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New York State Agricultural and Industrial School Administrative Correspondence

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 chronological letter books and correspondence files of institution officials; and alphabetical name and subject files of institutional officials. Files include incoming and outgoing correspondence on subjects such as commitment procedures; inmate behavior and health; parole requests; the badge system; purchase of supplies; employee appointments; alleged inmate abuse; meeting and administrative matters; new facilities; personnel; Letters are with inmate parents and guardians; local judicial, police, administrative, and legislative officials; and various institution officials. Records are restricted.
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Quantity:
6 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1870-1913
Series Number:
A1972

Arrangement

Organized into two subseries: Subseries 1, Chronological Letter Books and Files, 1870-1911, 1.2 cubic feet; and Subseries 2, Alphabetical Name and Subject Files, ca. 1899-1912, 4.8 cubic feet.

Subseries 1: Chronological.

Subseries 2: Alphabetical by name and subject.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of two subseries: chronological letter books and correspondence files of institution officials; and alphabetical name and subject files of institutional officials.

Subseries 1, Chronological Letter Books and Files, 1870-1911. Four letterpress copybooks (1870-1891) contain superintendent's outgoing correspondence on subjects such as commitment procedures, inmate behavior and health, parole requests, the badge system, and purchase of supplies. Many letters are to inmate parents and guardians; others are to local judicial, police, administrative, and legislative officials.

Chronological files (1876-1911) contain incoming and outgoing correspondence for various institution officials. Most of the correspondence is with or by Superintendent F.H. Briggs and David Bruce, who served as Chief of the Discipline Department, Chief of the Business Department, Purchasing Agent and Steward. The primary subjects covered are inmate behavior, health and parole; former inmates; and bids, purchases, and delivery of supplies.

Subseries 2, Alphabetical Name and Subject Files, ca. 1899-1912. These alphabetical name and subject files contain incoming and outgoing correspondence with or by various institution officials including the Superintendent (usually F.H. Briggs), the Board of Managers, and the Chief of the Discipline Department (usually David Bruce).

The bulk of the correspondence covers the following subjects: employee apointment, salary, and personnel report forms sent to the State Civil Service Commission; Board of Managers meetings and administrative matters; new facilities, including extensive correspondence with the New York State Architect on building requirements and specifications, costs, design, and construction; testimony on alleged abuse of inmates, deaths, and other incidents; and individual employee appointments, salaries, leave time, instructions, and related personnel matters.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Restricted in part in accordance with Executive Law, Section 501-c (1)(b), relating to confidentiality of individuals in custody of the Division for Youth (now Office of Children and Family Services).

Alternate Formats Available

A microform use copy of the series is available at the New York State Archives; however, the copy may not be available for use because of access restrictions that apply to the records.

Related Information

Other finding aids

Folder list and alphabetical name indexes to the second, third, and fourth letterpress copybooks are available at the repository.

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