Guide to the Dover Children's Home Papers, 1893-1990

Collection number: MC 153
Size: 17 boxes (5.33 cu.ft.)

About Dover Children's Home

In March 1892 thirteen members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union concerned for the welfare of Dover’s neglected, abused, and unwanted children collectively pledged to be responsible for the rent and other expenses of a home for needy children. They rented half of a duplex on Atkinson Street and accepted 13 children for admission. One year later (May 10, 1893) the Dover Children’s Home (DCH) was incorporated. Thirty-three members of the Dover Children’s Home Society signed the Articles of Incorporation and thereby made it their object “to provide for the reception, care and education of destitute children.” (Act of Incorporation and By-Laws, 1893) The Home, which had grown to 28 children, moved to a larger house at 11 Spring Street in 1894. Then in 1897 the DCH Society decided to purchase land and build a new house at 207 Locust Street. On October 9, 1897, the Society laid the cornerstone of the building. It was completed and furnished in 1898, and 38 children moved in. A generous bequest in 1916 added land to the original DCH property. Additions to the Home in the early 1920s and in 1962 greatly increased its size, and several renovations have helped maintain the facility

Over the years the Dover Children’s Home has reflected many of the changes in the character and condition of Dover’s (and New Hampshire’s) society and culture. Organized to ease the plight of children and families who suffered due to the recessions of the 1890s, the Home has continued to serve the needs of under-privileged children “without regard to creed or nationality” (Report of the DCH, 1923) for more than 100 years. During the depression of the 1920s more than 60 children resided in the Home. In 1939 the state of New Hampshire requested that the Home limit its number of children to 50. This number was subsequently cut to 45 after World War II. Staff problems and other difficulties eventually caused the Home to cut its number of children to about a dozen in 1952. Today the Home provides residential, case management, and therapeutic services for teenagers, and acts as an intermediate group home for abused and neglected youth.

About the Dover Children's Home Papers

The Dover Children’s Home collection contains business, financial, and personnel records, correspondence, registers and files pertaining to the admission of children, communication logs, weekly reports, overnight charts that record the day-to-day activities and behavior of the children, photographs, and a scrapbook that documents benefactor Edward Warren Rollins and the DCH children’s summers at Parker Mountain Camp in Strafford, NH from 1927-1932

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection has restrictions: For materials in the collection that are less than one hundred years old, written permission must be obtained from the Dover Children’s Home’s executive officer or administrator. Contact Renee Touhey-Childress, Executive Director at (603) 742-4298 x12 or via e-mail: rtouhey@doverchildrenshome.org

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder number], [Box number], Dover Children's Home Papers, 1893-1990, MC 153, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA

Acquisitions Information

Donated: Dover Children's Home, Dec. 1995 (Accession number: 96.002)

Separated Material

Some original material has been removed due to mold damage and replaced with photocopied surrogates

Collection Contents

Series 1: Office Files, 1909-1987

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Board members, meeting attendance, 1909-1951
Box 1, Folder 2Board of Managers, meeting minutes, 1951-1972
Box 1, Folder 3Board of Managers, meeting minutes, 1972-1981
Box 1, Folder 4Board of Managers, miscellaneous materials, 1945-1987
Box 1, Folder 5By-laws and constitution, 1893-1951
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence: Association of Child Caring Institutions, 1938-1946
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence: Child Welfare Advisory Committee, 1944-1946
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence: Conference on Social Welfare, 1944-1946
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence: General/administrative, 1934-1960
Box 1, Folder 10Correspondence: Job applicants, 1942-1948
Box 1, Folder 11Correspondence: Purchase orders, miscellaneous materials, 1944-1960
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Financial: Accounts, Coffin and Burr investment house, 1955-57
Box 2, Folder 2Financial: Accounts, Strafford National Bank, 1955-1986
Box 2, Folder 3Financial: Annual reports, 1932-1946
Box 2, Folder 4Financial: Balance sheets aned income statement, April 1953-May 1956
Box 2, Folder 5Financial: Balance sheets and income statement, June 1956-June 1959
Box 2, Folder 6Financial: Balance sheets and income statement, Oct. 1960-March 1964
Box 2, Folder 7Financial: Balance sheets and income statement, Dec. 1964-April 1968
Box 2, Folder 8Financial: Quarterly Federal tax return, 1954-1959
Box 2, Folder 9Financial: Treasurer’s reports, 1985-1986
Box 2, Folder 10Gifts and contributions: Correspondence, 1952-1987
Box 2, Folder 11Gifts and contributions: Book of names and donations, 1921-1981
Box 2, Folder 12Gifts and contributions: Rockingham Park Foundation, 1954-1960
Box 2, Folder 13Historical materials about the DCH, 1898-1990
Box 2, Folder 14Insurance, 1955-1959
Box 2, Folder 15Legal documents, 1954
Box 2, Folder 16Logbook, hours of part-time staff, 1983-1984
Box 2, Folder 17Manual of policies, reports, job descriptions, board members and budget, 1985-1987
Box 2, Folder 18 Monthly reports (medical, census, financial), 1986-87
Box 2, Folder 19Parker Mountain Camp, Strafford, NH, 1927-1929
Box 2, Folder 20“Program Policy Book (A Guide for Staff to Program),” 1983
Box 2, Folder 21Publications, miscellaneous, 1925-1982
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1Record of travel/mileage, 1973-1978
Box 3, Folder 2Record of travel/mileage, 1973-1979
Box 3, Folder 3Staff meeting minutes and memos, 1986-1987

