The New York Correction History Society has initiated the Correction History Quests
The NYCHS webmaster will present here those e-communications received seeking help with some research project and also present responses those posted inquiries draw.
Those making inquiries are asked to indicate in their e-mails their willingness to have their questions posted here as well as their willingness to have their names and/or e-mail "handles" identified in the postings.
Each respondent is requested to make reference in the responding e-mail to the Quest Id Tag assigned to the inquiry to identify it.
Likewise, the respondents should indicate in their e-mails their willingness to have their names and/or e-mail "handles" identified in the postings.
The e-mail addresses of the inquirers and the respondents will NOT be included in the postings. Quests Hq will forward the full responses, including the respondents' email addresses [unless otherwise instructed], to the inquirers who can choose to initiate direct e-mail communication or not.
All inquiries and responses offered for posting at Correction History Quests Hq should be sent to:
If the number of inquiries and responses warrant, other arrangements for processing them will be explored, including but not limited to establising a monitored newsgroup or Listserv.
Because some inquiries received by NYCHS involve artifacts -- such as old photos, personal memorabilia, antique equipment -- visitors to Quests Hq should keep in mind three other related pages on this web site:
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.
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. For more information, visit the Artifact Recovery Program page.
Other initiatives by the New York Correction History Society are archival and research services at the New York City Department of Correction (NYC DOC) Academy in Middle Village, Queens. Materials being archived and progressively made available for researchers include (but are not limited to) various NYC DOC annual reports, publications documents and photos.
The collection also includes some New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York City Department of Juvenile Justice, the Correction Officers Benevolent Association and the Correction Captains Association newsletters. Books, magazines, newspapers, and clippings related to New York correctional matters also have been gathered. For more information, visit the Archival Services page.
If you have artifacts of New York correctional history that you would like NYCHS to preserve and present for the appreciation of current and future generations, please contact us to make arrangements. If you are not ready to part with the artifacts but still would like to share appreciation of them, please send us digital images of them or photos of them that we can scan into digital images. Also send along descriptions explaining the articles. We will post the images and descriptions in the Correction Artifacts Photo Gallery section of the Virtual Museum.