Photographs of sites, facilities, and inmate activities

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

This photographic series depicts inmates, grounds and buildings at Randalls Island. Images show roadways, interior and exterior of buildings, inmate parades and bands, group portraits (such as the baseball team), inmates at work and inmates at recreation. Some records depict a storm-damaged facility at the House of Refuge facilities.
0.3 cu. ft.(ca. 51 photographs)
Inclusive Dates:
[ca. 1910-1932]
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Scope and Content Note

The series consists of black and white photographs of the grounds and buildings at Randalls Island, along with some images of inmates at work or recreation. Some of the photographs carry typescript labels, a few have manuscript notations on the verso. Very few of the photographs are dated. The photographs are of various sizes ranging from 3 x 5 inches to 8 x 10 inches. Images show roadways, interior and exterior views of buildings, inmate formations (regimental parades and bands), small group portraits (baseball team, silver cup winners), inmates at work (field work or on fire drills), and at recreation (minstrel show).

B1425-00: This small accretion consists of eight black and white photographs apparently depicting a storm-damaged facility at the House of Refuge facilities on Randalls Island. Also included is a subpoena for the Superintendent of the House of Refuge to appear in a suit involving the damages which are indicated to have occurred June 6, 1923.

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Access Restrictions

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

Custodial History

B1425-00: This material was apparently transferred to the State Archives in 1979 but was not accessioned until April 2000.

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