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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 clipping entitled: County Officials in Dark on Narcotics Report, newspaper clipping entitled: Prober to Survey Infirmary Drugs, handwritten notes and the County Home and Infirmary Narcotics Report from Kenneth West.DocumentsB0606
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette dated April 7, 1965 entitled: The 'Why' and 'What' of Proposed Health-Welfare Center.ArticleB0607
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette and Advertiser dated April 7, 1965 entitled: Health Center Question Lingers: Who Decided on 6.5 Acre Site?ArticleB0608
Chemung County Health-Welfare Center Elmira, New York Preliminary Program, from Louis Block & Associates, Inc., Hospital Consultants.ReportB0609
Handwritten note from John C. Gridley to Kenneth West regarding the narrative for the Chemung County Health-Welfare Complex.NotesB0610
Chemung County Health-Welfare Complex - Narrative Description of Infirmary Section for the Formal Application to New York State Department of Health.ReportB0611
From Kenneth West to John C. Gridley dated June 14, 1965 regarding the Health-Welfare Complex.MemoB0612
Handwritten notes from June through December 1965.NotesB0613
The Syracuse Dispensary: A Cooperative Effort in Health Care and the Advancement of Medical Science.BrochureB0614
Equal Opportunity in Hospitals and Health Facilities: Civil Rights Policies Under the Hill-Burton Program, March 1965.BookletB0615
Memo from Kenneth West dated March 23, 1965 regarding Rates To Be Used In Claiming Federal Reimbursement. Attached is a letter from David M. Schneider to Kenneth West dated March 19, 1965 regarding reimbursement rates.DocumentsB0616
Memo from David S. Hurwitz to the Commissioners of Public Welfare dated August 4, 1965 regarding Public Home and Approved Public Home Infirmary Rates for the Period: April 1, 1965 to March 31, 1966. Attached is a listing of the Per Diem and Monthly Rates.DocumentsB0617
From H. Michael Cornwell to W. Chester Hoyt dated April 26, 1965 regarding the Whitestone Products Corp., No. W117 Linen Saver.LetterB0618
Nassau County Home for the Aged and Infirm.BrochureB0619
Present Chronic Care Needs in Chemung County and Impact of Medicare as Seen by the Welfate Commission.ReportB0701
Information on the Steuben County Infirmary, October 13, 1966.ReportB0702
A Suggested Plan for Sharing the Reduced "Heritage Park Renewal Area" Among the Prospective Developers by R. L. Brown, Planning Director, Chemung County Planning Board, September 25, 1964.ReportB0703
From Kenneth West to The Elmira City Council regarding: Statement by Chemung County Commissioner of Public Welfare on "Heritage Park" Urban Renewal Project.Memo B0704
From K. Y. West to R. Carr dated November 16, 1966 regarding Data Needed For Statistical Study of Infirmary Costs.MemoB0705
Handwritten notes listing the towns in Chemung County and numbers.NotesB0706
Handwritten notes on the Infirmary Construction.NotesB0707
Handwritten notes on the number of people employed full or part-time.NotesB0708
Handwritten notes regarind January through December 1966 accounts.NotesB0709
Handwritten notes regarding the Welfare Department.NotesB0710
Handwritten notes regarding statistics for the Infirmary Study.NotesB0711
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