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New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Photographic Material

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 photographs of several state mental retardation facilities, primarily the Willowbrook State School. Some photographs are black and white, and some are in color. They document hospital officials, staff and patients. Some photographs have descriptions hand-written on the back, but many do not.
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0.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
circa 1952-1989
Series Number:
B2473

Scope and Content Note

This series contains photographs of several state mental retardation facilities, primarily the Willowbrook State School. Some photographs are black and white, and some are in color. They document officials, staff and patients. Of note is the dedication of the Connelly Therapy Pool at the Staten Island Developmental Center (formerly the Willowbrook State School) in 1987 and photographs of Department of Mental Hygiene officials, including two images that depict Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Some photographs have descriptions hand-written on the back, but many do not.

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Access Restrictions

Patient photographs are restricted in accordance with Section 33.13, Mental Hygiene Law, relating to confidentiality of clinical records. Access permitted under certain conditions upon application to and approval by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

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