For a brief historical sketch of the House of Refuge, see http://collections.mohistory.org/cdm/lib:15300
(click the magnifying glass at the bottom of the page to zoom in; then scroll down and use the zoom option at the bottom).
The Missouri History Museum Archives holds a journal of commitments to the House of Refuge:
Saint Louis, Missouri, House of Refuge.
Journal of commitments, 1854-1899. 1 volume
The House of Refuge in St. Louis was the city children's home for indigent, orphaned, and delinquent children.
Cite as: Saint Louis, Missouri, House of Refuge Journal of Commitments, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.
This volume is indexed on the St. Louis Genealogical Society's website: http://www.stlgs.org/index.php?option=com_stlgssearch&vi...
If you find a name in this index that interests you, contact me to request a photocopy.
Missouri History Museum Archivesdpn@mohistory.org