Research


Elmira Reformatory Biographical Registers and Receiving Blotters

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

Creator:
Title:
Quantity:
211 cubic feet (170 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1879-1957
Series Number:
B0141

Arrangement

Numerical by inmate consecutive number (essentially a chronological arrangement by date of admission).

Scope and Content Note

These registers contain a two-page summary of information on each inmate admitted to Elmira during the period 1879 to 1957. This series was known as "Biographical Registers" until the early 1930's when the title was changed to "Receiving Blotters."

The majority of the information was recorded at the time of admission to Elmira, with only minor notations relating to inmate conduct and discharge. The detail of information recorded increased over time, particularly information relating to the crime for which committed and to past criminal record including juvenile delinquency.

The information recorded in the registers includes: date received and inmate number, including inmate number of previous admission to Elmira; identifying information (name, date of birth, address, color, physical features); information on crime (crime, date, date of arrest, arresting agency, court of sentencing, judge, plea, maximum sentence, date eligible for parole); nativity and residence (birthplace, address, length of residence, name and address of nearest relative); miscellaneous personal information (mental age, religion, dates of military service, educational level, occupation or trade, recent employment, use of alcohol or drugs); previous criminal record (crime, place, date, disposition of case); information on family (names, occupations, ages, where living); date and type of discharge (usually parole or expiration of sentence); and information on subsequent arrests or sentences.

The "Biographical Registers" also usually contain brief physicians' reports on admission and discharge, a notation of which trade to be taught at Elmira, and a mug shot of the inmate. These registers will also occasionally include clippings, correspondence, or brief reports relating to criminal activity of inmates after their releases from Elmira.

Use of Records

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.

Access Terms

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: B0141-80
1879-1881 465-999 1
1882-1883 1001-1511 2
1883-1885 1512-1999 3
1885-1886 2000-2420 4
1886-1888 2421-2900 5
1888-1889 2901-3439 6
1889-1890 3440-3978 7
1890-1891 3979-4539 8
1891-1892 4540-5088 9
1892 5089-5571 10
1892-1893 5572-6000 11
1893-1894 6001-6374 12
1894 6375-6782 13
1894-1895 6783-7103 14
1896 7412-7740 15
1896-1897 7741-7999 16
1897 8000-8405 17
1897-1898 8406-8832 18
1899-1900 9224-9619 19
1900 9620-10082 20
1900-1901 10083-10545 21
1901-1902 10547-10990 22
1902 10991-11474 23
1902-1903 11475-11899 24
1903-1904 11900-12349 25
1904 12350-12699 26
1904 12700-12999 27
1904 13000-13299 28
1904-1905 13300-13599 29
1905 13600-13899 30
1905 13900-14199 31
1905-1906 14200-14499 32
1906 14500-14799 33
1906 14800-15097 34
1906-1907 15098-15399 35
1907 15400-15699 36
1907 15700-15999 37
1907 16000-16299 38
1907-1908 16300-16599 39
1908 16600-16899 40
1908 16900-17199 41
1908 17200-17499 42
1908 17500-17799 43
1908-1909 17800-18099 44
1909 18100-18399 45
1909 18400-18699 46
1909 18700-18999 47
1909-1910 19000-19299 48
1910 19300-19599 49
1910 19600-19899 50
1910-1911 19900-20199 51
1911 20299-20499 52
1911 20500-20799 53
1911 20800-21099 54
1911-1912 21100-21399 55
1912 21400-21699 56
1912 21700-21999 57
1912 22000-22299 58
1912-1913 22300-22599 59
1913 22600-22899 60
1913 22900-23199 61
1913 23200-23499 62
1913-1914 23500-23799 63
1914 23800-24099 64
1914 24100-24399 65
1914 24400-24699 66
1914 24700-24999 67
1914-1915 25000-25299 68
1915 25300-25599 69
1915 25600-25899 70
1915-1916 25900-26199 71
1916 26200-26499 72
1916 26500-26799 73
1916-1917 26800-27099 74
1917 27100-27399 75
1917-1918 27400-27699 76
1918 27700-27999 77
1918-1919 28000-28299 78
1919 28300-28599 79
1919-1920 28600-28899 80
1920 28900-29199 81
1920 29200-29499 82
1921 29500-29799 83
1921 29800-30099 84
1921-1922 30100-30300 85
1922 30396-30699 86
1922-1923 30700-30999 87
1923 31000-31299 88
1923-1924 31300-31599 89
1924 31600-31899 90
1924 31900-32199 91
1924-1925 32200-32499 92
1925 32500-32799 93
1925 32800-33099 94
1925-1926 33100-33399 95
1926 33400-33699 96
1926-1927 33700-33999 97
1927 34001-34299 98
1927 34300-34599 99
1927 November 7-1928 March 21 34600-34899 100
1928 March 22-September 27 34900-35199 101
1928-1929 35200-35499 102
1929 35500-35799 103
1929 35800-36099 104
1929-1930 36100-36399 105
1930 36400-36699 106
1930 36700-36999 107
1930-1931 37000-37299 108
1931 37300-37599 109
1931 37600-37899 110
1931 37900-38199 111
1931-1932 38200-38499 112
1932 38500-38799 113
1932 38800-39099 114
1932 39100-39399 115
1932-1933 39400-39699 116
1933 39700-39999 117
1933 40000-40299 118
1933-1934 40300-40599 119
1934 40600-40899 120
1934-1935 40900-41199 121
1935 41200-41499 122
1935-1936 41500-41799 123
1936 41800-42099 124
1936 42100-42399 125
1936-1937 42400-42699 126
1937 42700-42999 127
1937-1938 43000-43299 128
1938 43300-43599 129
1938 43600-43899 130
1938-1939 43900-44199 131
1939 44200-44499 132
1939-1940 44500-44799 133
1940 44800-45099 134
1940-1941 45100-45399 135
1941 45400-45699 136
1941-1942 45700-45999 137
1942 46000-46299 138
1943 46300-46599 139
1943-1944 46600-46899 140
1944 46900-47199 141
1944-1945 47200-47499 142
1945 47500-47799 143
1945-1946 47800-48099 144
1946 48100-48399 145
1946-1947 48400-48699 146
1947 48700-48999 147
1947 49000-49299 148
1947-1948 49300-49599 149
1948 49600-49899 150
1948-1949 49900-50199 151
1949 50201-50500 152
1949-1950 50501-50800 153
1950 50801-51100 154
1950-1951 51101-51400 155
1951 51401-51700 156
1951 51701-52000 157
1951-1952 52001-52300 158
1952 52301-52600 159
1952-1953 52601-52900 160
1953 52901-53200 161
1953 53201-53500 162
1953-1954 53501-53800 163
1954 53801-54100 164
1954 54101-54400 165
1954-1955 54401-54700 166
1955 54701-55000 167
1955-1956 55001-55300 168
1956 55301-55600 169
1956-1957 55601-55718 170