A Guide to the Fresh Air Fund Records, 1949-1999 Fresh Air Fund, 1949-1999, Records of, 1949-1999 36407

A Guide to the Fresh Air Fund Records, 1949-1999

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 36407


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
36407
Title
Fresh Air Fund Records, 1949-1999
Physical Characteristics
18.7 cubic feet (41 boxes)
Physical Location
Organization Records Collection, Acc. 36407
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Fresh Air Fund Records, 1949-1999. Accession 36407, Organiation records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alice and D. Lloyd Trissel, 30 March 1999.


Biographical/Historical Information

The Fresh Air Fund was established in 1877 by the Reverend Willard Parsons, minister of a small rural Presbyterian parish in Sherman, Pennsylvania. Parsons organized members of his congregation to provide country vacations for children from New York City tenements. Starting in 1882, the NEW YORK TRIBUNE began sponsoring the Fresh Air Fund.

The Fund is made up of Fresh Air children and Friendly Town host families. The children are from low-income families, with the majority receiving some form of public assistance. Friendly Town host families are volunteers who live in suburban communities and small towns. The children stay for a two-week period with the host families during the summer. Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has sent more than 1.6 million disadvantaged New York City children to visit with volunteer host families in Friendly Towns in the 13 Northeastern seabord states and Canada.

In Virginia, the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club sponsored the first Fresh Air Fund children in 1896. In the 1930's the program was discontinued and not reinstated until 1954. In 1955 Alice Trissel became the Rockingham County (Va.) chairperson and the fund representative for Virginia and West Virginia in 1968. Trissel remained fund representative until her retirement in 1995. As of 1999, the Fresh Air Fund was still in existence.

Scope and Content Information

The Fresh Air Fund records are housed in 39 archival boxes and arranged alphabetically by folder title, with ephemera, index cards, and oversized materials arranged to the rear. The collection documents the history of the Fresh Air Fund in Virginia and West Virginia. These materials were gathered by Alice Trissel, Virginia fund representative from 1968 to 1995.

These records include annual reports, clippings, correspondence, histories, memoranda, minutes, pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and other sundry materials. The attendance records comprise the largest section of the collection and contain information on the host families and children from 1954-1993. The records are organized chronologically, then alphabetically by committee. Virginia and West Virginia were divided into eleven area regional committees: Augusta, Broadway/Timberville, Charlottesville, Dayton/Bridgewater, East Rockingham, Harrisonburg/Parkview, Madison, Potomac Valley, Richmond, Shenandoah, and Winchester. These records contain the most comprehensive information on the children and host families, including name, address, occupation, and racial preference. The index cards also contain records of children and host families from 1954-1960 and 1976.

The administration of the Fund's New York office is well documented in the administrative policies, correspondence, manuals, and memoranda. Minutes and agendas for the Friendly Town Conferences can be found in the annual meeting materials. Also of note are the chronological files which contain a variety of materials including correspondence, flyers, and newsletters. These files were maintained in their original order, although materials included in the files may be found elsewhere. Therefore, cross-checking of materials may be necessary to yield all the information on a particular topic.

Also of note are the contest entries and correspondence of the Fresh Air Fund children. The correspondence contains numerous letters from children who stayed with the Trissel family over the years. The collection also contains photographs, posters, publications, and copies of the Fresh Air Fund's newsletter, WHAT'S IN THE AIR. The publications include annual reports, brochures, leaflets, and pamphlets produced by the Fresh Air Fund.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Contents List

