Deborah Shapiro's Student Page

Greenwich Village History Blog

Biographical blog post
The Colored Orphan Asylum in Greenwich Village
(The) Google is Not Enough: A Finding Aid Tutorial


Shared Greenwich Village research folder
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Digital Archive

My twenty digital objects originate from the records of three nineteenth-century orphan asylums: the Society for the Relief of Half-Orphans and Destitute Children, the Orphan Asylum Society, and the Colored Orphan Asylum. Each institution was established in the early 1800's in Greenwich Village before moving uptown later in the century.

Web Exhibit

My web exhibit will focus on the early 19th-century orphan asylums of Greenwich Village, and their founders' attitudes toward the surrounding urban environment. In particular, I will examine how sanitary concerns — overcrowding, disease and pollution — steadily pushed the asylums uptown and out of Greenwich Village.
My research question: orphan asylums, public health, and urban growth
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