Skip to main content
MNHS Library Custom Header

Orphan Trains: Placing Out Children in Minnesota: Primary Sources: Archives & Records

Search for Primary Sources at MNHS

Books & Other Publications

Abandoned children, 1925.

Annual Reports of the Children's Aid Society, by Children's Aid Society.
New York: The Society, 1854-1923.
MNHS call number: HV885 .N5 C6
Digital editions available through Hathi Trust

Crossroads, a quarterly newsletter by the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America.
Springdale, Arkansas: The Society, 1988-2003.
Concordia, Kansas: The Society, 2004-2015.
MNHS call number: HV983 .O76

The Dangerous Classes of New York, and Twenty Years' Work Among Them, by Charles Loring Brace.
New York: Wynkoop & Hollenbeck, 1880.
MNHS call number: HV743 .N5 B8 1880

Placing Out Children in the West, by Hastings H. Hart.
Minnesota: s.n., 1884.
MNHS call number: HV883 .M6 H37 1884a

Government Records


Minnesota. Division of Child Welfare. Subject Files, 1899-1945.
Two folders relating to the placement of children in homes throughout Minnesota by the New York Foundling Hospital.  The files include legal agreements and correspondence between state agents and the New York Founding Hospital, a study assessing placements and adoptions from 1918-1920 and lists of children placed in Minnesota homes.
Access to these files is restricted. Contact reference staff for more information.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (Public Welfare Department: Child Welfare Division). 

MNHS Reference Staff

reading room bookshelves

Contact Us:


Email Us

Visit our Main Website

Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm • Wed. to Sat.: 9am to 4pm • Sunday & Monday: Closed • Holiday Hours