In Her Own Right

Childcare Cases #355

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Date created 1911-1924
Creator Jewish Ys and Centers of Greater Philadelphia. Neighborhood Centre Branch
Description This is a case file for Rebecca (Reba) Halpern, who was abandoned by her mother in 1904 at the age of 12, then was committed to the custody of the Juvenile Aid Society and the Grace Aguilar Home before being transferred into the custody of the Young Women’s Union (YWU) in 1916. She had run away from her previous placements, and the Grace Aguilar House refused to take her back. Upon transfer of custody to the YWU, Reba completed a course in millinery, and was employed for a few months at Apt Brothers millinery store and then at Lit Brothers department store. She then worked as a nursemaid for the Day Nursery. However, a mental evaluation judged her to be of “low mentality,” and due to disciplinary issues the YWU was ultimately unable to find permanent placement for her. In 1917, she was discharged from the YWU and transferred to the Personal Service Bureau. By 1918, records indicate that Reba wanted to become an actor, but there is no indication of whether she succeeded. Records include a case summary, legal documents, medical records including results of a “mental evaluation,” a certificate of completion for the millinery course at the Philadelphia Trade School for Girls, and correspondence between C. Marion Kohn (director of the Day Nursery and Shelter) and other aid agencies regarding the case. Additional correspondence includes letters from Gussie Halpern, Reba’s mother, and Isaac Halpern, her brother, as well as letters in Reba’s own hand.
Size 97
Type Case Files
Subjects Family social work | Children--Medical examinations | Jewish children--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia | Neighborhood Centre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Social service--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia | Social settlements--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia | Women in charitable work | Young Women's Union (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Kohn, C. Marion, 1884-1969
Geographical location Philadelphia (Pa.)
Language English
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Local Identifier JMJYZ201910000146
Contributing institution Temple University Libraries