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Children's Seashore House Records

MSS.6/0013-02

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the College of Physicians Historical Medical Library. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
College of Physicians Historical Medical Library
Title:
Children's Seashore House Records
Date [bulk]:
1965-1995
Date [inclusive]:
1965-1995 1872-1998
Call Number:
MSS.6/0013-02
Extent:
20 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Children's Seashore House (CSH) was established Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1872 as a rehabilitation center for children. Founded on the belief in the restorative powers of the ocean and fresh seashore air, CSH was the first pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the nation, and the fourth oldest pediatric hospital in the United States. Today, CSH is located in Philadelphia, on the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) campus, after having been acquired by CHOP in 1998. Remarkable aspects of this collection include correspondence from the early 20th century, a number of bound volumes from the late 19th to the 20th centuries, and an extensive collection of photographs portraying the pediatric patients of CSH throughout its existence.
Cite as:
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], MSS 6/0013-02, Children's Seashore House Records, 1872-1998, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Historical Medical Library.
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Biography/History

The Children’s Seashore House (CSH) was established in Atlantic City in 1872 as a rehabilitation facility for children. Founded on the belief in the restorative nature of the fresh, seaside air, its establishment was funded by donations from wealthy Philadelphians. During its first year of operation, CSH operated from a converted cottage located at the corner of South Carolina and Pacific Avenues. One year later, in the summer of 1873, CSH moved to Ohio Avenue, also in Atlantic City, and accepted its first 55 young patients. Years ahead of its time, the hospital was the first pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the nation, and established itself as the fourth oldest pediatric hospital in the United States.

In 1873, the Seashore House was incorporated, with James S. Whitney serving as the first president. Dr. William Henry Bennett became physician-in-charge in 1874, where he remained until his death in 1919. Dr. Bennett molded the medical standards, ethics, and policies of the Seashore House, as well as oversaw the construction of additional buildings. From Ohio Avenue, CSH relocated into newly constructed buildings three times: in 1902 to Whitney Hall on the beach block between Richmond and Annapolis avenues, in 1953 to the Roberts Building, constructed on the same site as the Whitney Building, and in 1990, to 34th and Civic Center Boulevard in Philadelphia, at the former site of the Philadelphia General Hospital.

The Seashore House originally took in patients only during the summer months, but began year-round operations in 1909. It primarily served patients from Philadelphia and its suburbs, New Jersey, and Delaware. Through the years, CSH maintained a strong working relationship with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Children’s Hospital leased a number of beds at CSH and those patients referred by CHOP to CSH were each allowed a two week stay. This relationship between CSH and CHOP, as well as between CSH and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, both eventually evolved into more formal partnerships.

Formal training programs at CSH for healthcare professionals began after World War II. Training began in 1949 for members of the healthcare profession in the special needs of children with disabilities. Rotations were set up for pediatric residents for CHOP and orthopedic and physical medicine residents from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1951, a teaching program for interns from Atlantic City Hospital was added.

Over time, rehabilitation practices at the Children’s Seashore House were greatly affected by three major shifts in thinking in the medical community. The notion of convalescence was dismissed as antiquated, and replaced by modern concepts of short and long term rehabilitation. The emergence of Developmental Pediatrics also increased the quality of care at CSH. This movement placed new emphasis on the educational and psychological needs of children and emphasized children spending more time with their parents.

CSH patients were accepted for admission from infancy to eighteen years of age, and were so regardless of their race, color, place of residence, or financial status. Patients were sent from acute care hospitals in the tri-state are, children with chronic medical, physical, and neurological disorders, burns and other severe injuries.

The Seashore House in Atlantic City closed in 1990 upon the relocation to a brand new facility in Philadelphia. Upon relocating to Philadelphia in 1990, Children’s Seashore House added an academic training focus to its clinical program. CSH then drew on students from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and School of Medicine.

In 1998, the Children’s Seashore House was acquired by CHOP and remained as a medical care and rehabilitation facility for children with chronic illnesses and severe developmental disabilities. At the time of the merger, the Children’s Seashore House had 77 beds, had admitted more than 700 patients the previous year, and provided outpatient care to 5,000 to 6,000 patients a year. The merger technically made Seashore House a sister institution to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as both were subsidiaries of the larger, umbrella non-profit organization, the Children's Hospital Foundation.

Chronology

1872

(Spring) Rental of small cottage, Pacific and South Carolina Avenues.

(July) Opening of Seashore House, with accommodations for seventeen patients and staff, Dr. Franklin Castle as physician-in-charge.

1873

(February) Incorporation of “The Children’s Seashore House at Atlantic City for Invalid Children,” and receipt of charter from the New Jersey legislature.

(July) Opening of newly constructed building, a three-storied central block flanked by two-storied wings, accommodating about fifty children, on the beach at the seaward end of Ohio Avenue, with Dr. William F. Jenks as physician-in-charge. Appointment of William H. Bennett as physician-in-charge; experimental construction of the first mothers’ cottages, a program subsequently expanded.

1875

Founding by Dr. Bennett of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia, as an outpatient facility, to serve children during the winter season and maintain continuity for the Seashore House staff.

1883-84

Temporary experiment in year-round operation of Seashore House.

1896

Purchase of new beach-front lot between Annapolis and Richmond Avenues as average daily accommodations reached 200.

1901-02

Construction and occupancy of new building on Annapolis-Richmond Avenue site, with cottage accommodations for 37 mothers.

1909-10

Permanent opening of Seashore House on year-round basis, with creation of extension, or “Winter Annex”, accommodating 16 children at a time.

1918

Organization of Children’s Seashore House Fund, to help raise funds for erection of a modern fireproof building.

1919

Death of Dr. Bennett.

