Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the DePelchin Children's Center records, 1887-2000 MS 656



creator DePelchin Children’s Center
Title: DePelchin Children's Center Records
Dates: 1887-2000
Identification: MS 656
Quantity: 7.0 Linear Feet
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

DePelchin Children's Center, founded in 1892 in Houston, TX by Kezia Payne DePelchin as DePelchin Faith Home, was chartered on March 24, 1893. The home began with three young boys in the home of Agnes Perry at 2500 Washington Ave. It moved to the corner of Chenevert & Pierce Streets in 1899 to accommodate a growing number of children, followed in 1913 to 2700 Albany Street @ Tuam. The institute's charter was renewed in 1928 with a name change to DePelchin Faith Home and Children's Bureau to extend to the general care of children including foster home service, adoption, and child protective services. The name was changed again to DePelchin Children's Center in 1983 to include counseling, post-adoption services, maternity care, parent-preparation, and special education. The center outgrew its Albany Street location in 1938 and relocated to Shepherd & Memorial Drive, with new facilities at the same location in 2002.


Biographical / Historical

Kezia Payne DePelchin, founder of the institution, was born on July 23, 1828 to Catherine and Abraham Payne in the Madeira Islands of Portugal. Her mother died in 1833 and her father moved the family to America in 1836, with Galveston, Texas as the destination in 1837. A yellow fever outbreak saw several sisters return to Madeira, but several siblings and her father did not survive. Kezia and her governess moved to Houston in 1841 where Kezia taught music in Houston's first public schools. She married Adolf DePelchin in 1862, but within a year they separated and never divorced. Kezia acquired immunity to yellow fever and nursed its victims in Houston and then in Memphis, TN and Senatobia, MS between 1878 and 1879. She returned to Houston and became the first matron of Bayland Orphan's Home for Boys between ages 6 and 12. In 1892 she was approached with three orphan boys too young to be accepted by Bayland, and asked friend Agnes Perry to supply a room for the boys' care. The DePelchin Faith Home was established, but Kezia died soon after on Jan. 13, 1893.


Scope and Contents

The materials in the DePelchin Children's Center records include the written and visual record of the Center ranging from 1887 to 2000. Highlights include correspondence from and photographs of the founder, Kezia Payne DePelchin. The collection does not contain records of adoptions.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in six series: Series I: Administrative; Series II: Records; Series III: Publicity; Series IV: Publications; Series V: Realia; Series VI: Photographs

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research with restrictions as noted. The collection does not contain records of adoptions. Requests for adoption applictions should be forwarded to DePelchin Children's Center administration.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the DePelchin Children's Center Records must be obtained from Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

photographs
Orphans
letters (correspondence)
scrapbooks
African Americans
Children
DePelchin Children's Center

Related Materials

See also Kezia Payne DePelchin diary, 1878-1879, MS201; "From Houston to Memphis: the Kezia Payne DePelchin Letters and the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878" by Adrian S. Melissinos; "Candle by Night: the Story of the Life and Times of Kezia Payne DePelchin" by Harold Jackson Matthews.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

DePelchin Children's Center Records, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Libary, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were gifted by the DePelchin Children's Center on June 14, 2016.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Administrative

