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Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID

Acc. 617

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Dates
1886-1980      

Collection ID
Acc. 617

Creator
Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Quantity
7 linear feet (7 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.         

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center was formed in August 1961 by a merger of two independent day nurseries, the Jane D. Kent Day Nursery and the St. Nicholas Day Nursery of the City of Philadelphia.

The St. Nicholas Day Nursery was chartered in March 1910 to care for "young colored children of working mothers," many of whom usually came from homes with single parents, often domestic or factory workers. The nursery also administered programs for women and high school girls. Originally located at 265 South 10th Street, the nursery relocated in 1926 to 328 South 12th Street, and two years later it settled at 2218 Lombard Street. St. Nicholas became a racially integrated nursery in 1946.

The Jane D. Kent Day Nursery, established in January 1885, was originally located at 302 North 16th Street and moved to 1622 Summer Street as a result of the Vine Street widening project in the 1940s. Its goals were to provide shelter, food and care as well as religious instruction to the children of white working class parents. Due to a declining number of children in the community surrounding the Jane D. Kent Day Nursery, the two day nurseries merged their services into the existing St. Nicholas facility in 1961, as the Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center.

The Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center was a member of the United Way of Philadelphia and the Health and Welfare Council, Inc., as well as the Philadelphia Association of Day Nurseries, of which the Jane D. Kent Day Nursery was a founding member.

Description of Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of records created by the combined day care center. The premerger records are predominantly of the St. Nicholas Day Nursery. Many of Jane D. Kent's early records were not retained by the combined day care center. The early records of Jane D. Kent in the collection are so identified.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into five series:

Series 1: Administrative, 1886-1979
Series 2: Financial, 1918-1980
Series 3: Operational, circa 1910-1976
Series 4: Case Files, 1970-1975 (Restricted)
Series 5: Other Organizations, 1925-1974 (Portions restricted)

Series 1. Administrative, 1886-1978. The administrative records consist of annual reports of both the day nurseries; charters and by laws; reports, correspondence, and memoranda of the executive director, mostly during the tenure of Helen V. Lockwood Johnson (1960s); committee reports, including the Board of Directors; and Daily Roll Books for the children in attendance.

Series 2. Financial, 1948-1978. Includes audits, bills, budgets, deeds, financial reports, miscellaneous funding reports, salary information, financial statements, and correspondence with governmental agencies regarding funding.

Series 3. Operational, 1910-1975. This series consists of files relating to the operational aspects of running a day care center, including statistics to and files about coordinating agencies, education, food services, general histories, job descriptions, and volunteers.

Series 4. Case Files, 1970-1975. Selected case files of children enrolled in the Day Care Center, mostly around 1975. The case files include medical and psychological evaluations of the children, background information on the parents, including family histories, work experiences, and financial earnings. Materials in this series are restricted. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information.

Series 5. Other Organizations, 1932-1974. Includes correspondence, reports, and minutes of numerous agencies that worked with the Day Care Center, including the Health and Welfare Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the United Fund, and selected case files of the Woman's Union Day Nurseries. Womens Union Day Nursery Case Records in this series are restricted. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1663202~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research. Materials in Series 4, Case Files, and the Womens Union Day Nursery Case Records in Series 5, are restricted. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records are in custody of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, Acc. 617, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center through Ann Boyle, Executive Director, July 1986.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Johnson, Helen V. Lockwood

Corporate Names:
Association of Day Care Centers of Greater Philadelphia
Health and Welfare Council (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jane D. Kent Day Nursery (Philadelphia, Pa.)
St. Nicholas Day Nursery of the City of Philadelphia
United Fund of the Philadelphia Area

Subjects:
African American children -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Child welfare -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Day care centers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Nursery schools -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Social Services – Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Bylaws
Case files
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Financial records
Manuscripts (document genre)
Minutes
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports

Inventory

Series 1. Administrative, 1886-1979

Series 1. Administrative, 1886-1978. The administrative records consist of annual reports of both the day nurseries; charters and by laws; reports, correspondence, and memoranda of the executive director, mostly during the tenure of Helen V. Lockwood Johnson (1960s); committee reports, including the Board of Directors; and Daily Roll Books for the children in attendance.

