Research

Logbooks of packages, letters, and Christmas gifts sent to patients

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 logbooks recording receipt of packages and letters and Christmas gifts sent to Syracuse State School patients. Log entries include receipt date; recipient name; name and address of sender. Sometimes there is a note that the package remained "unopened." Volumes listing letters sent to patients show date received; recipient and sender name; and sometimes sender’s relationship to patient. Volumes listing Christmas gifts typically show date, recipient, gift item(s); and sometimes sender's name and address. Records are restricted.
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1 cu. ft. (34 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1925-197
Bulk Dates:
(bulk)1925-1941
Series Number:
B1648

Arrangement

Arranged by type of record (packages, letters, or gifts), and therein roughly chronological.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of logbooks that record the receipt of packages (19 volumes, 1927-1941), letters (2 volumes, 1932-1939), and Christmas gifts (13 volumes, 1925-1940, 1958-1970) by patients of the Syracuse State School.

Volumes listing packages sent to patients show the date of receipt, name of recipient, name and address of sender (with a penciled checkmark that may denote delivery of the package to the patient). There is typically no mention of the contents of the package (only very occasionally), and sometimes there is a note that the package remained "unopened."

Volumes listing letters sent to patients show the date the letter was received, name of recipient, and the name of sender, sometimes including (or abbreviated as) the relationship of the sender to the patient (e.g., mother, sister, cousin). There is no disclosure of contents.

Volumes listing Christmas gifts sent to patients typically show the date, name of recipient, and the gift item(s). The volume for 1958-1970 also shows name and address of the gift giver.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Restricted pursuant toMental Hygiene Law, Sect. 33.13 and Public Officers Law (Freedom of Information Law), Sect. 87.2.

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