Finding Aid for the Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series III: Iron Rail Vacation Home, 1912-1972 HCFF.2.3

 Part of the Frick Family Papers on deposit from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation

Summary Information

Repository
The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives10 East 71st Street
New York, NY, 10021
archives@frick.org
 © 2014 The Frick Collection. All rights reserved.
Creator
Frick, Helen Clay, 1888-1984.
Title
Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series III: Iron Rail Vacation Home
ID
HCFF.2.3
Date
1909-1980, undated
Extent
38.9 Linear feet (86 boxes)
Abstract
The Iron Rail Vacation Home, established by Helen Clay Frick in Wenham, Mass. in 1909, was operated as a camp until the property was donated to the Girls Clubs of America in 1956. Beginning in 1947, the Iron Rail also functioned as a charitable organization. These records include correspondence, receipted bills, payrolls, annual reports, bank statements, minutes, inventories, and tax and insurance papers. They document the administration, goals, personnel, and activities of the organization.

Preferred Citation

Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series III: Iron Rail Vacation Home. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.

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Historical Note

The Iron Rail Vacation Home (IRVH) was a non-profit corporation that funded and administered a camp for girls in Wenham, Mass., and also served as a charitable foundation. The organization was founded in 1909 by Helen Clay Frick, daughter of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick, with the purpose of providing rest, recreation, a healthful environment, and social services for young women working in the textile mills around Boston. The camp and other activities of the organization were concentrated in the Massachusetts towns of Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, and Beverly. Originally chartered in 1921 in Allegheny County, Pa., a new charter was drafted in 1931 in Massachusetts, and the Pennsylvania corporation was dissolved. However, IRVH continued to be administered by offices in Pittsburgh and in New York City. The Pittsburgh office was responsible for many of the financial and insurance activities of IRVH. It was run by Karl F. Overholt, founding member and vice president of IRVH until his death in 1938. E.J. McNamara and Walter F. Cooley succeeded Overholt in the Pittsburgh office. Helen Clay Frick presided over the New York City office with the assistance of her secretaries, Jessie Trindle and Eleanor B. Howland. In the early 1940s, IRVH underwent staff changes, renovations, and reorganization. Its camp director and one of its founding members, Ellen R. Boyd, retired in 1940. Lauded for her devotion to Iron Rail at the time of her retirement, a subsequent investigation into IRVH operations uncovered financial improprieties by Mrs. Boyd that were later detailed in the investigation's final report of 1942. IRVH's second camp director, Ruth W. Larsen, was appointed in 1940, and held that post until 1956.

Between 1939 and 1941, the architectural firm of Milliken & Bevin made several improvements to the camp, including construction of a new gymnasium. In 1943, the Board of Trustees accepted Helen Clay Frick's donation of the Wenham property she had previously leased to IRVH, including her 142 acre farm with three houses, outbuildings, livestock, tools, equipment, and a truck. Also in 1943, the Board approved the reorganization of work and staff with IRVH's break from the True Blue Girls, a women's organization also founded by Miss Frick. True Blue members were invited to form an Alumnae Association to network, and to meet in private homes rather than at IRVH.

In 1947, the income of the trust established by Miss Frick exceeded funds needed for operation of IRVH's camp for girls, and IRVH's charter was therefore amended to permit contributions to charitable organizations. In 1956, however, all of the physical property at the camp was donated to the Girls Clubs of America, and IRVH's primary function shifted to that of a charitable foundation.

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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Iron Rail Vacation Home (IRVH), 1909-1980 and undated, include correspondence, receipted bills, payrolls, annual reports, bank records, minutes, inventories, guest books, calendars, photographs, tax and insurance papers, and printed material documenting the administration, goals, personnel, and activities of the organization. These records also document activities of the True Blue Girls, a sister organization of former IRVH campers. Materials are organized in seven subseries, as follows:

Subseries I: New York City Office, 1912-1958, includes files created by Ellen R. Boyd, the first director of the camp in Wenham, as well as financial statements, meeting minutes, correspondence, annual reports, receipted bills, vouchers, and solicitations and receipts for contributions to charitable organizations. Materials in this subseries are arranged chronologically by file type.

Subseries II: Files of Ruth W. Larsen, 1923-1954, consists of files generated by Larsen during her tenure as camp director from 1940-1954, and by her secretaries Doris Kennedy (Mrs. W.P. Kennedy) and Hazel M. Steed. Materials are arranged in six subseries: 1. Alphabetical Files, 1941-1952, undated; 2. Campers, 1941-1954; 3. Correspondence, 1940-1954; 4. Counselors, 1946-1954; 5. Maintenance and Upkeep, 1923-1954; and 6. Name Files, 1940-1954. This subseries provides the most insight into the activities and administration of the camp at IRVH. It contains information about housekeeping and maintenance, farm production at Wenham, staff recruitment and hiring decisions, campers (including lists of camp attendees), and about individuals to whom IRVH provided tuition and other financial assistance. Please note that selected files concerning campers and counselors are not available for research use. These files are noted in the container list below.

Subseries III: Pittsburgh Office, 1921-1972, pertains largely to financial and legal concerns of the IRVH, and is divided into seven sub-subseries: 1. Annual Meetings, 1921-1956; 2. Bank Accounts, 1921-1966; 3. Correspondence, 1921-1970; 4. Deeds, 1909-1956; 5. Insurance, 1941-1956; 6. Payrolls, 1931-1955; and 7. Annual Reports to the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Welfare, 1930-1948. Some payroll information in this subseries is not available for research use.

Subseries IV: Milliken & Bevin, Architects, 1939-1941 and undated, includes correspondence, bills, receipts, memoranda, and specifications documenting improvements to the camp as designed by Milliken & Bevin, and executed by local Wenham contractor Stephen D. Edwards. The number 364 appears on many of these papers, as that was the work number assigned by the architects to the Iron Rail project. Architectural drawings are housed separately from this subseries.

