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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
From Kenneth West to Donald G. Fudge February 13, 1968 regarding Health-Welfare Complex -- Infirmary Room-Layout.LetterB0902
From Ida Greenstein to Kenneth West dated November 8, 1968 regarding a letter received from a Mr. Slocum on November 4th.LetterB0903
Purchasing Circular Letter, Number CL 112 dated January 26, 1968 regarding State Contracts and Purchasing Procedure.LetterB0904
Form Proc 28 (Rev. 4/64) Commodities Under Centralized Contracts in Which Political Subdivisions May Participate.FormB0905
Office of General Services, Standards and Purchase Notice of Contract Award for Proposal Number 2995 for 36503 Laundry Equipment (Washers & Dryers) March 6, 1968.DocumentB0906
Office of General Services, Standards and Purchase Notice of Contract Award for Proposal Number 1007 for 11600 - Ward & O.R. Hospital Equipment (General) August 15, 1968.DocumentB0907
Procedure for Approval of *Hospital Construction.ReportB0908
Memo regarding Rates To Be Used In Claiming Federal Reimbursement. Attached are: Transmittal - Official Releases from the Department of Social Services dated August 17, 1967 regarding Public Home Infirmary Rates for the Period July 1, 1967 through March 31, 1968, Memo 67- dated July 28, 1967 regarding the Infirmary Rates, a Public Home Infirmaries--Schedule of Rates, and a letter from Hollis Ingraham to Dr. T. Norman Hurd dated July 28, 1967 regarding the reimbursement rates.DocumentsB0909
From David M. Schneider to Kenneth West dated May 2, 1968 regarding Federal Reimbursement rates.LetterB0910
Letter from Marion R. Farren to Kenneth West dated May 6, 1968 regarding rates for domiciliary care. Attached is an Annual Report on Selected Activities for the Chemung County Home and Infirmary for the year ending December 31, 1967.DocumentsB0911
No date regarding the rates for domiciliary care at the Chemung County Home.MemoB0912
From W. Chester Hoyt to Kenneth Blauvelt dated May 10, 1968 regarding the delivery of eggs.LetterB0913
From W. Chester Hoyt to Maple Farms-Creighton's dated April 15, 1968 regarding Pasteurized Homogenized Milk.LetterB0914
From W. Chester Hoyt to Chemung County Home dated May 15, 1968 regarding eggs.LetterB0915
Report on County Home and Infirmary Complaints.ReportB1001
From Kenneth West regarding questions regarding the Infirmary.MemoB1002
Chemung County Home & Infirmary Maintenace Policy.ReportB1003
Letter from Fudge & Underhill to the Department of Health dated April 4, 1969 regarding Chemung County Health Center, Heritage Park, Elmira, NY Project No. NYS-333. Attached is a blueprint for the County Health Center, Heritage Park, Elmira, NY.DocumentsB1004
From Fudge & Underhill to the Division of Hospital Review and Planning dated March 14, 1969 regarding Project No. NYS-333 Chemung County Health Center, Heritage Park, Elmira, New York.LetterB1005
From George E. Boisvert to Kenneth West dated May 1, 1969 regarding questions on the Infirmary construction. Attached are a letter from Kenneth West to George E. Boisvert dated May 9, 1969 answering Mr. Boisvert's questions and a copy of the original May 1, 1969 letter.LetterB1006
From E. C. Bush, Troy Laundry Macninery to County of Chemung Dept. of Public Welfare dated May 29, 1969 regarding laundry equipment for the Chemung County Health Center. Attached is a letter from Kenneth West to E. C. Bush dated June 16, 1969 regarding the laundry equipment.LetterB1007
Page 2 of questions regarding case workers.DocumentB1008
From Kenneth West dated June 6, 1969 regarding Health Related Facilities (Public Homes).MemoB1009
From Kenneth West to Alex E. Wasko, Rochester Regional Hospital Council dated March 11, 1969 regarding a group purchasing plan.LetterB1010
Instructions for the assembly of fiberglass chairs.DocumentB1011
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