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New York State Department of State Lists of Convicts Discharged by Expiration of Sentence or Pardon

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:
The series consists of printed returns of convicts discharged from state prisons, either through expiration of sentence or pardon. Returns were compiled by the clerks of Mt. Pleasant (Sing Sing), Auburn, and Clinton prisons. While they vary in specific format, returns typically provide data on most recent conviction, prior criminal history, and discharge. Basic physical characteristics and limited personal history information are also provided.
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Quantity:
3 cubic feet (7 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1819-1853, 1873-1891
Series Number:
B0043

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of (formerly bound) printed returns of convicts discharged from state prisons, either through expiration of sentence or pardon. The returns were compiled by the clerks of Mt. Pleasant (Sing Sing), Auburn, and Clinton prisons and submitted to the secretary of state's office pursuant to Chapter 83 of the Laws of 1819, and Section 57, Subdivision 8 of Chapter 460 of the Laws of 1847.

Returns vary in format but usually provide felon's name; date of discharge; county where convicted; date of conviction; court; crime; sentence; felon's former trade or occupation; employment in prison; whether so employed when arrested; color; age; sex; birthplace; degree of instruction; height; number of times confined in state prison; number of times confined in county prison; crime for which confined before in state prison; duration of punishment when before in prison; to what prison previously sent; date of present pardon; how discharged; by whom pardoned; marital status; parents (both, mother or father, neither); children (if married); habits of life (temperate, moderate, intemperate); cannot read, read only, read and write; well educated, classical education, religious instruction; how committed; by whom committed; unexpired time; conditions of pardon (if any); state of health when committed or discharged; and value of articles stolen.

There are major gaps in this series: 1838-1847, 1854-1872, 1874-1875, and 1877-1879 inclusive. There are no name indexes. Volumes three and four are duplicate volumes.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Restricted: records are very fragile and may be handled only with supervision of an archivist. No photocopying.

Location of Original MaterialVolume for 1850 (Mt. Pleasant, Auburn, and Clinton) also in the New York State Library.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B0043-78
1819 January 1-December 31 Volume 1 – Auburn Prison 1 1
1820 January 1-December 31 Volume 1 – Auburn Prison 1 2
1821 January 1-December 31 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York 1 3
1822 January 1-December 31 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York 1 4
1823 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York 1 5
1824 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn 1 6
1825 January 1-December 31 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn 1 7
1826 January 1-December 3 Volume 1 – Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 8
1827 January 1-December 31 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 9
1827 December 31-1828 December 31 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 10
1828, December 31-1829 December 31 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 11
1829 December 31-1830 December 31 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 12
1830 December 31-181 December 31 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 13
1832 January 1-1832 December 31 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 14
1833 January 1-1834 January 1 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 15
1834 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 16
1835 January 1-1835 January 1 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 17
1836 January 1-1837 January 1 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 18
1837 January 1-1838 January 1 Volume 1 – State Prison/New York/Auburn and Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing) 1 19
1848-1853 Volume 2 – Mount Pleasant (Sing Sing), Auburn, and Clinton 2 1
1873 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 2 2
1876 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 2 3
1880 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 2 4
1881 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 2 5
1882 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 2 6
1883-1886 Volume 3 - Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 2 7
1883 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons (Duplicate) 3 1
1884 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons (Duplicate) 3 2
1886 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons (Duplicate) 3 3
1886 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons (Duplicate) 3 4
1886 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons (Duplicate) 3 5
1887 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 3 6
1887 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons (Duplicate) 3 7
1888 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 3 8
1888 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons (Duplicate) 3 9
1889 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 3 10
1891 Clinton, Auburn, and Sing Sing Prisons 3 11