1919-49

Tenure of Edward Z. Holt, M.D. as medical director and major contributor to the evolution of Seashore House from a convalescent institution to a modern pediatric rehabilitation center.

1929

Establishment by Mrs. Bennett of first chair in pediatrics in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in memory of Dr. William H. Bennett.

1937

Number of admissions from founding totaling more than 100,000, with patients from 104 institutions in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

1944-46

In aftermath of September 1944 hurricane, reduction of cottage system, and its gradual elimination.

1945

Receipt of major bequest from estate of Mrs. Mary Disston Roberts, permitting inception of practical planning for new fireproof structure.

1948

Founding of the Children’s Seashore House Auxiliary.

1949-51

Inception of postgraduate program of training in pediatric rehabilitation: institution of teaching program for Atlantic City Hospital interns; agreement for sharing services of pediatric residents with CHOP, and orthopedic residents with Graduate Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; expansion of Atlantic City Hospital program to include residents.

1951-52

Opening of new building, at Annapolis and Richmond Avenues; opening of physical therapy unit as gift of Children’s Seashore House Fund.

1953

(April) Dedication of Peter Williamson Roberts Memorial building with capacity for 104 patients.

1954-55

First full year with all beds filled to capacity, long waiting list, and tri-state representation; initiation of training for professional personnel in social service, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

1957-58

Development of comprehensive rehabilitation program; development of inter-institutional affiliations; establishment of division of psychological study.

1959-60

Opening of Outpatient Treatment Center.

1966

Inception of student nurse training program, with trainees from Atlantic City and Philadelphia areas.

1969 - 1988

Henry S. Cecil, M.D., begins his 20 year career as physician-in-chief and chief executive officer of CSH.

1970

Inception of fellowship training in child development and chronic illness, in collaboration with CHOP.

1971

Formal affiliation with University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, securing faculty appointments for all full-time senior clinical staff.

1973

Centennial observance of Children’s Seashore House at Atlantic City.

1976

Children’s Seashore House makes proposal to open a 12-bed unit at the newly built Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; later expands to 26 beds by 1989.

1977

Philadelphia General Hospital closes; the city was looking for uses of the property, adjacent to CHOP and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Hospital; Children’s Seashore House engaged in a series of talks with representatives from these organizations and an agreement was reached to develop the medical center known as the Philadelphia Center for Health Care Sciences.

1980

Dr. Henry Cecil, M.D., physician-in-chief, negotiates contract for CSH to manage the Division of Child Development and Rehabilitation at CHOP.

1988

(January) Groundbreaking for new state-of-the-art facility in Philadelphia to accommodate 70 beds.

Dr. Cecil retires and Mark L. Batshaw, M.D., is appointed physician-in-chief. Batshaw develops the hospital's academic program to include research, clinical care, teaching, and training.

1990

Relocation of the Children's Seashore House inpatient services to the new state-of-the-art 70 bed hospital in Philadelphia.

1997

(May) 125th anniversary celebration held at the Atlantic City Historical Museum.

1998

Children’s Seashore House acquired by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Scope and Contents

The Children’s Seashore House Records are the institutional records of the Atlantic City based pediatric rehabilitation center from its establishment in 1872, through its move to Philadelphia in 1990, and its merger with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in July of 1998. The collection consists of 20 boxes, as well as books, bound volumes, and one oil painting of William H. Bennett, M.D. The records begin in the same year as the founding of the Seashore House, yet much of this early documentation exists as photocopies. The materials have been arranged into six series: “Administration,” “Correspondence,” “Departments,” “Press/Clippings,” “Registries/Bound Volumes,” and “Images.”

The bulk of the records are concentrated within the thirty year time span of 1965 to 1995. Primary types of materials include:

Photographs. Photographs of patients and staff were taken generously throughout the Seashore House's history. There are also many images of the construction of the new West Philadelphia building from the late 1980’s through to its completion in 1990. Many photographs were used in public relations material. Within the “Images” series, there are a great number of 35 mm slides and film negatives. Many duplicate images can be found within the “Prints,” “Slides,” and “Negatives” subseries.

Bound volumes. Materials from the late 19th to the early 20th century are almost exclusively in the form of bound volumes. These volumes consist of Annual Reports, and Patient and Visitor Registries. The Annual Reports are the most complete part of the "Volumes" series, with most of the 125 years included. As all of the volumes are fragile to a degree, folder stock enclosures have been made to protect them.

Public Relations materials. Documents originating from the Public Relations department are plentiful and consist of booklets, brochures, and newsletters. These materials begin in the early 1960s and stretch into the end of the 1990’s.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

College of Physicians Historical Medical Library

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Meredith McCusker and Peter Garavuso

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

MSS 6/0013-01, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Records, 1855 to 2006, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Historical Medical Library.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Account books
  • Administrative records
  • Annual reports
  • Biographies
  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Blueprints
  • Clippings
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Slides (photographic)
Personal Name(s)
  • Bonnem, Shirley
  • Franklin D. (Franklin Dick) Castle, 1846-
  • Jenks, William F. (William Furness), 1842-1881
Subject(s)
  • Children--Hospitals
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children’s Seashore House
  • Hospitals--United States
  • Medicine--History
  • Pediatrics
  • Sick children

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Bibliography

Bibliography

Ditmar, Mark F., M.D. "Requiem for a Hospital." Pediatrics 88(2), August 1991.

Goddard Rhoads, Katherine E. M.D., "Children's Seashore House: In Perspective 1872-1994." 1994.

Children's Seashore House. "Children's Seashore House: The First Century, Founded 1872, Chartered 1873" pamphlet. 1973.

