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Pennsylvania Soldiers' Orphan Schools

Established - 1864
Closed - varied
46 sites in Pennsylvania including five in Allegheny County:
Also Known As:
Soldiers' Orphan Home
Pennsylvania State Legislature and Governor A.G. Curtin
Sponsoring Agency:
Pennsylvania Soldiers' Orphans Schools Commission
The state provided schools for the Civil War soldiers' orphans, furnishing food, clothing, instruction, and care until the age of sixteen. As of January 1, 1887, the number of children cared for numbered 14,000.
Location of Records:
Pennsylvania State Archives: RG 19 Records of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs / Commission of Soldiers' Orphan Schools /
PA Department Vertical Files (Orphanages)
Ragan, Diane. Soldiers' Orphan Schools of Western Pennsylvania. Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, 1999. rq LC4092.P4 R34 1999
Annual Report of the Superintendent of Soldiers' Orphans of Pennsylvania for the year...
And continued by
Annual Report of the Pennsylvania Commission of Soldiers' Orphan Schools for the year ending...
[1867 - 1908] Microfilm P- 889