But Also Kept His Keeper's Cards
Joseph Batka has contributed scanned images of a "Prison Keepers Association" Card from 1937 (both sides) to New York Correction History Society's artifact photo gallery. The NYCHS webmaster has slightly enhanced the images to make them more readable, but has not changed their content or general appearance.
The holder of the card was the contributor's father Joseph Batka Jr (now deceased), the same Joseph Batka (Chief Architect) mentioned in this site's archived article about the opening of the Rikers Island bridge.
The Prison Keepers Association was a forerunner of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association.
Note that the back of the card, shown below, recorded the 25 cents monthly dues payments to which association delegates' signatures attested.
Chief Architect Batka had started out as a prison keeper in 1936, became a captain eight years later, and became Deputy Warden eight years after that.
Meanwhile, he attended architectural classes at night to earn a degree in that discipline and his license. He went from architect in 1954 to senior architect in 1960 to administrative architect in 1969.
His son Joseph provides the career outline:
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The bridge opening article from the Spring 1967 Correction Sidelights newsletter can be found listed on the New York City Department of Correction history menu under "Bridges."