Document 5: Board of Directors, Hope Day Nursery to Margaret Sanger, 23 October 1929, Reel 33, Papers of Margaret Sanger, 1900-1966, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Document 5: Board of Directors, Hope Day Nursery to Margaret Sanger, 23 October 1929, Reel 33, Papers of Margaret Sanger, 1900-1966, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Introduction

   This letter conveyed the support of the Board of Directors of the Hope Day Nursery for a birth control clinic in the community. First opened in 1902, the nursery, one of two child care facilities in Harlem that was run by African American women, was located at 33 W. 133rd St. It identified itself as "owned, managed and controlled by colored women . . . and supported by voluntary contributions." In 1929, it served about fifty children aged four months to six years.[59] This document is an example of support for the proposed Harlem Branch clinic among neighborhood agencies that served women and children.

INCORPORATED 1911

HOPE DAY NURSERY
for
COLORED CHILDREN
(INCORPORATED)
33 WEST 133rd STREET
NEW YORK
TELEPHONE HARLEM 6904

October 23, 1929.

Mrs. Margaret Sanger,
46 W. 15th St.,
New York City.

Dear Madam: -

   We have been informed that you are considering the establishment of a Birth Control Clinic in Harlem. We believe that such an institution would be of untold value to the people in this vicinity, and trust that you may succeed in establishing one.

Respectfully yours,

BOARD OF MANAGERS OF HOPE DAY NURSERY

[Signed] C. L. Anderson

Rec'd'g Sec'y.

[Handwritten on the bottom:] Send copy to Mr. Embree [A] and Mr. Waldman and & thank them for their letter and good wishes.

   

   A. Edwin Embree (1883-1950) was president of the Rosenwald Fund at the time of this letter. Embree spent his professional life in philanthropy, as secretary (1917-1924), director of the Division of Studies (1925-1927), and (briefly) as vice president (1927) of the Rockefeller Fund. He was president of the Rosenwald Fund from 1928 until 1948, when it ceased operations. In 1949, he co-wrote (with Julia Waxman) a history of the Rosenwald Fund, Investment in People: The Story of the Julius Rosenwald Fund (New York: Harper, 1949).

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