Department of Public Charities and Correction, 1856-1907

Scope and Contents

This series contains a large collection of Admissions, Discharges and Deaths ledgers and simply, Admissions ledgers. All contain similar information, including name, age, occupation, where born, how they got to the institution and which location they lived at. Most group men and women together. There are a handful of ledgers which are separated by gender, and refer to the people in these ledgers as male or female inmates. These people likely resided in the Almshouse. Religion and country/place of origin is tracked with more regularity during this period. As with the prior series of Admissions and Discharges and Death ledgers, there are large overlaps into the following series. Census records in this series differ from other series in that these ledgers do not contain names of individuals, but rather figures (on a weekly or daily basis) as to how many people resided in an institution at any particular time. Some ledgers contain figures on the number of individuals employed at an institution. Requisition, Distribution and Inventory ledgers gain more strength in this series. These ledgers provide itemized provisions, clothing and food consumption lists. For the most part, these ledgers are arranged in chronological order. Some of these ledgers have mixed information containing requisitioned and distributed items, along with item inventories, while others are separated by ledger.


15.4 cubic feet (77 volumes)



Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Patrons are required to use digital or microfilm copies for those volumes for which they are available. Advance notice is required for using original material. Please contact us to arrange access.

Series VI and VII of the collection contain subseries that are restricted. See individual series access notes for volume restrictions.


This series is divided into subseries and arranged chronologically by date.

Existence and Location of Copies

This series contains records in digital format and volumes on microfilm. For volumes not digitized or on microfilm, please see an archivist.