Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Waterford (N.Y.) Overseer of the Poor Account Book, 1922-1931

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray, September 2006, and Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: Waterford (N.Y.) Overseer of the Poor account book
Creator: Waterford (N.Y.). Overseer of the Poor
Inclusive dates: 1922-1931
Bulk dates: 1929-1931
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This account book (approximately 120 pages) documents payments made by the overseer of the poor in Waterford, New York, to destitute men and women between January 1922 and December 1931. Most disbursements consisted of groceries and coal, though some individuals received medical assistance or shoes. Each of 569 unique entries contains the recipient's name, age, gender, country of birth, and cause of poverty, along with the amount and type of relief provided.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2004. M-4353.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Waterford (N.Y.) Overseer of the Poor account book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The overseer of the poor in Waterford, New York, provided financial assistance to needy individuals. Men and women received aid for a variety of reasons, including health issues, lack of work, or absent spouses.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This account book (approximately 120 pages) documents payments that the overseer of the poor in Waterford, New York, allotted to destitute men and women between January 1922 and December 1931. Most disbursements consisted of groceries and coal, though some individuals received medical assistance or shoes. Each of 569 unique entries contains the recipient's name, age, gender, country of birth, and cause of poverty, along with the amount and type of relief provided.

Both men and women, who are represented almost equally, received allowances for reasons such as illness or old age. Some women required assistance because of their husbands' inability to provide sustenance (on account of death, incarceration, or inability to find work). Though most recipients were born in the United States, the account book includes payments made to persons born in Canada, England, Italy, France, Poland, and Argentina. Records dated from 1922 to 1928 comprise around 20 pages; the remainder is dated from 1929 to 1931.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Depressions--1929--United States.
    • Poverty--United States.
    • Unemployment--New York--Waterford.
    • Waterford (N.Y.)
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Waterford (N.Y.) Overseer of the Poor account book,  1922-1931 [series]: