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Sing Sing Prison Principal Keeper's Daily Journal

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 contains the only existing volumes of the daily journal that was maintained by Sing Sing Prison's Principal Keeper. The journal provides a daily summary of information on the inmate population and the prison staff. Volume One covers September 11, 1917 to July 7, 1918 while Volume Two covers May 3 to June 10, 1938.
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1 cubic feet (2 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1917-1918, 1938
Series Number:
B1238

Arrangement

Chronological.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains the only existing volumes of the daily journal that was maintained by Sing Sing Prison's Principal Keeper. The journal provides a daily summary of information on the inmate population and the prison staff. Volume One covers September 11, 1917 to July 7, 1918 while Volume Two covers May 3 to June 10, 1938.

Volume One contains the following inmate information: the number counted in the morning census with locations (condemned cells, Wingdale, hospital, dormitory, main hall) and grade (A, B, or C); number received and discharged; and number counted in the evening census. The volume includes the following information on prison guards: number employed (day duty and night duty); number absent (sickness, vacation, without leave); number appointed, resigned or discharged.

Volume Two includes the following inmate information: daily inmate count; number received, discharged and transferred; number of visits by inmates to inmates in special sections of the prison; type of entertainment provided (i.e., moving pictures or baseball); and name of any inmates working outside the prison walls. Relating to the prison's civilian and guard staff, the volume includes the total number of staff employed, discharged, or resigned and the names and total number of any absent staff.

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Related Materials

Series B1245 Sing Sing Prison Superintendent's diaries, contains related records.

Processing Information

Originally accessioned as part of old collection #516B, accession -444.

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