"Orphan Trains of Kansas" is contributed by CONNIE DIPASQUALE.


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Abbott, Edith, Immigration; Select Documents and Case Records, New York: Ayers Company, 1969.

Beard, Lois Roper, The History of Laclede County, Tulsa, OK.: The Heritage Publishing Co., 1979.

Brace, Charles Loring, Home Life In Germany, 1856.

Brace, Emma, ed., The Life of Charles Loring Brace, New York: Ayers Company, 1976.

Brace, Charles Loring, The Dangerous Classes of New York and Twenty Years Work Among Them, Montclair, NJ.: reprint, Patterson Smith, 1967.

Brophy, A. Blake, Foundlings On The Frontier, University of Arizona, 1972.

Carlisle, Robert, ed., Account of Bellevue Hospital, New York: reprint, Society of Alumni of Bellevue Hospital, 1986.

Fifty Years of Charity, Golden Jubilee Booklet.

Fry, Orphan Trains, (96 pages).

Hansen, Marcas Lee, The Atlantic Migration 1607-1860: A History of the Continuing Settlement of the United States, New York: Harper & Row, 1962.

Hodge, Robert A., Kansas Orphan Train Riders, These We Know (self-published index of newspaper articles of Orphan Train Arrivals in Kansas), Compiled for the 4th Annual Reunion of Kansas Orphan Train Reuion Group, Great Bend, KS, May 3&4, 1996.*

Holland, Journey Home, paperback fiction for grades 6 and up.

Holloran, Peter C., Boston's Wayward Children: Social Services For Homeless Children, 1830-1930, Cranbury, NJ.: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1989.

Holt, Marilyn Irvin, The Orphan Trains: Placing Out In America, Lincoln, NE.: University of Nebraska Press, 1992.*

Homes of the Homeless Children, 1903, pg. 239.

Jacoby, Rev. G.P., Catholic Child Care in the Nineteenth Century.

Kadushin, Alfred, Child Welfare Services, New York: The MacMillan Company.

Kerr, Rita, Texas Orphans, (fiction, based on facts), 1995.

Kittson, Ruthena Hill, Orphan Voyage, 1965.

Kozol, Jonathan, Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America, New York: Crown Publishers, 1988.

Langsam, Mirian Z., Children West: A History of the Placing-Out System of the New York Children's Aid Society 1953-1890, Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1964.

Liebl, Janet, Ties That Bind: The Orphan Train Story in Minnesota, c 1994.

Magnuson, James & Petrie, Dorothea, Orphan Train: A Novel, New York: Dover, 1978.

Marks & Young, Tears On Paper.

Nixon, Joan Lowery, Orphan Train Quintet (fiction)

    1. A Family Apart
    2. Caught In The Act
    3. In The Face of Danger
    4. A Place to Belong
    5. A Dangerous Promise

O.T.H.S.A., Orphan Train Riders: Their Own Stories, Vols. I-IV, Baltimore, MD.: Gateway Press, Inc., 1992.*

O'Grady, Catholic Charities.

Patrick Michael; Sheets, Evelyn; Trickel, Evelyn, We Are A Part Of History: The Story Of The Orphan Trains, Virginia Beach, VA.: The Donning Co. Pub., 1990.*

Peart, Jane, Orphan Train Quartet (fiction)

    1. Dreams Of A Longing Heart
    2. Quest For Lasting Love
    3. Homeward The Seeking Heart
    4. The Heart's Lonely Secret

Pickett, Robert S. House of Refuge, (Juvenile Reform 1815-1857).

Riis, Jacob A., How The Other Half Lives, 1890, pgs. 134-158.

Riis, Jacob A., Children Of The Tenements, 1904, pgs. 53-62.

Starrs, Eliza Ellen, Reminiscences of Sister Irene.

Thurston, Dependent Child.

Vogt, Martha Nelson & Vogt, Christina, Searching For Home: Three Families From Orphan Trains, Grand Rapids, MI.: Triumph Press, 1979.*

VonHartz, John, New York Street Kids, New York: Dover, 1978.

Warren, Andrea, All Aboard The Orphan Trains, (for children in grades 5-10) Ticknor & Fields, 1995.

Warren, Andrea, Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story, Houghton Miffllin Co., Boston, 1996.

* - about Kansas OTRs, or having reference to them.


America, 1917, "A Heroine of Charity" (by: Rev. P. Blakely).

American Heritage, Dec. 1974, pg. 4, "The Children's Migration" (by: Annette Riley Fry).

American History Illustrated, Dec. 1983, pg. 10, "The Orphan Trains" (by: Leslie Wheeler).

