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The NYSPCC Archives

The NYSPCC Archives is one of the nation’s most valuable repositories of original and compiled material on the origins, history and development of the child protection movement. The mission of the NYSPCC Archives is to arrange, preserve, and make accessible the unique records of the organization, including files concerning approximately two million New York City children during the period 1874 to present day.

About The NYSPCC Archives

Where The NYSPCC Archives Is Located

520 Eighth Avenue – Suite 1401 – New York City 

Contact Information – 212-233-5500 Ext. 252

Click to reach out to the Archivist. 


The NYSPCC Archive

The NYSPCC Archives is delighted to announce a new public portal for accessing The NYSPCC Archives. On the portal, annual reports are now accessible digitally, from December 1874 through 2021. As well, there is an Agency History Time. There is capability to make a reference request via the public portal.

Public Archives Portal




NYSPCC History Timeline

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Use The NYSPCC's Archival Records?

The NYSPCC Archives have served as an invaluable resource for published works concerning the origins and history of child protection, the movement to regulate child performers, and for various local museum exhibitions.

User Community - Staff - Individuals - Families - Researchers - Students - Schools - Universities - Colleges - Organizations

Who May Request and Obtain Family Search Request? Whose Records Could Be On File?

• Persons who as children were the subjects of reports

• Relatives and descendants of such persons

• Legal representatives of such persons or their estates

• Professionals engaged by any of the preceding individuals

• Residents of Manhattan and Marble Hill 1875-1950

• Bronx residents west of the Bronx River 1875-1916

• Non-resident children whose cases were reported in the above areas

Research Fee Schedule and How to Place A Request

Research Fee Schedule

• Family Search (light/intense) - $100/$250

• Requestor Search (light/intense) - $100/$300

• Publication (use of material in book-article-press release; one-time use) - $300

Depending on the research work required for requests, there may be additional fees.

Click to email a request to The NYSPCC Archivist. 

To make a family search donation, here is the link to the Family Donation Form.


Conditions Governing Use Copyright restrictions apply

The materials in this collection are subject to copyright and intellectual property restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Researchers must obtain written permission from the copyright owner(s) if they wish to publish materials from this collection. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to The NYSPCC Archive, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC).
  • Preferred Citation The NYSPCC Archive, New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC)
  • Publication Statement

    The NYSPCC Archive The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC)

    520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1401

    New York, NY 10018

  • Contact Email: redele@nyspccdev.munroe.com

  • Digital Collection

    The original material from this collection is digitized as Tiff images. Please direct any requests for digitized collection content to the Archivist - Ruth Edele - redele@nyspccdev.munroe.com.

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