Client case files, 1901-1964 (bulk 1901-1941)

Lyman School for Boys


117.5 cubic ft. (94 record center cartons).
Arranged by case no./chronologically.
The State Reform School was founded in 1847 and opened in 1848 at Westborough for the instruction, discipline, employment, and reform of male juvenile offenders in Massachusetts. It was renamed the Lyman School for Boys in 1884 and closed in 1972. Beginning in 1901 inmate case files were created as a central source of information on each inmate's personal history before, during, and after his stay at the school.
Files (for admissions 1931-1939) may contain the following items/information: legal documents (warrant for commitment, probationary release warrant, honorable discharge letter), State Board of Charity case history (family history, date and place of birth, religion, address, complaint, disposal, date, and reporter), case history (inmate case no., place and place of birth, sentence, reason and authority for commitment, physical description, family history, religion, arrest history, personal habits, school history), parole investigation of home, mittimus, court records, school documents including reports and history card (name, offense, religion, institutional residence cottage, date of majority, birth date, date of commitment, manual training, credits and balances of merits, whippings and other other punishments, releases, escapes, address of family, dates of visits, remarks), record of interviews, intelligence tests, letters from subsequent institutions, photograph, medical history, personal documents including letters from family, and subsequent correspondence concerning inmate after his stay.
Post-1941 materials consist chiefly of requests for information on former clients. For earlier admissions see: Case histories of boys, 1855-1911 ((M-Ar)629X), which includes an alphabetical name index through 1916.
Includes files for case no. 7700-17915 (admissions 1901-1939).
Restricted series: Youth services client information restricted by statutory provision; for conditions of access consult repository;.
Container list.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0072-A/(OCoLC)82997907 describes the history and functions of the Lyman School for Boys.

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