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New York State Board of Parole Female Inmate Case 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 consists of records of women paroled from the Women's Prison at Auburn. Files include criminal and personal history information similar to that found in standard state prison inmate case files from this era. The major difference is that these files were specifically compiled to document each inmate's interaction with the Parole Board, from initial application for parole, through evaluation by the board, to follow-up supervision after the granting of parole.
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Quantity:
2 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1920-1930
Series Number:
B0050

Arrangement

Numeric by inmate number.

Scope and Content Note

These are records of women paroled from the Women's Prison at Auburn. The records were originally filed in envelopes on which was listed name; number; county; crime; sentence; date received; date eligible for parole; date maximum sentence expires; date paroled; date declared delinquent; date returned; date and result of Parole Board appearance; and date of discharge. This data was retained when contents of envelopes were transferred to archival file folders.

Files include several types of records as follows: data sheets used at Parole Board meetings giving county, judge, date of sentence, crime, sentence, jail time, compensation (time) earned, report (statement) of district attorney, applicant's statement, age, address, occupation, religion, domestic relations, habits, grade reached, facts on husband, parole custodian, aliases, criminal act, and criminal history; physical and mental condition summaries giving information on inmate's father and mother, previous addresses, physical and mental condition, classification, causative factors of delinquency, capacities, outlook, and signature of prison physician; signed statement of matron or attendant in charge giving opinion on inmate's behavior and ability to keep parole; criminal history giving aliases, criminal act, past convictions, and signatures of Bertillon Clerk; Application for Parole giving date received, county, crime, sentence, age, date term expires, trade, prison work, where would go if paroled, if could read and write, if offered employment, and references.

Files also include prisoner's preliminary statement giving date received, terms in other institutions, judge, district attorney, prisoner's address, age, if married, children, if parents are living, brothers and sisters, temperate or intemperate, if other family members had ever been arrested, family mental history, age at first arrest, present crime, others implicated, time lived in state, and references; statement of warden giving personal data on inmate, habits, marital status, employment, delinquencies, and warden's signature; statement of chaplain giving home conditions, cause of downfall, religion, if attended, attitude, if patronizes library, if reads books or magazines, attitude toward society, future plans, relatives and friends willing to give aid, recommendation, and chaplain's signature; school report giving previous education, length of time in prison school, application to the work, conduct, general observation, and signature of teacher; grant of parole giving term, expiration, date of release, custodian, and rules; Board of Parole information with a mug shot and giving aliases, date received, term, crime, county, residence, nativity, year born, weight, build, color, complexion, eyes, hair, occupation, Bertillon measurements, and scars and marks; parolee's monthly employment statement giving employer, days worked, wages, money from other sources, money spent, nature of work, remarks, address, and signature and remarks of parole custodians.

Files also include Arrival Notice giving date and time parolee arrived at destination and reported to parole custodian, and address and signature of custodian; notice that inmate has applied for parole, giving county, sentence, judge, and warden's signature; reply from references as to inmate's character and whether she should be paroled; reports on Parole Board appearances giving date received, crime, sentence, District Attorney's report (statement), applicant's statement, personal data, custodian, and comments; and correspondence between prison officials, custodians, parolees, and friends and family of parolees, regarding application for or conditions of parole.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B0050-77
Women's Prison Cases, Governor's Special Commutation 1 1
1923 May 28 Anna Rizzo, #677 1 2
1920 March 5 Katherine Fierenczy, #962 1 3
1925 May 25 Lottie Bates, #811 1 4
1920 January 12 May Davis, #918 1 5
1925 October 31 Ida Meier, #981 1 6
1923 June 21 Rosario Grupico, #1025 1 7
1924 April 28 Elizabeth Bain, #1055 1 8
1926 July 26 Dorothy Creer, #1101 1 9
1921 February 26 Rose Huber, #1110 1 10
1922 July 7 Carmela DiFrancisco, #1111 1 11
1923 January 2 Julia Onussi, #1116 1 12
1922 July 15 Adele Sherry, #1123 1 13
1925 October 22 Irene Miley, #1128 1 14
1922 December 29 Josephine Richardson, #1141 1 15
1923 May 12 Kate Mahler, #1144 1 16
1923 June 15 Lottie Scott, #1145 1 17
1923 September 13 Jeanette Gailey, #1152 1 18
1924 June 24 Helen Perry, #1157 1 19
1923 December 6 Victoria Brown, #1167 1 20
1926 March 29 Marie Tucci, #1174 1 21
1925 November 2 Marion Rowska, #1207 1 22
1925 October 9 Eliza Johnson, #1212 1 23
1923 July 10 Antoinette Bureau, #1231 1 24
1924 April 21 Gussie Humann, #1234 1 25
1925 July 15 Evie Brooks, #1279 1 26
1925 September 2 Celia H. Lehrman, #1293 1 27
1924 September 24 Ester Kendall, #1283 1 28
1925 September 5 Jennie T. Morey, #1280 1 29
1926 February 16 Loretta Kidd, #1245 1 30
1924 December 20 Louise Johnson, #1299 1 31
1925 June 22 Martha Elizabeth Schultz, #1327 1 32
1925 October 9 Helen Nast, #1295 1 33
1928 June 16 Mary Atkins, #1297 1 34
1925 May 29 Julia Joyce, #1296 1 35
1928 January 16 Helen Volk, #1347 2 1
1926 October 20 Mary Johnson, #1328 2 2
1926 July 23 Mary Mitchell, #1344 2 3
1925 August 14 Marion Smith, #1312 2 4
1928 September 28 Wilhelmina Seeley, #1341 2 5
1927 November 28 Gertrude Harper, #1337 2 6
1925 November 5 Concetta Branca, #1311 2 7
1928 July 7 Martha Palermo, #1320 2 8
1927 October 1 Olive G. Mulligan, #1352 2 9
1927 December 12 Camille K. Hayes, #1357 2 10
1926 December 4 May Nelson, #1363 2 11
1927 September 2 Edrie Watson Barry, #1378 2 12
1928 December 14 Anna Conwell, #1365 2 13
1928 September 1 Anna Welch, #1430 2 14
1928 May 3 Mary Obed, #1384 2 15
1928 May 1 Mary Karpinski, #1380 2 16
1927 December 15 Grace Bange, #1388 2 17
1928 December 13 Margaret Nagle, #1395 2 18
1929 May 2 Madaline Davis, #1394 2 19
1930 March 3 Alberta Storms, #1407 2 20
1927 December 1 Elizabeth M. Shields, #1411 2 21
1928 March 23 Virginia Gilman, #1413 2 22
1928 March 22 Kate Wood, #1417 2 23
1929 April 9 Mary Shankle, #1419 2 24
1928 September 22 Mary Jane Holcomb, #1423 2 25
1928 October 18 Lucille H. Neeb, #1426 2 26
1928 June 5 Alice Faye, #1429 2 27
1929 July 23 Sadie Atkins, #1433 2 28
1929 November 6 Florence Hall, #1444 2 29
1929 August 26 Mamie Davis, #1435 2 30
1929 February 9 Loretta Nest, #1455 2 31
1928 December 10 Clara Harrington Thorpe, #1451 2 32
1929 February 9 Cecelia Spornraft, #1456 2 33
1929 May 22 Alberta Rose Breezee, #1466 2 34
1929 February 21 Bertha Paley, #1464 2 35
1930 February 28 Catherine Barletto, #1465 2 36
1929 July 3 Pauline Hodorek, #1473 2 37
1929 September 13 Sophronia Oshier, #1476 2 38
1930 May 31 Oriole B. Cumberback, #1513 2 39
Jeanne Cameron, #1472 2 40