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Elmira Reformatory Admission Registers

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 11 volumes of registers containing summary information on inmates at the time of their admission to Elmira. The registers cover the period from May 24, 1877 to December 27, 1950 and inmate consecutive numbers from 1 to 51274. Registers covering the period from October 14, 1886 to December 4, 1891 and inmate numbers 2399 to 4973 are missing. Registers provide inmate consecutive number; name; date of admission; date of sentence; maximum sentence; crime; county of sentencing; court; judge; age; height; weight; complexion; eye color; hair color; state or country of nativity; nationality; temperate or intemperate; and religion.
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Quantity:
6 cubic feet (12 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1877-1950
Series Number:
B0131

Arrangement

Numerical by inmate consecutive number.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of 11 volumes of registers containing summary information on inmates at the time of their admission to Elmira. The registers cover the period from May 24, 1877 to December 27, 1950 and inmate consecutive numbers from 1 to 51274. There is a gap of missing registers from October 14, 1886 to December 4, 1891 covering inmate numbers 2399 to 4973.

With very minor exceptions, the information contained in the registers is constant throughout the 11 volumes. The information consists of: inmate consecutive number; name of inmate; date of admission to Elmira; date of sentence; length of maximum sentence; crime; county of sentencing; court; judge; age; height; weight; complexion; eye color; hair color; state or country of nativity; nationality; temperate or intemperate; and religion. Volumes 1 through 4 (1877-1896) also contain information on each inmate's occupation and on any physical marks and peculiarities.

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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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Dates Contents Box Volume

Accretion: B0131-80
1916-1925 26187-32598 Vol 10
1925-1936 32599-41932 Vol 11
1936-1950 41933-51274 Vol 12
1898-1905 8789-14308 Vol 7
1906-1911 14309-20550 Vol 8
1911-1915 20501-26186 Vol 9
1877-1882 1-1199 Vols 1 - 6 1
1882-1884 1200-1838 Vols 1 - 6 2
1885-1886 2159-2397 Vols 1 - 6 3
1891-1893 4974-6208 Vols 1 - 6 4
1893-1896 6209-7599 Vols 1 - 6 5
1896-1898 7600-8788 Vols 1 - 6 6