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Records of the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Series Descriptions


Pennsylvania Industrial School, Camp Hill

Though never actually part of the prison system, Fairview State Hospital was used to confine the criminally insane from 1912. Based on recommendations of a special commission in 1931, a decision was made to build a new institution for the confinement of young male offenders and to convert the Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon to a prison for juvenile delinquents. Opened in 1941 as the Industrial School at White Hill for young offenders, this facility is now the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill and serves as the stateís sole diagnostic and classification center for male offenders.†


Commitment Records - Juvenile,
1941-1975.
(91 boxes)

{#15.172} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically originally by surname and then alphabetically and numerically by inmate number.


Card file of juveniles committed to the Industrial School. Data varies over time and may include name, offense, race, date of birth, age, home address, sentence, dates of furlough and return, alias, court session, date of sentence, and date of release.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees,
1945-1954.
(2 boxes)

{series #15.102} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees of the Industrial School at Camp Hill created under Act 34 approved May 26, 1945.† Information provided is date of meeting, names of those present, a description of the discussion that occurred and of the business transacted.

Motion Picture Films (16mm),
[circa 1940s].
(7 reels)

{series #15.168} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Unarranged.

Seven 16mm, color, silent motion picture films of the Industrial School at White Hill (also known as SCI Camp Hill), including films portraying daily activities, American Red Cross Bloodmobile blood donations, construction, the mechanic shop, and farm scenes. Activities and scenes include a choral concert, football practice, marching band practice, cafeteria work, machine shop, visiting room, guest house, and laundry. Construction films show the erection of a new school building, and farm scenes include prisoners picking potatoes.

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Reports and Administrative Files,
1939-1955, circa 1965.
(3 boxes)

{series #15.103} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report or document.

Annual audit reports, personnel lists, official bulletins, and administrative correspondence related to training and promotions, escapes, and daily operations at the New Pennsylvania Industrial School at Camp Hill.† Information includes organization and personnel, balance sheet, assets, liabilities and capital, operating income, operating expenses, collections and transmittals, state appropriation expenditures, agricultural and industrial activities, statistics, fidelity bonds and insurance, special funds, and schedules.


State Correctional Institution, Dallas

SCI Dallas was opened in 1960 as an institution for defective delinquents. After the state Supreme Court decision of 1966 voided the concept of "defective delinquents," Dallas, like Huntingdon, became an adult institution. It now is a medium-security facility for men.


Reports,
1983.
(1 box)

{series #15.169} [Holdings]

Grouped by format.

Reports of the State Correctional Institution at Dallas. An overview and narrative summary report for fiscal year 1982-1983, includes historical information on the founding of SCI Dallas; its mission, philosophy, and goals; physical plant structure (acres, cell blocks, population beds); financial information and management services; operation programs and services; treatment programs and services; work programs; personnel management, training, and development; general work assignments; correctional industries charts and statistics; and organizational charts.


State Correctional Institution, Muncy

SCI Muncy is the diagnostic and classification center for the state's female inmates. It was originally opened in 1920 as the State Industrial Home for Women in Muncy, a training school for female offenders between the ages of sixteen and thirty. Incorporated into the Bureau of Correction in 1953, SCI Muncy is a closed-security prison that also houses all of the stateís female capital case inmates.


Newsclippings and Related Records,
1954, 1966 and undated.
(1 box)

{series #15.153} [Holdings]

Grouped by format.

Newsclippings and related records pertaining to the State Industrial Home for Women in Muncy (also known as SCI Muncy), covering various topics, including Superintendent Charlotte Cummings and her experiences as a female warden, the opening of the prison and new facilities, parole hearings for female inmates, and human interest stories on women in the penal system [circa 1950s-1960s]. Also included are an informational handout providing historical background on the prison, its treatment programs, and female inmates, along with a dedication program for the Franklin Rebecca Wilson Hospital and Margaret Hays Lamade Cottage (August 21, 1954).

Reports,
1955.
(1 box)

{series #15.170} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Annual report for the State Industrial Home for Women in Muncy (also known as SCI Muncy), containing staff information, changes in personnel, population information (admissions and releases), historical background, purpose, management, departmental reports, and financial statements. Also includes a report completed by the medical department with statistics covering admissions, discharges, births, examinations, medical procedures, medication administered, and diagnoses, organized by number of patients and duration of treatment (in days). Supplemental reports are attached, and include individual department reports covering: social services, psychologist's report, inmates' care and training, vocational training, educational activities, religious activities, prison industries, nutrition, and projects initiated, in progress, and completed.


