construction 1925 11 items
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1/211/21Unwed Mothers Project [1965] 4 items
Series II. Administrative 1909-1981
A. Organizational 1919-1975
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1/221/22Articles of Incorporation 1919-1935 3 items
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1/231/23By-laws 1942 1 item
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1/241/24List of North Idaho Society Members [1920's] 5 items
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1/251/25Policy Statements 1961-1975 53 items
B. Annual and monthly reports 1931-1970
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1/261/26Annual Report [of Superintendent] 1931-1970 39 items
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1/27-311/27-31Reports on children 1920-1957 300 items
C. Board of Directors Minutes 1909-1959
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1/32-401/32-40Minutes 1909-1959 170 items
D. Financial 1909-1981
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1/41-481/41-48Budget 1968-1975 8 items
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1/49-531/49-53Financial reports 1911-1956 45 items
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1/54-561/54-56Monthly financial statements 1909-1926 150 items
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1/571/57Audit Report [state of Idaho] 1921-1928 7 items
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1/581/58Other financial papers 1925, 1954, 1981 10 items
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1/591/59Payroll and income tax information 1960-1961 97 items
E. Other records 1909-1974
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1/601/60Adoption Record 1909-1960 33 items
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1/611/61Adoptions Book 1909-1974 1 item
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1/621/62County Book 1915-1965 1 item
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1/631/63Day Book 1931-1934 1 item
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1/641/64Day Book 1946-1954 1 item
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1/651/65Roster 1911-1952 1 item
Series III. Ledgers 1908-1940
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2/662/66Expense Ledger 1975-1976 1 item
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os/67os/67Expense Ledger 1925-1940 1 item
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os/68-70os/68-70Cash Journal 1908-1940 3 items
Series IV. Photos 1909-1982
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3/713/71Hurlbut Mansion A137-1 to 6b 1911-1968 12 items
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3/723/72Friendship Hall A137-8a, b 1920 2 items
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3/733/73NICH [undated] A137-9b [1978] 1 item
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3/743/74Special Care Project (Proposed) 1980 1 item
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3/753/75Entrance sign; [undated] 1 item
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3/763/76Uprooted tree A137-12 1969 1 item
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3/773/77Room interiors A137-14 to 19a [1920]-1978 10 items
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3/783/78Craft Center A137-20-25 1971-1973 13 items
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3/793/79Education Center A137-26 to 29 [1978] 5 items
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3/803/80Family Resource Center A137-28 to 29 [1977] 4 items
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3/813/81Cedar House A137-31 [l978] 1 item
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3/823/82Jewett House A137-34 to 38 1968-1982 8 items
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3/833/83North House A137-40 to 41a, b 1968 3 items
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3/843/84Pool House A137-42-43 1968-1969 4 items
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3/853/85Prospect House A137-45 to 46 a-c 1978 4 items
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3/863/86South House A137-47-48 a-c 1968 4 items
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3/873/87Moving Day A137-49 a-r 1968 18 items
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3/883/88Swimming pool A137-50 to 54 1968-1978 7 items
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3/893/89Religious service A137-55 [1920's] 2 items
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3/903/90Chase, Samuel B and Mary A137-56-57 [1930]- 1958 4 items
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3/913/91Board of Directors A137-58-69 [1940]-1978 15 items
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3/923/92Children's Home Finding and Aid Society... certificate of incorporation [photo] A137-70 1978 1 item
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3/933/93Commercial Club, Lewiston, I.D. Letter, 1909 A137-71 [photo 1978] 2 items
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3/943/94Staff A137-72-89 1963-1979 28 items
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3/953/95Former residents A137-90 to 94 [1940]-1975 7 items
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3/963/96Art contest winners A137-95 1978 5 items
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3/973/97Auction A137-96a-c 1968 4 items
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3/983/98Play (Hansel & Gretel) A137-97 1977 1 item
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3/993/99Memorial Book A137-98 [1968] 1 item
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3/1003/100Vehicles A137-99-102 [1971]-1973 4 items
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3/1013/101Volunteers A137-103-108 1961-1970 8 items
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3/1023/102Gifts A137-109-110 1970-1972 4 items
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3/1033/103Children A137-112-125 [1920's] 20 items
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3/1043/104More Children A137-126-150 [undated] 28 items
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3/1053/105Children A137-151-175 [undated] 30 items
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3/1063/106Children A137-176-200 (except 189, 190 & 194) [undated] 24 items
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3/1073/107Youth A137-189, 190, 200 [undated] 3 items
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3/1083/108Children A137-201-225 (except 222) 1917-[1960's] 27 items
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3/1093/109Children A137-222, 226-250 1942-1963 37 items
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3/1103/110Children A137-251 to 353 (except 265, 289-295) 1963-1979 50 items
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3/1113/111Youth A137-289-296; 307-315 [undated] 21 items
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3/1123/112Youth A137-299 to 336 [1920's]-1968 34 items
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3/1133/113Youth A137-265, 337-349 1968-1970 30 items
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3/1143/114Youth A137-350 to 366 1970-1979 25 items
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3/1153/115Uncatalogued, unidentified NICH photos (notebook) 1 item
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3/1163/116Negatives [undated] 65 items
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3/1173/117Other NICH photos 1914-1978 146 items
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3/1183/118Other NICH photos, contact sheets [1960's] 2 items
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os/119os/119Oversize (photos) A137-9a, 9c, 30, 32, 33, 39, 44 7 items
Series V. Scrapbooks and guest book [1920's]-1976
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3/1203/120Open House guest book 1949 1 item
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3/1213/121Scrapbook [1920's] 1 item
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3/1223/122Scrapbook, National Conference of Social Workers 1936 1 item
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os/123os/123NICH Scrapbook 1960-1961-1962-1963 1 item
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os/124os/124Scrapbook December 1960-December 1972 1 item
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os/125os/125Scrapbook January 1973-May 1976 1 item
Series VI. Printed Material 1912-1984
A. Children's Home Finder & Flashes 1912-1983
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4/1264/126Children's Home Finder 1912-1935 58 items
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4/1274/127Flashes 1935-1981 106 items
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4/1284/128Flashes (supplements) 1978, 1983 2 items
B. Promotional Literature 1913-1984
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4/1294/129Christmas Brochures 1913-[1921] 8 items
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4/1304/130Old Christmas Letters 1960-1982 29 items
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4/1314/131Calendars 1982-1984 3 items
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4/1324/132Other promotional Literature 1924-1984 19 items
C. Children's work [undated], 1977
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4/1334/133Student publications 1977 2 items
D. Related materials [1940's]-1960
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4/1344/134Sam Day, "Children's Home ... a Society in Crisis" 1960 1 item
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4/1354/135Obituaries, Founders [1952-1963] 11 items
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4/1364/136Newspaper clippings, newspaper, children's welfare [1940's-1960's] 80 items

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