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Massachusetts Infant Asylum : Records, 1868-1916


1 carton, 1 file box, 2 card file boxes, 1 oversize box, 9 oversize volumes


The collection was donated to the Archives by the Boston Children's Service Association.


The Massachusetts Infant Asylum was established in 1868 as a private agency to care for deserted infants and was popularly known as the nation's first foundling hospital. In 1912 the name was changed to the Massachusetts Babies Hospital. It merged with the Boston Children's Aid Society in 1916.

Scope and Content

The collection includes annual and other reports, minutes, client registers, and some correspondence.