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Auburn Prison Psychological Evaluation Tests

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 materials and instructions for inmate psychological testing. Included are a variety of tests, blank test and score sheets; Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale Manual; completed written tests; instructions; test catalogues; psychologists' reports of inmates' work in prison workshops; personality inventories; psychologists' examinations and charts of inmates tested. Records are restricted.
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Quantity:
4.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1938-1961
Series Number:
B0085

Arrangement

Tests are in alphabetical order by inmate name.

Scope and Content Note

These are materials and instructions for psychological testing of inmates, carried out pursuant to Section 140 of the Correction Law requiring a determination of the physical and mental condition of inmates. Included in the series are Wechsler block design and picture completion and arrangement cards and blocks; Goldstein-Scheerer Object Scoring, Cube, and Stick tests; mechanical assembly tests; Porteus tests (mazes); hand tool dexterity test; Howard Thematic Apperception Test; blank test and score sheets; WAIS (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale) Manual; completed written tests; instructions; test catalogues; psychologists' semi-annual reports of whether or not inmates' work in various prison workshops was satisfactory; personality inventories (inmates' yes or no answers to questions); psychologists' examination reports (describe test results, comment on test findings, give psychologists' impressions); and charts of inmates tested (name, location, tests and date).

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Access Restrictions

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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