Elmira Reformatory Daily Log of Inmate Counts

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

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Albany, NY 12230

This series consists of a daily count of the inmate population at the Elmira Reformatory taken at various intervals Monday through Friday. Locations at which population counts were taken include work areas (construction, laundry, kitchen, etc.); educational classes; guard house; hospital; library; cellblocks; dining rooms; cage floor; center gate and dormitories. Also counted were number of inmates received or paroled total. For each count, information includes inmate population and name of staff member taking count.
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The functions of this series was to record the daily count of the inmate population at the Elmira Reformatory. This count was taken at various intervals Monday through Friday to indicate the location of the entire inmate population at that time. Prior to July 1938, staff at Elmira Reformatory used one log to record population counts taken during the day and a separate log to record counts taken at night. Day volumes include five population counts taken between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; night volumes include two or three counts taken between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. and another two counts taken between 10:00 p.m. and midnight of the same day. Beginning in July 1938, staff used one single log to record nine population counts taken during a twenty-four hour day. Commencing at some point after February 1942, separate logs were once again used.

Volumes include population counts taken at locations including: work areas (construction, electrical department, laundry, kitchen etc.), educational classes (bricklaying, music, welding, etc.), or other areas (guard house, hospital, library, cellblocks, dining rooms, cage floor, center gate, dormitories) and indicates the number of inmates counted at the particular time. Counts of inmates newly received or paroled are included where applicable. Total inmate population as of each count is included along with the name of staff member taking count.

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B0137-03: These volumes were transferred to the State Archives from Elmira Correctional Facility at an unknown date. They were accessioned in conjunction with a project undertaken by Archives staff in 2003 to describe or integrate estrayed or unidentified records.

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