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Certificates of insanity

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 abstracts of certificates of insanity and indigence issued by county judges. Each certificate includes name of alleged insane person; his municipality; county of residence; date of admission to Utica State Hospital; occupation; by whom brought; date of certificate; and name and signature of county judge issuing certificate. Certificates include judges certification that person is insane; cannot support him/herself and family and that the case was fully investigated. Records are restricted.
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0.25 cu. ft. (1 volume)
Inclusive Dates:
1884-1886
Series Number:
B1486

Arrangement

Chronological by date of certification.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains abstracts of certificates of insanity and indigence issued by county judges. Each certificate gives name of alleged insane person; his municipality and county of residence; date of admission to Utica State Hospital; occupation; by whom brought; date of certificate; and name and signature of county judge issuing certificate.

The certificates state that an application has been made to the judge on behalf of the alleged insane person for a certificate entitling admission to the State Lunatic Asylum at Utica as a person in indigent circumstances, not a pauper. The certificate further states that the judge has given reasonable notice of the time and place of hearing to the superintendent of the poor of the county which is chargeable for the expenses of the patient; has called two respectable physicians and other credible witnesses; has fully investigated the facts of the case; and certifies that satisfactory proof shows the person is insane and with an estate insufficient to support him/herself and family.

Also included for each certificate of insanity is a certificate of the county clerk declaring that the judge is indeed judge of the county; that the clerk is acquainted with the handwriting of the judge; and that the signature is genuine.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Restricted to protect personal privacy.Access permitted under certain conditions upon application and approval by the State Archives.

Related Information

Other finding aids

Alphabetical name index at fore of volume.

Custodial History

These records were transferred to the State Archives on September 16, 1996 from Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center under RDA 19266.

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