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   Society for the Prevention of Crime Records, 1878-1973

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Society for the Prevention of Crime Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079350 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Society for the Prevention of Crime (New York, N.Y.)
Title:Society for the Prevention of Crime Records, 1878-1973
Physical description:ca. 30,000 items (65 boxes, 3 flat boxes)
Language(s):In English
Access: The following boxes are located off-site: 2-66. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 2 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Papers of the Society, including correspondence among the officers and directors of the Society, memoranda, reports, legal papers, minutes, financial records, radio scripts, clippings, scrapbooks, comic books, and a subject file of pamphlets and clippings on all aspects of crime prevention. Also, an extensive history of the Society.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: General Files

Series III: Administration

Series IV: Eassay Contest

Series V: Financial

Series VI: Parkhurst, C. H. 1824-1933

Pastor of the Madison Square Presbyterian Church, was President of the Society from 1891 to 1908 and a leader in the reform movement in New York City politics. A memorial to him was proposed for Madison Square but was never built

Series VII: Publicity

Series VIII: Radio Programs

Series IX: Scrapbooks

Series X: Subjects

Series XI: Additional Information

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 The following boxes are located off-site: 2-66. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Society for the Prevention of Crime Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 09/--/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-03-11 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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Scrapbooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Albany Crime Commission (Albany, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.--School of Law.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Corrections--Research.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Crime prevention--Citizen participation.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Crime prevention--Societies, etc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Employment agencies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Parole.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Police--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Social problems.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Temperance.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Vocational Foundation Bureau.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

The Society for the Prevention of Crime was founded in 1877 in New York City. It has worked, successively, for the promotion of temperance, for judicial and legislative reform, and for public and legal education. During its most active periods, the Society brought about the formation of of the Lexow Committee to investigate the New York City Police in 1894, contributed to the Albany Crime Commission during the 1930s, and broadcast popular radio programs on criminal behavior, 1946-1948. In 1948 the Society absorbed the Vocational Foundation Bureau, a job placement agency for parolees. Since 1956, the Society's only activity has been its annual grant to Columbia Law School for research in penology.

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