Collection Inventory

I.  Administration, 1873-1998. 3 boxes.

Series Description

The Administration series contains the bulk of the documents, with the highest volume of records spanning from the 1960s through the 1980s. This series includes many financial reports and information, as well as the annual reports, which have the most consistency of any subgroup in the document records. Annual reports from 1873-1937 are included, as well as nearly every report from 1945-75, and then finishing with a run from 1990-97, missing two years within. The Administration series is the largest of the textual series, with a bulk of the records coming from the Board of Managers and Public Relations subgroups. Public Relations includes a vast array of hospital publications, brochures, literature, and the like, most of which was published in the 1980s and 1990s. Annual reports after 1973 were kept in the Board of Managers subgroup for consistency, but other documents were filed in the separate Board of Trustees subgroup.

The Administration series is broken into two subseries. The Board of Managers subseries consists of annual reports, Board information, budgets, charters and by-laws, contracts, evaluative reports, Finance Committee reports, and publications. The annual reports are mostly continuous starting from 1873 all the way through to 1997, with a few missing years in between. Early annual reports, from 1873-1936, are contained in bound volumes, arranged separately from the other records in this series. Annual reports after 1936 are contained in booklets, which have been filed within boxes. Business and financial reports are primarily from the 1960s and early 1970s, on a range of subjects. Subseries A is further broken down into three subgroups, all of which are arranged chronologically.

(The Board of Managers subseries also includes files of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Managers was renamed the Board of Trustees sometime in 1972-73. Since there are only a handful of documents after that date, a separate subseries was not created.)

The Public Relations subseries is primarily consistent of publications of all forms: booklets, brochures, invitations, newsletters, pamphlets, post cards, etc. These are arranged chronologically.

A.  Board of Managers, 1873-1997.

i.  Reports, 1943-1982.

Box Folder

Finance Committee - Bank Agreement - Fidelity Bank, 1943 July 27.

1 1

Report on the Children's Seashore House at Atlantic City for Invalid Children - C. Rufus Roam, Ph.D., C.P.A., 1949 March 8.

1 2

Report of the Committee to Evaluate the Program of the Children's Seashore House, 1963, 1997.

1 3

Food Service Management Agreement with Linton Food Services, 1966, 1968.

1 4

A Plan for Improving Cost Accounting and Reporting Procedures - Price Waterhouse & Co., 1968 April.

1 5

Finance Committee - Appraisal Report by American Appraisal Company, 1968 June 30.

1 6

Finance Committee - The Foote System (Fundraising), 1968-1969.

1 7

Statement of Endowment Funds, 1969 December 31.

1 8

Pension Committee - Plan for Employees' Pensions - Actuarial Report - Huggins & Company, Inc., 1 January 1970.

1 9

Contract with Board of Education of Atlantic City, 1970 June 1.

1 10

Financial Report for Fiscal Year Ended, 30 June 1970.

1 11

Finance Committee - Statement of Assets, 1970 June 30.

1 12

Budget of Income and Expense for Year, 1971 June 30.

1 13

Affiliation Agreement between Children's Seashore House and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, 1971 September 24.

1 14

Contract with Longport, NJ Board of Education, 1972.

1 15

CSH Reincorporation Charter and Revised By-Laws (Board of Trustees), 1974 May 16.

1 16

Five Year Long Range Plan, 1982 June 25.

1 17

ii.  Publications, 1873-1997.

a.  Annual Reports, 1873-1997.

Box Folder

1.  1910, 1910.

1 18

2.  1937, 1942, 1945-48, 1937-1948.

1 19

3.  1950/51-1954/55, 1950-1955.

1 20

4.  1955/56-1959/60, 1955-1960.

2 1

5.  1961/62-1962/63, 1965, 1961-1965.

2 2

6.  1965/66, 1969, 1965-1969.

2 3

7.  1970/71, 1970-1971.

2 4

8.  1971/72, 1971-1972.

2 5

9.  1973-75, 1979, 1973-1979.

2 6

10.  1981/82, 1981-1982.

2 7

11.  1990/91, 1990-1991.

2 8

12.  1992, 1992.

2 9

13.  1993, 1993.

2 10

14.  1995, 1995.

2 11

15.  1997, 1997.

2 12

b.  Other Publications.

Box Folder

"Children of Yesterday, Heirs of Tomorrow", Circa 1938.

2 13

Charter and By-Laws of the CSH at Atlantic City for Invalid Children booklets, 1942, 1961.

2 14

"Children's Seashore House at Atlantic City: Its First Seventy-Five Years 1872-1947," with notes to track down relatives of past Board members, 1947.

2 15

Draft of the Charters and By-Laws of the CSH, Circa 1961.

2 16

Goddard Rhoads, Katherine E. M.D., "Children's Seashore House: In Perspective 1872-1994", 1994.

2 17

iii.  Board Information, 1968-1971.

Box Folder

Accounting Program, 1968.

2 18

Trust Funds, Circa 1969.

2 19

Insurance Information, Circa 1970.

2 20

Legal Counsel, Circa 1970.

2 21

Contact Information of Board Members, 1970-1971.

2 22

Auditors, Circa 1970.

2 23

B.  Public Relations, 1965-1998.

Box Folder

CSH Information booklet, Circa 1965.

3 1

Solicitation Brochures, Circa 1965.

3 2

"Looking at the Children's Seashore House" - produced by Linton Food Services, Circa 1970.

3 3

"Children's Seashore House: The First Century, Founded 1872, Chartered 1873" pamphlet, 1973.

3 4

CSH: The Philadelphia Annex at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia booklet, Circa 1976.

3 5

"Over 100 Years of Service to Children" newsletters, Circa 1980-1990.

3 6

Event Invitations, 1981 October - 1996 March.

3 7

"Speaker of the House" Newsletter, 1983 February - 1990 December.

3 8

"Welcome to Children's Seashore House" booklet, Circa 1985.