Catholic World, Vol. 17, 1983, "Public Charities".

CGA World, Nov. - Dec. 1984, pgs. 28-30, "Passage of Promise" (by: Eve Homan).

Charities Review II, The, Feb. 1893.

Crossroads, (Orphan Train Heritage Society of American, Springdale, AR.), all issues.*

Delineator, The, Oct. 1907, pgs. 505-510, "The Child Without A Home", (by: Mabel Potter Daggett).

First, 9/30/1991, pgs. 42-43, "Dressed In Brand New Clothes, Holding My Only doll, I Boarded The Orphan Train".*

Genealogical Helper, The, Missing Folk Finder, May-June 1987, pg. 122-123, "1912 Orphan Train Child" (by: Frances E. Marks).

Genealogical Helper, The, Nov.-Dec. 1981, pg. 7-9.

Heritage Quest, Sept.-Oct. 1990, pg. ____, "Waifs, Orphans and Foundlings" (by: M.E. Johnson).

Humanist, The, May-June 1989, pg. 7-15, "Homelessness in America" (by: Charles King).

Kansas City Genealogist, Spring 1981, pg. 184, "Orphan Register" (by: Eloise Thomsen).

Kansas History, Summer 1985, vol. 8, No. 2, pgs. 110-123, "A New York Orphan Comes To Kansas", (by: Harry Colwell).

Louisiana Life, May-June 1985, pgs. 58-62, "Sentimental Journey: Children of the Orphan Trains" (by: Rachel Lemonine).

National Geographic, Jan. 1988, pg. 30.

New Orleans Med. & Surg. Journal, June 1913.

Ozarks Mountaineer (Missouri), Jan.-Feb. 1987, pg. 42-43.

People's Home Journal, Feb. 1914, pgs. ____, "Mining For Gold In Human Hearts", (by: Haryot Holt Dey).

Plain Truth, The, April 1984, pgs. 31-32, 43, "I Was On The Orphan Train" (by Henrietta Wiens).

Saturday Evening Post, Dec. 18, 1948, pg. 33, "Not Wanted" (by: Josef Israels II).

Smithsonian, Aug. 1986, pg. 95-102, "It Took Trains to Put Street Kids On The Right Track Out Of The Slums" (by: Donald Dale Jackson).

Topeka Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 20, #4, pg. 120, "Orphan Train Information Being Gathered".*

Topeka Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 20, #3, Pg. 89, "Orphan Trains".*

Women's World, 7/15/1986, pg. ____, "The Orphan Trains" (by: Michael Wolfert).

Yesteryears, (Jefferson County Kansas Historical Society), Oct. 1981, "Jefferson County's Orphan Train Children: 1911" (by: Donna Ward)*

Yesteryears, (Jefferson County Kansas Historical Society), ____ 1981, pg. ____, "Correction: Jefferson County Orphan Train Children: 1911, Yesteryears, Oct. 1981".*

* - about Kansas OTRs or having reference to them.


End Of The Line, non-fiction, (Michael Patric, Evelyn Sheets & Evelyn Trickel, creative consultants), Video St. Louis: Heritage Account, Inc., 1989.

Orphan Train, fiction, (starring Jill Eikenberry, Glenn Close, & Kevin Dobson), Parade Video, distributed by P.P.I., 88 St. Francis Street, Newark, NJ, 1988.

Sunflower Journeys, non-fiction, (KTWU, Channel 11, Topeka, KS.) episode # 609, "Family & Home".*

Orphan Trains, documentary, (produced for The American Experience on PBS by Janet Graham and Edward Gray), major funding for this program provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Aired in the Fall of 1995.*

* - About Kansas OTRs, or having reference to them.


Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, (KS) May 4, 1995, pg. 1, "Orphan Train Riders To Have Reunion".*

Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, (KS) May 6, 1995, pg. 1, "Orphan Train Riders Recount Early Days".*

Benton Co. Daily Demo. (AR) Dec. 20, 1987, pg. 7A.

Charleston Express, (AR) Feb. 4, 1988, "Orphan Train Rider...".

Coffey Co. Today, (KS) Jan. 20, 1988.*

Cottonport Leader, (LA) Sept. 20, 1957.

Daily News, (Galveston TX) Feb. 28, 1988.

DePage Progress, (IL) Oct. 16, 1980, pg. 2A.

Hays Daily News, (KS) Jan. 7, 1988, pg. 1, "The Orphan Train".*

Hutchinson News, (KS) Dec. 23, 1979.*

Hutchinson News, (KS) Nov. 11, 1979, "McPherson's Anna Fuchs Remembers"*.

