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New York House of Refuge Register of Inmates Admitted and Discharged

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 summary information concerns inmate’s background, offense, and discharge. Admission entries include: name and case number; book number; admission date; division and class number; age; previous residence or court which committed inmate; offense; nativity ; and parents’ ethnic/racial background. Discharge entries include: inmate name and case number; to whom indentured or discharged; occupation; discharge date; division and class number; and remarks.
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Quantity:
0.2 cu. ft. (1 volume) Copies: 1 microfilm roll; 35mm
Inclusive Dates:
1859-1861, 1871-1882
Series Number:
A2087

Arrangement

Numeric by case history number, except discharges for 1873-1882 are arranged chronologically by discharge date.

Scope and Content Note

Summary information concerns inmate's background and offense and the manner of discharge.

The register is divided into two parts, each with a different format. From 1859 to 1872, admission information for an inmate appears on a left side page and discharge information for the same inmate appears on the corresponding right side page. After 1872, inmate admission and discharge entries are not correlated. Regardless of format, admission entries provide the following information: inmate name and case number; book number (reference to the appropriate volume of Inmate Case Histories); date of admission; division and class number; age; where from (either inmate's previous residence or court which committed inmate); offense; nativity (place of birth by city for New York State, by state for other American-born, and by nation for foreign-born); and ethnic/racial heritage of parents (not entered during the years 1869 to 1872). Discharge entries provide the following information: inmate name and case number (entered after 1872 only); to whom indentured or discharged; occupation; date of discharge; division and class number; and remarks, which may include additional information on the inmate's discharge, such as the place of a master's residence or a statement that an inmate was released for Civil War military service.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

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.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series A2088 Inmate admission registers, contains admission information from 1882-1932.

Custodial History

The Department of Correction placed these records on loan to the Syracuse University Library from 1960-1977.

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