Subseries V: Contributions to Charitable Organizations, 1956-1972, contains files documenting charitable contributions from the Iron Rail Vacation Home during the years in which it operated primarily as a foundation. Contributions were largely made to organizations located in Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. Files may include correspondence, solicitation letters, and receipts, and are arranged alphabetically by organization.

Subseries VI: Girls Clubs of America, Inc., 1948-1972, contains audit reports, bank statements, correspondence, payrolls, reports to the state of Massachusetts, tax returns, and transfer records documenting the business and financial activities of IRVH after the donation of its camp in Wenham, Mass., to the Girls Clubs of America.

Subseries VII: True Blue Girls, 1912-1980 and undated, contains correspondence, notes, lists, pamphlets, meeting minutes, newsletters, and other printed material documenting activities of the True Blue Girls, who were former campers at the Iron Rail Vacation Home. Includes information regarding local clubs formed in Boston, Lawrence, and Lowell, Mass., and details regarding reunions organized in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1970s.

Subseries VIII: Photographs and Miscellanea, 1951-1954 and undated, includes photograph albums and loose photographs of the camp grounds and campers, an unidentified set of keys, and an embosser used at the Iron Rail Vacation Home.

Subseries IX: Calendars and Bound Volumes, 1909-1971 and undated, contains appointment books, desk calendars, guest books, meeting minutes, and financial records such as cash books and ledgers. It also contains a book possible recording prospective campers from the early years of the organization, and a ledger from the Canary Cottage Tea Room, founded for war relief in 1919.

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Arrangement

The Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series III: Iron Rail Vacation Home are divided into seven subseries as follows:

Subseries I: New York City Office, 1912-1958

Subseries II: Files of Ruth W. Larsen, 1923-1954

Subseries III: Pittsburgh Office, 1921-1972

Subseries IV: Milliken & Bevin, Architects, 1939-1941, undated

Subseries V: Contributions to Charitable Organizations, 1956-1972

Subseries VI: Girls Clubs of America, Inc., 1948-1972

Subseries VII: True Blue Girls, 1912-1980, undated

Subseries VIII: Photographs and Miscellanea, 1951-1954, undated

Subseries IX: Calendars and Bound Volumes, 1909-1971, undated

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

These records are generally open for research under the conditions of The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives access policy, though selected folders are restricted due to personal information. Restricted folders are noted within the container list below. Contact the Archives Department for further information at archives@frick.org.

Provenance

On deposit from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation, 2001.

Processing Information

Originally arranged and described under the direction of Steve Hussman, circa 1995, with additions and revisions by Julie Ludwig, 2014.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Additional materials regarding the Iron Rail property can be found in the Henry Clay Frick Papers, Series V: Subject Files, #281: Iron Railing Farm (Wenham, Mass.)

For letters of condolence from the True Blue Girls to Helen Clay Frick, see Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series II: Correspondence.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Girls Clubs of America, Inc.
  • Iron Rail Vacation Home.
  • Milliken & Bevin.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Wenham (Mass.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Boyd, Ellen R.
  • Frick, Helen Clay, 1888-1984.
  • Larsen, Ruth W.

Subject(s)

  • Campers (Persons).
  • Camps.

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Collection Inventory

Subseries I: New York City Office, 1912-1958
 

This subseries includes files created by Ellen R. Boyd, the first director of the camp in Wenham, as well as financial statements, meeting minutes, correspondence, annual reports, receipted bills, vouchers, and solicitations and receipts for contributions to charitable organizations. Materials in this subseries are arranged chronologically by file type.

Box Folder Date
1 1

Topographical drawings of Hamilton and Wenham
 

1912-1913
1 2

Naumkeag Trust Company
 

1921-1922
1 3-6

Bills paid
 

1914-1924
1 7-11

Accounts and Summaries
 

1920-1939
2 12

Cancelled checks
 

1926-1937
2 13

Boyd reports and letters
 

1929-1933
2 3-8

Boyd correspondence
 

1921-1940
3 1

Correspondence
 

1925
3 2

Receipted bills
 

1925
3 3

Correspondence
 

1926
3 4

Receipted bills
 

1926
3 5

Statements
 

1924-1926
3 6

Correspondence
 

1928
3 7

Receipted bills
 

1928
3 8

Statements
 

1926-1928
3 9

Correspondence
 

1929
3 10

Receipted bills
 

1929
3 11

Statements
 

1929
4 1

Correspondence
 

1930
4 2

Receipted bills
 

1930
4 3

Statements
 

1930
4 4

Bus
 

1931
4 5

Correspondence
 

1931
4 6

Receipted bills
 

1931
4 7

Statements
 

1931
4 8

Correspondence
 

1932
4 9

Receipted bills
 

1932
4 10

Statements
 

1932
5 1

Correspondence
 

1933
5 2

Receipted bills
 

1933
5 3

Statements
 

1933
5 4

Correspondence
 

1934
5 5

Receipted bills
 

1934
5 6

Statements
 

1934
5 7

Correspondence
 

1935
5 8

Receipted bills
 

1935
5 9

Statements
 

1935
6 1

Correspondence
 

1936
6 2

Receipted bills
 

1936
6 3

Statements
 

1936
6 4

Correspondence
 

1937
6 5

Receipted bills
 

1937
6 6

Statements
 

1937
6 7

Correspondence
 

1938
6 8

Receipted bills
 

1938
6 9

Statements
 

1938
7 1

Correspondence
 

1939
7 2

Inspection
 

1938-1939
7 3-4

Receipted bills
 

1939
7 5

Statements
 

1939
7 6

Bills—board and nursing
 

1936-1940
R R

Bills—doctors and specialists [RESTRICTED]
 

1933-1940
R R

Bills—hospital [RESTRICTED]
 

1934-1940
7 7

Bills—opticians
 

1934-1940
7 8

Correspondence
 

1940
8 1

Correspondence with Milliken & Bevin, Architects
 

1939-1940
8 2

Essex Street property, Beverly, Mass.
 

