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Jenkins Orphanage records and exhibit

Identifier: AMN 1063


Charleston (S.C.) orphanage for African American children, founded in 1891 by Rev. Daniel Joseph Jenkins. The Orphan Aid Society (chartered 1892) was the governing board of the orphanage. Organized by members of the church where Rev. Jenkins was pastor, the Society furnished much of the financial support for the orphanage's efforts to provide education, training, skills, and care to orphans, half orphans, and wayward and destitute children. After Jenkins' death his widow, Mrs. Eloise C. Jenkins, succeeded him as president of the orphanage for four years. She was succeeded by Rev. Paul G. Daniels, who served as president until 1961.

Collection contains the records of Jenkins Orphanage including files on residents, correspondence, rolls, financial information, clippings, printed material, photographs, and miscellaneous items. Financial information includes reports of annual audits, accounts, invoices, and purchase vouchers. Printed materials include pamphlets about Rev. Jenkins and Jenkins Orphanage. Photocopies of clippings concern the orphanage, the Jenkins Orphanage Band, and the orphanage's 100th anniversary. Miscellaneous items include a constitution of the Orphan Aid Society, a report (1954) on the orphanage by the Charleston County Dept. of Public Welfare, photographs, a scrapbook, and materials used in an exhibit about Jenkins Orphanage at Avery Institute (Charleston, S.C.).


  • 1891-1991


7.5 linear feet (7 boxes, 1 volume)

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