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Thanks, Alice, this is helpful.
Actually, I have been researching and documenting the history of DTS/FH since the mid-80's when I helped monitor and close its doors. I am familiar with the sometimeinteresting.com and still occasionally as a guide of sort and have e mailed with them and have with them. I am familiar with much of what is out there but it is the first I have seen the other, it is anyplace gem. I cannot wait to check out to the links it includes. I am also working with several groups in DC to make videoed oral histories of people that were at Forest Haven Here is a podcast at https://dcplpodcast.simplecast.com/episodes/all-things-local-schooltalk-dc . I have the names and related information on about 400 people buried there and others who were there who have died since and want to prepare vignettes on as many of them as I can. Congress created DTS/FH and DC ran it and I know the Archives, LOC, and other agencies have records on it. Among the ones I would love to access in a accessible format -- I have cerebral palsy and printed matters does not work -- is a document called the History of Committed Feebleminded Children, 1884–1907 (PI 186, Entry 151) in RG 351.
When I search for information on the District Training School I came across the reference to the "District Training School dockets, 1925-57".
Dear Mr. Williams,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series District Training School Case Files, 1938-1979 in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21) that includes determinations by the courts on whether a person should be confined to the District of Columbia Training School, later known and referred to as Forest Haven. The series District Training School Dockets, 1925-1957, which you mentioned in your post, serves as a partial index to the Case Files series. Record Group 21 also includes the series Bonds for District Training School Staff, 1943-1953 that may be of interest to you. These records have not been digitized. For access to and information about them, please contact the National Archives at Washington, D.C. - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
The other series you mentioned, Histories of Committed Feebleminded Children, 1884-1907 by the District of Columbia’s Board of Children’s Guardians in the Records of the Government of the District of Columbia (Record Group 351), contains personal and family backgrounds of those children committed to the Pennsylvania Training School for Feebleminded Children in Elwyn, Pennsylvania, 1884-1907, and to the Virginia Home and Training School for Feebleminded Children, 1894-1907, in Falls Church, Virginia. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT1 with any questions you might have about them. We suggest that you review other series created by the District of Columbia. Board of Children's Guardians. (1892-1926) in the Catalog.
We also located the series Contracts for the District of Columbia, 1/5/1878-1923 in the Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury (Record Group 217) that contains some contracts with training schools from July 1919 to June 1923. This series has not been digitized. Please contact RDT1 for further assistance with these records.
Next, we identified the series Subject Files of the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, 1971-1994 in the General Records of the Department of Justice (Record Group 60) that contains 3 file units related to Forest Haven, as well as the series Subject Files of the Assistant Attorney General, 1958-1993 in Record Group 60 that contains 1 file unit related to Forest Haven. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to and information about these records.
According to this website, some construction at the school in the 1930s was part of a Public Works Administration project. If that is the case, there may be some relevant records in these 3 series related to Washington, DC and/or these 3 series related to Maryland in the Records of the Public Works Administration (Record Group 135). These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 for further assistance with them.
Plus, we located this file that mentions Forest Haven in the series William "Bill" White's Files, ca. 1996 - ca. 1997 in the Records of the Office of the Public Liaison (Clinton Administration) (WJC-OPL). This file has been digitized and can be viewed online via the Catalog. We also identified this file that mentions Forest Haven in the series Subject Files on Federal Government Organizations, 1993-2001 in the Records of the White House Office of Records Management (Clinton Administration) (WJC-WHORM) that has been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. This file that mentions Forest Haven from the series Devorah Adler's Files, 1998-2001 from the Records of the Domestic Policy Council (Clinton Administration) (WJC-DPC) may also be viewed in the Catalog. Please contact the William J. Clinton Library (LP-WJC) at email@example.com with any questions you might have about these records.
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Finally, since Forest Haven was located in Laurel, MD, you may wish to contact the Laurel Historical Society to see if they can offer any assistance.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!