Research

Correspondence and report file relating to inmate escapes and captures

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 records relating to the escape and capture of inmates who had escaped from Auburn Prison and its various prison camps. Folders may include correspondence, telegrams, and general releases notifying police departments, county sheriffs, and railroad police of the escape and asking for assistance in inmate capture; memoranda describing circumstances of the escape; reports explaining the escape and capture of the inmate; correspondence between Auburn and local police regarding the escape or capture of an inmate.
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Quantity:
1 cu. ft.
Inclusive Dates:
1927-1934
Series Number:
B1225

Arrangement

Chronological by date of escape.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of records relating to the escape and capture of inmates who had escaped from Auburn Prison and its various prison camps during the years 1927-1934. The records were used primarily to notify police agencies of the escapes and to explain the escapes to the Commissioner of Correction. Most of the records are contained in individual folders relating to approximately forty escapes and subsequent captures. The folders may include the following:

1) Correspondence, telegrams, and general releases notifying city police departments, county sheriffs, and railroad police of the escape and asking for assistance in capturing the inmate or inmates. Information on each inmate includes date of escape, name, description, criminal history, and birthplace. Inmate photos and fingerprints may be included with the notice. Notices usually include an offer of a fifty dollar reward for the capture of the inmate.

2) Memoranda from the office in charge of the escaped inmate describing the circumstances of the escape.

3) Report from the warden and other members of the Prison's Commutation Board to the Commissioner of Correction explaining the escape and capture of the inmate. This record includes a statement by the officer in charge and a statement by the captured inmate describing his escape and capture.

4) Statement from the arresting officer describing the inmate's capture and claiming the reward offered. There may be statements from several police officers, each describing the arrest and claiming the right to the reward.

5) Correspondence between Auburn and local police officers usually relating to requests for additional information regarding the escape or capture of an inmate.

In addition, the series includes copies of several typed lists relating to escapes and captures from Auburn and its camps from 1913 to 1932. The first of these lists provides numbers of escapes and captures from each of these locations during the period. The second list gives dates of escape and capture for each inmate who escaped during the period.

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Access Restrictions

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

Custodial History

Originally accessioned as part of old collection #500H, accession -441.

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