3 9

Patient/Parent Satisfaction Surveys, Circa 1985-1990.

3 10

Development Office - Family Resource Center and Wills brochures, 1987-1992.

3 11

Ground Breaking Ceremony - Information pamphlet, 1988.

3 12

"Planning Ahead" Newsletter, 1989 July - 1990 September.

3 13

Press Release on CSH Relocation to Philadelphia, chronology of CSH history from 1972-1990, 1990.

3 14

"Report from Children's Seashore House" Newsletter, 1990 Summer - 1991 Spring.

3 15

CSH Fact Sheet, Speaker's Bureau & Child Development ADHD Program information, Circa 1990.

3 16

CSH PR Color Brochure, Circa 1990.

3 17

CSH Referrals Brochure, Circa 1990.

3 18

PR Children's Seashore Chronology, History 1873-1990.

3 19

Time Capsule - Board Members' notes of recollection for CSH in Atlantic City, 1991-1992.

3 20

Child Development Center - Newsletter - Winter 1992, 1992.

3 21

"House Call" biweekly staff newsletter, 1994-1998.

3 22

125th Anniversary research - Genealogy of CSH Charter signers/trustees, 1997.

3 23

PR Event Ground Breaking Ceremony and Reception, 20 June 1998.

3 24

Postcards and Thank You cards, undated.

3 25

General Information brochures, undated.

3 26

II.  Correspondence, 1872-1998. 1 Box.

Series Description

The “Correspondence” series contains incoming and outgoing letters, memos, and postcards. Correspondents include Seashore House staff and patients, as well as external businesses. Most prominently represented in this series are communications from CSH executives and physicians, such as William H. Bennett, M.D. (physician-in-charge, 1874-1919), Henry S. Cecil, M.D. (physician-in-charge, 19XX-1990), J. Shipley Newlin (founder), and Richard W. Shepherd (executive).

Other notable correspondence includes the following folders: Annette Altschuler, John Richard Lang, and Anna Montana. These three folders include letters regarding medical history requests of former Seashore House patients from the U.S. Army during World War II. This series is arranged alphabetically by last name.

Box Folder

Altschuler, Annette, 1944.

4 1

Beatty, Edward F., 1982-1989.

4 2

Bennett, William Henry, M.D., 1872-1910.

4 3

Bonnem, Shirley, 1986-1990.

4 4

Cecil, Henry S., M.D., 1986-1996.

4 5

Cecil, Henry S., M.D. - William T. Grant Company stock, 1965-1975.

4 6

Children's Seashore House w/ World War II Soldiers/Families - Medical History, 1943-1946.

4 7

Cuddy, John, 1997.

4 8

Erisoty, Steven B., 1990.

4 9

Geddes Brecher Qualls Cunningham, Architects, 1990.

4 10

Harvey, Madeline J., 1980.

4 11

Hayward, James P., undated.

4 12

Lang, John Richard, 1943 December.

4 13

Mitchell Associates, 1990.

Box Folder

Montana, Anna, 1946 February.

4 15

Murdoch, Lawrence C., 1995.

4 16

Newlin, J. Shipley, 1874-1875.

4 17

Postcards, 1911-1924.

4 18

Raughley, Morgan, 1969-1970.

4 19

Rivest, Jeffrey A., 1997-1998.

4 20

Shepherd, Richard W., 1980-1994.

4 21

Vandegrift, Harvey N., M.D., 1951-1952.

4 22

Whitney, James S., 1875.

4 23

III.  Departments, 1874-2004. 1 Box.

Series Description

The Departments series includes seven subseries to reflect the organization of the Children's Seashore House. The subseries include "Auxiliary," "Clinical," "Division of Child Development and Rehabilitation," "Gait Laboratory," "Nursing," "Outpatient Services," and "Social Work." The bulk of the series is captured within the first two subseries. Both of these subseries primarily consist of publications. Materials of note in the "Clinical" subseries consist of patient admission applications from 1897 and 1910. The remaining five subseries mostly consist of information brochures meant for the public. Within these subseries, documents are organized chronologically.

A.  Auxiliary.

Box Folder

Invitation from Ladies Auxiliary Committe, 1910 August.

5 1

Membership Lists - Auxiliary, 1956-1992.

5 2

"Inside the House": CSH Auxiliary newsletter, 1982-1984.

5 3

125th Anniversary Commemorative - "Children's Seashore House: The house built on caring and healing", 1998.

5 4

B.  Clinical.

Box Folder

Patient Admission Applications, 1897-1907.

5 5

Application for Admission, Circa 1970.

5 6

Medical & Dental Staff at CSH, Circa 1970.

5 7

Sports Medicine brochure, Circa 1975.

5 8

Communication Technology Center brochure, Circa 1980.

5 9

"Clinical Briefs", 1985 December - 1987 July.

5 10

Spina Bifida Program booklet, Circa 1985.

5 11

"Pediatric Rheumatology Newsletter", 1988-1990.

5 12

Patient Parent Handbook, Circa 1995.

5 13

Program and Services Directory, Circa 1995.

5 14

Kurtz LA. Dowrick PW, Levy SE, Batshaw ML, "Handbook of Developmental Disabilities: Resources for Interdisciplinary Care.", 1996.

5 15

Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Evaluation and Treatment Program brochure, undated.

5 16

Child Development Clinic brochure, undated.

5 17

Neonatal Intermediate Care Program brochure, undated.

5 18

Therapeutic Recreation brochure, undated.

5 19

C.  Division of Child Development and Rehabilitation.

Box Folder

Publications - Booklets and brochure, 1979 - Circa 1990.

5 20

D.  Gait Laboratory.

Box Folder

Publications - Brochures, 1989.

5 21

E.  Nursing.

Box Folder

Self-Care Management Program brochure, undated.