Western State Penitentiary

Pennsylvaniaís oldest operating correctional institution, the Western State Penitentiary at Pittsburgh opened in 1826.† The original building was designed by architect William Strickland (1788-1854) and was razed within seven years because experience revealed the individual cells to be too small.† Opened in 1882, the current facility known as Riverside is located on twenty-one acres of land and encloses approximately twelve acres inside the perimeter wall.† The facility is located on the Ohio River approximately five miles from downtown Pittsburgh. A new maximum security Western State Penitentiary was opened at Rockview in Centre County in 1912 and the first execution by electric chair occurred there in 1915. Originally named the New Central Penitentiary at Bellefonte, the latter facility was reclassified as a medium security prison during the 1920s.


Prison Administration and Construction Records


Appraisal Books,
1908, 1914.
(3 volumes)

{series #15.105} [Holdings]

Record book of appraisal of plant and equipment of the Western State Penitentiary by the American Appraisal Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (December 14, 1908) and two appraisal books for land, buildings and equipment by the Audit Company of Pittsburgh (May 31, 1914).† Information provided is valuations of all articles of plant and equipment at the facility during those periods.

Contract Book,
1837-1856.
(1 volume)
Microfilm Roll #446

{series #15.106} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of contract.

Record book containing transcripts of contracts between various private vendors and the Board of Property Inspectors for the Western State Penitentiary. Information provided is date of contract, name of vendor, a description of the service or product to be supplied, and the amount to be paid.

General Correspondence,
1926-1946.
(2 folders)

{series #15.107} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence

Correspondence file kept by the Board of Pardons (1926-1946) and Warden Stanley P. Asche (1943-1946) at the Western State Penitentiary.† Subjects of correspondence concern routine daily operation of the facility, letters from families of inmates, and exchanges with district attorneys, other correctional officers, and the Governorís office.

Journal Containing Minutes and Reports of the Board of Commissioners to Erect the Western State Penitentiary,
1818-1835.
(1 volume)
Microfilm Roll #446

{series #15.108} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Journal containing minutes of the proceedings and reports of the Board of Commissioners selected by the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh in pursuance of the Act of the General Assembly to erect the Western State Penitentiary and reports of the Inspectors of the Penitentiary, the Warden, and the Prison Physician, May 20, 1818 - May 20, 1835.† Information provided is date of meeting, names of those present, and a description of the discussion, text of resolutions passed, and other business transacted.

Letter Book,
1837-1859.
(1 volume)
Microfilm Roll #446

{series #15.109} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Letter book of correspondence sent by the Board of Inspectors of the Western State Penitentiary to the Governorís office. Information provided is date of correspondence, names of correspondents, and transcript of the subject of the correspondence.

Minute Books of the Board of Inspectors and Board of Trustees,
1926-1931.
(13 volumes)

{series #15.110} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Minute Books of the Board of Inspectors and Board of Trustees of the Western State Penitentiary. Information provided is dates of meetings or inspections, names of those present, and description of the observations made or business transacted.

Minute Books of the Board of Inspectors and Trustees Acting as a Parole Board,
1910-1930.
(2 volumes)

{series #15.111} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minute books of the Board of Inspectors and the Trustees when acting as a parole board.† Information provided is name of inmate reviewed for parole, date of parole hearing, description of hearing, and decision rendered.

Minutes of the Prisonís Institutional Board,
1915-1922.
(1 box)

{series #15.112} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings if the Prisonís Institutional Board.† Information provided is date of meeting, names of those present, and a description of the business transacted.† Business typically involves appointments of personnel, disposition and punishment of inmates, and routine matters having to do with daily operation of the facility.† Inmates generally are identified only by the number but inmates receiving punishment also are identified by their name, description of offense committed, and description of punishment imposed.† Also present are lists of prisoners evaluated by the resident physician to determine their mental or physical condition.† Information given is inmate number, name of inmate, term of incarceration, expiration for minimum sentence, crime for which convicted, conduct while in prison, and general health.

Miscellaneous Publications and Reports,
1952-1955, 1958, 1982, and undated.
(1 box)

{series #15.164} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by title of publication or report.

Miscellaneous publications and reports of the Western State Penitentiary and the State Correctional Institution at Rockview, consisting of manuals, inspection reports, and annual and biennial reports.

Wanted Poster,
1951.