1930-1940
8 3

Minutes
 

1940
8 4

Receipted bills
 

1940
8 5

Statements
 

1940
9 1

Audit and investigation
 

1940-1941
9 2

Correspondence
 

1941
9 3

Gymnasium
 

1939-1941
9 4

Gymnasium—receipted bills
 

1939-1941
9 5

Interior decoration at Fairhaven
 

1941
9 6

H.O. Milliken, architect
 

1941
10 1

Minutes
 

1941
10 2

"Our Center" and other buildings
 

1941
10 3

Petty cash
 

1940-1941
10 4-5

Receipted bills
 

1941
10 6

Statements
 

1941
10 7

Vouchers
 

1941 January-June
11 1

Vouchers, continued
 

1941 July-December
11 2

Wenham lots
 

1941
11 3

Budgets
 

1922-1942
11 4

Correspondence
 

1942
11 5

Credit memos
 

1927-1942
11 6

Insurance—workmen's compensation
 

1925-1942
12 1-2

Investigation papers and final reports
 

1940-1942
12 3

Minutes
 

1942
12 4

Petty cash
 

1942
12 5

Receipted bills
 

1942
12 6

Statements
 

1942
12 7

Union Trust Co. central account
 

1942
13 1-31

Investigation of Mrs. Ellen R. Boyd
 

1940-1942
14 1-41

Investigation of Mrs. Ellen R. Boyd, continued
 

1940-1942
15 1-2

Vouchers
 

1942
15 3

Correspondence
 

1943
15 4

Correspondence re: farm
 

1943
15 5

Insurance—buildings and contents
 

1925-1943
15 6

Meetings
 

1943
15 7

Naughton Music Fund
 

1942-1943
15 8

Payrolls
 

1943
15 9

Receipted bills
 

1943
15 10

Statements
 

1943
15 11

Union Trust Co.
 

1943
15 12

Vouchers
 

1943
16 1

Correspondence
 

1944
16 2

Correspondence re: reorganization
 

1944
16 3

French children
 

1944
16 4

Meetings
 

1944
16 5

Naughton Music Fund
 

1944
16 6

Payrolls
 

1944
16 7

Receipted bills
 

1944
16 8

Statements
 

1944
16 9

Union Trust Co.
 

1944
16 10

Vouchers
 

1944
17 1

Correspondence
 

1945
17 2

Meetings
 

1945
17 3

Naughton Music Fund
 

1945
17 4

Petty cash
 

1943-1945
17 5-6

Receipted bills
 

1945
17 7

Statements
 

1945
17 8

Union Trust Company of Pittsburgh
 

1945
17 9

Vouchers
 

1945
18 1

Correspondence
 

1946
18 2

Meetings
 

1946
18 3

Naughton Music Fund
 

1946
18 4

Payrolls
 

1946
18 5-6

Receipted bills
 

1946
18 7

Statements
 

1946
18 8

Union Trust Company of Pittsburgh
 

1946
18 9

Vouchers
 

1946
18 10

Contributions
 

1947
18 11

Correspondence
 

1947
18 12

Correspondence re: letterhead
 

1947
18 13

Meetings
 

1947
18 14

Mellon National Bank
 

1947
19 1

Naughton Music Fund
 

1947
19 2

Payrolls
 

1947
19 3-4

Receipted bills
 

1947
19 5

Statements
 

1947
19 6-7

Vouchers
 

1947
19 8

Contributions
 

1948
20 1

Correspondence
 

1948
20 2

Meetings
 

1948
20 3

Mellon National Bank
 

1948
20 4

Naughton Music Fund
 

1948
20 5

Payrolls
 

1948
20 6

Receipted bills
 

1948
20 7

Statements
 

1948
20 8-9

Vouchers
 

1948
20 10-11

Contributions
 

1949
21 1

Correspondence
 

1949
21 2

Correspondence re: Chebacco Lake, Essex, Mass.
 

1949
21 3

Meetings
 

1949
21 4

Mellon National Bank
 

1949
21 5

Naughton Music Fund
 

1949
21 6

Payrolls
 

1949
21 7-8

Receipted bills
 

1949
21 9

Statements
 

1949
21 10

Vouchers
 

1949
21 11

Contributions
 

1950
22 1

Correspondence
 

1950
22 2

Correspondence re: Chebacco Lake, Essex, Mass.
 

1950
22 3

Meetings
 

1950
22 4

Mellon National Bank
 

1950
22 5

Naughton Music Fund
 

1950
22 6

Payrolls
 

1950
22 7-8

Receipted bills
 

1950
22 9

Statements
 

1950
22 10

Vouchers
 

1950
23 1

Contributions
 

1951
23 2

Correspondence
 

1951
23 3

Correspondence re: Chebacco Lake
 

1951
23 4

Meetings
 

1951
23 5

Mellon National Bank
 

1951
23 6

Naughton Music Fund
 

1951
23 7

Payrolls
 

1951
23 8-9

Receipted bills
 

1951
23 10

Statements
 

1951
23 11-12

Vouchers
 

1951
24 1

Contributions
 

1952
24 2

Correspondence
 

1952
24 3

Correspondence re: insurance—automobiles
 

1924-1952
24 4

Correspondence re: Wenham Water Supply
 

1952
24 5

Meetings
 

1952
24 6

Mellon National Bank
 

1952
24 7

Naughton Music Fund
 

1952
24 8

Payrolls
 

1952
24 9-10

Receipted bills
 

1952
24 11

Statements
 

1952
24 12

Vouchers
 

1952
25 1

Contributions
 

1953
25 2-3

Correspondence
 

1953
25 4

Meetings
 

1953
25 5

Mellon National Bank
 

1953
25 6

Naughton Music Fund
 

1953
25 7

Payrolls
 

1953
25 8-10

Receipted bills
 

1953
26 1

Statements
 

1953
26 2-3

Vouchers
 

1953
26 4

Contributions
 

1954
26 5-6

Correspondence
 

1954
26 7

Meetings
 

1954
26 8

Mellon National Bank
 

1954
26 9-10

Receipted bills
 

1954
27 1

Statements
 

1954
27 2

Tax returns—Beverly
 

1936-1954
27 3

Tax returns—Hamilton
 

1943-1954
27 4

Vouchers
 

1954
27 5-6

Contributions
 

1955
27 7

Correspondence
 

1955
27 8

Meetings
 

1955
R R

Payrolls [RESTRICTED]
 

Housed in Oversize B.