Series 2: Records of Children Admitted, 1892-1944

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1List of children taken in, 1892-1915
Box 4, Folder 2List of children’s names and histories, 1893-1917
Box 4, Folder 3List of children taken in, 1907-1941
Box 4, Folder 4List of children taken in, 1930-1944

Series 3: Communications Logs, Overnight Charts, Weekly Reports, and Sign-Out Sheets, 1917-1956

Folders 2-66 contain admittance information and letters from a variety of referring organizations and individuals regarding individual children resident at the home.

Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1Medical calls, 1917-1949 June 1, 1924-Feb. 25, 1950. Staff members list, 1917-1949
Box 5, Folder 2Abbott Family (1), undated
Box 5, Folder 3Adams, Harold and Sheldon, (9) 1935-1937
Box 5, Folder 4Aspinall, Yvonne (2), 1944
Box 5, Folder 5Bickford, Dwight (7), 1945-1946
Box 5, Folder 6Bickford, Lawrence (2), 1935
Box 5, Folder 7Blaisdell (1), 1924
Box 5, Folder 8Brown, Lucinda (9), 1924
Box 5, Folder 9Brown, William (1), 1935
Box 5, Folder 10Burns family (12), 1944-1946
Box 5, Folder 11Call, Albert (3), 1944-1946
Box 5, Folder 12Chapin, Frances (8), 1937
Box 5, Folder 13Clark, Ella Fay (1), 1936
Box 5, Folder 14Colby, Electa (3), 1945-1946
Box 5, Folder 15Cole, Kenneth and William (10), 1944-1947
Box 5, Folder 16Constantopoulos, Dona (2), 1947
Box 5, Folder 17Danforth, Ernest, Helen and John (2), 1934
Box 5, Folder 18DeGreenia, Patricia and Nancy (16), 1944-1945
Box 5, Folder 19Evans, Frances (2), 1933
Box 5, Folder 20Flint family (1), 1931?
Box 5, Folder 21Fuller, Ralph (14), 1944-1947
Box 5, Folder 22Gardner, Thelma (1), 1935
Box 5, Folder 23Gelinas family (5), 1944-1949
Box 5, Folder 24Gero, Allen and Donna, (2), 1957
Box 5, Folder 25Gustafson family (2), 1944
Box 5, Folder 26Hadley, Ellis William (1), undated
Box 5, Folder 27Hall, Dale (1), 1960
Box 5, Folder 28Hayes, William (6), 1945-1947
Box 5, Folder 29Horne, Forrest and Ralph (4), 1933
Box 5, Folder 30Howard, Russell (1), 1957
Box 5, Folder 31Jacobs, Doris (1), 1931
Box 5, Folder 32Jelley family (4), 1944-1946
Box 5, Folder 33Lambert, Irene, Doyle and Gloria (9), 1923-1935
Box 5, Folder 34Lanouette, Alice and Lorraine (1), 1944
Box 5, Folder 35Leavitt, Richard, (17), 1944-1947
Box 5, Folder 36Libbey family (5), 1945-1946
Box 5, Folder 37Mason, Charlie and Harry (2), 1949
Box 5, Folder 38Moody, Henry (4), 1944
Box 5, Folder 39Moore, Reginald (1), undated
Box 5, Folder 40Moulton, Harold (2), 1934
Box 5, Folder 41Mussey, Herbert (4), 1949-1950
Box 5, Folder 42O’Connor, James (4), 1944
Box 5, Folder 43Palm, Pearl (1), undated
Box 5, Folder 44Philbrick, Doris and Margaret (1), 1946
Box 5, Folder 45Pollard, Winnifred (2), 1935
Box 5, Folder 46Pratt [Maxfield], Mildred (1), 1917
Box 5, Folder 47Pratt, Thelma (2), 1938
Box 5, Folder 48Randall, Eunice (5), 1945
Box 5, Folder 49Rogers, William Albert (1), 1922
Box 5, Folder 50Rollins, Alvin (1), 1956
Box 5, Folder 51Shontell, Nellie (1), undated
Box 5, Folder 52Shupe, Grace (2), 1935
Box 5, Folder 53Smith, Robert (1), 1945
Box 5, Folder 54Stuart, John (1), 1944
Box 5, Folder 55Tattersall, Ivan (2), 1944
Box 5, Folder 56Temples, Pvt. Carl (1), 1925
Box 5, Folder 57Thompson, Evelyn Lona (1), undated
Box 5, Folder 58Towers, Charles (1), 1956
Box 5, Folder 59Vince family (1), 1924
Box 5, Folder 60Wallingford, Susie (1), 1924
Box 5, Folder 61Welch, Norman and Ronald (2), 1949
Box 5, Folder 62Whynott, Phyllis (1), 1949
Box 5, Folder 63Willey family (3), 1924
Box 5, Folder 64Windle, June, (3) 1944
Box 5, Folder 65York, Bertha and Herbert (1), 1923
Box 5, Folder 66Unidentified children (6), 1924-1956

