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Object Name Print, Gelatin Silver
Other number P073919
Description Gelatin silver print, black and white. Image of ten people, men and women, sitting at a dining room table with one woman, dressed in white, standing. Hand written, verso: "Leah Smith My Watiress at Ray Brook - 1907. Harold L. Chaffee."
Date 1907
Photographer Unknown
Collection Historic Photo Collection
Search Terms Essex County
Ray Brook
Sanatoriums
Catalog Number 2013.014.0003
Notes Harold Chaffee spent time in Ray Brook Sanatorium in 1907 when he was 23 years old. He was originally from the Indian River area and then moved to Castorland. The New York State Hospital for Incipient Pulmonary Tuberculosis at Ray Brook was the first of it's kind in New York State, and second in the country (first in Massachusetts). It operated as a sanatorium until the mid-1960s when it transferred to the Drug Addiction Control Commission and ultimately became Adirondack Correctional Facility, a 700-man medium security prison. In between it was "Camp Adirondack," housing adult inmates involved in a Department of Environmental Conservation program, and the property was used as housing for officials during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games .