Jefferson County Tribune, (KS) Jan. 13, 1911, "Fourteen little folks from the orphanages...".*

Jefferson County Tribune, (KS) Jan. 20, 1911, "Children Find Homes".*

Kanhistique, (KS) Jan. 1990, pgs. 13-14, "Orphan Train Stopped In St. Marys".*

Kansas City Star, Oct. 16, 1986, pg. 1C.

Lawrence Journal-World, (KS) Apr. 21, 1993, pg. __, "Riders Of Orphan Trains' Set Reunion".*

Lawrence Journal-World, (KS) Nov. __, 1993, pg. __, "Orphan Train Tales Woven".*

Lawrence Journal-World, (KS) Dec. 18, 1992, pg. 1C, "Placing Out Orphan Train Book Draws Personal Responses".*

Lawrence Journal-World, (KS) Mar. 27, 1988, pg. 1C, "Orphan Train Riders".*

Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Nov. 8, 1873, "Foundlings in ...".

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX) Oct. 27, 1990, pg. B5, "Orphan Train Riders Invited To Reunion".

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, (TX) May 25, 1994, "Orphan Train Rider Values Love, Friends".

New York Herald, Aug. 17, 1986 (death of Sister Irene).

New York Times, Aug. 15, 1896.

New York Daily Times, Jan. 23, 1852, pg. 4.

New York World, Aug. 17, 1896.

New York Daily Tribune, Apr. 20, 1850, pg. 3.

New York Daily Tribune, May 2, 1850, pg. 3.

Newsday, June 22, 1983, part II, 4-5, "When Orphans Went West For A Home" (by: George DeWan).

Oskaloosa Independent, (KS) Dec. 9, 1910(?), pg. 8, New York Waifs in Jefferson County".*

Oskaloosa Independent, (KS) Jan. 13, 1910(?), pg. 5, single paragraph, no title.*

Oskaloosa Independent, (KS) Apr. 22, 1910, pg. 7, "What Happens To Unwelcome Babies".

Oskaloosa Independent, (KS) Jan. 20, 1911, "The New York Orphans All Find Homes".*

Pantograph, (Bloomington, IL.) May 8, 1988, "Homeless Children...".

Scholastic Scope, Jan. 22, 1988, Vol. 36, No. 12.

Springdale News, (AR), Jan. 4, 1987, pg. 3A.

St. Joseph Gazette, (MO) Feb. 6, 1987, "Young At Heart".

St. Louis Dispatch, (MO) Aug. 6, 1985, pg. 5A.

St. Marys Star, (KS) Jan. 26, 1988, "An Orphan Train Stopped...".*

Sunday Champion, Jan. 22, 1937, "Sister Irene" (by: Marion Brunowe).

Time-Picayune, (LA) Oct. 19, 1975.

Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) Sept. 27, 1992, pg.__, "A Century Ago, Orphans and Misfits, Were ... Railroaded Into An Uncertain Future".*

Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) Feb. 5, 1993, pg. __, "They Came Here As Youngsters On The Orphan Train".*

Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) Feb. 25, 1988, pg. 8F, "Recording Story Of Orphan Trains".*

Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) ____, pg. __, "Group Searching For 'Orphan Train' Riders".*

Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) May 7, 1995, pg. 1, "Riders Of Orphan Train Unite".*

Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) Apr. 13, 1993, pg. 1A, "Orphans' Recall Train Ride West".*

Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) Jan. 10, 1988, "Topekan Remembers Orphan Trains".*

Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) May 18, 1988, "From Time to Time".*

Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) July 14, 1994, Northern Life supplement, pg. 1, "Woman Seeks Out Grandmother's Past".*

Tulsa Tribune, (OK) March 30, 1988, Sec. B, "Tracking Memories".

Tulsa World, (OK) Jan. 16, 1988, Sec. A, pg. 10.

Wall Street Journal, Aug. 5, 1992, pg. __, "How Tots Helped Win The West".

Wichita Eagle-Beacon, (KS) ____, 1988, pg. __, "Can You Share Data About Children Who Rode Orphan Train?".*

Wichita Eagle-Beacon, (KS) Dec. 19, 1979, "Mary Ratley Recalls Trip...".*

Wichita Eagle-Beacon, (KS) Dec. 15, 1979, "Kansas Was Just One Stop".*

Wichita Eagle-Beacon, (KS) Dec. 22, 1979, "Orphan Train: Story...".*

* - About Kansas OTRs, or having reference to them.

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