The web resource for NY correction history --- 7000+ files of text & images totaling 460+ megabytes.
New York Correction
History Society

To pursue, preserve and promote
the history of correction services in New York

* Correction * Parole * Probation * Juvenile Justice *
* Alternatives to Incarceration * Transitional Services *

Hail to
the Chief!

More than stars on collar and ribbons on chest, C.O. Ralph E. Smith's photo of Chief of Dept. Robert N. Davoren shows feelings of NYC DOC's top uniformed officer on retirement after 35 years. Click stars image to see photo.

Virtual Tour
of Harlem
Court & Jail
Click the above composite Rikers Island farm image for 4 pages & 40+ images tracing 300+ years of the growing OF Rikers Island and the growing ON Rikers Island.

The Jews of Sing Sing
Click title for more on Ron Arons' lecture Tuesday, April 25 at Temple Emanu-El of NYC sponsored by its Ivan M. Stettenheim Library and Herbert & Eileen Bernard Judaica Museum. Arts & Identity Series. 6:30 pm. Enter its Community House, 1 E. 65th St. Free. Open to public.

2006 newsletter

Tom Brown diary

1940 NYS Sheriff Association Convention Journal photos & text

Anton Refregier's WPA mural Home & Family.
30 NYCHS images10 NYC-TV images

Inmate murals
in corridors.

Movie set's mural of a "tiled" wall.
Can you name film?

NYCHS presentation at Researching New York

Searching Sing Sing for My Father

The Big House -- Auburn

Premiered May 29 on THC

Hanging Executions 1779-1889

Rikers & Welfare Island Prison Photos

Governors Island Prisons
Virtual Tour

1930 Prison Matrons List
Reveals Uneven Pay Standard

Foreword to Anna M. Kross
report on 12 years at DOC
Select archives list & click "go."
"Images of America" book

aka Welfare Island,
aka Blackwell's Island

1936/44 SCOC Standards

Motchan 30th Year

Interfaith Friends
of Potter's Field
Memorial Service

Facility Profiles

NYS Commissioners

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