Research Catalog

Women's Prison Association of New York records,

Title
Women's Prison Association of New York records, 1845-1983.
Author
Women's Prison Association of New York.
Supplementary Content
Finding aid

Details

Additional Authors
Description
116 linear feet (148 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Case files.
  • Photoprints.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
  • are closed for 70 years.
  • are closed for 15 years.
Source (note)
  • Women's Prison Association
Biography (note)
  • The Women's Prison Association, founded in 1854, promotes improvement in the treatment of women prisoners in New York and offers rehabilitation assistance to ex-offenders. The Association also has proposed various reforms in the criminal justice system for women and has operated the Isaac T. Hopper Home since the mid-19th century, making it the oldest women's "halfway house" in the U.S.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 3378
Author
Women's Prison Association of New York.
Title
Women's Prison Association of New York records, 1845-1983.
Summary
Collection consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, legislative bills, project files, client case files, financial records, photographs, and printed matter documenting the activities of the Women's Prison Association (WPA). Within the administrative records there are Executive Committee and Board of Directors minutes, 1888-1979 (with gaps); directors and staff correspondence and reports, 1845-1983 (with gaps); fundraising records, 1933-1973; scattered records of the Treasurer, 1869-1977; and auditors' reports, 1929-1977. Also, administrative files for all the major projects of the 1970s and a fairly complete set of annual reports, 1859-1981. Client case records (comprising about three-quarters of the collection) contain case books, rolls, registration cards, and samples of daily reports on residents of the Hopper Home. Case files for individual clients form the largest element of the client records and contain information about closed cases from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Access
Records containing information about WPA clients in which they are personally identified are closed for 70 years.
Administrative records of the WPA which do not contain client data are closed for 15 years.
Biography
The Women's Prison Association, founded in 1854, promotes improvement in the treatment of women prisoners in New York and offers rehabilitation assistance to ex-offenders. The Association also has proposed various reforms in the criminal justice system for women and has operated the Isaac T. Hopper Home since the mid-19th century, making it the oldest women's "halfway house" in the U.S.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository.
Connect to:
Added Author
Atkinson, Miriam.
Clark, Mary V.
Daniel, A.S.
Emerson, Sara M.
Gibbons, Abigail M.
Hunt, E. Mebane.
Powell, Rachel H.
Steinmetz, Margaret B.
Woodbridge, Alice.
Isaac T. Hopper Home.
Research Call Number
MssCol 3378
View in Legacy Catalog