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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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Newspaper clipping - "What New Factory Workers Bring To A Town," concerning new A&P plant, December 12, 1962. Newspaper Clipping011501
Office of Commissioner of Correction press release regarding crime statistics, January 15, 1965.Document011502
Report - Characteristics of inmates discharged from New York State Correctioal Institutions in 1963. Document011503
Notes about the history of execution by electrocution in New York State. Notes011504
Menu for the week of April 5-10, 1964 at the Elmira Reformatory.Menu011505
Letter to Daniel E. Damon Jr., Superintendent of Elmira Reformatory, Elmira from Herbert L. Bryan, Department of Corrections Director of Reseach with data on crime from 1957, April 13, 1962.Letter011506
Review of Daniel Damon's lecture "Correction in New York State" delivered at the St. Lawrence University Institute on Crime and Delinquency. Document011507
Tips for Speakers and sample outline of a typical inmate day.Document011508
List of reference sources on prison administration.Document011509
Report - Characteristics of Inmates under custody in New York State Correctional Institutions, December 31, 1962. Document011510
Office of Commission of Correction press release regarding crime statistics, January 7, 1963.Document011511
Information on institutions, correctional camps and prisons in New York State, November 1, 1945.Document011512
Central Administration of the Department of Correction, Division of Administration, 1961. Document011513
Notes for lectures on the Elmira Reformatory given at the New York Magistrate Association (May 18, 1963), the Exchange Club (June 4, 1963), and the Horseheads Rotary Club (November 13, 1963).Notes011514
Booklet - Opportunity for Learning for Training In the Institutions of the New York State Department Of Correction, August 1959.Booklet011515
Booklet - Correction And the Young Offender In New York State, August 1960.Booklet011517
Booklet - Perparing the Offender For Community Living, State of New York Department of Correction, June 1962.Booklet011518
Booklet - Just Another Number? Department of Correction, New York State, August 1963.Booklet011519
Booklet - Career Opportunities in Correctional Work, New York State Department of Correction, June 1964.Booklet011520
Remarks by Commissioner of Correction Paul D. McGinnis at the New York State Civil Service hearing concerning corrections workers' pay, November 29, 1961.Document011521
Organization and Policies of the State Correctional System, January 26, 1956.Document 011522
Booklet - History of Elmira Reformatory, 1962.Booklet011523
Notebook with pornographic cartoons drawn by Elmira Reformatory prisoners, April 1959.Notebook011524
This folder contains the following images of the Elmira Reformatory buildings and grounds: overall complex, 1960s; chaple; greenhouse; cell blocks; hospital wing; swimming pool; surrounding fields and farm buildings. Photographs020101
(82) Photographs of the Elmira Reformatory new tower construction project, 1968-1969. Photographs020201
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