1954-1957
27 9

Receipted bills
 

1955
27 10

Statements
 

1955
28 1

Contributions
 

1956
28 2-3

Correspondence
 

1954-1956
28 4

Meetings
 

1955-1956
28 5

Receipted bills
 

1956
R R

Social Security taxes [RESTRICTED]
 

1953-1956
28 6

Statements
 

1956
28 7

Contributions
 

1957
28 8

Statements
 

1956
28 9

Contributions
 

1958

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Subseries II: Files of Ruth W. Larsen, 1923-1954
 

This subseries consists of files generated by Ruth W. Larsen during her tenure as camp director from 1940-1954, and by her secretaries Mrs. W.P. “Doris” Kennedy and Hazel M. Steed. Materials are arranged in six subseries: 1. Alphabetical Files, 2. Campers, 3. Correspondence, 4. Counselors, 5. Maintenance and Upkeep, and 6. Name Files. This subseries provides the most insight into the activities and administration of the camp at IRVH. It contains information about housekeeping and maintenance, farm production at Wenham, staff recruitment and hiring decisions, campers (including lists of camp attendees), and about individuals to whom IRVH provided tuition and other financial assistance.

Sub-subseries 1: Alphabetical Files, 1941-1952, undated
 

Box Folder Date
29 1

“A” correspondence
 

1946-1951
29 2

“B” correspondence
 

1945-1952
29 3

“C” correspondence
 

1946-1947
29 4

“D” correspondence
 

1942-1947
29 5

“E” correspondence
 

1945-1946
29 6

“F” correspondence
 

1946
29 7

“G” correspondence
 

1945-1947
29 8

“H” correspondence
 

undated
R R

Health exams [RESTRICTED]
 

1946
29 9

Historical materials
 

undated
29 10

Housekeeping
 

1941-1946
29 11

“J” correspondence
 

undated
29 12

“N” correspondence
 

undated
30 1

“O” correspondence
 

undated
30 2

“P” correspondence
 

undated
30 3

“Q-R” correspondence
 

undated

Sub-subseries 2: Campers, 1941-1954
 

Box Folder Date
R R

Agency correspondence [RESTRICTED]
 

1951-1954
R R

Campers [RESTRICTED]
 

1949-1950
30 4

September Camp Project
 

1949-1951
30 5

Camper letters
 

1952
R R

Campers [RESTRICTED]
 

1951-1953
30 6

Camper letters
 

1952-1953
R R

Camper lists [RESTRICTED]
 

1945-1953
R R

Campers not accepted [RESTRICTED]
 

1951-1953
31 1

Weekend reunion invitations
 

1952-1953

Sub-subseries 3: Correspondence, 1940-1954
 

Box Folder Date
31 2

Correspondence
 

1941-1942
31 3

Essex St. House letters
 

1945
31 4

Munroe St. beach cottage
 

1945
31 5

Rockport
 

1940-1945
31 6

Correspondence
 

1940-1946
31 7

Massachusetts Audubon Society
 

1945-1946
31 8

Correspondence from Pittsburgh Office
 

1946
31 9-10

Correspondence from New York Office
 

1946, 1950
31 11-12

Correspondence
 

1943-1951
31 13

Board of Directors
 

1946-1952
32 1

Correspondence
 

1952
32 2

Correspondence from Boston Iron Rail Alumnae
 

1950-1953
32 3

Correspondence from Pittsburgh Office
 

1946-1953
32 4-5

Correspondence
 

1953-1954
32 6

Last correspondence of IRVH
 

1954

Sub-subseries 4: Counselors, 1946-1954
 

Box Folder Date
R R

Counselors [RESTRICTED]
 

1946
32 7

Counselors—placements
 

1946
32 8

Placement colleges
 

1946
32 9-10

Work camp
 

1949-1950
32 11

Work camp personnel
 

1950
33 1

Counselor candidates
 

1951
R R

Counselors selected [RESTRICTED]
 

1951
33 2

Physicians and psychiatrists
 

1951
33 3-4

Counselor candidates
 

1952
R R

Counselors selected [RESTRICTED]
 

1952
33 5

Program Director search correspondence
 

1951-1952
33 6

Program Director applications
 

1951-1953
33 7

Work camp applications
 

1950-1953
34 1-2

Counselor candidates
 

1953
34 3

Counselor contacts
 

1953
R R

Counselors selected [RESTRICTED]
 

1953
34 4-5

Placement agencies
 

1953-1954
R R

Counselor candidates [RESTRICTED]
 

1954

Sub-subseries 5: Maintenance and Upkeep, 1923-1954
 

Box Folder Date
34 6

Repairs and alterations
 

1923-1939
35 1

"Our Center"
 

1941
35 2

Appliances, furniture, and housewares
 

1945-1949
35 3

Construction estimates
 

1945-1949
35 4

Inventories of sporting goods, art supplies, music, etc.
 

1949
35 5

Appliances, furniture, and housewares
 

1950-1952
35 6

Claims for property damage
 

1950-1952
35 7

Insurance
 

1948-1952
35 8

Inventories
 

1950-1952
35 9

Inventories of food and household supplies
 

1950-1952
35 10

Turkeys
 

1948-1952
35 11

Insurance—automobiles
 

1950-1953
35 12

Inventories
 

1953
35 13

Equipment maintenance material
 

1941-1954
35 14

Eggs
 

1951-1954
35 15

Government surplus food materials
 

1954
35 16

Insurance—personal liability
 

1949-1954
35 17

Sheep
 

1948-1954

Sub-subseries 6: Name Files, 1940-1954
 

Box Folder Date
R R

Boydan, Diana [RESTRICTED]
 

1949-1952
R R

Darras, Poppy [RESTRICTED]
 

1947-1954
36 1

"H" names
 

1946-1952
R R

Hall, Norma Lee [RESTRICTED]
 

1947-1951
36 2

Harrison, Gladys
 

1948-1953
R R

Hayes, Dorothy [RESTRICTED]
 

1947-1953
R R

Limond, Ann and Elizabeth [RESTRICTED]
 

1947-1953
R R

Modugno, Natalena [RESTRICTED]
 

1946-1951
R R

Moore, Mildred [RESTRICTED – 2 folders]
 

1942-1952
36 3

Naughton, W.J.
 

