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Historical Records Survey (New York State) District Supervisors' Correspondence and Administrative Files

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 contains correspondence, memorandums, reports, travel orders, supply requisitions, time sheets ("employee depositions") and occasional employment applications ("personnel questionnaires"). These records were used by the district supervisors of the Historical Records Survey and were periodically transferred to the office of the state director. Most correspondence and memorandums in this series are between district supervisors and the state director, field workers, and administrative officials of the Works Progress Administration.
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Quantity:
13.9 cubic feet (18 boxes)
Inclusive Dates:
1936-1942
Series Number:
A4176

Arrangement

Numeric by original district number. Files of post 1941 renumbered districts follow the earlier files of the district having the same headquarters. Arrangement within each district varies.

Administrative History

Each Historical Records Survey district was numbered (originally 1-12) and included from one to ten counties. Each district office was located in a major city from which the district supervisor oversaw all survey field activities within the district. Occasionally, district lines were redrawn or all or part of one district was placed under the supervision of a neighboring district's supervisor to enhance administrative efficiency. In the spring of 1941 the number of districts was reduced to eight, district lines were redrawn, and district numbers were changed.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, travel orders, supply requisitions, time sheets ("employee depositions") and occasional employment applications ("personnel questionnaires"). These records were used by the district supervisors of the Historical Records Survey and were periodically transferred to the office of the state director, mostly in 1941 and 1942.

Most correspondence and memoranda in this series is between district supervisors and the State Director, field workers, and administrative officials of the Works Progress Administration. Correspondence contains information on several aspects of the actual completion of the survey: progress in surveying records; problems encountered by field workers; quality of work submitted by field workers; transmittal of survey forms; field workers' itineraries; and reorganization of survey districts.

Correspondence and other administrative files also provide information on several aspects of the administration of the survey as a white collar relief program: assignment and removal of field workers; appointment of district supervisors; travel requirements of survey staff; personnel problem situations (e.g. competency); work schedules; procurement of office supplies; and biographical background information on field workers (scarce).

Included with the files for new district 7 (Freeport, Long Island) is a draft compilation of statutes applying to the county, towns, and villages in Nassau County.

Also included in this series is a small quantity of correspondence files maintained by the Jefferson County area supervisor. This person reported to the district supervisor at Utica through July 1936, and thereafter to the district supervisor at Syracuse. The correspondence is of a similar nature to that of district supervisors.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Researchers must agree in writing not to divulge personally identifiable information from personnel related forms found in files (e.g. "Personnel Questionnaire"), before access is granted.

Related Information

Other finding aids

Container list.

Custodial History

These files were deposited in 1942 in the State Library by the Historical Records Survey, and subsequently transferred to the State Archives as part of old collection #550A, accession number -372.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: A4176-78
1936-1940 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 3 (White Plains) 1
1936-1940 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 3 (White Plains) 2
1941-1942 District Number and Headquarters – New District 6 (White Plains) 3
1941-1942 District Number and Headquarters – New District 7 (Freeport, L.I.) (includes some old district 4, Freeport, materials 4
1936-1939 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 6 (Utica) 5
1936-1939 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 6 (Utica) 6
1940-1942 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 6 (Utica) New District 4 (Utica) 7
1936-1939 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 7 (Syracuse) 8
1936-1940 Jefferson County Area Supervisor (supervised by old district 6 – Utica through July 1936, thereafter supervised by old district 7 – Syracuse) 9
1936-1937 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 8 (Binghamton) 10
1936-1939 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 8 (Binghamton) 11
1936-1940 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 9 (Rochester) 12
1936-1940 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 9 (Rochester) 13
1940-1942 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 9 (Rochester) New district 2A and 2B (Rochester) 14
1936-1941 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 10 (Elmira) 15
1936-1940 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 10 (Elmira) 16
1936-1937 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 11 (Lockport) 17

  

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District Number and Headquarters – Old District 12 (Buffalo) and New District 1 (Buffalo) 1717
1937-1942 District Number and Headquarters – Old District 12 (Buffalo) and New District 1 (Buffalo) 18