Box 1
Folder 1
Administrative forms, 1966-1990
Box 1
Folder 2
Administrative policies, c. 1970-1993
Box 1
Folder 3
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1958-1961
Box 1
Folder 4
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1962-1964
Box 1
Folder 5
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1965-1970
Box 1
Folder 6
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1972-1979
Box 1
Folder 7
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1980-1983
Box 2
Folder 1
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1984-1986
Box 2
Folder 2
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1987
Box 2
Folder 3
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1988
Box 2
Folder 4
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1989
Box 2
Folder 5
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1990
Box 2
Folder 6
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1991
Box 2
Folder 7
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1992
Box 2
Folder 8
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1993
Box 2
Folder 9
Annual meetings: Friendly Town Conferences, 1995
Box 3
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1954-1959
Box 3
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1960
Box 3
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1961
Box 3
Folder 4
Attendance records, 1962
Box 3
Folder 5
Attendance records, 1963
Box 3
Folder 6
Attendance records, 1964
Box 3
Folder 7
Attendance records, 1965
Box 3
Folder 8
Attendance records, 1966
Box 4
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1967
Box 4
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1968
Box 4
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1969
Box 4
Folder 4
Attendance records, 1970
Box 4
Folder 5
Attendance records, 1971
Box 4
Folder 6
Attendance records, 1972
Box 4
Folder 7
Attendance records, 1973
Box 5
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1974
Box 5
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1975
Box 5
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1976
Box 5
Folder 4
Attendance records, 1977
Box 5
Folder 5
Attendance records, 1978
Box 6
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1979
Box 6
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1980
Box 6
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1981, Augusta-East Rockingham
Box 6
Folder 4
Attendance records, 1981, Harrisonburg-Winchester
Box 7
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1982, Augusta-East Rockingham
Box 7
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1982, Harrisonburg-Winchester
Box 7
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1983, Augusta-East Rockingham
Box 7
Folder 4
Attendance records, 1983, Harrisonburg-Winchester
Box 8
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1984, Augusta-Harrisonburg
Box 8
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1984, Madison-Winchester
Box 8
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1985, Augusta-Harrisonburg
Box 8
Folder 4
Attendance records, 1985, Madison-Winchester
Box 9
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1986, Augusta-Dayton
Box 9
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1986, East Rockingham-Harrisonburg
Box 9
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1986, Madison-Winchester
Box 10
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1987, Augusta-Harrisonburg
Box 10
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1987, Madison-Winchester
Box 10
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1988, Augusta-Charlottesville
Box 11
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1988, Dayton-Madison
Box 11
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1988, Potomac Valley-Winchester
Box 11
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1989, Augusta-Dayton
Box 11
Folder 4
Attendance records, 1989, East Rockingham-Harrisonburg
Box 12
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1989, Madison-Winchester
