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A group of girls on the steps of the New York State Institute (for the feeble-minded) at Syracuse, an institution for the education of ‘higher-functioning defectives'.

Photograph from the collection of George Edward Shuttleworth (1842-1928) who was Superintendent of the Royal Albert Asylum at Lancaster from 1870-1893. In 1895, he published a book entitled, Mentally deficient children: their treatment and training.