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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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Newspaper article, October 1963, entitled: Let's Not Overlook the Need.ArticleB0305
From David S. Hurwitz to Commissioners of Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Steuben, Wayne Counties dated April 24, 1963 regarding Meeting to discuss Public Home Infirmaries, Howel Wagner, Bath, N.Y., Thursday, May 9, 1963. Attached is a letter from David S. Hurwitz to John Gridley dated April 24, 1963 regarding the meetin in Bath.LetterB0306
Report to the Board on Care of Again Problems by John C. Gridley, March 1963.ReportB0307
Folder contains information on the Burgess-Manning Radiant Ceilings from the Davis-Fletch & Co., Inc.FolderB0308
Press Release from the New York State Department of Social Welfare For Publication, AM Papers, Thursday, June 20, 1963 regarding a meeting in Albany on the 21st.DocumentB0309
From Kenneth West to Robert Shulman, Deputy Commissioner for the Div. of State Institutions & Agencies dated May 13, 1963 regarding a presentation by Jum Forbes.LetterB0310
Report on Joint Welfare, Budget and Building Committee Meeting dated May 10, 1963.MinutesB0311
From Burton G. Miner to John C. Gridley dated April 23, 1963 regarding for information on the County Home and Infirmary.LetterB0312
From Kenneth West to David S. Hurwitz dated April 4, 1963 regarding a cost analysis of the construction of a new County Infirmary.LetterB0313
From George K. Wyman to John C. Gridley dated March 26, 1963 regarding a report made to the Board of Supervisors.LetterB0314
Minutes for the Special Joint Meeting with Welfare Committee dated March 28, 1963.MinutesB0315
Form CW-116 (Rev. 7/59) New York State Department of Social Welfare - Authorization for Payment for Child Care.FormB0316
Handwritten note regarding facilities.NotesB0317
Handwritten notes on the County Home and Infirmary Cost Evaluation.NotesB0318
Handwritten notes on admissions between Jan 1, 1961 through December 31, 1963.NotesB0319
Handwritten notes.NotesB0320
Handwritten notes.NotesB0321
Handwritten notes regarding the February 6, 1961 meeting of the Nursing Home Committee.NotesB0322
Handwritten notes regarding the Chronic Ill. Beds in County, January 1960.NotesB0323
Handwritten notes regarding Boarding Houses.NotesB0324
Handwritten notes regarding the Present Facilities for Care of Aged.NotesB0325
Handwritten notes.NotesB0326
Memo from Kenneth West dated March 26, 1963 regarding Rates to be Used in Claiming Federal Reimbursement. Attached is a letter from David M. Schneider to Kenneth West dated March 26, 1963 regarding reimbursement rate.DocumentsB0327
Motion that the Building Committee study the building of a County Hospital with a County Infirmary, to be located at the present Breesport site dated June 10, 1963.DocumentB0328
From Kenneth West to George Sydney dated April 23, 1963 regarding Drugs.MemoB0329
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