New York State Department of Correctional Services Auburn Correctional Facility Inmate Case Files

Held by the New York State Archives

Overview of the Records


New York State Archives

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Albany, NY 12230

Auburn Correctional Facility, located in Cayuga County, N.Y., is a maximum security correctional facility for male felons. Inmate case files describe in great detail the family and social background, arrest, confinement, and release/parole of incarcerated men.
291 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
approximately 1912-2002
Series Number:


Roughly numerical by DIN number.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries of the general inmate case files series, Series 14610, consists of inmate case files relating to men who were incarcerated in Auburn Correctional Facility. Inmate case files describe in great detail the family and social background, arrest, confinement, and release/parole of inmates. The content of the case files reflects the role of each institution.

Beginning with inmates released after 1956, only the following case files categories were transferred to the State Archives: inmates who died in custody, sex offenders, inmates of certain minority ethnic groups, inmates who received life sentences, and a 2% sample of all inmates who were released from any correctional facility.  All other case files were destroyed.

W0006-77A: This accession consists of approximately 3,750 partial inmate case files relating to inmates confined at Auburn Prison from approximately 1912 to 1950. The case files relate to inmates with Auburn consecutive numbers between 32505 and 48337. These case files relate to different inmates than those represented in Auburn case file accession W0006-88D. These case files were maintained in Auburn's Classification Clinic and vary in the types of records found in each. While many files do contain typical classification records (i.e., staff progress reports, psychological reports, results of intelligence tests, and correspondence), approximately 75% of the records are inmate health records. These records include medical histories, summaries of the admission physical, hospital and clinic reports, laboratory reports, and medication and temperature charts. In addition to classification and health records, some case files may include other records such as receiving blotters, work assignment records, pre-parole reports, and correspondence and memorandums relating to the inmate's confinement and release.

W0006-88D: This accession consists of approximately 2,400 case files relating to inmates confined at Auburn Prison from 1935 to 1956. The case files relate to inmates with Auburn inmate consecutive numbers between 46554 and 53395. There is also one box of incomplete files for approximately fifty inmates released from 1926 to 1934. This accession relates to different inmates than those represented in Auburn case file accession W0006-77A. During the period represented by these records, Auburn functioned as a maximum security prison for male felons. From 1933 onward it served solely as a transfer prison, receiving inmates from other institutions rather than by direct sentencing from the courts. Reflecting this function, the case files contain many records from institutions of previous confinement, particularly Sing Sing Prison and Elmira Reformatory.

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.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series 14610 Inmate Case Files, provides a detailed description of the entire series of inmate case files. Accretions 14610-94, 14610-98K, and 14610-08 contain additional inmate case files for this facility.

Other finding aids

W0006-13, W0006-19: Folder list is available at the repository.

Acquistion Information

W0006-13, W0006-19: This accretion was transferred under RDA 14610 by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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Detailed Description

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