Research

Westfield State Farm Logbooks of Sick Ward and Nursery

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:
The series consists of log books recording information on inmates using "sick wing," "quarantine," and "nursery" facilities at Westfield State Farm. Entries generally include date (of admission, diagnosis, report, or release); inmate name and number; whether a new or repeat patient; and remarks (reason for admission/discharge, if paroled). Summary information or recapitulations are sometimes present, giving totals of inmates under observation and/or cases reported.
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0.2 cubic feet (2 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1966-1968
Series Number:
B1574

Arrangement

Chronological and therein by reporting category.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of log books recording information on inmates using "sick wing," "quarantine," and "nursery" facilities at Westfield State Farm. There are entries from April 1966 to March 1967 (volume 1) and from April 1967 to March 1968 (volume 2). Entries generally include date (of admission, diagnosis, report, or release); inmate name and number; whether a new or repeat patient; and remarks (reason for admission/discharge, if paroled). Summary information or recapitulations are sometimes present, giving totals of inmates under observation and/or cases reported.

Categories of information include admissions; pregnant inmates; tuberculosis reports; drug reports; venereal disease reports; "Fiske;" releases; and outside services (including York Heights Lab, North Westchester Hospital, Grasslands Hospital, and other services).

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.

These records have been treated for mold; some researchers may be affected.

Processing Information

This accession resulted from a project by Archives staff in 1997 to accession or integrate estrayed or unidentified records.

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