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Minutes of the Visiting Committee

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 reports of weekly inspection visits to the reformatory. The Visiting Committee functioned as a liaison between the Acting Committee of the Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Delinquents and the institution's officers. Topics include illnesses and deaths of inmates; presence of staff; facility conditions, especially cleanliness; and discipline or disorder in workshops.
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Quantity:
0.3 cu. ft.(1 volume).Copies: 1microfilm reel; 35mm.
Inclusive Dates:
1844-1893
Series Number:
A2091

Arrangement

Chronological by date of visit.

Scope and Content Note

These are reports of weekly inspection visits to the reformatory.

The Visiting Committee functioned as a liaison between the Acting Committee of the Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Delinquents and the institution's officers. According to the bylaws of 1844, two Acting Committee members served on a rotating basis as the Visiting Committee. The Visiting Committee was not mentioned in the bylaws of 1874. However, members of the Executive Committee, which had replaced the Acting Committee, continued to make weekly inspection reports. After most visits the committee reported that the premises were in "the usual good order." The reports mention such matters as: illnesses and deaths of inmates; presence of staff; facility conditions, especially cleanliness; and discipline or disorder in workshops.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

Custodial History

The Department of Correction placed these records on loan to the Syracuse University Library from 1960-1977.

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