(1 box)

{series #15.152} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Wanted poster of an escaped inmate (Walter Arnold Jenkins, No. B-9852) from Western State Penitentiary, consisting of the printed poster and corresponding printing plate (1951). Information on the poster includes reward amount, name of escapee, prisoner and FBI identification numbers, information relating to where prisoner escaped from and current sentence, finger prints, physical description with emphasis on marks and scars, and a mug shot. Printing plate is metal on wood block (9x9).

Motion Picture Films (16mm),
[circa 1930s].
(2 reels)

{series #15.157} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Unarranged.

Two 16mm, black and white, silent motion picture films of Western State Penitentiary (also known as SCI Pittsburgh), including: an untitled film portraying inmates moving through daily prison routines and a second film documenting the products made within prisons. The first film follows prisoners from initial entrance to prison, fingerprinting, uniform issue, cell assignment, and physical exam, through daily activities in construction shop, laundry, kitchens, and personal hobbies and recreation. The second reel includes health and medical treatment of prisoners, which appears to be the conclusion to the previous film, as well as a second feature produced by the Department of Welfare, titled "1936: The Story of the License Tag", which documents the production of automobile license plates, dog identification tags, hunter tags, and highway signs by inmates.

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Photographs,
1861-1928, 1937.
(9 folders)

{series #15.113} [Holdings]

Grouped by subject matter.

Photographs of the Western State Penitentiary facility, the members of the Board of Pardons, and various officials and employees. Among other views of the Riverside and Rockview facilities are photographs depicting damage caused by the Ohio River flood of 1913 and the Riverside riot of 1921. Also included are a carte-de-visite of the prison (circa 1861) by Pittsburgh photographer G. S. Hough and a group portrait of the Board of Pardons (circa 1950), along with a large number of images of the farm and occasional views of inmates.

Record of Testimony Taken During Investigations Conducted By the Board of Inspectors and a Subcommittee of the State Board of Charities,
1889, 1908.
(4 volumes)

{series #15.114} [Holdings]

Records of proceedings and testimony taken during investigations conducted by the Board of Inspectors and a subcommittee of the State Board of Charities into conditions at the Western State Penitentiary.† These include the 1889 investigation into charges that Hospital Steward Dr. B. B. Maharneke aided escapes, engaged in acts of cruelty and accepted bribes and the 1908 investigation of charges prepared by Col. John H. Corbett against the warden of the Western State Penitentiary for drunkenness and favoritism in awarding construction and maintenance contracts.

Report Books,
1837-1952.
(30 volumes)

{series #15.115} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Biennial inspection reports issued by the Board of Inspectors of the Western State Penitentiary.† Information generally provided is a wardenís report, financial and statistical tables, a resident physicianís report, and a chaplainís report.

Rockview Land Acquisition File,
1911-1921.
(18 folders)

{series #15.116} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of property owner.

Correspondence, abstracts of title, vouchers, title insurance reports, and land drafts relating to the acquisition of land to build a correctional facility at Rockview.† The State Correctional Institution at Rockview was opened in 1915 and was originally intended to replace the Eastern and Western State Penitentiaries.† It instead became the branch prison for the Western State Penitentiary for housing lesser security risk prisoners most of whom participated in an extensive farm program outside the gates.† Rockview is now a medium-security institution for male inmates.

Scrapbooks,
1911-1936.
(4 volumes)

{series #15.117} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of newspaper clipping.

Scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings relating to activities concerning the Western State Penitentiary.

Visitorsí Register,
1848-1860.
(1 volume)

{series #15.118} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Register of visitors to the Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is date of visit, name of visitor, from whence visitor arrived, and occasionally the destination of the visitor.

Wardenís Daily Journals,
1869-1875.
(3 volumes)

{series #15.119} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Daily journals kept by the warden of the Western State Penitentiary containing descriptions of all activities and transactions in the prison.†


Prison Population Records


Admission and Discharge Books,
1872-1900.
(3 volumes)
Microfilm Roll #407

{series #15.120} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by admission or discharge number.

Admission and discharge books for Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided in admission books is name of inmate, date of admission, admission number, race, age, gender, physical and mental health, , habits, marital status, vaccinations, hereditary diseases in the family, number of convictions, length of sentence, time in county, state where born, and occupation. Information provided discharge books is name of inmate, date admitted, discharge number, race, age, gender, physical health at time of admission, mental health at time of admission, health during imprisonment, length of incarceration, whether paroled and type of discharge.

Bertillon Registration Books,
[ca. 1888-1895]
(3 volumes)

{series #15.121} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by inmate number.

