Justice, Department of (14 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

  • 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

  • Convict Affidavit Books (PA) 1835-1870

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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