Eastern New York Reformatory 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 record cards containing summary information for approximately 900 male inmates incarcerated from approximately 1896 to 1906. Each card contains information on inmate's crime and sentence, criminal history, and terms of release.
0.2 cubic feet (approximately 900 index cards)
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Cards are arranged alphabetically by inmate name.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of record cards for approximately 900 male inmates incarcerated from approximately 1896 to 1906. The cards contain summary information including name; inmate number; prison transferred from if applicable; color; date of sentence; date first received in prison; crime; duration of sentence; county where convicted; time lost and various reasons (fighting, threatening officer, etc.); previous crimes, confinements, and paroles in State prison; terms of release (parole, transfer, expiration of term, commutation, etc.). Verso of cards sometimes gives notes on reasons for time lost.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Summary information on adult inmates is disclosable under law. State Archives staff will review records containing probation, parole, medical, and juvenile criminal history data and disclose information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law and Personal Privacy Protection Law. The identity of victims of sex crimes is not disclosable. Unless a specific law forbids disclosure indefinitely, all records must be disclosed after 75 years.

Acquistion Information

These records were transferred to the State Archives by the Department of Correctional Services in 2007. The records were housed and transferred along with a much larger series of inmate summary cards (see Series 21833), but were later determined not to be part of that series.

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