Date Original



This collection contains materials relating to the Fort Smith Children's Home dated 1903 to 1906 including reports, lists of children, and correspondence. The majority of the correspondence is addressed to "Mrs. George H. Lyman" (Emily Lyman), who was the corresponding secretary of the Children's Home.

Biographical/Historical Note

At the close of the Civil War in 1864, the population of orphaned children from the war had begun to grow in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Several organizations were formed over the years to combat this problem; however it remained a considerable issue for many years. The Rosalie Tilles Children's Home was opened on Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1912. The opening of this home was made possible by a gift of $10,000 from Andrew "Cap" Tilles and his brother and sisters to the city of Fort Smith. The home was named in honor of their mother. It was built for $14,000 and located at 615 North Nineteenth Street. Previously, this address had been the location of the Fort Smith Children's Home, which was first incorporated on July 22, 1901. The name of the corporation was changed to the Rosalie Tilles Children's Home on June 11, 1912. The items in this collection are dated from 1903 to 1906; therefore, they relate to the Fort Smith Children's Home prior to it becoming the Rosalie Tilles Children's Home. The home remained in operation under the name of Rosalie Tilles Children's Home until June 1, 1961, when it closed, in part due to the increasing number of children being placed in foster care.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Fort Smith, Sebastian County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Fort Smith Orphans Home/Fort Smith Children's Home collection, MS.000072


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Fort Smith Orphans Home/Fort Smith Children's Home collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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