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Collection TitleCL 14 Breesport County HomeCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards
Date Completed:May 24, 2007
Date Updated:March 3, 2008
Provenance:The Breesort County Home Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Thomas Santulli in 2007. 
Terms:Aged--Government policy; Aged--Health and hygiene; Aged--Institutional care; Aged--Services for; Chemung County (N.Y.); Old age homes

The Breesport County Home began in 1837 when the Board of Supervisors purchased 178  acres of land in the town of Breesport to be used as a home for vagrants and orphans.  In 1868, it was re-designated as a home for the aged and infirm.  Since then there have been various additions to the original property to meet the institution's growing needs.  The infirmary came first in 1888 and was later expanded in 1913.  In 1902, an administrative building was constructed and, in 1933, a two-story brick hospital wing was built. 

During the 20th century, the Home's population began to steadily rise until 1958, when it had reached its saturation point.  At this point, the Council of Community Services Nursing Home Study Committee began to urge the construction of an entirely new facility.  In 1960, a Health Planning Committee was established to look into the proposal and in July 1971, the Breeseport County Home was closed and its residence transferred to the new, fully modern, facilities in Heritage Park. 

Scope:The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, correspondence and articles relating to the Home.  These items range in date from 1940 to 1972, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1960's.  The earlier parts of the collection focus primarily on the day to day administrative needs of the Home, while later sections concern the County's need for a newer facility. 


Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1940-1972

The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, letters and articles regarding the County Home and Infirmary, including information on the construction of the Heritage Park.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Photographs showing the construction of a pond at the County FarmPhotographsA2050
Letter from John C. Gridley to Ken West regarding payments, June 29, 1961.MemoB0101
From David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated May 19, 1961 regarding an editorial from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Attached is the article entitled: Accent on Fair Hospital Care.LetterB0102
Newspaper article entitled: What's More Important Than Home, Infirmary?ArticleB0103
Newspaper article entitled: Cleveland Nursing Home Has Spared No Comfort.ArticleB0104
Newspaper article entitled: County Shifts 16 Cases From 2 Homes for Aged.ArticleB0105
From A. Marshall Lowman to Members of Nursing Home Study Committee dated February 3, 1961 regarding 1st meeting of Committee and Agenda. Attached are excerpts from a letter to be presented at meeting.MemoB0106
Long-Term Care In Institutions by John Gridley.ReportB0107
Memo from Kenneth West to All Welfare Employees dated September 18, 1961 regarding New Working Schedule, Chemung County Welfare Department. Attached is the new schedule.DocumentsB0108
Handwritten notes dated January 12, 1961.NotesB0109
From John C. Gridley to Raymond W. Houston, Commissioner for the New York State Department of Social Welfare dated August 17, 1961 regarding care for the aging.LetterB0110
From John C. Gridley to Herman E. Hilleboe, Commissioner of Health dated October 5, 1961 regarding requested population data.LetterB0111
From Gertrude King to Mr. West dated February 6, 1961 regarding Nursing and Convalescent Homes State Approved as of 1/1/60 Bulletin.MemoB0112
From Kenneth West to Marcelle G. Levy, Administrator for the State of New York, Office for the Aging dated August 14, 1961 regarding information requested in a letter dated July 25th. Attached is the July 25th letter.LetterB0113
From Kenneth West to Waasdorp, Northrup and Kaelber, Architects dated July 17, 1961 regarding plans for the new County Home and Infirmary. Attached is a letter from Waasdorp, Northrup and Kaelber, Architects to Kenneth West dated July 13, 1961 regarding the possible construction of a new county home.LetterB0114
From David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated June 27, 1961 regarding the survey of the Chemung County Home on June 9, 1961. Attached is a letter from David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated June 26, 1961 regarding the annual inspection of the County Home.LetterB0115
From David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated May 2, 1961 regarding a letter from Mr. West on April 27th.LetterB0116
Press release from the New York State Department of Social Welfare for Publication, PM Papers, Thursday, April 27, 1961 announcing that Mrs. Marcelle G. Levy assumed the duties of administrator of the State Office for the Aging.DocumentB0117
From Kenneth West to David Hurwitz dated April 27, 1961 regarding an evaluation of the Breesport facilities. Attached is a letter from David Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated March 15, 1961 regarding a survey of the facilities.LetterB0118
From David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated March 21, 1961 regarding a letter being sent to Roberts' Nursing Home.LetterB0119
Conesus Lake Nursing Home.BrochureB0121
Dedication, Chautauqua County Home and Infirmary, October 29, 1961, Dunkirk, New York.ProgramB0122
From Kenneth West dated April 10, 1961 regarding Rates Used in Claiming Federal Reimbursement. Attached is a letter from David M. Schneider to Kenneth West dated March 31, 1961 regarding the reimbursement rate.MemoB0123
From Kenneth West dated March 30, 1960 regarding Rates Used in Claiming Federal Reimbursement. Attached is a letter from David M. Schneider to Kenneth West dated March 29, 1960 regarding the reimbursement rate.MemoB0124
From Kenneth West to David S. Hurwitz dated February 23, 1961 regarding the Infirmary Study Committee meeting.LetterB0125
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