Photographs of Clinton Prison

Held by the New York State Archives

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

These photographs of Clinton Prison, mostly from 1932-1945, depict buildings and facilities, such as prison shop; barber shop; kitchen; mess hall; reservoir; athletic facilities; and hospitals. Also depicted are locations of accidents, assaults, suicides, and other special occurrences. Also included are prisoner art, prisoner identification documents, and aerial views circa 1969. There is an album of 1930s prison construction photographs and documents relating to prison administration.
13 cu. ft. (2,193 photographs and negatives)
Inclusive Dates:
[ca. 1900-1969
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Scope and Content Note

Photographs of Clinton Prison include prints and negatives.

Subjects include prison buildings and facilities such as: prison shop; barber shop; kitchen; mess hall; north yard; rock pile; reservoir; athletics; and old and new hospitals. Most date from 1932 to 1945. There are also photographs of prisoner art, scenes of accidents at the prison, prisoner fingerprints and tattoos for identification purposes, copies of older photographs of the prison mess hall, tin shop, and bathroom (ca. 1910), and framed aerial views of the prison (ca. 1969). An album of photos shows new construction at Clinton Prison during the 1930's, and many photographs show letters, checks, and other documents relating to prison administration.

The series contains some graphic photographs (including autopsies and crime scene depictions) that may be restricted at the discretion of the archivist.

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