1                    Jane D. Kent Day Nursery annual reports          1886

1                    Jane D. Kent Day Nursery annual reports          1888

1                    Jane D. Kent Day Nursery annual reports          1908

1                    Jane D. Kent Day Nursery annual reports          1912-1916

1                    Jane D. Kent Day Nursery annual reports          1920

1                    Jane D. Kent Day Nursery annual reports          1926

1                    St. Nicholas Day Nursery annual reports          1914-1915

1                    Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center annual reports

1                    Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center annual reports          1961-1963

1                    Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center annual reports          1964-1965

1                    Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center annual reports          1966-1967

1                    Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center annual reports          1966-1969

1                    Jane D. Kent-St. Nicholas Day Care Center annual reports          1975-1976

1                    Charter and Bylaws, Jane D. Kent Day Nursery          1941

1                    Executive Director Reports          1951-1958

1                    Executive Director Reports          1954-1955

1                    Executive Director Reports          1956-1958         

1                    Executive Reports & Materials          1958-1971

1                    Executive/Board Reports          1961-1969

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence from Helen V. Lockwood Johnson          1965-1970

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence from Helen V. Lockwood Johnson          1968-1969

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence from Helen V. Lockwood Johnson          1968

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence from Helen V. Lockwood Johnson          1969

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence          1962

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence          1963

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence          1966-1967

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence          1968

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence          1969

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence          1970

1                    Executive Director: Correspondence          1971

1                    Executive Director: Memoranda from Helen V. Lockwood Johnson          1964-1970

1                    Executive Director: Memoranda from Helen V. Lockwood Johnson          1966-1968

1                    Executive Director: Memoranda from Helen V. Lockwood Johnson          Undated

1                    Executive Director: Miscellaneous Correspondence I          Undated

2                    Executive Director: Miscellaneous Correspondence II          Undated

2                    Executive Director: Miscellaneous Correspondence III          Undated

2                    Executive Director: Miscellaneous Correspondence IV          Undated

2                    Committees          Undated

2                    Board of Managers, Minutes          1923-1936

2                    Board of Managers, Minutes          1950-1953

2                    Board of Managers, Minutes          1954-1955

2                    Board of Managers, Minutes          1973-1979

2                    Board of Managers, Minutes          1976-1979

2                    Board of Managers, Committees/Officers          1971-1972

2                    Directors Committee Minutes          1949-1952

2                    Manager's Report on Condition of the House          1916-1917

2                    Personal Committee          1962-1967

2                    Staff Meetings, Minutes Materials          1975-1976

2                    Daily Roll Book          1916

2                    Daily Roll Book          1917

2                    Daily Roll Book          1918

2                    Daily Roll Book          1919

2                    Daily Roll Book          1920

2                    Daily Roll Book          1921

2                    Daily Roll Book          1922

2                    Daily Roll Book          1926-1932

2                    Daily Roll Book          1932-1938

2                    Daily Roll Book          1938-1945

2                    Daily Roll Book          1940-1941

2                    Daily Roll Book          1941-1942

2                    Daily Roll Book          1942-1943

2                    Daily Roll Book          1943-1944

3                    Daily Roll Book          1945-1946

3                    Daily Roll Book          1946-1947

3                    Daily Roll Book          1947-1948

3                    Daily Roll Book          1948-1949

3                    Daily Roll Book          1949-1950

3                    Daily Roll Book          1961-1962

3                    Daily Roll Book          1962-1963

3                    Daily Roll Book          1977-1978

Series 2. Financial, 1918-1980

Series 2. Financial, 1948-1978. Includes audits, bills, budgets, deeds, financial reports, miscellaneous funding reports, salary information, financial statements, and correspondence with governmental agencies regarding funding.

