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Collection Number RG0839.AM
Collection Name RG0839 Weiler, Toni (Mary Antoinette), 1911-1996
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 1.5 cu.ft.; 1 box and two scrapbooks
Title Toni Weiler papers
Date or Date Span 1960-1999
Year Range from 1960
Year Range to 1999
Admin/Biographical History Born in New York City on June 16, 1911, Toni Weiler's birth parents placed her in the New York Foundling Hospital. At that time the hospital gave her the name, Mary Brown. In 1913, when she was two years old, she was placed on an orphan train and taken to McCook, Nebraska. Her foster parents, George and Nellie Martin, named her Mary Antoinette Martin. She married Leo Weiler in 1932, and the couple had eight children. It wasn't until 1980 that Toni finally discovered her parents were Irish immigrants named Murphy, who already had one child when she was born. Toni was a member of the Orphan Train Heritage Society of American and gave numerous talks to community and school groups about the orphan train experience. Toni Weiler died in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 31, 1996.
Scope & Content The collection consists of writings, research materials, correspondence, scrapbooks and ephemera relating to Toni Weiler's experiences as an orphan train rider. Included are drafts of her reminiscences and talks she gave to school and community groups about orphan trains, as well as research materials she collected about the orphan trains and the New York Foundling Society.
Creator Weiler, Toni (M. Antoinette), 1911-1996
Related units of description There 43 images that are part of the photo component [RG0839.PH].

The moving image component [RG0839.MI] consists of a VHS tape of "The Orphan Trains," a documentary aired on PBS's "American Experience" series.
Subjects Orphans
People Weiler, Toni (Mary Antoinette), 1911-1996
Search Terms Children -- Nebraska
Orphan trains -- Nebraska
New York Foundling Society