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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection TitleCL 50 Daniel Damon/ Elmira Reformatory CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKatie Button
Date Completed:Winter 2009
Date Updated:June 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Daniel Damon and Joe Stevens. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Elmira Reformatory; Prison
Historical:Elmira Reformatory - The idea for the Elmira Reformatory was conceived by Zebulon Brockway and put into law in 1870.  The first prisoners arrived in the summer of 1876.  The idea was that, through religious instruction, vocational training and general education, younger criminals could be molded into responsible citizens.  Daniel E. Damon Jr. served as the Superintendent during the 1960s and 1970s.  Damon was also director of the Chemung County Historical Society during the 1970s.
Scope:The Daniel Damon/ Elmira Reformatory Collection includes Daniel Damon's notes on the history of various "Elmiras" across the United States and Canada; administrative documents relating to the Reformatory, 1960s-1970s; and photographs of the Reformatory, 1880s-1970s.   
Extent2.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1815-1985
AbstractThis collection contains documents relating to various "Elmiras" across America and documents and photographs related to the Elmira Reformatory.

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Program - Elmira Post Office Centennial Dinner, Elmira, California, February 21, 1873. Program010901
Wall calendar compliments of Fry's Grocery, Elmira, California, 1972.Calendar010902
Correspondence, notes and newspaper clippings regarding the history of Elmira, California. Documents010903
Correspondence regarding the history of Elmira, Lane County, Oregon. Correspondence011001
Map - State of Oregon, 1981.Map011002
Notes on the history of Elmira, Ray County, Missouri.Documents011101
Map - State of Missouri, 1981.Map011102
Correspondence and notes regarding the history of Elmira, Braxton County, West Virginia.Documents011201
Photograph of downtown Elmira, Idaho, September 1985.Photograph011301
Correspondence and notes regarding the history of Elmira, Bonner County, Idaho. Correspondence011302
(5) Slides of views in Elmira in Indiana, Ohio, Prince Edward Island and Michigan, 1983. Slides011401
Notes concerning the story of the naming of Elmira, New York. Notes011402
Notes on various Elmiras across the country.Notes011403
Newspaper clipping, September 23, 1980. Man 72, Sentenced In Wife's Strangling. The wife of two days was named Elmira.Nwespaper Clipping011404
Correspondence with the Chemung Hill Elementary District, Stroughton, Massachusetts, regarding the history of their name, 1975.Correspondence 011404
Correspondence regarding towns in India named "Elmira," 1978.Correspondence011405
Correspondence regarding the name of Chemung Township, McHenry County, Illinois, 1975. Correspondence011406
Letter regarding the name of the Elmira millsite in Aspen, Colorado, 1976.Letter011407
Mine claim for the Elmira lode in Aspen, Colorado, 1885. Document011408
Pamphlet - The Pine Creek Cookhouse, Aspen, Colorado, 1975.Pamphlet011409
Pamphlet - Ashcroft Ski Touring Unlimited, Aspen, Colorado, ca. 1970s.Pamphlet011410
Newspaper - The Aspen Journal, Aspen, Colorado, February 13, 1976.Newspaper011411
Newspaper - The Ashcroft Journal, Ashcroft, Colorado, May 2, 1882.Newspaper011412
Map - United States, 1963. All "Elmiras" marked. Map 011413
Daniel Damon's form letter requesting information about towns named Elmira, 1975. Letter011414
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