1940-1941
R R

Tisdale, Janet C. [RESTRICTED]
 

1947-1953

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Subseries III: Pittsburgh Office, 1921-1972
 

This subseries largely pertains to financial and legal concerns of the IRVH. Materials are arranged in seven subseries: 1. Annual Meetings, 2. Bank Accounts, 3. Correspondence, 4. Deeds, 5. Insurance, 6. Payrolls, and 7. Annual Reports to the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare.

Sub-subseries 1: Annual Meetings, 1921-1956
 

Box Folder Date
37 1-21

Annual meetings
 

1921-1941
38 1-6

Annual meetings—Treasurer's reports
 

1923-1956

Sub-subseries 2: Bank Accounts, 1916-1972
 

Box Folder Date
39 1

Guaranty Trust Co. of New York – Checkbook
 

1957-1958
39 2-4

Mellon National Bank and Trust Co. – Canceled checks
 

1951-1954, 1958-1972
39 5

Mellon National Bank and Trust Co. – Checkbook
 

1958
40 1-2

Mellon National Bank and Trust Co. – Statements
 

1942-1954
40 3-5

Mellon National Bank and Trust Co. – Trust Account Statements
 

1932-1966
40 6

Naumkeag Trust Co. – Canceled checks
 

1920-1922
41 1-4

Naumkeag Trust Co. – Checkbooks
 

1922-1932
41 5-7

Naumkeag Trust Co. – Correspondence
 

1924-1925
42

Naumkeag Trust Co. – Statements
 

1916-1932
43

Naumkeag Trust Co. – Statements, continued
 

1933-1937
44 1

Union Trust Co. of Pittsburgh
 

1921-1931

Sub-subseries 3: Correspondence, 1921-1970
 

Box Folder Date
44 2

Boyd cottage
 

1924, 1928
44 3

Incorporation paper, Pennsylvania corporation
 

1921
44 4

Mortgage note
 

1927-1930
44 5

Union Trust Co. agreement
 

1924-1931
44 6

Union Trust Co. bonds
 

1927-1931
44 7

Resignation letters
 

1930-1931
44 8

Securities income statement
 

1931
44 9

Deed, HCF to IRVH, Massachusetts corporation
 

1930-1933
44 10

National Recovery Administration
 

1933
44 11

Refrigerator
 

1933-1934
44 12

Munroe St. property, Beverly, Mass.
 

1924-1935
44 13

Inquiries re: Iron Rail
 

1937
44 14

Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Fund
 

1937-1938
44 15

Rockport, Mass., beach cottage
 

1940
44 16

Building fund
 

1939-1942
44 17

Liability insurance
 

1933-1943
44 18

Investments
 

1930-1946
44 19

Swimming pool
 

1949
44 20

"Miscellaneous" correspondence
 

1922-1954
44 21

Wenham property assessments
 

1950-1954
44 22

Girls Clubs of America, Inc.
 

1968-1970

Sub-subseries 4: Deeds, 1908-1956
 

Box Folder Date
45 1-2

Deeds—Wenham
 

1909
45 3

Deeds
 

1910
45 4-9

Deeds—Wenham
 

1910-1912, 1919
45 10

Deeds—Hamilton
 

1926
45 11

Deeds—Beverly
 

1927
45 12

Deeds
 

1931
45 13

Deeds—Wenham
 

1933
45 14-17

Deeds
 

1938-1941
45 18

Deeds—Hamilton and Wenham
 

1942
45 19

Deeds—Munroe St., Beverly
 

1908-1945
45 20

Deeds—Chebacco Lake and Dockham
 

1949-1951
45 21

Deeds—Wenham
 

1931, 1933, 1952
45 22

Deeds
 

1956

Sub-subseries 5: Insurance, 1941-1956
 

Box Folder Date
46 1

Steam boiler insurance
 

1941-1942
46 2

Tractor
 

1942-1943
46 3

Gymnasium building, Wenham
 

1941-1944
46 4

Ford pickup
 

1941-1945
46 5

McLean House, Rubbly Road, Hamilton
 

1944-1945
46 6

War damage
 

1942-1945
46 7

Ford pickup
 

1946-1948
46 8

Ford sedan
 

1941-1946
46 9

No. 3 Munroe St., Beverly
 

1946
46 10

Contents of pump house
 

1944-1947
46 11

GMC sedan
 

1941-1947
46 12

New gymnasium, Wenham
 

1944-1947
46 13

Long Beach, Rockport, Mass.
 

1946-1947
46 14

Ford pickup
 

1946-1948
46 15

Tractor
 

1943-1948
46 16

DeSoto sedan
 

1942-1949
46 17

General form—Hamilton, Mass.
 

1943-1949
46 18

Plymouth sedan
 

1946-1949
46 19

Workmen's compensation
 

1943-1949
46 20

General form—Wenham, Mass.
 

1942-1950
46 21

Essex St., Beverly, Mass.
 

1942-1952
46 22

Theft
 

1950-1952
46 23

Auto fleet
 

1949-1953
46 24

Workmen's compensation
 

1949-1953
46 25

Auto fleet
 

1953-1954
46 26

Boiler
 

1948-1954
47 1

Forness & Morgan, Inc.
 