Box Folder
1 1 By-laws 1925, 1937, n.d.
2 Articles of Incorporation, Negro Child Center 1949
3 Licenses: State Board of Control, State Department of Public Welfare 1933, 1954
4 Proclamations: City of Houston, [U.S.] Presidential 1968, 1983
Correspondence
Box Folder
1 5 Baker Botts Baker & Lovett, James A. Baker, Jr. 1893-03-25
6 Bright, Stewart 1961-01-24
7 Carter, Rosalynn 2000-05-08
8 Crittendon Services 1971
9 Darst, Sheila Stewart 1984-04-25
10 DePelchin, Kezia 1850-1851
11 DePelchin, Kezia 1875-07
12 DePelchin, Kezia 1881
13 DePelchin, Kezia 1882
14 DePelchin, Kezia 1887-1891
15 DePelchin, Kezia n.d.
16 Directives 1894, 1906, n.d.
17 Endt, T.B. to T.W. House 1894-04-08
18 Greeting cards n.d.
19 Kilgore, Mrs. M.E. 1896, n.d.
20 Lee, Marie 1918-09-30
21 Negro Child Center 1951-11-19
22 Payne, Martha 1893, 1895, 1907, 1916, n.d.
23 Teague, James U. 1973-02-06
24 Wilson, Harvey T.D. 1907-03-26
25 Miscellaneous
Donations
Box Folder
1 26 Various 1893-1897
27 Various 1913, 1922, 1989
28 Various n.d.
29 Drawing n.d.
Box Folder
2 1 Invitations 1988-02-09
Facilities
Box Folder
2 2 DePelchin Children's Center 1987
3 Negro Child Center
4 Morrow residence, 3000 Calumet Dr. 1958
Presentations
Box Folder
2 5 DePelchin Faith Home 1959
6 Child Welfare League 1965
7 Crittenton Services 1968
8 San Jacinto Museum of History



Series II: Reports

Box Folder
2 9 Crittenton Services historical
10 Crittenton Services 1929-1939, 1969, 1980
DePelchin Faith Home
Box Folder
2 11 1917
12 1919
13 1922
14 1929
15-16 1946
17 1946-1947
Box Folder
3 1 1949
2 1972
3 Boatwright family 1925-1929
4 undated
5 Board of Director meeting minutes 1973-1974
6 Study and proposal of current emergency services 1981
7 Reaccreditation study 1960
8 Forms
9 Kezia DePelchin historical (see also 4.6 for marriage record)
10 Residents 1895, n.d.
11 Negro Child Center Governing Board meeting minutes 1949-1954



Series III: Publicity

Box Folder
4 1 Advertisements 1967, 1971, n.d.
2 Child Guidance Center 1959, 1982 1984-1985
3 Crittenton Services 1962, 1968, 1971, 1983-1984
4 "The Informer" articles for Crittenton Services 1967-1969
DePelchin Faith Home
Box Folder
4 5 Newsclips 1890s
6 Newsclips 1910-1925
7 Newsclips 1940s
8 Newsclips 1946
9-10 Newsclips 1947
11 Newsclips 1948
12 Newsclips 1950s
13 Newsclips 1960s
14 Newsclips 1970s
15 Newsclips 1980s
16 Newsclips 1990s
17 Golden Cradle Adoption Agency 1983
18 Negro Child Center
19 Phantom fathers 1968
Newsclips (oversize)
Box
18 1927-1930 (scrapbook)
1932-1936 (scrapbook)
1934-1937 (scrapbook)
1935-1938 (scrapbook)
1957-1962 (scrapbook)
Loose various



Series IV: Publications

Annual Reports
Box Folder
5 1 1923, 1924
2 1925
3 1926
4 1927
5 1929
6 1930-1934
7 1935
8 1936
9 1937, 1938
10 1940, 1941
11 1946
12 1981
13 1983
14 1984
15 1984-85
16 1985-86
17 1986-87
18 1988
19 1989
20 1990
21 1991
22 1992
23 1993
24 1994
25 1995
26 1996
Box Folder
6 1 2002
2 2009
3 2010
4 2011
5 2012
6 2013
7 2014
8 2015
"Today"
Box
16 1987 Fall
1990 Summer
1991 Spring
1992 Fall
1993 Spring
1993 Summer
1994 June
1994 Fall
1994 Winter
1995 Summer
1995 Winter
1996 Spring
1997 Winter
1998 Spring
1998 Summer
1998 Fall
1998 Winter
1999 Spring
1999 Summer
1999 Fall
1999 Winter
2000 Spring
2000 Summer
2000 Fall
2001 Spring
2001 Summer
2001 Fall
2001 Winter
2002 Summer
2002 Fall
2002 Winter
2003 Spring
2003 Fall/Winter
2003 Winter
2004 Spring
2004 Summer
2004 Fall
2004 Winter
2005 Spring
2005 Summer
2005 Fall
2005 Winter
2006 Spring
2006 Summer
2006 Fall
2006 Winter
Box Folder
6 9 2007 Spring
10 2009 Summer
Box Folder
7 1 "An Introduction to the DePelchin Faith Home and Children's Bureau, Houston, Texas" 1949
2 "Listing of Community Services: Definitions, Estimates of Volume, Estimates of Needs" 1961-07
3 Cullen Bayou Place
4 DePelchin Children's Center prospectus ca. 1983
5 DePelchin Children's Center adoption brochures
6 DePelchin Children's Center "Today" fact sheets 1985-86, 1987-88
7 "DePelchin Faith Home News" 1930-11-15
8 DePelchin Faith Home Chrysantheum Show flyers/brochures 1902, n.d.
9 "Family Friends of DePelchin; Executive Committee Orientation Booklet" 1997/98
10 Crittenton Services
11 Crittenton Services brochures
12 "The Ima Hogg Foundation" ca. 1990
13 "The Trained Nurse and Hospital Review" 1933-12
14 Houston and Harris County
15 Abstract of Title: Block 1& 3 Cushing Park