5 22

F.  Outpatient Services.

Box Folder

Publications - Booklets and brochure, undated.

5 23

G.  Social Work.

Box Folder

Publications - "Family Matters" Newsletter, 1991 February.

5 24

IV.  Press, 1874-1998. 1 Box.

Series Description

The Press series is divided into two subseries: “Clippings” and “Articles and Book Chapters.” The Clippings subseries includes local news coverage of the patients, staff, and expansion of the Children’s Seashore House. Most of the clippings are original copies, dating back to the 1920s. Also included are Xeroxed copies and novelty reprints. Events of note covered by the “Clippings” subseries include President Nixon's visit in 1971 and the closing of the Seashore House in Atlantic City in 1990 and move to Philadelphia. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

Subseries B, “Articles and Book Chapters,” contains historical information about Atlantic City and the Children’s Seashore House. These materials exist as photocopies of the original journal articles or book excerpts. The subseries is organized alphabetically by author’s last name.

A.  Clippings.

Box Folder

Newspaper Clipping - Novelty reprint of 1874 article, 1874.

6 1

Newspaper Clippings, 1920-1939.

6 2

Newspaper Clippings, 1950-1955.

6 3

Newspaper Clippings, 1960-1967.

6 4

Scrapbook Collection - Newspaper Clippings, includes clippings of President Nixon's visit in 1971, 1967-1971.

6 5

German Measles (Rubella) Press Information Kit [Corresponds with photographs in Images series], 1969 June.

6 6

Newspaper Clippings - 1970s [Includes photo of President Nixon's visit in 1971], 1971-1974.

6 7

Children's Hospital Notes - Quarterly Bulletin from CHOP, 1971 January.

6 8

Newspaper Clippings, 1980-1989.

6 9

Bennett, W.H. - Articles in The Bridge and Germantown Crier: The Bridge - A Newsletter of the Executive Council of Auxiliaries - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children - October 1984 - No. 24: The Bridge - A Newsletter of the Executive Council of Auxiliaries - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children - October 1984 - No. 24: Upon the 100-year anniversary of the hospital, the article describes Bennett's role in helping to found St. Christopher's in Philadelphia in 1884. Upon the 100-year anniversary of the hospital, the article describes Bennett's role in helping to found St. Christopher's in Philadelphia in 1884., 1984-1986.

6 10

Van Meter, Jonathan. "Making Waves: Newsmaker: Madeline Harvey." Atlantic City magazine, April 1986, April 1986.

6 11

Newspaper Clippings (includes many articles about the CSH move from AC to Philadelphia in 1990), 1990-1998.

6 12

Newspaper Clippings, undated.

6 13

B.  Articles/Book Chapters, 1884-1991.

Box Folder

Bennett, William H., M.D. "St. Christopher's Hospital for Children," Founders' Week Memorial Volume, 1909.

6 14

Ditmar, Mark F., M.D. "Requiem for a Hospital." Pediatrics 88(2), August 1991 (Copy of rough draft included), August 1991.

6 15

English, A.L. "History of Atlantic City.", August 1884.

6 16

Funnell, Charles E. "By the Beautiful Sea: The Rise and High Times of That Great American Resort, Atlantic City.", 1975.

6 17

Hoopes, Isabel L. "The Della Robbia Bambini.", December 1925.

6 18

Ivens, Kathy. "Seashore in West Philadelphia." Focus, 17 August 1988.

6 19

McMahon, William. "So Young...So Gay!", 1970.

6 20

Miller, D.J. Milton, M.D. "Memoir of Dr. William Henry Bennett.", 1920.

6 21

V.  Registries / Bound Volumes, 1874-1999. 25 volumes.

Series Description

The “Registries and Bound Volumes” series consists almost entirely of patient registers spanning 1901 to 1982. The majority are from the first half of the twentieth century. Of note in this series are patient registers, these give detailed information on children admitted, such as names, addresses, ailments, and condition. Also included are notes as to when the children were discharged or, in rare circumstances, the date of death.

Due to the age of these volumes, many of them have preservation issues; the bindings and covers are coming apart, and a few of the books have red rot. These volumes have all been placed in folder stock enclosures. This series is organized chronologically.

Please refer to the “Administration” series for the annual reports from 1873-1936, which are also bound volumes enclosed in card stock.

Box Folder

Guest Book from CSH Event, 1982 November 18.

6 22

Daily Census Book, 1990.

6 23

Page from Patient Register, undated.

6 24

Admissions and Discharges, 1977-1979.

Annual Reports, 1873-1897.

Annual Reports, 1898-1914.

Annual Reports, 1909-1918.

Annual Reports, 1919-1924.

Annual Reports, 1925-1930.

Annual Reports, 1931-1936.

Memorial Gifts to the Children's Seashore House, 1872-1953.

Memorial Gifts to the Children's Seashore House, 1953-1970.

Patient Register - Cottages, 1901-1904.

Patient Register - Cottages, 1915-1919.

Patient Register - Cottages, 1920-1924.

Patient Register - Cottages, June 1925 - July 1930.

Patient Register - Cottages, 1930 July - 1935 July.

Patient Register - Cottages, 1940-1948.

Patient Register, 1874-1877.

Patient Register, 1924-1931.

Patient Register, 1931-1937.

Patient Register, 1938-1946.

Patient Register, 1947-1965.

Patient Register, 7/7/1979 - 4/13/1982.

Report of the Children's Seashore House, 1898-1914.

Visitor's Register, 1909-1938.

Visitor's Register.

Visitor's Register, 11/21/1966 - 6/18/1968.