3                    Agreement between Agencies and United States Government/State Government 1951-1968

3                    Audits          1955

3                    Audits          1976-1977

3                    Audits          1977-1978

3                    Bills          1969-1972

3                    Bills I          1970-1972

3                    Bills II          1971-1972

3                    Bills          undated

3                    Child Craft Education          undated

3                    Maintenance/Utilities          undated

3                    McCann & Son Inc., Rubbish Removers          1971-1972

3                    Pomerantz and Company          undated

3                    Porer Trust          1977-1978

3                    Western Men, Inc.          undated

3                    Budget          1967-1968

3                    Budget          1968-1969

3                    Budget          1979-1980

3                    Comparative Day Nursery Figures          1937-1938

3                    Deeds/Estates          undated

3                    Deposit Slips          1969-1973

3                    Deposit Slips          1973-1974

4                    Receipts          1948-1954

4                    Receipts          1952

4                    Receipts          1967-1969

4                    Receipts          1972-1975

4                    Disbursements for Building Maintenance/Children          1918-1922

4                    Discretionary Fund          undated

4                    Discretionary Fund, Petty Cash          undated

4                    Federal Funding          undated

4                    Fee Scale          1934-1947

4                    Fee Scale          1973-1974

4                    Fee Statements          1972-1974

4                    Financial Material          1969-1972

4                    Financial Reports, Annual          1957-1959

4                    Financial Reports, Annual          1970

4                    Financial Reports, Annual          1973-1977

4                    Financial Reports, Income Tax and Securities          undated

4                    Financial Reports, Monthly          1940-1947

4                    Financial Reports, Monthly          1964-1969

4                    Financial Reports/Manual of Instructions for the Preparation of Budgets          1967

4                    Financial Reports, Quarterly          1948-1951

4                    Financial Statement          1979

4                    Funding Agencies Review          1956-1961

4                    Funding Agencies, St. Nicholas Day Care Center          1961

4                    Parents Payments          1960-1971

4                    Reimbursement          1970-1971

4                    Renewal Application for Annual Exemption from Registration

4                    Reports to United Fund          1951-1957

4                    Salaries          undated

4                    Solicitation for Charitable Funds          undated

4                    Statement of Income          1972-1975

4                    U.S. Department of Labor, Federal Funds for Day Care Project          1969

4                    Tax Exemption forms          undated

Series 3. Operational, circa 1910-1976

Series 3. Operational, 1910-1975. This series consists of files relating to the operational aspects of running a day care center, including statistics to and files about coordinating agencies, education, food services, general histories, job descriptions, and volunteers.

5                    Activities/Materials for Children          1965

5                    Application for Positions          undated

5                    Building Maintenance/Repair          undated

5                    Charter and Bylaws, Jane D. Kent Day Nursery          1941

5                    Christmas          1967-1969

5                    Council of Social Agencies, Social Statistics          1938-1939

5                    Equipment          1960-1961

5                    Estate          undated

5                    Family Life Education          undated

5                    Program          undated

5                    Parents Meeting Information          1949-1966

5                    Parents Meeting Information          1968

5                    Parents Meeting Information          1968-1969

5                    Parents Meeting Information          1969-1971

5                    Parents Meeting Information          1968

5                    Food Services          undated

5                    Applications for Special Food Service Programs for Children          1970

5                    Food Services Program, Correspondence Materials          1969 -1971

5                    Menus, Food Plan          undated

5                    Menus, Recipes          undated

5                    School Lunches          1970-1971

5                    Surplus Commodities          1970-1971

5                    Forms, Employer Health Record Application for Position          undated

5                    Fuel Oil          1962-1970

5                    Health Information          1947-1969

5                    Health Report, Delegate Assembly Committee to Study the Health and Welfare Council, Inc.          1968

5                    History of St. Nicholas Day Nursery          1961

5                    History of Jane D. Kent/St. Nicholas Day Care Center          1963-1965

5                    Information about Staff          undated

5                    Investigation Blank          1910s

5                    Job Description          1967-1970

5                    Miscellaneous Office Files I          undated

5                    Miscellaneous Office Files II          undated

5                    Newsclippings          1965

5                    Nursery Statistics          1925-1928

5                    Nursery Statistics          1947-1951

5                    Pamphlets, Social Services          undated

5                    Parent's Telephone Message          1976-1970

5                    Parquetry Book          undated

6                    Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of, Department of Property and Supplies, Bureau of Government Donated Food, "Agreement Between Agency and United States Government/State Government,"          1951, 1968