Bertillon books for inmates incarcerated at the Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is inmate number, name of inmate, length and width of head, length of left middle finger, length of left foot, length of left forearm, height, width of trunk, length of outstretched arms, length of right ear, and length of left little finger.† (While working with offenders detained in Parisís Palais de Justice in 1882, Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914) used statistical methods to devise a system of bodily measurement intended to identify criminal characteristics.† Bertillonís methods involved photographing each subject looking directly at the camera and in profile with the camera centered on the right ear.† The subjectís height, length of one foot, arm, and index finger were also recorded.† By the 1890s, Bertillon also recognized that fingerprints provided a means for unique identification of individuals.† Though many scientists, including Francis Galton, criticized on statistical grounds Bertillonís system of measuring the hands, head, torso, face and limbs as a method of identifying criminal characteristics, the records generated nonetheless proved useful for identifying and keeping track of specific individuals convicted of crimes.)†

Commutation Books,
1917-1958.
(4 volumes)

{series #15.122} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Record books of commutations granted to inmates incarcerated at Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is prisoner number, name of inmate, dates transferred to or returned from Rockview where applicable, date sentenced, length of sentence, sentence expiration date by commutation, date returned for any violation and sentence imposed for such violation, date of any re-parole, and date of final discharge.

Convict Description and Receiving Dockets,
1872-1957.
(7 volumes)
Microfilm Rolls 405, 408-410

{series #15.123} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Convict description and receiving dockets for Western State Penitentiary. Information provided is sequential number assigned for the year, inmate number, name of inmate, race, county where sentenced, crime for which sentenced, date sentenced, date sentence commenced, calculated maximum and minimum sentence imposed, and such remarks as whether inmate was on detainer, parole violator, transferred, or returned from escape.†

Convict Docket,
1826-1859.
(1 volume)
Microfilm Roll #412 (part)

{series #15.124} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by surname of convict.

Convict docket for Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is name of convict, crime of which convicted, sentence, date convict sentenced, name of prosecutor, date admitted, brief physical description of inmate, date discharged, and how discharged.

Daily Population Statistical Reports,
1924, 1928-1929, 1940, 1960.
(8 volumes)

{series #15.125} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report

Daily inmate population statistical reports for Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is date of report, number of inmates in the old prison, number of inmates in the new prison, number of prisoners received and released, number of prisoners and vacant cells in each block, and the number of night battery men and patients and night nurses in the hospital.† Also given is number of inmates employed in weaving, clothing, brush, broom, steward, construction, electric, hospital, shoes and tailor, Dept. #17, yard, home, battery, north block, and south block occupations, the number excused by the warden, the number excused by the resident physician and the total number employed.

Deputy Wardenís Reports and Journals,
1924-1926, 1933-1934, 1936-1937, 1939-1951.
(12 volumes)

{series #15.126} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Reports and journals kept by deputy wardens at the Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided in the reports is date of entry, numbers of inmates in the prison population and at the farm, record of the time and nature of patrols and security checks, record of any officers absent and description of any circumstances out of the ordinary.† Information provided in the daily home block journals includes the date of entry, record of visits, record of inmates being relocated, names of deputy in charge, and description of medical emergencies or other unusual events.† Prisoners are identified in the reports and journals only by their inmate number.

Descriptive Books,
1826-1873.
(4 volumes)
Microfilm Rolls #410-411

{series #15.127} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by surname of inmate.

Descriptive book of inmates incarcerated at Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is name of inmate, county where sentenced, date sentenced, length of sentence, crime for which convicted, how often previously convicted, height, physical build, complexion, hair and eye color, age, occupation, place of birth distinguishing marks, date received, and date discharged.

Descriptive Lists,
1876-1956.
(46 volumes)
Microfilm Rolls #415-444, 3172

{series #15.128} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by inmate number.

Descriptive lists of inmates incarcerated at Western State Penitentiary. Information provided is inmate number, name of inmate, date received, race, gender, complexion, hair and eye color, marks or scars, size of feet, height, weight, whether father or mother died before age 16, physical and mental health, whether attended public or private school, whether could read or write, whether apprenticed, whether a drinker and if so how much, marital status, number of children, whether served in army or navy, crime for which sentenced, date sentenced, sentence imposed, number of convictions, where imprisoned previously, time served, court and county where sentenced, and place of residence.

Descriptive Register,
1826-1876.
(1 volume)
Microfilm Rolls #412, 445 (part)

{series #15.129} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by registration number.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by surname of inmate.

