Skip to main content
MNHS Library Custom Header

Orphan Trains: Placing Out Children in Minnesota: Secondary Sources: Books & Articles

Search for Secondary Sources at MNHS


Possible orphans, 1915.

The Orphan Train Kids, by George Hendrix.
In Midwest Living, vol. 2, no. 6 (Dec. 1988): pages 30-34.
MNHS call number: F355 .M53 v.2:6

A Quilt and a Diary: The Story of an Orphan Who Rode an Orphan Train North to a New Home, by Ann Zemke.
In Ramsey County History, vol. 39, no. 1 (spring 2004): pages 24-26.
MNHS call number: Reading Room F612.R22 R3 vol. 39:1


Children in Humane Society office, 1914.

Children West: A History of the Placing-Out System of the New York Children's Aid Society, 1853-1890, by Miriam Z. Langsam.
Madison: Department of History, University of Wisconsin: 1964.
MNHS call number: HV885 .N5 C7

The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America, by Marilyn Irvin Holt.
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1992.
MNHS call number: HV985 .H65 1992

Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed, by Stephen O'Connor.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
MNHS call number: HV985 .O36 2001

Saving the Waifs: Reformers and Dependent Children, 1890-1917, by LeRoy Ashby.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984.
MNHS call number: HV741 .A83 1984

Ties That Bind: The Orphan Train Story in Minnesota, by Janet Liebl.
Marshall, Minn.: Southwest State University, 1994.
MNHS call number: HV985 .L44 1994

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