Research

Matteawan State Hospital Special Watch Logs

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 volumes reporting guard's observation on inmates at Matteawan who have suicidal tendencies. Observations are recorded usually at half hour intervals, twenty four hours a day. Entries typically provide the patient's name and number, the officer assigned the special watch, relieving officer, and actions made by the inmate or taken by the officer.
Creator:
Title:
Quantity:
0.2 cubic feet (11 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1976-1977
Series Number:
A1518

Arrangement

Chronological.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of nine bound and two unbound volumes reporting guards' observations of inmates at Matteawan who had suicidal tendencies. Ten of the logs record guards' observations on an inmate for as long as the inmate was placed on special watch. Observations are recorded usually at half hour intervals, twenty four hours a day. The entry will provide the patient's name and number, the officer assigned the special watch, relieving officer, and actions made by the inmate or taken by the officer.

Volume two records names of officers assigned to special watch, and the names, wards, and numbers of inmates they are to watch; names of visitors to the ward (if from outside Matteawan, the reason for the visit); and a census figure of the ward for the shift recorded.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

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

Access Terms

Corporate Name(s):
Geographic Name(s):
Subject(s):
Genre(s):
Function(s):