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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
(18) Photographs of the Elmira Reformatory Drill Team and Marching Band, 1880s-1910s. Photographs020301
(40) Photographs of Elmira Reformatory vocational, art and instructional classes for prisoners, ca. 1940s-60s. Photographs020401
This folder contains the following Elmira Reformatory images: prison staff, ca. 1950s; confiscated electric saw made from an electric razor, 1960; Institutional Case Working Acency poster from 1969 State Fair; Prison Supervisor Daniel Damon, 1971; new arrivals; baseball game, 1960s.Photographs020501
(231) Slides of the Elmira Reformatory including prisoners, staff, classes and buildings and grounds, 1960s-70s. Slides020601
8mm film showing about the Elmira Reformatory, ca. 1970s.Film030001
Ledger - Minutes and Records of the Elmira Reformatory Board of Managers, 1876-1888. Ledger030002
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