New York State Prison for Women Inmate Record Cards

Held by the New York State Archives

Overview of the Records


New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

This series consists of records for inmates released from the State Prison for Women. Information includes name; inmate number; crime; date and place of birth; color; height; weight; marital status; number of children; name and address of immediate relatives; religion; educational level; occupation; health; alcohol or drug use; citizenship; prison term; date received or transferred; previous convictions; discipline, shop assignments, inmate photograph, date and type of release.
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Alphabetical by last name.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of record cards for approximately 350 inmates released from the State Prison for Women from approximately 1925 to 1933. In 1933, the prison closed and inmates moved to the Westfield State Farm. The cards were most likely used by the Principal Keeper to record basic information on each of the inmates.

The 6" x 10" cards contain the following summary information on each inmate: name and inmate number; crime (date, type, county, court, judge, plea, date of sentence); date and place of birth; characteristics (age, color, height, weight); marital status and number of children; name and address of immediate relatives; religion; educational level and occupation; health and use of alcohol or drugs; citizenship; prison term (number of days in jail, minimum term, maximum term, date maximum term expires, date received at Auburn or at previous institution if transferred); previous convictions (type, date, time in confinement); Auburn Prison information such as: grade, locations and date of shop assignments, dates of promotions to new grade, disciplinary action (description and dates of infractions, number of days forfeited), and inmate photograph; and date and type of release (parole, transfer, etc.).

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Restricted to protect personal privacy.Access may be permitted under certain conditions upon application to and approval by the State Archives.

Custodial History

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

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