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New York State Commission to Investigate Provision for the Mentally Deficient Survey of Custodial Institutions for the Mentally Deficient

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 surveys completed by superintendents of training schools and other custodial institutions for the mentally deficient throughout the country. Information includes institutional information (name, staffing, operating costs); statistics on inmates (gender, classification of mental ability); training programs; release and follow-up data (percentage that become self-supporting, return to institution, or commit crimes); and superintendents' suggestions regarding new legislation, changes in administrative procedures, and improvements in diagnosis and classification.
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Quantity:
0.2 cubic feet (1 microfilm roll)
Inclusive Dates:
1914
Series Number:
A4226

Arrangement

Alphabetic by state in which institution is located.

Scope and Content Note

The series contains approximately fifty survey forms completed by superintendents of training schools and other custodial institutions for the mentally deficient throughout the country. There are forms for nine institutions in New York.

The three-page survey form contains approximately fifty questions relating to the following: institutional information (name, when founded, staffing, cost of operation); inmate information (number of men, women, boys, and girls; classification of numbers of imbeciles, feeble-minded, moral imbeciles, and epileptics); training programs (type of work done by inmates, special courses, any research done); release and follow-up of inmates (percentages of cases that become self-supporting, return cases, inmates released who commit crimes); and suggestions from the superintendents on need for new legislation, changes in administration procedures, and improvements in classification and methods of mental and social diagnosis.

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

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Microfilm is available for use at the New York State Archives or through inter-library loan.

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