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New York State Governor Registers of Commitments to Prisons

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

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Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
These registers report summary information on convicts committed to state correctional institutions and selected county penitentiaries each month. Information is handwritten in columns on preprinted pages which were later bound into volumes for each year. Monthly reports from each institution provide the name of each convict; county where convicted; crime; court; judge; date of sentence; date received at prison; term; and remarks (such as previous prison terms).
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Quantity:
30 cubic feet (32 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1842-1908
Series Number:
A0603

Arrangement

Chronological by year, then arranged by prison, then chronological by month, then sometimes roughly alphabetical by convict's last name.

Scope and Content Note

These registers report summary information on convicts committed to correctional institutions each month. No statute specifically required prison wardens to report this information to the governor, so it is unclear exactly why these reports were made. However, legislation of 1847 (Chapter 460, Revised Statutes Part IV, Chapter 3, Section 53, Subdivision 8) required wardens to make detailed reports of convicts committed to the state prison inspectors, and the reports in this series might have been abstracted from those detailed reports for use by the governor's office.

Information is handwritten in columns on preprinted pages which were later bound into volumes for each year. Each monthly report from each prison provides the following information: name of convict; county; crime; court; judge; date of sentence; date received at prison; term; and remarks (e.g. noting previous prison terms).

Reports are present for the following institutions: Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women (Auburn); New York Penitentiary (Blackwell's Island); Kings County Penitentiary (Brooklyn); Albany County Penitentiary (Albany); Onondaga County Penitentiary (Syracuse); Monroe County Penitentiary (Rochester); Erie County Penitentiary (Buffalo); State Reformatory at Elmira; Eastern New York Reformatory (Napanoch); New York House of Refuge; Western House of Refuge; and Western House of Refuge for Women.

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Accretion: A0603-78
Undated Missing 11
1849-1874 Auburn Prison 22
1844-1874 Sing Sing Prison 33
1857-1874 Clinton Prison 44
1875-1882 Auburn Prison 55
1875-1882 Sing Sing Prison 66
1875-1882 Clinton Prison 77
1883 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; Clinton Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Erie County prison or Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; New York House of Refuge; Western House of Refuge for Juvenile Delinquents (Later known as the New York State Industrial School) 88
1884 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; Clinton Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Erie County Prison or Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; State Reformatory at Elmira; New York House of Refuge; Western House of Refuge for Juvenile Delinquents 99
1885 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; State Reformatory at Elmira; New York House of Refuge; Western House of Refuge for Juvenile Delinquents 1010
1886 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; Clinton Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; State Reformatory at Elmira; New York House of Refuge; Western House of Refuge for Juvenile Delinquents 1111
1887 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; Clinton Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Prison or Penitentiary; State Reformatory at Elmira; New York House of Refuge; State Industrial School for Juvenile Delinquents (earlier name: Western House of Refuge for Juvenile Delinquents; later name: New York State Industrial School); House of Refuge for Women 1212
1888 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; Clinton Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Erie County Prison or Penitentiary; State Reformatory at Elmira; New York House of Refuge; State Industrial School for Juvenile Delinquents; House of Refuge for Women 1313
1889 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; Clinton Prison; House of Refuge for Women; New York House of Refuge; State Reformatory at Elmira; Erie County Prison or Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Kings County Penitentiary; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island 1414
1890 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Reformatory at Elmira; House of Refuge for Women; New York House of Refuge; Kings County Penitentiary; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Prison or Penitentiary 1515
1891 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; State Reformatory at Elmira; New York House of Refuge; House of Refuge for Women 1616
1892 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Prison or Penitentiary; New York House of Refuge; House of Refuge for Women; State Reformatory at Elmira 1717
1893 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; State Reformatory at Elmira; New York House of Refuge; House of Refuge for Women 1818
1894 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; New York House of Refuge; House of Refuge for Women; State Reformatory at Elmira 1919
1895 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; Clinton Prison; State Reformatory at Elmira; House of Refuge for Women; New York House of Refuge; Kings County Penitentiary; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Prison or Penitentiary 2020
1896 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; House of Refuge for Women; New York House of Refuge 2121
1897 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; New York House of Refuge; House of Refuge for Women; State Reformatory at Elmira 2222
1898 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; State Reformatory at Elmira; New York House of Refuge 2323
1899 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; New York House of Refuge; State Reformatory at Elmira 2424
1900 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; New York House of Refuge; State Reformatory at Elmira 2525
1901 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; New York House of Refuge; State Reformatory at Elmira 2626
1902 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; New York House of Refuge; Elmira Reformatory 2727
1903 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; Elmira Reformatory; New York House of Refuge 2828

Accretion: A603-78
1904 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; New York House of Refuge; Elmira Reformatory 2929

Accretion: A0603-78
1905 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women' Clinton Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; Elmira Reformatory 3030
1906 Sing Sing Prison; Clinton Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Kings County Penitentiary; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; Elmira Reformatory; 3131
1907 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; Clinton Prison; New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; Elmira Reformatory; Eastern New York Reformatory (Napanoch) 3232
1908 Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; State Prison for Women; Clinton Prison; Albany County Penitentiary; Onondaga County Penitentiary; Monroe County Penitentiary; Erie County Penitentiary; Elmira Reformatory; Eastern New York Reformatory (Napanoch); New York Penitentiary, Blackwell's Island 3333