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Protestant Chaplain Interview Files from Dannemora State Hospital and State Prisons

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of correspondence and forms compiled by Protestant Chaplains at other prisons while conducting interviews to determine religious affiliation for inmates who ultimately resided at Dannemora State Hospital. Many files contain a full-face photograph of the inmate as well as biographical information similar to the intake registers. The forms also include observational notes on the inmate's current behavior, prognosis and possible actions to be taken. Some files give more detail on religious beliefs. Records are restricted.
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Quantity:
0.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
approximately 1940-1973
Series Number:
A1503

Arrangement

Alphabetic by inmate's last name.

Scope and Content Note

These files consist of some correspondence but mostly of forms compiled by Protestant Chaplains while conducting an interview with an inmate to determine religious affiliation. All files pertain to patients at Dannemora State Hospital.

Many of the files also contain a full face photograph of the inmate. The files were generated by Chaplains from different prisons throughout New York State. Forms can be found dealing with inmates originally housed at Clinton, Ossining, Attica, Great Meadow and Elmira. The forms vary from one another in format and detail, but they all basically provide information on the inmates' residence, parents, marital status, crime, sentence, and church affiliation. Many of the files contain forms completed by the Chaplain at Dannemora State Hospital. These forms provide the same data as the other prison interview forms plus observational notes on the inmate's current functioning (inmate displays: hostility, trust, anxiety, fear, depression, etc.) and overall impression, prognosis and possible actions to be taken. Some of the Dannemora forms also provide more detail regarding the inmate's religious beliefs, describing sacraments received, church activities, church attendance, and attitude regarding faith.

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Access Restrictions

Restricted in accordance with Mental Hygiene Law, Section 33.13, relating to confidentiality of clinical records. Access is permitted under certain conditions upon approval by the Office of Mental Health.

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