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Westfield State Farm Reformatory Division Receiving Blotters

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 four volumes of receiving blotters providing summary information on approximately 2,500 inmates received at the Westfield State Farm reformatory for women. The blotters contain one page of personal and criminal history information on each inmate compiled at the time of admission to the facility.
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Quantity:
4 cubic feet (4 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1931-1952 (with gaps)
Series Number:
B1015

Arrangement

Numerical by inmate consecutive number.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of four volumes of receiving blotters providing summary information on approximately 2,500 inmates received at the Westfield State Farm reformatory for women. The volumes cover inmates received during three periods: May 1, 1931 to September 8, 1933; May 3, 1937 to March 30, 1944; and January 1, 1950 to January 7, 1952. The first volume includes information on several defective delinquent inmates received into the institution before all defective delinquent inmates were transferred to Albion in 1931.

The receiving blotters contain one page of information on each inmate compiled when the inmate was received. Categories of information include the following: inmate name, number, and color; nature and date of crime, place of crime, and names of accomplices; date of sentencing, date received, county and court of sentencing, and name of sentencing judge; term and date eligible for parole; place and date of birth; nativity of father and mother and if living or dead; age of inmate when parent died; number of siblings and sequence of inmate in family; marital status of inmate and number of children; use of alcohol and drugs; educational level reached; religion and church attendance; name and address of last three employers with nature of work and salary; permanent residence and place of residence when arrested; name and address of nearest relative; and nature of previous crimes and names of institutions and dates of previous confinements.

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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. Unless a specific law forbids disclosure indefinitely, all records must be disclosed after 75 years.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: B1015-82
1931 May 1-1933 September 8 Volume 1: Inmate Nos. 5196-5655; MD 249-261 1
1937 May 3-1941 October 9 Volume 2: Inmate Nos. 6327-7220 2
1941 October 15-1944 March 30 Volume 3: Inmate Nos. 7221-7808 3
1950 January 1-1952 January 7 Volume 4: Inmate Nos. 9151-9603 4