Justice, Department of (40 collections)

  • Admission and Discharge Books (PA) 1844-1888

    Monthly record books of admissions and discharges to the Eastern State Penitentiary. For admissions the information provided is admission date, inmate number, race, age at admission, more

  • Admission and Discharge Books (PA) 1872-1900

    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 more

  • Attorney General’s Opinions (PA) 1892-1893, 1896-1898

    Correspondence relating to legal opinions rendered by the Attorney General and the impact on administration of the Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon. Information provided is date of more

  • Bertillon Registration Books (PA) 1888-1895

    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 more

  • Commitment Papers (PA) 1841, 1861-1904

    Records of commitment of prisoners to the Eastern State Penitentiary. Information provided is commitment number, name of person committed, county and court in which tried, crime more

  • Commutation and Parole Books (PA) 1907-1932

    Recommendations sent to the Governor by the Board of Pardons for granting commutation or parole.  A commutation is the changing of a penalty to a more

  • Commutation Books (PA) 1865-1918

    Record books of commutations granted to inmates incarcerated at the Eastern State Penitentiary.  Information given is date of reception, prisoner number, name of prisoner, age, race, more

  • Commutation Books (PA) 1917-1958

    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 more

  • Convict Affidavit Books (PA) 1835-1856

    Affidavits signed by inmates received at Eastern State Penitentiary acknowledging the property in their possession at the time of admission.  Information provided is affidavit number, name more

  • Convict Description and Receiving Dockets (PA) 1872-1957

    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 more

  • Convict Docket (PA) 1826-1859

    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 more

  • Daily Population Statistical Reports (PA) 1924, 1928-1929, 1940, 1960

    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 more

  • Death Warrants File (PA) 1874-1899

    Record book of the Board of Pardons for capital cases. Information provided is name of inmate, inmate number, county, date warrant issued, date of execution, date more

  • Department of Justice (PA) Board of Pardons Books, 1874-1934

    This collection contains Board of Pardons reviews of criminal cases, except impeachment, to determine whether clemency should be recommended to the Governor for his or her more

  • Descriptive Books (PA) 1826-1873

    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 more

  • Descriptive Register (PA) 1826-1876

    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 more

  • Discharge Books (PA) 1830-1858

    Discharge books for the Eastern State Penitentiary. Information provided is inmate number, name of inmate, age at discharge, race, gender, crime for which sentenced, county where more

  • Discharge Descriptive Dockets (PA) 1873-1934

    Descriptive discharge dockets for inmates released from the Eastern State Penitentiary.  Information provided name of prisoner, prisoner number, weight, age at time of discharge, gender, crime more

  • Index of Prisoners (PA) circa mid-1930s – early 1950s

    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 more

  • Investigation Reports of the State Boards of Charities (PA) 1890-1935

    The full title of this series is: Reports and Testimony in Relation to Investigations Made by a Subcommittee of the State Board of Charities and the more

  • Letter Press Books (PA) 1879-1880, 1884-1895

    Letter press books of correspondence by General Superintendent of the middle District Penitentiary.  Information provided is date of correspondence, names of correspondents, and the body of more

  • Letters To and From Prisoners (PA) 1845

    Letters sent to and mailed from prisoners incarcerated at Eastern State Penitentiary (also known as Cherry Hill Prison). Correspondents are usually friends and family members. Topics more

  • Medical Statistics Books (PA) 1883-1900

    Record books of medical statistics kept on the inmate population by resident physicians at the Eastern State Penitentiary.  Information provided is name of inmate, date of more

  • Minute Books of the Board of Inspectors and Board of Trustees (PA) 1829-1889

    Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Inspectors and Board of Trustees of the Eastern State Penitentiary.  From 1927 these volumes also include entries relating more

  • Minutes of the Board of Trustees (PA) 1931-1954

    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. more

  • Parole and Respite Books (PA) 1910-1942

    Records of paroles and respites granted by the Governor under the provisions of the Act of 1909 and subsequent acts and of paroles revoked. Information provided more

  • Parole Prisoners’ Date of Discharge Books (PA) circa 1910-1957

    Date of discharge book for paroled inmates at the Eastern State Penitentiary.  Information provided is age, race, gender, county, crime for which convicted, minimum and maximum more

  • Paroled Prisoner Statistical Book (PA) 1910-1931

    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, more

  • Population Indexes (PA) circa 1826-1960

    Index of prisoners confined at the Western State Penitentiary.Information provided is name of inmate and the sequentially assigned inmate number. Images are grouped chronologically by volume more

  • Population Indexes (PA) circa 1826-1960

    Index of prisoners confined at the Western State Penitentiary.Information provided is name of inmate and the sequentially assigned inmate number. Images are grouped chronologically by volume more

  • Prisoners Paroled and Discharged Book (PA) 1887-1918

    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 more

  • Reception Descriptive Book (PA) 1879-1884

    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, more

  • Record Books of Capital Cases (PA) 1894-1969

    Record book of the Board of Pardons for capital cases. Information provided is name of inmate, inmate number, county, date warrant issued, date of execution, date more

  • Record of County and Federal Prisoners (PA) 1857-1870

    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 more

  • Registers of Visitors (PA) 1829-1854

    Visitor registers for the Eastern State Penitentiary. Information provided is date of visit, name of visitor and their place of residence. Images are arranged chronologically by more

  • Scrapbooks (PA) 1884-1893, 1908-1917, 1925-1926

    Scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, notices, photographs, and related materials concerning the Eastern State Penitentiary. Images are arranged chronologically by date of item. This collection is part more

  • Time Books (PA) 1889-1950

    Time books for sentences of inmates at Eastern State Penitentiary.  Information provided is, inmate number, crime for which convicted, sentence imposed, date sentenced, number of years more

  • Visitors Register (PA) 1848-1860

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

  • Warden’s Daily Journals (PA) 1829-1961

    Daily journals kept by the wardens of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Information provided is daily account of activities in the facility including reception and discharge of more

  • Wardens Daily Journals (PA) 1869-1875

    Daily journals kept by the warden of the Western State Penitentiary containing descriptions of all activities and transactions in the prison. Images are arranged chronologically by more