1942-1954
47 2

Hamilton and Wenham
 

1951-1954
47 3

Pioneer Camp, Chebacco Lake, and Crow Island
 

1949-1954
47 4

Buildings and Contents, Hamilton and Wenham
 

1947-1955
47 5

General liability
 

1944-1956
47 6

Insurance reports and IRVH annuity policies
 

1953

Sub-subseries 6: Payrolls, 1931-1955
 

Box Folder Date
48 1

Fiduciary return of income
 

1931-1952
R R

Payrolls [RESTRICTED – 2 folders]
 

1943-1955

Sub-subseries 7: Annual Reports to the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, 1930-1948
 

Box Folder Date
48 2-4

Annual reports
 

1930-1948

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Subseries IV: Milliken & Bevin, Architects, 1939-1941, undated
 

The files of Milliken & Bevin, Architects, include correspondence, bills, receipts, memoranda, and specifications documenting improvements to the camp as designed by Milliken & Bevin, and executed by local Wenham contractor Stephen D. Edwards. The number 364 appears on many of these papers, as that was the work number assigned by the architects to the Iron Rail project. Architectural drawings are housed separately from this subseries.

Box Folder Date
49 1

A-G
 

1939-1941
49 2

H-L
 

1939-1941
49 3

M-P
 

1939-1941
49 4

R-Z
 

1939-1941
49 5-7

Edwards, Stephen D.
 

1939-1941
50 1-2

Accounts (certificates)
 

1939-1941
50 3

Accounts (except certificates)
 

1939-1941
50 4

Construction binder
 

1939-1941
50 5

Construction notebook
 

1940-1941
50 6

Disbursement receipts
 

1939-1941
50 7

Frick, Helen C.
 

1939-1941
50 8

Hoch, Ernest C.
 

1939-1941
50 9

Memoranda
 

1939-1941
50 10

Offner, Alfred J.
 

1939-1941
50 11

Specifications
 

1939
50 12

Specifications for a clubhouse at Hamilton, Mass.
 

By Parker, Thomas & Rice, Architects.

undated
50 13

Suggestions on maintenance of equipment
 

1941
50 14

Thompson, N.E.
 

1939-1941

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Subseries V: Contributions to Charitable Organizations, 1956-1972
 

Subseries contains files documenting charitable contributions from the Iron Rail Vacation Home during the years in which it operated primarily as a foundation. Contributions were largely made to organizations located in Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. Files may include correspondence, solicitation letters, and receipts, and are arranged alphabetically by organization.

Box Folder Date
51 1-2

Allegheny Conference on Community Development
 

1958-1971
51 3

Allegheny County League of Women Voters
 

1958-1971
51 4

Allegheny General Hospital
 

1963-1967
51 5

Allegheny Observatory
 

1966-1972
51 6-7

American Bible Society
 

1958-1971
51 8

American Cancer Society, Pittsburgh
 

1957-1971
51 9

American Cancer Society, Westchester Division
 

1956-1971
51 10

American Forestry Association
 

1956-1971
51 11

American Red Cross, Bedford Village
 

1957-1964
52 1

American Red Cross, Beverly
 

1956-1959
52 2

American Red Cross, New York
 

1956-1971
52 3

American Red Cross, North Castle
 

1957-1964
52 4

Anglican Fellowship of Prayer
 

1965-1971
52 5

Animal Friends, Inc.
 

1963-1966
52 6

Animal Medical Center
 

1957-1969
52 7

Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh
 

1957-1972
52 8

Banksville Community House, Inc.
 

1956-1959
52 9

Bedford Free Library
 

1956-1966
52 10

Bellevue Hospital Chaplain's Committee
 

1956-1967
52 11

Beverly Hospital
 

1957-1969
52 12

Beverly Police Relief Association
 

1956-1959
52 13

Board of Trustees for the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh
 

1969-1971
52 14

Boys' Club of Mt. Kisco, Inc.
 

1956-1968
52 15

Boy Scouts of America, Bedford
 

1957-1958
52 16

Boy Scouts of Westchester County
 

1959
52 17

Calvary Episcopal Church
 

1965-1966
52 18

Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh
 

1968-1970
53 1

Children's Aid Society, N.Y.
 

1955-1970
53 2

Children's Hospital
 

1956-1971
53 3

Children's Village
 

1956-1971
53 4

Columbia Hospital
 

1964-1965
53 5

Community Service Society
 

1956-1971
53 6

Craig House—Technoma Workshop
 

1966-1967
53 7

Cummington School of the Arts
 

1956-1958
53 8

Eisenhower Presidential Library Fund
 

1959-1961
53 9

Faith at Work
 

1965-1971
53 10

Frick Art Reference Library
 

1961-1971
53 11

Frick Park Special Fund
 

1965-1970
53 12

Henry Clay Frick Community Hospital
 

1962-1967
53 13

Henry Clay Frick Educational Commission
 

1958
53 14

Frontier Nursing Service
 

1956-1972
53 15

Graham, Billy
 

1964-1971
53 16

Greenwich Exchange for Women's Work, Inc.
 

1957-1967
53 17

Heart House
 

1956-1966
54 1

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
 

1956-1968
54 2

Holmes House [formerly Protestant Home for Incurables]
 

1960-1971
54 3

Home for Crippled Children
 

1965-1969
54 4

Institute for the Crippled and Disabled
 

1956-1969
54 5-6

Iron Rail Fund for Girls Clubs of America, Inc.
 

1956-1971
54 7

Dr. Milton Jena Cancer Research Center for Western Pennsylvania Hospital
 

1970-1971
54 8

Lenox Hill Hospital
 

1958-1959
54 9

Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association, Inc.
 

1956-1971
54 10

Lincoln Educations Foundation, Inc.
 

