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New York State Prison financial 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 abstracts and vouchers submitted to the Comptroller for audit by the agent of the Newgate Prison. Also included are balance sheets, pay rolls, inventories of property, lists of materials purchased, accounts of work done in prison factory; for prison construction and for sheriffs for delivering prisoners; and "final accounts" on closing of the prison in 1828.
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6.3 cu. ft.
Inclusive Dates:
1800-1828
Series Number:
A1149

Arrangement

Chronological by year.

Administrative History

The Legislature appropriated funds for the construction of a state prison in New York City by laws of 1796 and 1797. By a law of 1801, the Inspectors of the State Prison were required to settle their accounts with the Comptroller for maintenance of prisoners, pay of prison guards, and manufacturing done within the prison. "Newgate" Prison was closed and its inmates transferred to the new Sing Sing Prison by a law of 1828 (51st Session, 1st meeting).

Scope and Content Note

Series consists of abstracts and vouchers submitted to the Comptroller for audit by the agent of the prison; also balance sheets, pay rolls, inventories of property, lists of materials purchased, accounts of work done in prison factory, accounts for construction of the prison, accounts of sheriffs for delivering prisoners, and "final accounts" on closing of the prison in 1828. Most of the documents are tied up in original bundles and labelled by year.

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