VI.  Images, Bulk, 1960-1989 1899-1999 (Bulk, 1960-1989) . 14 boxes.

Series Description

The “Images” series consists of five subseries: “Prints,” “Slides,” “Negatives,” “Contact Sheets,” and “Framed Items.” Within the “Prints” subseries, there are four sub-subseries: “People,” “Events,” “Departments,” and “Buildings.” Within these groups, there are several focal points of coverage. These include black and white shots of patients from the 1930’s to 1940’s and the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Most of these patient portraits were used for public relations purposes. Within the “Events” sub-subseries, the bulk are from the 1980’s. These photographs capture the children of the Seashore House enjoying such events as banquets, parties, and trips. Also included are visits from notable athletes, celebrities, and politicians, such as Eric Lindros, Willie Mays, Tug McGraw, Ed Rendell, and Mike Tyson. Within the “Buildings” sub-subseries, there is extensive coverage of the late 1980’s construction of the new Children’s Seashore House facility located on the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s campus at 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard. The “Prints” subseries is organized chronologically.

Within the “Slides,” “Negatives,” and “Contact Sheets,” there are duplicate copies from the “Prints” subseries, as well as unique images. Where information is available, these have been arranged chronologically. The last subseries, "Framed Items," consists of one oil painting of William H. Bennett, M.D., who became physician-in-charge in 1874, and molded the medical standards, ethics, and policies of the Seashore House. Also in this subseries is a series of commemorative event and donor plaques.

A.  Prints.

i.  People.

a.  Patients.

Box Folder

Patients in the Seashore House, Circa 1900 - 1939.

7 1

Boy in cart with horse, Circa 1910.

7 2

Horse and buggy drive, 1920.

7 3

Three boys, two in wagon, on the Boardwalk, Circa 1920.

7 4

Two girls in wood raft at Atlantic City beach, Circa 1920.

7 5

Posed group photographs of staff and patients, 1924-1940.

7 6

Three children on porch beds, Circa 1930.

7 7

Vincent Montana, Jr., 1934.

7 8

Patients posing with Christmas gifts; "Rough Proofs", Circa 1940.

7 9

Helen Boehm nee Blake & Blanche, 1955-1956.

7 10

Patients in various activities - Publicity photos, 1965-1973.

7 11

Patients and staff on CSH playground, 1966-1968.

7 12

Patients in various activities with staff, 1968-1979.

7 13

Patients with staff - Pre-school, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, 1968-1979.

7 14

Hess Photography - Patients in various activities, 1970.

7 15

Patient and staff photos, by W.A. Hope, 1972.

7 16

Patients in various activities - used by The Foote System - 1 of 4, 1974.

7 17

Patients in various activities - used by The Foote System - 2 of 4, 1974.

7 18

Patients in various activities - used by The Foote System - 3 of 4, 1974.

7 19

Patients in various activities - used by The Foote System - 4 of 4, 1974.

7 20

Patients at play, photos for publication, Circa 1975 - 1980.

8 1

Patients, Trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, photo pages taken from scrapbook, circa 1975.

Box
8
Folder
2

Patient therapy sessions - Speech & Physical, Circa 1975 - 1985.

8 3

Patient shots by the Foote System, PR Firm, 1977-1980.

8 4

Patient named Berlin, 1979.

8 5

Individual Patient Shots including Brian Wagner, Circa 1980 to 1989.

8 6

Patients Playing "Spin to Win" Game, Circa 1980's.

Box Folder

Patients at Communication Technology Center, 1984.

8 8

Patient Carla Cromley, 1984.

8 9

Patient Zafir Bizzell, 1985 September.

8 10

Patients at CSH playground with staff, 1988 March 30.

8 11

Nurse with child patient in therapy, 1989 April.

8 12

Outpatient photos for 100 Years Newsletter, circa 1989 August.

8 13

Patient "Brian", 1989 December 11.

8 14

Patient Portraits, Circa 1990 to 1999.

Box
8
Folder
15

Junior National Wheelchair Games, Orlando Florida, 1992.

Box
8
Folder
16

Patients in wheelchairs, 1993, undated.

9 1

Delaware Wheelchair Games, undated.

9 2

Severely burned child, undated.

9 3

Unidentified Patients, undated.

9 4

b.  Doctors, Staff, and Donors.

Box Folder

Nurses with Del Robbia, Circa 1930.

9 5

Staff with Children, 1930-1970.

9 6

Doctors- Rubella (German Measles) Vaccine Development, Merck Pharmaceuticals, 1969.

9 7

Nurse Eileen Goldstein, RN, Circa 1969.

9 8

Barbara Innes, President of CSH Auxilliary, 1981.

9 9

Donors, 1986 - 1997, undated.

9 10

Marilyn J. Harvey, Public Relations Director of CSH, 1988, undated.

9 11

Donors posed with patient boy, August 1989.

9 12

Staff, Ambrosino, Belchic, Giles (possilbe Psychiatric Nurses), Circa 1990.

9 13

Doctors, Donors, Staff, Unknown, 1993,, undated.

9 14

Henry Cecil, M.D., undated.

9 15

Edward B. Charney, undated.

9 16

Mary Haynie, Volunteer Services, undated.

9 17

Doctor Mace or Mauro just outside his office, undated.

9 18

Mark Batshaw, M.D., undated.

9 19

Edward "Ted" Beatty, Jr., Administrator, undated.

9 20

Doris DeAngelis, RN, undated.

9 21

c.  Departments and Programs.

Box Folder

Physical Therapy, 1930- 1960, 1988.

9 22

Outpatient Department, 1980 July.

9 23

Summer Programs, 1988, undated.

9 24

Child Development Programs, undated.

9 25

Safe Baby Program, undated.

9 26

Gait Lab Elwyn Open House, undated.

9 27

Art Therapy, undated.

9 28

ii.  Events.

Visits - Notable People, 1980-1998.

Box Folder

Phillie Phanatic, 1980 July.