1960-1967
54 11

Mary MacArthur Fund of the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis
 

1956-1967
54 12

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 

1966-1971
55 1

Missionary District of Arizona
 

1956-1961
55 2

Mount Kisco Lions Club
 

1957-1959
55 3

National Recreation Association
 

1960
55 4

National Society for the Prevention of Blindness
 

1967-1971
55 5

Nature Conservancy
 

1967
55 6

N.Y. Association for the Blind
 

1956-1971
55 7

N.Y. Diet Kitchen Association
 

1956-1971
55 8

N.Y. Exchange for Women's Work
 

1956-1958
55 9

N.Y. Ear and Eye Infirmary
 

1963-1968
55 10

N.Y. Historical Association
 

1961
55 11

North Castle Free Library
 

1956-1959
55 12

Nursing Association of Northern Westchester County
 

1957
55 13

Nursing Association, North Castle Branch
 

1957
55 14

North Westchester Girl Scouts Council, Inc.
 

1957-1958
55 15

Northern Westchester Hospital Association Building Fund
 

1957-1972
55 16

Ophthalmological Foundation, Inc.
 

1956-1963
55 17

Pack Medical Foundation, Inc.
 

1958
55 18

Pittsburgh Firemen's Widows Pension Fund
 

1963-1969
55 19

Pittsburgh Free Dispensary
 

1956-1971
55 20

Pittsburgh Experiment
 

1967-1971
55 21

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute
 

1970-1971
55 22

Pittsburgh Symphony Society
 

1960
55 23

Planned Parenthood Center
 

1964-1970
55 24

Police Pension Fund Association of Pittsburgh
 

1956-1966
56 1

Presbyterian Hospital, N.Y.
 

1957-1969
56 2

Presbyterian-University Hospital
 

1963-1965
56 3

Pressley House
 

1959-1971
56 4

Protestant Home for Children Building Fund
 

1957-1958
56 5

Radcliffe College Development Fund
 

1959
56 6

Reader's Digest Fund for the Blind
 

1956-1971
56 7

St. Barnabas Hospital for Chronic Diseases
 

1956-1957
56 8

St. James Church
 

1961
56 9

St. Luke's Episcopal Church
 

1965-1966
56 10

St. Peter's School
 

1967
56 11

Salvation Army, N.Y.
 

1955-1971
56 12

Salvation Army, Mount Kisco
 

1958
56 13

School for Blind Children
 

1960
56 14

Samuel M. Shoemaker Memorial Fund
 

1964, 1971
56 15

Seeing Eye, Inc.
 

1955-1970
56 16

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
 

1956-1959
56 17

Soldiers', Sailors', and Airmen's Club, Inc.
 

1956-1970
56 18

Spence Alumnae Association
 

1958
56 19

Spence Chapin Adoption Service
 

1955-1971
56 20

Suburban General Hospital
 

1969
57 1

Travelers Aid Society of N.Y.
 

1956-1971
57 2

Tree of Life Centennial
 

1964
57 3-5

United Fund of Allegheny County
 

1956-1972
57 6

United Fund of Northern Westchester, Inc.
 

1958-1968
58 1-2

United Hospital Fund
 

1956-1971
58 3

United Presbyterian Women’s Association, Home for Aged People
 

1962-1963
58 4

University of Pittsburgh, Henry Clay Frick Professorship of Fine Arts
 

1963
58 5

University of Pittsburgh, Henry Clay Frick Department of Fine Arts
 

1956-1959
58 6

Virginia Historical Society
 

1958-1960
58 7

Westchester Children's Association, Inc.
 

1956-1958
58 8

Westchester County Council of Social Agencies
 

1958-1961
58 9

Westchester County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc.
 

1956-1961
58 10

Westchester Heart Association, Inc.
 

1959-1971
58 11

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
 

1961-1966
58 12

Western Pennsylvania Hospital
 

1957-1966
58 13

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society
 

1963-1971
58 14

Westmoreland-Fayette Historical Society
 

1959-1971
58 15

Westmoreland Sanctuary
 

1959-1971
58 16

Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
 

1964-1971
58 17

Wooster, College of
 

1968
58 18

Young Men's Christian Association of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Branch
 

1959
58 19

Young Men's Christian Association of Pittsburgh, Homewood-Brushton Branch
 

1959

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Subseries VI: Girls Clubs of America, Inc., 1948-1972
 

Subseries contains audit reports, bank statements, correspondence, payrolls, reports to the state of Massachusetts, tax returns, and transfer records documenting the business and financial activities of IRVH after the donation of its camp in Wenham, Massachusetts to the Girls Clubs of America. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box Folder Date
59 1

Annual reports to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

1957-1967
59 2

Annuities
 

1953-1962
59 3-5

Audit reports
 

1958-1972
59 6

Census of Business, Manufactures, and Mineral Industries
 

1958-1959
59 7

Contribution Appeals
 

1956-1967
59 8-10

Correspondence
 

1954-1956
59 11

Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return
 

1957-1959
59 12-13

Guaranty Trust Co. of New York
 

1954-1958
60 1

Incorporation papers (Massachusetts corporation)
 

1930-1932
60 2

Investments
 

1956
60 3

Larsen, Ruth W. (Mrs. David Larsen)
 

1957-1958
60 4

Legal opinions
 

1957-1958
60 5

Mellon National Bank—Custodian Account
 

1956
60 6-8

Mellon National Bank—Trust No. 500-027 – Statements
 

1948-1972
60 9

Mellon National Bank—Trust No. 500-027 – Federal Income Tax Returns
 

1951-1972
60 10

Mellon National Bank – Account No. 129-4223 - Statements
 

1958-1972
61 1

Meetings
 

1956-1958
61 2

Miscellaneous
 

1958-1965
61 3

Naughton Music Fund
 

1958-1961
61 4

New York State Unemployment Insurance
 

1955, 1971
61 5

Paid bills
 

1958-1971
R R

Payroll ledger sheets [RESTRICTED]
 

1958
61 6

Report to Massachusetts Dept. of Public Welfare
 

1949-1971
61 7-10

Return of Organization Exempt from Tax
 

1934-1974
61 11

Reorganization
 

1954-1961
61 12

Transfer to Girls Clubs of America
 

1954
62 1

Transfer of records from New York to Pittsburgh
 

1958
62 2

Taxes—Federal and Massachusetts information returns
 

1922-1943
R R

Taxes—Federal withholding returns [RESTRICTED]
 

1943-1958
R R

Taxes—Employees' withholding exemption certificates [RESTRICTED]
 

1946-1954
62 3

Tax exemptions of recipients
 

1950
62 4

Unemployment insurance exemption
 

1954-1955
62 5-6

Wenham tax returns
 

1932-1954
62 7

Withholding tax on payroll
 

1943-1953

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Subseries VII: True Blue Girls, 1912-1980, undated
 

Materials include correspondence, notes, lists, pamphlets, meeting minutes, newsletters, and other printed material documenting activities of the True Blue Girls, who were former campers at the Iron Rail Vacation Home. Subseries contains information regarding local clubs formed in Boston, Lawrence, and Lowell, Mass., and details regarding reunions organized in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1970s.

