Lansing, MI: 1880 - 1916. Pamphlet. 11 annual report pamphlets. Reform School for Girls 1880 (bit of water staining to corner), 1881-82. State Industrial Home for Girls 1883-84, 1885-86, 87-88, 89-90, 1901-02, 03-04 (heavy wear to spine), 07-08, 13-14, 15-16.
Annual reports for this school/home for girls, founded by the Quaker abolitionist, underground railroad conductor, and suffragette Laura Smith Haviland in 1879. Girls were sent there by probate courts and were usually 12 to 19 years of age. There were remedial school classes, as well as vocational classes. Up to 600 girls would go thru a year, with a stable population of around 350-400. Most would spend a year in the home, and girls from all over Michigan and of various nationalities are noted. Reports include statistics on the girls (including race), financial data, building & equipment inventories, letters from girls and families, medical reports (including deaths), work and contract data, state regulations, b&w photos after 1900, and forms for indenturement, employment, questionnaire etc. An uncommon and interesting snapshot io a state school for young girls caught up in the justice system. good. Item #19135