9 29

Frank Lautenberg: U.S. Senator from NJ, 1985 July.

9 30

Mike Tyson, Late 1980s.

9 31

Willie Mays and Tug McGraw, 1986 March 11.

9 32

Wrestlers: Unidentified Pro wrestlers, 1988.

9 33

Gilda Campbell: Miss Senior America 1988, 1988 November 1.

9 34

Actors Elliott Gould and Carol Kane, 1988 November 11.

9 35

American Gladiators, 1992 May 2.

9 36

Ed Rendell: Mayor of Philadelphia, Opening of the CSH outdoor playgrounds, 1994.

9 37

Philadelphia 76ers: Shawn Bradley, 1995 May 24.

9 38

Philadelphia Phillies: Heathcliff Slocum (1995), Curt Schilling, Rex Hudler and Mike Lieberthal (1997) and Ruben Amaro and Mike Lieberthal (1998), 1995-1998.

9 39

Chaka Fattah: U.S. Congressman from PA, Circa 1995.

9 40

Vincent Hughes: PA State Senator, District 7, Circa 1995.

9 41

Harold James: PA State Representative, 186th District, Circa 1995.

9 42

Dennis O'Brien: PA State Representative, District 169, Circa 1995.

10 1

Allyson Schwartz: PA State Senator: National Nurses Week, Circa 1995.

10 2

Mark Schweiker: PA Lieutenant Governor, Circa 1995.

10 3

John Taylor: PA State Representative, Circa 1995.

10 4

Richard A. Tilghman: PA State Senator, Circa 1995.

10 5

Philadelphia Eagles: Kevin Turner, Circa 1995.

10 6

Philadelphia Phillies: Toby Borland, Ricky Bottalico and Russ Springer, 1996 September 3.

10 7

Philadelphia Kixx: MISL Indoor Soccer team, 1996 October.

10 8

Eric Lindros: Philadelphia Flyers, 1997 December 22.

10 9

Bobby Riggs: Tennis player, undated.

10 10

Patient and Staff Events.

Box Folder

People at Atlantic City beach, Early 1900s.

10 11

Pier Day, Circa 1960.

10 12

Atlantic City Fire Dept. demonstration of Patent Rescue, Circa 1965.

10 13

Talent Show, 1966 February.

10 14

McDonald's Party, National Governors Conference at Resorts International, Atlantic City, 1981 August 11.

10 15

Charity Softball Game with Mickey Gilley, Musician, 1983 June.

10 16

Employee Service Awards Dinner, Employee Appreciation Day, 1985 March, 1985 May.

10 17

Carnival held at CSH for Patients, 1985 August.

10 18

Banquet: Board of Trustees and Staff: Dr. Mark Batshaw, Dr. Henry Cecil, Katherine Goddard, and Richard Shepherd pictured, Circa 1980 - 1985.

10 19

Patients Outings: Summer of 1986: Disney World, Fishing Trip, 1986 May to 1986 August.

10 20

Christmas photos with Santa, Circa 1986.

10 21

Employee Appreciation Day, 1987 September.

10 22

"City Lights" at Trump Castle, Circa 1987.

10 23

Patient Egg Hunt, Easter, 1988 April.

10 24

CSH kids at Variety Picnic on Playground, 1988 August 13.

10 25

Board Dinner, 1988 September 16.

10 26

Ladies Auxiliary Events, 1988 October.

10 27

Patient Halloween Party, 1988 October.

10 28

Holiday Parties: Outpatient, Inpatient, and Staff, 1988 December.

10 29

Auxiliary Luncheon and Fashion Show, 1989-1990.

11 1

New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs, 1989 January.

11 12

Employee Appreciation Day, 1989 May.

11 3

Nurse Appreciation Day, 1989 May 4.

Box Folder

Patient Beach Outing, 1989 August.

11 5

Employee Picnic and Boat Outing, 1989 September.

Pony Rides, 1989 November 22.

Box Folder

Patient, Staff and Volunteer Holiday Events at CSH, 1989 December.

11 8

Patient Trip to Sesame Place in Langhorne PA, Late 1980's.

11 9

Women's Charity League Events, Late 1980's.

11 10

Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball game, Circa 1990 to 1999.

11 11

Nurse Appreciation Day Luncheon, 1990.

11 12

Employee Awards Dinner, 1990 March.

11 13

Staff and Patient Halloween Party, 1990 October.

11 14

Employee Appreciation Event, Circa 1991.

11 15

Golf tournament: Staff event, 1993.

11 16

Art Show Dinner Dance, 1994.

11 17

Masquerade Staff Party, Circa 1994.

11 18

Halloween Parties, 1996-1997.

11 19

"Family Reunion": Dr. Henry Cecil, Katherine Goddard, Madeline Harvey, and Richard Shepherd pictured, 1997 August 23.

11 20

Charlie Prose Pro-Am Golf Tournament, 1997 September.

11 21

125th Reunion, Circa 1997-1998.

11 22

Holiday Nurse Staff Party, undated.

11 23

iii.  Buildings.

Box Folder

Whitney Hall, CSH Second Building, View from Street, circa 1930.

12 1

Postcard Renderings of Whitney Hall, CSH Second Building, Between 1930 and 1951.

12 2

Hurricaine of 1944, CSH Exterior Shots, Before and After, 1944 September.

12 3

Interior and Exterior Shots of third and final CSH building in AC, Peter Williamson Roberts Building, located at 4100 Atlantic Avenue, 1952, undated.

12 4

CSH Playground in the snow, 1969.

12 5

Interior Building shots, 1972.

12 6

Exterior Shots taken of third building in 1980's, 1980-1989.

12 7

Construction of CSH in Philadelphia, 1988 May.