Series 4: Communicaton Logs, Overnight Charts, Weekly Reports and Sign-Out Sheets, 1987-1990

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1Communication Log, Jan. 1987
Box 6, Folder 2Communication Log, Feb. 1987
Box 6, Folder 3Communication Log, March 1987
Box 6, Folder 4Communication Log, April 1987
Box 6, Folder 5Communication Log, May 1987
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1Communication Log, June 1987
Box 7, Folder 2Communication Log, July 1987
Box 7, Folder 3Communication Log, Dec. 1987
Box 7, Folder 4Communication Log, Jan. 1988
Box 7, Folder 5Communication Log, Feb. 1988
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1Communication Log, March 1988
Box 8, Folder 2Communication Log, April 1988
Box 8, Folder 3Communication Log, May 1988
Box 8, Folder 4Communication Log, June 1988
Box 8, Folder 5Communication Log, July 1988
Box 8, Folder 6Communication Log, August 1988
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1Communication Log, Sept. 1988
Box 9, Folder 2Communication Log, Oct. 1988
Box 9, Folder 3Communication Log, Nov. 1988
Box 9, Folder 4Overnight Charts,Nov. 1988
Box 9, Folder 5Communication Log, Dec. 1988
Box 9, Folder 6Overnight Charts, Dec. 1988
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1Overnight Charts, Jan. 1989
Box 10, Folder 2Charts, Jan. 1989
Box 10, Folder 3Communication Log, Feb. 1989
Box 10, Folder 4Overnight Charts, Feb. 1989
Box 10, Folder 5Charts, Feb. 1989
Box 10, Folder 6Overnight Charts, March 1989
Box 10, Folder 7Charts, March 1989
Box 10, Folder 8Charts, April 1989
Box 10, Folder 9Communication Log, May 1989
Box 10, Folder 10Charts, May 1989
Box 10, Folder 11Communication Log, June 1989
Box 10, Folder 12Overnight Charts, June 1989
Box 10, Folder 13Charts, June 1989
Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1Communication Log, July 1989
Box 11, Folder 2Overnight Charts,July 1989
Box 11, Folder 3Charts, July 1989
Box 11, Folder 4Weekly Reports, July 1989
Box 11, Folder 5Sign-Out Sheets, July 1989
Box 11, Folder 6Communication Logs, Aug. 1989
Box 11, Folder 7Charts, Aug. 1989
Box 11, Folder 8Sign-Out Sheets, Aug. 1989
Box 11, Folder 9Weekly Reports, Aug. 1989
Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1Communication Log, Sept. 1989
Box 12, Folder 2Charts, Sept. 1989
Box 12, Folder 3Weekly Reports, Sept. 1989
Box 12, Folder 4Communication Log, Oct. 1989
Box 12, Folder 5Overnight Charts, Oct. 1989
Box 13
Box 13, Folder 1Charts, Oct. 1989
Box 13, Folder 2Weekly Reports, Oct. 1989
Box 13, Folder 3Communication Log, Nov. 1989
Box 13, Folder 4Overnight Charts, Nov. 1989
Box 13, Folder 5Charts, Nov. 1989
Box 13, Folder 6Weekly Reports, Nov. 1989
Box 13, Folder 7Communication Log, Dec. 1989
Box 14
Box 14, Folder 1 Overnight Charts, Dec. 1989
Box 14, Folder 2Charts, Dec. 1989
Box 14, Folder 3Weekly Reports, Dec. 1989-Jan. 1990
Box 14, Folder 4Communication Log, Jan. 1990
Box 14, Folder 5Communication Log, Feb. 1990
Box 15
Box 15, Folder 1Communication Log, March 1990
Box 15, Folder 2Communication Log, April 1990
Box 15, Folder 3Weekly Reports, Feb.-April 1990.

Series 5: Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1928-2000

Box 16
Box 16, Folder 1Dover Children’s Home (4 images), Dec. 15, 1928
Box 16, Folder 2Children at DCH (3 images), 1929.
Box 16, Folder 3Children at Parker Mountain Camp (6 images), 1928-1929.
Box 16, Folder 4Children’s photos, mostly unidentified (9 images), 1930s-1940s
Box 16, Folder 5Unidentified party/event (6 images), ca. 1990
Box 16, Folder 6Unidentified baby yawning, ca. 1920?
Box 16, Folder 7Postcard, “Children’s Home, Dover, NH,” June 26, 1912
Box 16, Folder 8Postcard, “Children’s Home, Dover, NH,” undated
Box 16, Folder 9Postcard, “Children’s Home, Dover, NH,” undated
Box 16, Folder 10Photos and interview tapes, Flora and Nancy Hall, 2000
Box 17
Box 17, Folder 12 Scrapbooks