Prison Public Memory Project scholar-collaborator Russ Immarigeon was recently named a recipient of the 2015 New York State Archives Annual Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives. Representatives of the State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust presented Immarigeon with this award for his work with administrative records of the Hudson State Training School and other records that have been crucial in highlighting an under-documented and important population and noted that his "published work on the Prison Public memory website has promoted further investigation of the state's treatment of younger offenders at Hudson and other facilities, and has expanded awareness and use of the records in the State Archives."
In 2013, Immarigeon received a Larry J. Hackman Research Residency from the State Archives in order to research the history of the New York State Training School for Girls in Hudson, NY. Among other topics Immarigeon covered during his research residency, he wrote about famed jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald's time as a resident of the Girls' Training School.
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