New York (Colony). Overseers of the Poor, House of Correction, Workhouse and Poorhouse


Existence: 1736 - 1785

Almshouse ledgers collection

Collection REC-0008
Abstract: The records of the Almshouse Ledger Collection represent the activities of the institutions under the purview of various city departments on Blackwell’s Island. Records in this collection date from 1758 to 1952, with the bulk of the records falling between 1832 and 1925. This collection represents a comprehensive, yet incomplete collection of materials produced by each department overseeing the Almshouses and their related entities. These records document the social service, cultural, medical...
Dates: 1758-1952

Overseers of the Poor, House of Correction, Workhouse and Poorhouse, 1758-1818

Series I
Scope and Contents: This series contains Admissions, Discharges and Death records and Census records. While similar in content, the records of Admissions, Discharges and Death contain labeled columns giving information about date of admittance, name, age, where from, occupation and why sent to the Almshouse. The Census ledger records a list of names, ages, where born and the reason for being in the Almshouse. Information overlaps between the two subseries. Arrangement is chronological and alphabetical. The early...
Dates: 1758-1818