6                    Philadelphia Social Service Exchange Biographies          1928-1937

6                    Photographs, Children at tables in yard          undated

6                    Pilot Project, St. Nicholas Day Care Center, Social Service Reports          undated

6                    Social Service Committee Report          1949-1950

6                    Song Book Supplementary Sheet          1937

6                    Telephone Message          1975

6                    Temple University, Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Student Internships          1963-1964

6                    Transportation, Reason of Necessity          1967

6                    Volunteers          undated

6                    Correspondence          undated

6                    Guidelines          1966-1967                                                        

6                    Survey          undated

6                    Workmen's Compensation          1952-1972

Series 4. Case Files, 1970-1975 (Restricted)

Series 4. Case Files, 1970-1975. Selected case files of children enrolled in the Day Care Center, mostly around 1975. The case files include medical and psychological evaluations of the children, background information on the parents, including family histories, work experiences, and financial earnings. Materials in this series are restricted. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information.

6                    Case files          1970-1975

Series 5. Other Organizations (Portions restricted), 1925-1974

Series 5. Other Organizations, 1932-1974. Includes correspondence, reports, and minutes of numerous agencies that worked with the Day Care Center, including the Health and Welfare Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the United Fund, and selected case files of the Woman's Union Day Nurseries. Womens Union Day Nursery Case Records in this series are restricted. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information.

7                    Association of Day Care Centers of Greater Philadelphia, Minutes          1968-1970

7                    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children and Youth Program          1970-1971

7                    Community Chest of Philadelphia & Vicinity Summary of Social Audit                                   7                    Conference with the St. Nicholas Day Nursery          1955

7                    Eastern Regional Conference, Children Welfare League of America          1968-1969

7                    Federal Register Public Welfare          1964

7                    Girl Scouts of Philadelphia, Local Troop          1925-1941

7                    Health and Welfare Council, Inc.          undated

7                    Completed from C-3          1960-1972

7                    Southern Area Board          1962-1966

7                    Teacher Education Committee          undated

7                    Day Care Project Committee          1962

7                    Program          1960

7                    Housing Association of Delaware Valley, Financial Report/General          undated                                  7                    Ledger/Payrolls          1969

7                    Institute of State and Local and State Government/ Philadelphia City Planning          undated

7                    Commission, Schuylkill Neighborhood Study          1949

7                    National Federation, Day Nursery Bulletin          1926-1931

7                    National Health and Welfare Retirement Association          1970-1972

7                    New York City, Department of Welfare, Guide for Evaluating Day care Centers          undated

7                    North City Congress, Articles on the Block Community          1968

7                    Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of, Department of Public Welfare          undated

7                    Bureau of Children's Services          undated

7                    Census Report of Children Under Care          1932-1937

7                    Regulation for Child Care Centers          1978

7                    Regulations          undated

7                    Day Care Centers for Children Under Social Service Auspices, Title 4600          1965

7                    Public Child Welfare Agencies, Title 3200          1964

7                    Pennsylvania State University, College of Human Development, "Pennsylvania Day Care Center - A Preliminary Profile,"          1973

7                    Philadelphia Community Coordinated Child Care Council, Final Report          1974

7                    Racial Discrimination/Anti-Poverty Information          undated

7                    Southern District Conference of Agencies          1969

7                    Stephen Smith Home for the Aged          undated

7                    United Fund          1959-1967

7                    United Fund, Agency Procedures          undated

7                    United Fund Torch Drive, Materials, Correspondence          1950s-1970s

7                    United Fund Torch Drive          1966

7                    United Fund Torch Drive, Professional Advisory Committee, Minutes          1969

7                    United Way Materials          undated

7                    Womens Union Day Nursery Case Records (Restricted)          undated