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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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This folder contains images of the Elmira Reformatory and prisoners.Photographs010101
Payroll of the State Prison Guard commanded by John Coudrey, September 1815.Document010201
Postcard showing a Mennonite family harvesting maple sugar time in Elmira, Ontario, Canada.Postcard010301
(2) Photographs of Mr. Blow, Mayor of Elmira, Ontario, Canada, and his meat market, 1977.Photographs010302
Pamphlet - Welcome to the Elmira District (Ontario, Canada), ca. 1970s. Information, tours and map.Pamphlet010303
Pamphlet - Elmira...Where the Community Counts, ca. 1970s. (Ontario, Canada).Pamphlet010304
Map - Elmira, Ontario, Canada, 1972.Map010305
Map - Kitchener, Waterloo and Area, Ontario, Canada compliments of then Canada Trust Company, ca. 1970s.Map010306
Pamphlet - You're Invited to Attend Church in Elmira (Ontario, Canada) compliments of Kiwanis Club of Elmira, ca. 1970s.Pamphlet010307
Pamphlet - Who are The Amish? (Ontario, Canada), ca. 1970s.Pamphlet010308
Pamphlet - Good Times Are Back at Brox's Olde Town Village, in Elmira, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1970s.Pamphlet010309
Handbill - House of Dolls and Handmade Krafts by Us, Elmira, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1970s..Handbill010310
Handbill - The Sap Bucket, Elmira, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1970s.Handbill010311
Handbill - Harness Racing at Elmira Fair Raceway, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1970s.Handbill010312
Handbill - How it all began with William and Edith Brox, Brox's Olde Town Village, Elmira, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1970s.Handbill010313
Menu - Ye Olde Ice Cream Parlour, Coffee Lounge and Sweet Shop, Elmira, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1970s.Menu010314
Booklet - Town of Elmira (Ontario, Canada) 50th Anniversary June 29-July 2, 1973. Booklet010315
Notes regarding the history of Elmira, Ontario, Canada.Notes010316
Correspondence regarding the history of Elmira, Ontario, Canada. Correspondence010317
Newspaper clippings regarding events in Elmira, Ontario, Canada, 1970s-1980s.Newspaper Clippings010318
Notes and correspondence regarding the history of the town of Elmira, Fultion County, Ohio. Notes010401
Notes and correspondence regarding the history of the town of Elmira, Stark County, Illinois. Correspondence010501
Letter to Daniel Damon from Marguerite Frost of LaGrange, Indiana, regarding the history of the village of Elmira, Indiana, February 5, 1982. Letter 010601
Correspondence regarding the history of the town of Elmira, Otsego County, Michigan. Correspondence010701
Correspondence and notes regarding the history of the town of Elmira, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Correspondence010801
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