Convict registration book for prisoners received at the Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is registration number, name of inmate and any alias used, age, place of birth, whether bound, occupation, complexion, eye and hair color, height, number of convictions, residence of parents, whether can read or write, whether temperate, marital status, whether a property owner, crime of which convicted, sentence imposed, county and court where tried, date sentenced, and occasional remarks on condition of clothing at time of reception.†

Discharge Description Dockets,
1873-1957.
(9 volumes)
Microfilm Rolls #413-415

{series #15.130} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of discharge.

Discharge descriptive dockets of inmates discharged from the Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is inmate registration number, name of inmate, county where convicted, age when discharged, race, gender, crime for which convicted, date sentenced, length of sentence, date discharged, how discharged, whether detained for costs for misconduct, number of days allowed under commutation law, time served in prison, number of times punished, occupation in prison, education received in prison, weight when discharged, amount earned during imprisonment, place of intended residence, condition of mental and physical health and number of days sick during incarceration.

Employee Applicant Fingerprint Cards,
1942-1957.
(1 carton)

{series #15.140} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of applicant.

Fingerprints and personal identification information for applicants to the Western State Penitentiary filed through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice. The information included is the name of the applicant, address, place of birth, date of birth, nationality, sex, height and weight, eye color, hair color, build type, complexion type, and skin color. Fingerprints of each individual finger on both hands are provided, as well as fingerprints of four fingers taken simultaneously for both hands. Some of the applicants' cards verify that they had no previous criminal record. In some cases photographs and negatives of the applicant are provided.

Hospital Record Book,
1895-1902.
(1 volume)
Microfilm Rolls, 415, 445

{series #15.131} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Record book of prisoners sent to hospital at the Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is prisoner number, name of prisoner, date entered hospital, and whether returned to cell, died, pardoned, discharged under commutation law, or sent to asylum.

Index of Prisoners,
undated [ca. mid-1930s - early 1950s].
(1 volume)

{series #15.142} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of the inmate.

An index of prisoners admitted to the Western State Penitentiary. Although the exact dates of the index are not known, it appears to cover inmates from the mid-1930s to the early 1950s. The information provided is the name of each inmate, the assigned inmate number, and any additional notes, such as new inmate numbers assigned.

Inmate Cards of Escaped Convicts from Other State Prisons,
[ca. 1911-1957].
(1 carton)

{series #15.145} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Inmate cards for escaped convicts from other state prisons who were registered with and wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The cards and the contents of the cards differ among the states and institutions, so the cards do not have one standard form. Typical information included on the cards is the inmate's name, inmate number, name of prison escaped from, physical characteristics, age, description of crime, and fingerprints. Photographs of the inmate are included on most of the cards. Other information that is often found is the name of a contact person or institution if the inmate is found or apprehended, and details of a reward, if offered.

Inmate Files (Jackets), [RESTRICTED]
[ca. 1932-1972].
(5 cartons, 1 box)

{series #15.138} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by inmate number. Inmate numbers are not consecutive and gaps exist.

Files containing inmate biographies, sentencing status summaries, conduct and disciplinary records, parole and reparole summaries, commutation summaries, transfer petition requests, sentencing status reports, psychological evaluation tests, and correspondence to and from the Commonwealth Board of Parole. Also present are tracking sheets of the inmate correspondence, work and quarters assignment records, photographs, fingerprints, and inmate identification card. Not all files are available for every inmate. The series is restricted because of the presence of inmate social security numbers but can be searched by staff for individual files of deceased inmates. A Social Security Death Index is available at www.familysearch.org that can be used to establish whether an inmate is deceased.

Inmate Transfer Register (Discharge Ledger),
1954-1957.
(1 volume)

{series #15.144} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by date of inmate transfer, and thereunder arranged numerically by inmate number.

Register of inmate transfers from the Western State Penitentiary to other prisons. The information provided includes the inmate name and number, the county of residence, the date of transfer, the transfer destination of the inmate, and any additional remarks.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees,
1931-1954.
(4 volumes)

{series #15.141} [Holdings]

Arranged chronological by date of meeting.

Minutes of the monthly meetings of the Western State Penitentiary Board of Trustees. The minutes are not verbatim, but rather are merely summaries of the proceedings. Each set of minutes gives the names of the board members present. Matters discussed at each meeting include recommendations made to the governor to parole certain inmates. Other topics discussed are parole violators and delinquents, requisitions, personnel matters, and funding and construction issues for the Western State Penitentiary and Rockview Prison. At the start of each meeting the previous month's minutes were reviewed and approved. The signature of the secretary officially marks the end of each meeting's minutes.

