Auburn Prison Registers of Male Inmates Discharged

Held by the New York State Archives

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

6 cubic feet (8 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
[circa 1816]-1894, 1908-1949
Series Number:


Volume 1: alphabetical by first letter of last name.

Volume 2-8: chronological by discharge date.

Scope and Content Note

These volumes record inmates discharged from Auburn Prison. The Correction Law requires records of all inmates discharged to be kept. The first volume, dating from 1817, contains the following information: name of convict; where born; age; complexion; height; occupation; county; judge; number of previous convictions; crime; when sentenced; time of sentence; and when and how discharged. The first volume, covering period 1817-1869, lacks all entries for last names starting with letters D through T, and possibly some entries for last names starting with letters C and S. The second volume, also arranged alphabetically by first letter of last name, contains the following information on inmates released during the 1870s: name; age; shop; county; date of sentence; term in years and months; and date of discharge.

Two volumes dating from 1869 to 1894 contain the following information: name of convict; when discharged from prison; county where convicted; date of conviction; court; crime; nature and duration of sentence; former trade or occupation; employment in prison; whether so employed when arrested; color; age; place of nativity; degree of instruction; physical description of convict; number of times previously confined in state prison; number of times previously confined in county prison; crime for which before confined in state prison; crime for which before confined in county prison; duration of punishment when before in prison; to what prison previously sent; date of present pardon; how discharged (commuted, pardon, death, asylum); by whom pardoned; social relations; parents; children; habits of life; cannot read; read only; read and write; well educated; classical education; religious instructions; how committed; by whom committed; unexpired time; conditions of pardon if any; state of health when committed; state of health when discharged; and value of articles stolen.

The last three volumes, covering 1908 through 1949, contain the following information: discharge number; register number; when discharged from prison; name of convict; county where convicted; court; judge; how committed; crime; date of conviction; nature and duration of sentence; when received in prison; nativity; age; description of convict stature; color; degree of instruction; former trade or occupation; weight when received; weight when discharged; employment in prison; habits of life; ability to read and write; how discharged (commutation, paroled, expiration, transferred, otherwise); unexpired time; social relations; parents; children; religious instruction; state of health when committed; and state of health when discharged.

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Dates Contents Volume

Accretion: B0068-77
Circa 1816-1868 Volume 1 1
1869-1884 October Volume 2 2
1884 October-1894 July Volume 3 3
1908 January-1921 December Volume 4 4
1922 January-1932 June Volume 5 5
1932 July-1949 December Volume 6 6
Circa 1870-1879 Volume 7 7
Circa 1858-1889 Index 8
Circa 1816-1850 Volume 1A 1A