Missouri Digital Heritage :: Collections :: Penitentiary Records

Missouri State Archives
Penitentiary Records

A number of series make up the collection of correctional papers, including the Missouri State Penitentiary series, and records relating to correctional homes for youth offenders, such as those in Boonville and Tipton. Most of the registration records indicate race, allowing researchers to understand the racial composition of the facilities; information about crime and sentence allow determinations about the relation of race and crime in Missouri in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Inmates may also be referenced in other series, including Governors’ Papers, Pardon Papers, Restorations of Citizenship, and Extraditions.

The Missouri State Archives has operated a successful eVolunteer program since 1999.  eVolunteers are able to work from their homes indexing records which will then be made available online.  Previous eVolunteer projects include the Death Certificate Project, Pre-1910 Birth and Death Records Project and the Land Records Project