Paroled Prisoner Statistical Book,
1910-1931.
(1 volume)

{series #15.132} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by parole number.

Statistical record book of inmates paroled from Western State Penitentiary. Information provided is parole number, register number, race, violations, recommitments, deaths, other prisons in which incarcerated, whether discharged, whether pardoned, and whether in the army or other institutions.† Also given is a breakdown of the inmate population by native or foreign born.

Population Indexes,
[ca. 1826-1960]
(5 volumes)
Microfilm Rolls #403-404

{series #15.133} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by volume and arranged thereunder alphabetically by surname of inmate.

Index of prisoners confined at the Western State Penitentiary. Information provided is name of inmate and the sequentially assigned inmate number.

Prisoner Fingerprint Identification Cards,
[ca. 1907-1965]
(23 cartons)

{series #15.139} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by inmate number. Inmate numbers are not consecutive and sizable gaps exist.

Fingerprint identification cards of inmates at the Western State Penitentiary. The cards were originated and filed with the Penitentiary's Bureau of Identification. Each card provides the name of the inmate and any alias; the inmate number; skin color; term of sentence; county of residence; date of sentence; dates of the minimum and maximum sentence; and the charge of the crime. Other personal information includes fingerprint classification; age; height; build type; facial complexion; native residence; home residence; and occupation. Bertillon measurements are also included, such as height; stretch; trunk size; head length and width; cheek width; right ear size; left foot size; left middle and left little finger size; and left cubit size. Information about the inmate's previous incarcerations is also provided, such as the institution name; inmate number; type of crime; and other remarks. The back side of the card shows the inmate's name; color; and fingerprint classification. Prints of each finger on each, in addition to both full hand prints, are provided. Photographs of the inmate appear on most cards. In many cases female inmates do not have a photograph. Some of the inmates have an additional file that has another set of fingerprints and hand prints, as well as personal information that can be found on the identification card, such as date received; location of sentencing; date of sentencing; type of crime; maximum and minimum term; color; sex; age; nativity; residence; height and weight; build type; hair color; eye color; and facial complexion. Variations of the identification cards exist.

Prisoner Record Cards,
1888-1898.
(1 box)

{series #15.147} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by inmate's surname, with known aliases grouped together.

Prisoner record cards from Western State Penitentiary. Information includes: physical description and measurements, name and known aliases, prisoner registration number, county convicted in, crime, prison sentence, occupation, known or admitted previous imprisonments, detailed description of marks, scars and moles, and mug shot of prisoner. Some records pertain to the same prisoner under separate aliases.

Prisoner Registers,
1910-1970.
(2 volumes)

{series #15.143} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by date of inmate sentencing, and thereunder arranged numerically by inmate number.

Register of inmates sentenced to the Western State Penitentiary. Each entry provides the inmate number, inmate name, date of sentence, date of discharge, date received at the prison, county of residence, color, grade, occupation, and nature of the crime. Notes, such as if the prisoner was paroled, transferred to another prison, or died in prison, are also present.

Prisoners Paroled and Discharged Book,
1887-1918.
(1 volume)

{series #15.134} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by inmate number.

Record book of inmates paroled and discharged from the Western State Penitentiary. Information provided is inmate number, name of inmate, date sentenced, calculated times for minimum and maximum sentence, dates for expiration of the calculated minimum and maximum sentences, date released, date returned for any parole violation, maximum sentence imposed for any parole violation, date of final discharge.

Record of County and Federal Prisoners,
1857-1870.
(1 volume)
Microfilm Rolls #415, 445 (part)

{series #15.135} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by county and a listing of federal prisoners and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of entry.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by surname of inmate.

Record book of county and federal inmates paroled and discharged from Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is reception number, name of inmate, date sentenced, length of sentence, crime for which sentenced, date discharged, and number of days served.

Record of Parole Violators,
1942-1954.
(1 volume)

{series #15.136} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.†

Record book containing record parole violations at the Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is inmate number, name of inmate, race, date of parole, date returned for parole violation, place from which returned, by whom returned, date maximum sentence for parole violation expired, and remarks.

Time Ledger for Length of Sentences,
1917-1967.
(1 volume)

{series #15.137} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Time ledger for length of sentences of inmates paroled at Western State Penitentiary.† Information provided is inmate number, minimum time to expiration of sentence, and occasionally the date paroled.


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