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Klingberg History Project – Economic and Financial Data Analysis Spanning 1903 - 1965

Compiled 2016-2017 by Dr. Naranchimeg Mijid

The Klingberg History Project was created to explore and develop ways to share the rich archives of Klingberg Family Centers.  Founded in 1903, Klingberg Family Centers began as an orphanage by Rev. John E. Klingberg.  Currently, Klingberg is a nonprofit organization offering an array of treatment services for Connecticut children and families whose lives have been affected by trauma.

A panel of experts was gathered to act as a team to help draft a plan.  A museum expert, a historian, a technology expert, and a research expert were engaged in monthly meetings to discuss findings. Key Klingberg Family Centers staff members were also included in the team.  The first phase of the project was to review history and information found in the archives, dating back to 1903.

Dr. Mijid was our Economics expert.  Dr. Mijid gathered information using all available annual reports (over 60 years of records).  The final analysis shows the compilation of financial records and related activities of the Children’s Home between 1903 and 1965 extracted from the annual reports. It gathers all available quantifiable data (financial and non-financial) in one place and illustrates the data in an easily understandable format to give a better understanding of how Klingberg Family Centers operated during the early years.  The tables analyze the changing orphan population, the annual income and expenses, the costs of running the orphanage, the donations given to the orphanage, and the cost per child over the years.  Dr. Mijid used national statistics to even out the numbers and provide context.

Working with our historians, Dr. Mijid produced a report that contained five different graphs to highlight key economic data. The report also included excerpts from the annual reports to expand on the numbers.  This economic information provides important material to help the panel determine trends and define important content for the History Project.   Because of the confidential and proprietary nature of the information, we cannot share the final results or conclusions.

Analysis of the archives had never been done before.  The gathering of the data required a careful and diligent review of the numbers.  Having the data all in one place has yielded interesting insights thanks to Dr. Mijid’s careful collection and analysis.  Based on national surveys that were also part of the project, we know that this information is of interest to many people throughout the United States.  We are grateful to Dr. Miijid for her careful and insightful work.

Mark Johnson, Vice President, Development, Klingberg Family Centers