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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
Minutes from the Welfare Committee Meeting dated November 3, 1960.MinutesA2001
Five (5) photographs of the Chemung County Home and Farm.PhotographsA2002
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette dated October 5, 1960 entitled: Begin Work on 2d Emergency Water Supply at County Home.ArticleA2003
Business Card for Warner C. Tanaka Assistant Manager, Engineering Sales, American LaFrance. Attached are handwritten notes.DocumentsA2004
Handwritten calculations.NotesA2005
State Department of Health - Division of Hospital Review and Planning, August 28, 1960.ReportA2006
Newspaper article dated July 6, 1960 entitled: Midtown Dirt, Noise Defeat Hotel as Home.ArticleA2007
From David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth Y. West dated December 14, 1960 regarding the facilities for the care of the chronically ill. Attached are: a list of people who received the December 14th letter and a letter from Kenneth Y. West to David S. Hurwitz dated December 9, 1960 regarding a meeting to be held on December 20, 1960.LetterA2008
From David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth Y. West dated December 2, 1960 regarding the recent sruvey of the County Home. Attached is a letter from David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth Y. West dated December 2, 1960 regardinga reinspection of the County Home.LetterA2009
From John D. Borah, Directof of the Chemung County Planning Board to Kenneth Y. West dated November 21, 1960 regarding the expansion and modernization of the County Home and Infirmary.LetterA2010
From Kenneth Y. West to John D. Borah dated October 25, 1960 regarding the expansion and modernization of the County Home and Infirmary.LetterA2011
Letter from David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated October 11, 1960 regarding an addition to the infirmary.LetterA2012
Minutes of the Nursing Home Study Committee meeting held at the Chemung County Infirmary in Breesport on March 8, 1961 at noon.MinutesA2013
Minutes of Nursing Home Study Committee meeting held at St. Joseph's Hospital on February 6, 1961 at noon.MinutesA2014
For the Welfare Committee Meeting february 11, 1960.MinutesA2015
From John J. Bourke to Robert T. Jones, Administrator for Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital dated December 7, 1960 regarding questions asked in a December 1, 1960 letter. Attached is the December 1st letter.LetterA2016
From Kenneth Y. West to Tracy J. Bushness dated January 25, 1960 regarding repairs at the County Home.LetterA2017
From Cameron P. Loomis to Roger H. Butts, Commissioner of the Wayne Co. Dept. Social Welfare dated January 5, 1960 regarding the closure of the Wayne County Farm. Attached are: a letter from Roger Butts to Cameron P. Loomis dated December 30, 1959 and a letter from Cameron Loomis to Roger Butts dated December 23, 1959 regarding the possibility of closing the county farm.LetterA2018
Welfare Committee Meeting Minutes for Friday, January 8, 1960.MinutesA2019
Welfare Committee Meeting Minutes for Wednesday, January 20, 1960.MinutesA2020
The B.T.U (Burgess Thermal Uniformity), Volume 1, Number 2, April 1961 Issue.NewsletterA2020
Chemung County, Department Public Welfate, Office Procedure: Rules and Regulations for Welfare Department Employees.ReportA2021
Welfare Committee Meeting Minutes for Thursday, February 11, 1960.MinutesA2022
Welfare Committee Meeting Minutes for Wednesday, February 24, 1960.MinutesA2023
Welfare Committee Meeting Minutes for March 30, 1960.MinutesA2024
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