For guest books containing the names of campers from 1909 through 1920, see Subseries IX: Calendars and Bound Volumes.

Box Folder Date
63 1

Address lists
 

undated
63 2

Almanac
 

1925
63 3

Calendars
 

Duplicate calendars housed at the end of the subseries.

1924, 1931
63 4

California trip
 

1929
63 5-8

Correspondence - Adelaide St. Jacques
 

1957-1975
63 9

Correspondence - to Helen Clay Frick
 

See also: Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series II: Correspondence for letters of condolence from the True Blue Girls.

1951
64 1

Correspondence - Vendors, etc.
 

1924-1931, 1979
64 2

Dedication of "Our Center"
 

Duplicate invitations and envelopes are filed at the end of the subseries.

1941
64 3

Greeting cards
 

Duplicate greeting cards are housed at the end of the subseries.

undated
64 4

Minutes [Boston Club?]
 

1934-1942
64 5

Miscellanea
 

undated
64 6

Notebook of essays, etc.
 

undated
64 7

Pledge
 

undated
64 8

Program pamphlets
 

Removed from binder - Folder 1 of 5.

circa 1925
64 9

Program pamphlets - Boston Girls and Boston Mothers
 

Removed from binder - Folder 2 of 5.

1924-1933
64 10

Program pamphlets - Lawrence Girls
 

Removed from binder - Folder 3 of 5.

1924-1933
64 11

Program pamphlets - Lowell Girls
 

Removed from binder - Folder 4 of 5.

1924-1933
65 1

Program pamphlets
 

Removed from binder - Folder 5 of 5.

1931-1940
65 2

Program pamphlets
 

Removed from binder.

1932-1935
65 3

Reports
 

1915-1917
65 4-7

Reunions
 

1915-1919, 1927-1930, 1972-1974
66 1-2

Reunions, continued
 

1974, undated
66 3

Song lyrics
 

undated
66 4-5

"True Blue Echo"
 

1912-1915
66 6-7

True Blue News Letter
 

1921-1925
67 1-3

True Blue News Letter
 

1926-1934
67 4

"True Blue Thoughts for all the Year"
 

undated
67 5

"Upper Room" subscriptions
 

1967-1980
67 6

Duplicates - Calendars
 

1931
68 1

Duplicates - Calendars, continued
 

1931
68 2

Duplicates - Dedication of "Our Center"
 

1941
68 3

Duplicates - Greeting cards
 

undated
68 4

Duplicates - Reunions
 

1974

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Subseries VIII: Photographs and Miscellanea, 1951-1954, undated
 

Materials in this subseries include photograph albums, loose photographs, an unidentified set of keys, envelopes, and an embosser used at the Iron Rail Vacation Home.

See also: Frick Family Visual Materials, Series: Photographs – Places for items filed under Wenham, Mass.

Box Folder Date
68 5

Album
 

1952
68 6

Albums (2)
 

Includes one album of hand colored images of Iron Rail, and one album of snapshots.

Housed in Oversize C.

undated
68 7

Embosser
 

Housed with objects.

undated
68 8

Envelopes
 

With Iron Rail Vacation Home return address; multiple copies.

undated
68 9

Keys
 

Housed with objects.

undated
68 10

Loose photographs of campers
 

1952
68 11

Loose photographs of campers
 

undated
68 12-13

Miniature albums of camp activities
 

1951, 1954
68 14

Miniature album of camp grounds
 

undated

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Subseries IX: Calendars and Bound Volumes, 1909-1971, undated
 

This subseries contains appointment books, desk calendars, guest books, meeting minutes, and financial records such as cash books and ledgers. It also contains a book possible recording prospective campers from the early years of the organization, and a ledger from the Canary Cottage Tea Room, founded for war relief in 1919. Materials are arranged alphabetically by type.

Box Folder Date
69 1-4

Appointment books
 

1930-1937
70 1-2

Appointment books, continued
 

1938-1940
70 3

Campers?
 

circa 1911
70 4

Canary Cottage Tea Room
 

1919
71 1-5

Cash books
 

1921-1939
72 1

Cash books, continued
 

1940-1958
72 2

Cash book - Oversized
 

Housed in Oversize B.

1941-1954
72 3

Cash receipts book
 

1941-1954
72 4

Cash receipts and disbursements
 

1954-1958
72 5

Comparison of accounts
 

1921-1957
73 1-8

Desk calendars
 

Calendars are largely blank, but contain occasional notes regarding meetings, events, and other activities.

1920-1927
74 1-8

Desk calendars, continued
 

1928-1935
75 1-4

Desk calendars, continued
 

1936-1939
76 1-6

Guest books
 

Includes names and addresses of campers, arrival and departure dates, and weight.

1909-1917
77 1-2

Guest books, continued
 

1918-1920
77 3-6

Ledgers
 

1937-1948, 1955-1971
77 7

Ledgers - Oversize
 

Housed in Oversize A.

1949-1954
77 8

Mellon National Bank and Trust
 

Housed in Oversize A.

1958-1973
78 1-3

Minute books
 

1921-1953
79 1

Minute books, continued
 

1954-1958
79 2

Minutes, copies of
 

1940-1958

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