Introduction

“The problem to be solved was to protect the new-comer, to prevent him from being robbed, to facilitate his passage through the city to the interior, to aid him with good advice, and in cases of most urgent necessity, to furnish him with a small amount of money; in short, not to treat him as a pauper, with the ultimate view of making him an inmate of the almshouse, but as an independent citizen, whose future career would become interwoven with the best interests of the country” -Friedirich Kapp, New York Commissioner of Emigration, 1870

The Digital Almshouse Project grows out of an ongoing attempt to catalog Irish-born patients admitted to Bellevue between 1845 and 1852. In addition to chronicling experiences of Irish-born Bellevue patients, it also includes background on nineteenth-century immigration to New York City, a history of New York Public Health, descriptions of the population of Irish-born in Bellevue, and of the admission records themselves.

These admission records have been entered into a database; we are currently working to clean up and systematize the data, and to post it in this space.  Future stages of this project will include making this data searchable, and digitizing additional records, including those for people discharged from the almshouse.