Skip to main content

Series I: Inmates (Residents), 1860-2008


Scope and Contents

This series contains documents pertaining to Sailors' Snug Harbor residents. Materials include administrative records, correspondence by and about residents, records of residents' deaths and Last Wills and Testaments, files on residents, and registers of residents. Residents' records include data about their lives at sea, behavior within the institution, and other genealogical information. Correspondence includes complaints that residents made to the governor of the institution and transcripts of subsequent investigations into the complaints.


  • 1860-2008

Conditions Governing Access

Residents' personal files are closed for 50 years from the resident's death. If the decease date is unknown, records are closed for 72 years from the date when the item was created.


80 Linear Feet (186 standard document boxes, one half-size document box, one oversize flat box, and three oversize volumes.)

Language of Materials


Arrangement of Materials

Documents concerning Sailors' Snug Harbor residents (or inmates, as they were called in the 19th century) have been arranged in four subseries: Administration and Correspondence; Deaths and Wills; Files; and Registers.

Processing Information

Series I: Inmates includes materials from the 1976 accession (originating both from the Staten Island facility and Manhattan business office) and from the 2008 accession. These materials, previously scattered across the collection, were arranged as a single series as part of the 2017 revisions to the finding aid for ease of access.


Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

6 Pennyfield Avenue
Bronx NY 10465 United States
(718) 409-7231