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Auburn Prison Psychological Evaluation Reports

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of psychologists’ reports of inmates' mental conditions and recommendations for work assignments. Folders usually include psychologists' examination report, guidance and recommendation form; most files also include Auburn Prison Classification Clinic Psychologists' Report. Information includes inmate name; number; date admitted; age; intelligence score; general adaptability score; personality traits; handedness; language used in home; birthplace; parents' birthplace; education; years in U.S.; mental and educational ages; I.Q. and other test results; and impressions. Records are restricted.
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Quantity:
1.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
approximately 1935-1942
Series Number:
B0065

Arrangement

Alphabetic by inmate name.

Scope and Content Note

These are reports by psychologists of inmates' mental conditions and recommendations for work assignments. The Correction Law required classification clinic staff to determine the physical and mental condition of inmates.

A folder for each inmate usually contains a psychologists' guidance and recommendation form, giving the date; inmate name, number, and age; intelligence score; general adaptability score; what work he could do best; work desired; and personality traits. Most files also include an Auburn Prison Classification Clinic Psychologists' Report, giving date; inmate number; by whom referred; age; handedness; language used in home; birthplace; birthplace of father and mother; school grade completed; years in U.S.; years in north; mental age; I.Q.; results of tests; and remarks.

The folders may also contain psychologists' examination reports giving inmate name and number; date admitted; date of test; examiner; age; mental age; rating; school grade completed; scholastic achievement; education age; test results; comments on test findings; and impressions. There are also some checklists of jobs inmates preferred. The folders usually contain results of tests such as the Army Group Examination of Stanford Language and Arithmetic tests.

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Summary information on adult inmates is disclosable under law. State Archives staff will review records containing probation, parole, medical, and juvenile criminal history data and disclose information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law and Personal Privacy Protection Law. The identity of victims of sex crimes is not disclosable. Unless a specific law forbids disclosure indefinitely, all records must be disclosed after 75 years.

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