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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 administrative correspondence sent with routine institutional reports. The letters contain statistics on admissions, discharges, and expenditures; responses to inquiries about the number of certain types of patients (e.g. insane persons, epileptics) in each institution; requests for or comments on board's reports, social welfare policy; and bill proposals; and comments by the board president on legal action to be taken against institutions refusing inspection.
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Quantity:
26.7 cu. ft.Copies: 30 microfilm reels; 35mm.
Inclusive Dates:
1867-1902
Series Number:
A1977

Arrangement

Volumes arranged chronologically; unbound files chronologically, then alphabetically within each letter file.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of disbound volumes and unbound files of incoming and outgoing administrative correspondence.

The correspondence consists of: transmittal letters or cover letters sent with routine institutional reports; these letters often contain statistics on admissions, discharges, and expenditures; responses to inquiries from the board about the number of certain types of patients (e.g. insane persons, epileptics) in each institution; requests for or comments on the board's reports, some from out-of-state institutions; comments on social welfare policy, also often from out-of-state; requests for blank forms; comments on or requests for copies of bill proposals; and comments by the president of the board on legal action to be taken against institutions refusing inspection.

A few volumes contain correspondence dealing mostly with one subject, such as: responses from institutions to the board's request for a census of epileptics in connection with the opening of the Craig Colony for Epileptics (volume 48); responses from institutions to the board's request for a census of insane persons in connection with the establishment of the Binghamton State Asylum for the Chronic Insane (volume 13); arrangements for exhibits by individual institutions at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago (volume 38); and responses to circulars on record keeping and on corporal punishment policy (volume 55).

Incoming correspondence through 1896 was mostly directed to the secretary of the board; most later correspondence was directed to the Inspector of Charities. Private institutions were the most frequent correspondents. Among the individual correspondents represented in this series are: Theodore W. Dwight; Josephine Shaw Lowell; William Rhinelander Stewart; John Gray; Charles Loring Brace; John Ordronaux; Louisa Lee Schuyler; Frank Sanborn; Frederick Wines; Isabel Barrows; Samuel J. Barrows; and Zebulon R. Brockway.

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There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

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Volumes indexed alphabetically; unbound files not indexed.

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