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Auburn Prison Daily Punishment Reports

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The series consists of daily reports describing punishments at Auburn Prison. Assistant keepers could punish prisoners at their discretion if they reported their actions in writing to the prison's agent or deputy keeper. The short narratives include date; name of assistant keeper; name of prisoner punished; offense committed; location of offense; and punishment given. Occasionally, the reports also include a one-sentence description of significant events occurring at the prison such as fires, resignations of officials, and missing prisoners.
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0.5 cubic feet (1 volume)
Inclusive Dates:
1836-1846
Series Number:
A0780

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Chronological.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of one volume of daily reports describing punishments given to prisoners at Auburn during the years 1836 to 1846. Chapter 302 of the Laws of 1835 allowed assistant keepers at State prisons to punish prisoners at their discretion provided that they reported their actions in writing to the prison's agent or deputy keeper.

The short narrative reports include: date; name of assistant keeper; name of prisoner punished; offense committed; location of offense; and punishment given. Occasionally, the reports also include a one sentence description of significant events occurring at the prison such as fires, resignations of officials, and missing prisoners.

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