Ward Manor: photograph album

[ACIP] [Social Programs] Ollie A. Randall’s Photograph Album for Ward Manor; the Old Folks Home and Youth Camp of New York City’s Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor

Annandale-on Hudson, New York: Np, 1930. Album 13 x 15 1/2.” Burgundy boards with black tape reinforcing the spine; gilt lettering. Wear and scratches to boards with right top corner loss (approx .5 x 1”), else very good. 40 pages with 83 black & white photos, ranging in size from 3 1/2 x 5” to 10 x 7 1/2.” Each photo with title and typed description. 3 photos missing but description remains. Included is a two page spread, entitled Places of Friendliness, which gives a detailed account of Ward Manor and what goes on there. On the last page is a map of Ward Manor, measuring 8 1/2 x 13.”

In 1926. William Boyd, the owner of a baking company, purchased a large grey stone building and the surrounding land near Annandale-on Hudson and donated it to the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (ACIP), which, in turn, used it to create “a welcoming place for poor people to spend the last years of their lives.” Eventually the ACIP bought surrounding properties and, not only expanded the number of elderly rooms, but also created a summer vacation resort for semi-employed adults and a summer camp for impoverished children.

Ollie A. Randall was the director of Ward Manor from 1926 until 1945. Ward Manor is now a part of the campus of Bard College.

A unique photographic record of an important, innovative and pioneering urban Social Program.


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