Box 12
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1990, Broadway-Harrisonburg
Box 12
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1990, Madison-Potomac Valley
Box 12
Folder 4
Attendance records, 1990, Shenandoah-Winchester
Box 13
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1991, Broadway-Dayton
Box 13
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1991, East Rockingham-Madison
Box 13
Folder 3
Attendance records, 1991, Potomac Valley-Shenandoah
Box 13
Folder 4
Attendance records, 1991, Staunton-Winchester
Box 14
Folder 1
Attendance records, 1992
Box 14
Folder 2
Attendance records, 1993
Box 14
Folder 3
Attendance records, nd
Box 14
Folder 4
Awards, 1957-1992
Box 14
Folder 5
Calendars, 1989-1997
Box 14
Folder 6
Cartoons, nd
Box 14
Folder 7
Chronological files, 1950-1959
Box 14
Folder 8
Chronological files, 1960
Box 14
Folder 9
Chronological files, 1961
Box 14
Folder 10
Chronological files, 1962
Box 14
Folder 11
Chronological files, 1962-1964
Box 15
Folder 1
Chronological files, 1963
Box 15
Folder 2
Chronological files, 1964
Box 15
Folder 3
Chronological files, 1965
Box 15
Folder 4
Chronological files, 1966
Box 15
Folder 5
Chronological files, 1967
Box 15
Folder 6
Chronological files, 1968
Box 15
Folder 7
Chronological files, 1969
Box 16
Folder 1
Chronological files, 1970
Box 16
Folder 2
Chronological files, 1971
Box 16
Folder 3
Chronological files, 1972
Box 16
Folder 4
Chronological files, 1973
Box 16
Folder 5
Chronological files, 1974
Box 16
Folder 6
Chronological files, 1975
Box 16
Folder 7
Chronological files, 1976
Box 16
Folder 8
Chronological files, 1977
Box 16
Folder 9
Chronological files, 1978
Box 17
Folder 1
Chronological files, 1979
Box 17
Folder 2
Chronological files, 1980
Box 17
Folder 3
Chronological files, 1981
Box 17
Folder 4
Chronological files, 1982
Box 17
Folder 5
Chronological files, 1983
Box 18
Folder 1
Chronological files, 1984
Box 18
Folder 2
Chronological files, 1985
Box 18
Folder 3
Chronological files, 1986
Box 18
Folder 4
Clippings, 1949-1959
Box 18
Folder 5
Clippings, 1960-1969
Box 18
Folder 6
Clippings, 1973-1979
Box 18
Folder 7
Clippings, 1980-1985
Box 18
Folder 8
Clippings, 1986-1989
Box 19
Folder 1
Clippings, 1990-1999
Box 19
Folder 2
Clippings, nd
Box 19
Folder 3
Community organizations, 1970-1988
Box 19
Folder 4
Contest entries, 1955
Box 19
Folder 5
Contest entries, 1956, Contest #1, Photographs
Box 19
Folder 6
Contest entries, 1956, Contest #2, Essays
Box 19
Folder 7
Contest entries, 1956, Contest #3, Essays
Box 19
Folder 8
Contest entries, 1957
Box 20
Folder 1
Contest entires, 1959
Box 20
Folder 2
Correspondence, Administration, 1954-1984
Box 20
Folder 3
Correspondence, Administration, 1985-1989
Box 20
Folder 4
Correspondence, Administration, 1990-1998
Box 20
Folder 5
Correspondence, Administration, nd
Box 20
Folder 6
Correspondence, Administration, Postcards, 1959-1991
Box 21
Folder 1
Correspondence, Fresh Air Fund children, 1959-1984
Box 21
Folder 2
Correspondence, Fresh Air Fund children, 1985-1995
Box 21
Folder 3
Correspondence, Personal, 1960-1983
Box 21
Folder 4
Correspondence, Personal, 1984-1994
Box 21
Folder 5
Correspondence, Personal, Cards, nd
Box 21
Folder 6
Correspondence, Personal, Envelopes, 1963-1993
Box 21
Folder 7
Fresh Air Fund events, Flyers 1958-1994
Box 21
Folder 8
Fresh Air Fund events, Miscellaneous, 1961-1995
Box 21
Folder 9
Fresh Air Fund event, Programs, 1968-1994
Box 22
Folder 1
Games, 1989
Box 22
Folder 2
Histories, 1977
Box 22
Folder 3
Manuals, Agency worker, 1978
Box 22
Folder 4
Manuals, Available materials, 1982-1983
Box 22
Folder 5
Manuals, Chairperson's, 1976-1990
Box 22
Folder 6
Manuals, Chairperson's checklist, 1993-1994
Box 22
Folder 7
Manuals, Escort, 1987
Box 23
Folder 1
Manuals, Fund representatives, Section 1 1965-1992
Box 23
Folder 2
Manuals, Fund representatives, Section 2, 1965-1992
Box 23
Folder 3
Manuals, Fund representatives, Interviewer's guide, 1990
Box 23
Folder 4
Manuals, Miscellaneous, Section 1, 1990-1992
Box 23
Folder 5
