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This collection is arranged into 10 series.
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.
Some officers of the Society who appear in the correspondence:
Frank Moss [Counsel 1887-1908; President 1908-1909]
Charles Henry Parkhurst [President 1891-1908]
Samuel Marcus [Counsel 1908-1936]
Charles E. Bruce [President 1909-1921]
S. Edward Young [President 1921-1927]
Howard Clark Barber [Superintendent -1932; Director 1925-1932, 1936-1939]
William Jay Schieffelin [President 1927-1933]
Albert E. Roraback [Vice-President 1926-]
Howard M. Bassett
George P. Hammond [Superintendent 1932-1935]
George Drew Egbert [President 1933-1940]
Henry N. Pringle [Investigator; Superintendent]
Harry Sussman [Investigator]
Lionel J. Freeman [Superintendent 1935-1937]
J. Edward Lumbard [Counsel 1937-]
Benjamin M. Day [President 1940-1942]
Paul Blanshard [Ex Secretary 1941/1942]
George H. Sibley President 1942-1948]
Edwin Jay Lukas [Ex Secretary 1943-1950; Ex Director 1950]
Clarence O. Dimmock [Counsel 1943-]
Bernhard K. Schaefer [President 1948-]
K. Brent Woodruff [Ex Director, 1950/1951]
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
Boxes 1 (cataloged correspondence), 67-69 (phonograph disc boxes), and 597-598 (flat boxes) are onsite. The remainder of this collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
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.
Society for the Prevention of Crime, MssCol 2811, Manuscripts and Archives Division, NYPL.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Society for the Prevention of Crime. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1980. Accession number--M-80.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89. Processed by Henry Rowen, September 1980.
2010-03-11 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2023-05-08 Phonograph records added to series VII.2. kws
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
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.