12 8

Construction and Architectural Renderings of CSH in Philadelphia, 1989-1990.

12 9

Interior of CSH in Philadelphia, Circa 1990.

12 10

CSH Outpatient Center in construction at 35 S. Annapolis Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, 1990 February 6.

12 11

Outpatient Center in Atlantic City, prints and sketches, Circa 1992.

12 12

Original Children's Seashore House: Built in 1873: Illustrations, undated.

12 13

Reproduction of Drawing of Whitney Hall - Children's Seashore House in Atlantic City, 1902-1951, undated.

12 14

B.  Slides.

Box Folder

"Unpeopled Exteriors and Interiors, Day and Night", undated.

13 1

Patient (Katie) with CSH Staff, undated.

13 2

Levy Clinic, undated.

13 3

Splint Room and Speech Department, undated.

13 4

Kitchen, undated.

13 5

Administrator: Richard Shepherd, undated.

13 6

Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy, undated.

13 7

Blood Draw (Donnie), undated.

13 8

"Trims", undated.

13 9

People, undated.

13 10

People, undated.

999 1

People, undadte.

14 2

"Smiles", undated.

14 3

Feeding, undated.

14 4

Play, undated.

14 5

"Miscellaneous Shots Interior and Exterior", 1986, undated.

14 6

Patients with Staff, 1986.

14 7

Art, 1986.

14 9

Patients with Staff, 1986.

15 1

Patients with Staff, 1986.

15 2

PR Presentation to the Board of Trustees, 1986.

15 3

PR Presentation, c.1986.

16 1

Slide Used for Advertisement, undated.

16 2

Patients with Staff, 11-1986, undated.

16 3-5

"Old Stills", undated.

999 7

Patients and Staff, undated.

16 6

Buildings, 1974-1984, undated.

16 8

Patients and Staff, 1986-1988, undated.

16 9

Patients and Staff, 1986-1988, undated.

17 1-2

"AC '80s" People and Events, 1982 November.

18 1

"AC '80s Patients/H.S. Cecil, Few Staff 0653", 1980-1987, undated.

18 2

"Sleeping Beauties/Dr. Mo[?] Reshoot [partially illegible]", 1992.

18 3

"Lobby Empty/Lab", 1992.

18 4

"John Fennell '91", 1991.

18 5

"Maxine [rest of name is illegible] Old Building", undated.

18 6

"Swimming Pool/Training Session", 1992.

18 7

"AC '80s/Patients", 1982-1985, undated.

18 8

"Playdeck", undated.

18 9

"Old Stills", undated.

18 10

"Wheelchair Race/Dr. L[rest of name illegible]", 1992.

18 11

"Jello Play/Side Lobby Unpeopled", 1992.

18 12

"Maxine [rest of name illegible] Boardwalk", undated.

18 13

"[illegible] Atrium/OT Room", 1992.

18 14

"Attention Deficit Clinic/Levy Clinic", 1992.

18 15

"M[illegible] Robinson/Dr. M[illegible]", 1992.

18 16

"Audiology", undated.

18 17

"AC early 80s, AC history/Patients", 1980-1984, undated.

18 18

"AC '80s", c. 1980s.

18 19

"AC '80s Respiratory Rehab", c. 1980s.

18 20

"AC '80s 33", c. 1980s.

18 21

"AC '80s 3028", c. 1980s.

18 22

"AC '80s 0638", c. 1980s.

18 23

"AC '82 Open House", 11-1982.

18 24

"Pool", 1991.

18 25

"AC early 80s", 1982.

18 26

"AC patients early '80s, AC Building Exterior, AC Outpatient Exterior Before Renovation", c.1980-1986.

18 27

"AC 1980", 1980.

18 28

"AC '80s", 1980.

18 29

D.  Contact Sheets.

Box Folder

People, 1987-1997, undated.

19 1

People, 1993-1998, undated.

19 2

People: Staff, undated.

19 3

Events, 1994-1997, undated.

19 4

Events, 1992-1998, undated.

19 5

Events, 1995-1997, undated.

19 6

Events, 1994-1996, undated.

19 7

People, undated [c. 1960s to 1980s].

19 8

C.  Negatives.

Box Folder

People, undated.

19 9

Buildings, undated.

19 10

Events, c. 1980s.

19 11

Events, c.1980s.

19 12

F.  Blueprints and Oversized Documents.

Box Folder

Land Deed (photocopy), 1898.

20 1

Land Grant: from State of NJ to CSH, 5-3-1900.

20 2

Architectural Plans, Children's Seashore House, Atlantic City, NJ, 1901.

20 3

Architectural Plans, Auditorium and Professional Buildings, Atlantic City, NJ, 1951.

20 4

Sales Deed, from United Cerebral Palsy Association to CSH, 1983.

20 5

Proclamation of Children's Seashore House Month by Richard J. Hughes, Governor of NJ, 7-1967.

20 6

Architectural Plans, Philadelphia, PA, 1988.

20 7

Plaque Inscriptions, 1989.

20 8

Time Capsule: Signatures of Employees, members of Ladies Auxiliary, Medical Staff, and members of the Board of Trustees, 1990.

20 9

Plan for Exhibit: ExhibitHealth, 3-1-1990.

20 10

Donor Recognition, 6-25-1990.

20 11

G.  Scrapbooks. 5 volumes.

Volume

Untitled Scrapbook (patients and staff), C. early-20th to mid-20th century.

1

"Children's Seashore House 100th Birthday Party", 1966-1973.

2

"Children's Seashore House", 7-1-1969.

3

"Ground Breaking Ceremony", 6-20-1988.

4

"Topping Off Day", 3-22-1989.

5

E.  Framed Items, Plaques.

Oil Painting of William Bennet, M.D.

Plaques, Donor Plates. 26 items.