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Daily reports and census records

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 daily census records maintained by staff of the State Lunatic Asylum (later Utica State Hospital). Records include total number of male and female patients with number admitted and discharged. Information generally includes brief notes concerning visitors; religious services or entertainment programs; departures, destinations and return of staff; thermometer and barometer readings; weather; meetings and unusual canal conditions. Of note are census statistics when half the population was transferred to Marcy State Hospital.
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Quantity:
3.2 cu. ft. (5 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1857-195
Bulk Dates:
(bulk 1857-1889, 1906-1923
Series Number:
B1487

Arrangement

Chronological.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of daily census records maintained by staff of the State Lunatic Asylum (later Utica State Hospital). Record format and information recorded varies slightly over time but always includes a daily enumeration of total male and female patients with number admitted and discharged. Other information generally consists of brief notes concerning visitors; religious services or entertainment programs; departures, destinations, and return of staff; weather; meetings; unusual canal conditions; and other events and activities.

Early reports (May 1857-October 1866) include thermometer and barometer readings, wind direction, and cloud cover information recorded three times a day. There are no records in the series for the years 1890-1905.

B1487-97: This accretion consists of census records for Utica State Hospital for March 1923-September 1955. Types of entries contained in the volumes are almost identical to the previous accession. Of special note is the data contained in the census statistics for June and July, 1931 when more than half of the population of the hospital was officially transferred to Marcy State Hospital, which officially became a separate entity on June 30, 1931.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Related Information

Other finding aids

Volume list for each accretion.

Custodial History

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

B1487-97: These records were transferred to the State Archives on May 7, 1997 from Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center under RDA 19266.

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