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New York State Prison for Women Female Inmate Identification File

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 a Bertillon ledger with summary identification information on residents of the Women's Prison at Auburn. Data includes inmate's name; identification number; color; aliases; term; date of sentence; county; crime; reception date; residence; criminal act; height; Bertillon measurements related to facial and body characteristics; age; nativity; occupation; hair color and texture; complexion; weight; build; marks, scars, moles, deformities, etc.; criminal history; date examined; and doctor examining.
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Quantity:
0.5 cubic feet (1 volume)
Inclusive Dates:
1909-1933
Series Number:
B0054

Arrangement

Numeric by inmate number.

Scope and Content Note

This Bertillon ledger provides summary identification information on residents of the Women's Prison at Auburn. Data consists of: inmate's name; identification number (numbers 750-1680); color; aliases; term; date of sentence; county; crime; date of reception; residence; criminal act; height; stretch; trunk; spine curvature; head length and width; cheek width; right ear length; left foot; left middle finger; left little finger; left cubit; left eye color; age; nativity; occupation; forehead length and width; nose--profile and dimensions; right ear--border, lobe; teeth (e.g. full; one missing); chin (e.g. receeding); hair color and texture, complexion; weight; build; marks, scars, moles, deformities, etc.; criminal history; date examined; and doctor examining.

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.

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