Manuals, Miscellaneous, Section 2, 1990-1992
Box 23
Folder 6
Manuals, Publicity campaign, 1981-1992
Box 24
Folder 1
Manuals, Publicity workbook, 1984-1989
Box 24
Folder 2
Manuals, Public relations guide, 1993
Box 24
Folder 3
Manuals, Resource book, 1994
Box 24
Folder 4
Manuals, Trainer's guide, 1990
Box 24
Folder 5
Manuals, Training, nd
Box 24
Folder 6
Maps, 1992
Box 24
Folder 7
Memoirs, 1993-1994
Box 24
Folder 8
Memoranda, 1955-1990
Box 24
Folder 9
Memoranda, 1991-1993
Box 24
Folder 10
Memoranda, 1994-1995
Box 25
Folder 1
Miscellaneous, 1976-1991
Box 25
Folder 2
Newsletters, Fresh Air Fund, 1953-1965
Box 25
Folder 3
Newsletters, Fresh Air Fund, 1966-1979
Box 25
Folder 4
Newsletters, Fresh Air Fund, 1980-1989
Box 25
Folder 5
Newsletters, Fresh Air Fund, 1990-1997
Box 25
Folder 6
Newsletters, Miscellaneous, 1965-1994
Box 26
Folder 1
Notebooks, 1956-1957
Box 26
Folder 2
Notebooks, 1967-1976
Box 26
Folder 3
Notebooks, 1977
Box 26
Folder 4
Notebooks, 1984
Box 26
Folder 5
Notebooks, 1986
Box 26
Folder 6
Notebooks, 1987
Box 26
Folder 7
Notebooks, 1988
Box 26
Folder 8
Notebooks, 1988-1989
Box 26
Folder 9
Notebooks, 1989
Box 26
Folder 10
Notebooks, 1990
Box 26
Folder 11
Notebooks, 1991
Box 26
Folder 12
Notebooks, 1993
Box 26
Folder 13
Notebooks, 1994
Box 27
Folder 1
Notes, 1959-1994
Box 27
Folder 2
Personnel, Administration, 1983-1991
Box 27
Folder 3
Personnel, Agencies, 1974-1993
Box 27
Folder 4
Personnel, Chairpersons, 1954-1994
Box 27
Folder 5
Personnel, Fund representatives, 1974-1994
Box 27
Folder 6
Personnel, Job descriptions, 1976-1978
Box 27
Folder 7
Photographs, Children, 1956-1985
Box 27
Folder 8
Photographs, Children, 1970
Box 28
Folder 1
Photographs, Host families, Collins, Dorothy, 1950
Box 28
Folder 2
Photographs, Host families, Rolden, Jenny, 1950
Box 28
Folder 3
Photographs, Host families, Wenger, P. Ben, 1950
Box 28
Folder 4
Photographs, Miscellaneous, 1958-1993
Box 28
Folder 5
Photographs, Slides, nd
Box 28
Folder 6
Poetry, 1933-1969
Box 28
Folder 7
Promotional materials, 1959-1995
Box 28
Folder 8
Publications, Fresh Air Fund, Annual reports, 1954-1968
Box 28
Folder 9
Publications, Fresh Air Fund, Annual reports, 1970-1983
Box 28
Folder 10
Publications, Fresh Air Fund, Annual reports, 1984-1992
Box 29
Folder 1
Publications, Miscellaneous, 1960-1980
Box 29
Folder 2
Publications, Miscellaneous, 1960-1980
Box 29
Folder 3
Publications, General, 1950-1994
Box 29
Folder 4
Publications, Religious, 1960-1992
Box 30
Folder 1
Public relations, Media lists, 1989-1994
Box 30
Folder 2
Public relations, Miscellaneous, 1960-1994
Box 30
Folder 3
Public relations, Press kit, 1977-1983
Box 30
Folder 4
Public relations, Press releases, 1957-1994
Box 30
Folder 5
Questionnaires, 1988-1990
Box 30
Folder 6
Receipts, 1988-1990
Box 30
Folder 7
Reports, Annual, Virginia chapter, 1964-1983
Box 30
Folder 8
Reports, Annual, Virginia chapter, 1984-1994
Box 30
Folder 9
Reports, Chairperson's checklist, 1968-1987
Box 31
Folder 1
Reports, Chairperson's checklist, 1988-1994
Box 31
Folder 2
Reports, Friendly Town Study, 19779-1980
Box 31
Folder 3
Reports, Miscellaneous, 1959-1980
Box 31
Folder 4
Research paper, 1961
Box 31
Folder 5
Scrapbooks, 1927-1987, Section 1
Box 31
Folder 6
Scrapbooks, 1927-1987, Section 2
Box 32
Folder 1
Scrapbook, 1954-1988
Box 32
Folder 2
Scrapbook, 1957
Box 32
Folder 3
Speeches, 1963-1977
Box 32
Folder 4
Trip records, 1963-1983
Box 32
Folder 5
Trip records, 1984-1986
Box 32
Folder 6
Trip records, 1987
Box 33
Folder 1
Trip records, 1988-1989
Box 33
Folder 2
Trip records, 1990
Box 33
Folder 3
Trip records, 1991
Box 33
Folder 4
Trip records, 1992
Box 33
Folder 5
Trip records, 1993
Box 33
Folder 6
Trip records, 1994
Box 33
Folder 7
Trip records, nd
Box 34
Ephemera
Box 35
Index cards
Box 36
Oversize, Audio/Visual materials,
Box 37
Oversize, Audio/Visual materials,
Box 38
Oversize, Scrapbooks (1965-1981: Centennial 1977;1981),
Box 39
Oversize, Scrapbook (Years 1949-1970),
Box 40
Oversize, Scrapbook (Years 1971-1987),
Box 41
Oversize, Posters,