Newspapers published by inmates

Held by the New York State Archives

Overview of the Records


New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

These are issues of school newspapers written, edited, and printed by inmates.
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Chronological by date of newspaper.

Scope and Content Note

These are issues of school newspapers written, edited, and printed by inmates.

The newspapers include: news items concerning personnel changes, school events such as the annual exhibitions, sports at the school or between the school and other schools, and war experiences of former inmates or others connected with the school; articles on the importance of learning a trade and developing certain character traits considered acceptable; short stories, poems, and jokes, often quoted from other periodicals; and messages from institution officials offering advice or publicizing upcoming events. The series contains issues of: "The Industrial Bee" (monthly, first published November 1916)--16 issues, March 1917-November 1918; "Industry Monthly News" (first published July 1930)--2 issues, July 1930 and February 18, 1931; "The Challenger" (bi-weekly, first published May 21, 1938)--17 issues, May 21, 1938-May 25, 1939; "Print Shop News" (monthly, first published June 1944), 1 issue, June 1944; and "Small Fry" (monthly or bi-monthly, first published February 1946); 7 issues, March 1946-June 1948.

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).

Custodial History

The Department of Social Welfare placed these records on loan to the Syracuse Unviversity Library from 1960-1977.

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