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Annual reports of the Louisville House of Refuge

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 1973_736-UA

Annual reports of the Louisville House of Refuge, a home for indigent and/or delinquent children in Louisville, Kentucky. In most cases, these reports are also available as part of the bound city reports (see accession number 1973-447, "Louisville municipal reports"). The Archives holds annual reports for the following years: 1878, 1880, 1883/1884, 1884/1885.


  • 1878-1885


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.


.25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box)

Biographical / Historical

The Louisville House of Refuge was established in 1854, in response to a perceived surge in juvenile delinquency. The institution served as a reformatory, providing religious and moral instruction, as well as job skills training (cabinetmaking, gardening, needlepoint) and a more general education. The Civil War interrupted the development of the House of Refuge, and the first child was not admitted until July of 1865. Children were normally committed by the courts, a magistrate, or a parent/guardian, although some orphans were admitted, as well. Girls from 7 and 16, and boys between 7 and 18 were admitted. African American and white children were admitted, although housed separately. In 1886 the institution changed its name to the Industrial School of Reform. In 1920, the Industrial School of Reform merged with the Parental Home and School Commission to form the Louisville and Jefferson County Children’s Home, and moved to Lyndon, Kentucky. The University of Louisville then purchased the Industrial School of Reform’s campus, making it its Belknap Campus.


Annual reports of the Louisville House of Refuge
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Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752