Atlanta Child's Home and Child Service Association Papers
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Atlanta Child's Home and Child Service Association Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Atlanta Child's Home.
Title: Atlanta Child's Home and Child Service Association Papers
Dates: 1930-1975
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft.
Quantity: (6 document boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS616

Biographical/Historical Note

The Atlanta Child’s Home opened in 1907 when Mrs. Frank Robinson began taking orphaned and neglected children into her own home. The organization was officially incorporated in 1915. The orphanage operated on Angier Avenue until 1923 when the Hightower Estate, thirty four acres in west Atlanta, was purchased. Mrs. Robinson served as director of the orphanage until her death in 1945. At that time a board of trustees was elected to oversee the operation of the home

The Child Welfare Association, Inc. was organized in 1930 as an agency to generate cooperation between the many orphanages and child welfare organizations in Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb Counties. The Association worked with groups such as: the Atlanta Child’s Home, the Carrie Steele Pitts Home for Negro Children, and the Florence Crittendon Home. In 1951 the agency reorganized and was renamed the Child Service Association, Inc. The agency expanded its services to include Cobb County in 1959, and Clayton and Gwinnett Counties in 1962.

In 1964, the Atlanta Child’s Home merged with the Child Service Association to become the Children’s Center of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. The merger was another attempt to expand the reach of the many agencies and improve services to needy children in the Metro-Atlanta area.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection consists of business records, budgets, financial reports and other files documenting the history of the Atlanta Child’s Home in the 1950s and 1960s and the Children’s Center of Metropolitan Atlanta in the 1970s. The collection includes: budget reports, history files and merger reports. Of particular interest, throughout the annual reports and business records are county statistics regarding adoptions in the metropolitan Atlanta and Fulton County areas.


This collection folders are arranged in alphabetical order with titles created by archvies staff

Index Terms

Atlanta Child's Home.
Carrie Steele Pitts Home for Negro Children (Atlanta, Ga.)
Child Service Association (Atlanta, Ga.)
Child Welfare Association (Atlanta, Ga.)
Child Welfare League (Atlanta, Ga.)
Child welfare--Georgia--Atlanta
Children's Center of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Children--Institutional Care--Georgia--Atlanta
Community Chest of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Florence Crittendon Home (Atlanta, Ga.)
Robinson, Frank Mason, Mrs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[identification of item(s)], Atlanta Child's Home and Child Service Association Papers, MSS 616, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. Robert Biccum, 1984 (1984.281).

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2009.


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Adoption Information, 1955-1956
2Adoption Information, 1965-1966
33 Advisory Committee, 1965
4Advocacy on Legislature, 1965-1967
5Agency Executive Advisory Committee, 1964-1966
6Annual Reports, 1956-1960
7Annual Reports, 1962-1967