Series V: Realia

Box Folder
8 1 Crittenton Services stationery samples
2 The Park People, Harris County Tree Registry certificate and book for DePelchin Children's Center "The Therapy Tree" 2000
3 Marriage record of Adolphe DePelchin and Keziah Payne (photostat) 1862-08-23
Guest book 10-30-1978, 10-17-1979, 12-16-1982, 3-30-1992,
Book of Remembrance of the Negro Child Center
The Building Fund of the Negro Child Center--donors guest book
Scrapbooks
Box Folder
9 1 Negro Child Center
2 Cloth pages 1880s-1890s
3 Loose pages--Mary Adelaid Hynes [?]
4 Cloth pages in cash book 1886-1903



Series VI: Photographs

Box Folder
10 1 Babies [see also oversize Box 17]
2 Boys-individuals
3 Boys-two or more [see also oversize Box 17]
4 Girls-individuals [see also oversize Box 17]
5 Girls-two or more [see also oversize Box 17]
6 Teens [see also oversize Box 17]
7-8 Children-two or more & groups [see also oversize Box 17]
Box Folder
11 1 Children-groups [see also oversize Box 17]
2 Adults [see also oversize Box 17]
Box
17 Mrs. T.W. House
Box Folder
11 3 Adults with babies
4 Adults with boys
5 Adults with girls
6-7 Adults with children [see also oversize Box 17]
8 Foster parents [see also oversize Box 17]
Box Folder
12 1 Kezia DePelchin, family, residences
2 Staff
3 Board members
4 Committee chairs & members
5 Program speakers & performers
6 Jackson Hicks-caterer
Events
Box Folder
12 7 Ben Johnson rodeo
8 Rodeo
9 Hoe Down (Houston Oilers)
10 Circus
11 Halloween
12 Thanksgiving 1930s
13 Christmas 1986
14 Theatrical
15 Photon family day 1986
16 Negro Child Center
17-19 Unidentified
Box Folder
13 1-7 Unidentified
Facilities
Box Folder
13 8 Aerials
9 Construction
10 Dedication 1939
11 Groundbreaking-Negro Children's Center [?]
12 Groundbreaking 1972-1973
13 Groundbreaking-Cullen Bayou Place
14 Exteriors, Albany St.
15 Exterior, Chenevert & Pierce Sts.
16 Exteriors, Looscan St.
17 Exteriors, Scotland St.
18 Exteriors
19 Interiors
Box Folder
14 1 Crittenton Services
2 Florence Crittenton Rescue Car
3 Davenport facility
4 Faith Home Farm 1942
5 Houston Child Guidance Center
6 Pine Tree Camp 1947
7 Signs
8 Miscellaneous
9 News conference 1982
10 Newsletter
11 Early unknown
12 Portraits
Box Folder
15 1-5 Negatives & proof sheets
Box
17 Oversize