Research

Director of Classification Clinic's correspondence

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 outgoing correspondence from the director and staff of the Auburn Prison Classification Clinic to Wardens, the Deputy Commissioner of Corrections, and Directors of Classification clinics at other state prisons. Classification clinics determined the physical and mental conditions of inmates. Subjects include statistics on classified groups; lists of prisoners, with psychological and administrative classifications; classification criteria; psychological testing of inmates; inmate case histories; Board of Classification meetings; transfers of inmates and records; expenses; travel and staff changes.
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0.2 cu. ft.
Inclusive Dates:
1932-1933
Series Number:
B1681

Arrangement

Arranged by correctional facility or office of correspondent.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of correspondence of the director and staff of the Auburn Prison Classification Clinic (1932-1933), who were required by the Correction Law to determine the physical and mental condition of inmates. Most records are copies of outgoing correspondence. Corespondents include wardens, the deputy commissioner of corrections, and directors of classification clinics at other state prisons.

Subjects include: statistical information for classified groups (feebleminded, neuropathic, psychotic, alcoholic, etc.); lists of prisoners, with psychological and administrative classifications; criteria for classifications; psychological testing of inmates; specific inmate case histories; conventional abbreviations for psychiatric classifications; meetings of the board of classification to review inmate cases; transfers of inmates and records; and a variety of administrative matters such as expenses, travel, changes in staff, and requests for forms.

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Access Restrictions

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

Custodial History

This accession results from a project by Archives staff in 1999 to describe or integrate estrayed or unidentified records.

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