Let's liberate correctional artifacts imprisoned
in attics, cellars and garages!

Give me your tired, poor, huddled artifacts yearning to breathe free.
Lest they get lost or tossed, send these, the relics of your service, to me.
I lift my lamp beside Correction History's archival door.*

* Apologies to Emma Lazarus.

Correction Artifact
Recovery (Liberation) Program

In cooperation with participqting correctional agencies and organizations, NYCHS has launched an Artifact Recovery Program promoting the help of former correctional agency employees in "liberating" correction artifacts from "imprisonment" in attics, cellars and garages so they can be given places of honor in the agencies' and the society's archival collections for display and study.

Illustration by Retired NYC DOC CO James Vann, now of Florida.
Click for bio of art/ret. CO James Vann

For the NYCHS Artifact Recovery Program's purposes, an "artifact" is any object that was used or created in past New York correctional service and now could help illustrate the history of that service. The obvious ones include

  • hardware (such as but not limited to cuffs, keys, chains, locks),
  • clothing (such as but not limited to inmate and staff uniforms),
  • documents (such as but not limited to records, ledgers, reports and plans),
  • photographs, illustrations and signs.

Each agency participating in the program has named a contact person whose office phone number is listed so that retirees and other former employees of that agency may call concerning the recovery of that agency's artifacts.

Agency Artifact Recovery Contacts

Traning Academy
John Maloy
(518) 453-1885

NYS Parole
Special Assistant
Thomas Grant
(518) 474-2121

Services Director
Thomas McCarthy
(718) 417-2315

NYC Juvenile Justice
Public Affairs Director
Sarina Roffe
(212) 925-7779 Ext. 205

NYC Probation
Asst. Commissioner
John Evangelista
(212) 442-2910

Retiree Consultant
Vincent Coppola
(212) 965-0152

Frances Mulvaney
(212) 227-4090

The society will provide anyone offering an artifact to it the phone number of the appropriate agency contact person and will encourage the person offering the artifact to make the recovery arrangements directly with the agency contact.

Individuals preferring to make artifact recovery arrangements through the society can do so by calling NYCHS general secretary Thomas McCarthy at (212) 266-1016, e-mailing him at webmaster@correctionhistory.org, or writing him at New York Correction History Society, 60 Hudson Street, Room 608, New York, N.Y., 10013. Please include a callback phone number.

Where title to an artifact offered to the society clearly belongs to the person offering it, the society will accept it for its own artifacts collection or for the collection of the agency formerly associated with the object, whichever course the offering person chooses. If the latter course is chosen, the society will forward the artifact to that agency's contact person, unless that agency designates the society to hold the object in the agency's name on loan.

Share Your Artifacts' Images
In a Virtual Museum

Former or current correctional agency employees who keep such artifacts on display in their homes or offices are invited to share them via web imagery with our Correction History site visitors.

Send us clear photos of your displayed artifacts, along with brief descriptions. We will post the images and descriptions in this Artifacts section. To make arrangements, e-mail us at webmaster@correctionhistory.org. (Please include a callback phone number in your message.)

With your permission, we will note who contributed the image and information. Artifact image contributors would be helping establish a Virtual Correction History Museum.

Someday we will schedule a special exhibition to which all the Virtual Correction History Museum contributors would be invited to bring their artifacts for actual display.

It could be an important step toward creation of a "real" Correction History Museum.

Where title to an artifact offered to the society may still reside with the agency formerly associated with the object, the society will refer the matter to the Artifact Recovery Program contact person for that agency.

When the offering person requests to remain anonymous, the society will respect those wishes in referring the matter that agency's contact person.

However, whenever the offering person is agreeable to having his or her identity and role in the artifact recovery noted, the society will make and maintain a record so that proper credit may be given whenever the artifact is placed on display or made available for study.

By promoting recovery of correction history artifacts, the society seeks to prevent those objects becoming lost or their getting tossed into the trash by persons unaware of their historical value. NYCHS seeks to promote their preservation and presentation so that researchers, scholars and the public may gain better appreciation of the contribution to the New York commonweal by the men and women in correctional services, past and present.

A secure storage area has been made available to the New York Correction History Society for documentary archival and artifact collection purposes at the New York City Correction Academy in Middle Village, Queens.

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