PHOTOGRAPHS - RG114 DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
RG213 MISSOURI STATE PENITENTIARY

 

RG213_01_27462 – Inmate mugshot for Harry Defenbaugh, December 9, 1924. From the Glass Plate series.
RG213_01_27462 – Inmate mugshot for Harry Defenbaugh, December 9, 1924. From the Glass Plate series.

The Missouri Department of Corrections photograph collection consists primarily of inmate mugshots. Because of the large volume of this collection (˜200,000 images), not all images are digitized. For those not online, access is provided through research requests.

 

  • Early images in the Glass Plate Mugshot series are digitized and are on the Archives’ Flickr album here. This series numbers 120 images and covers the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) 1908-1926 only. The mugshots are also linked to their corresponding inmate registers on the Archives’ MSP database online here
  • The primary Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) Mugshot series begins in 1928 and continues through 1983. It is in the process of being digitized. Images from 1928-1931 are available through the Archives’ MSP database online here. For later images, contact the Archives. 
  • The Algoa Intermediate Reformatory Mugshot series covers 1932 to January 1960. These mugshots are not digitized. 
  • The Archives also has a large set of mugshots for later (1983-2002) MSP inmates and inmates from other Missouri correctional facilities. This is the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center (FRDC) Mugshot These mugshots are not digitized. 
  • A few Female Inmate Mugshot images from the 1890s-1960s may be found in the separate female inmate files. These mugshots are not digitized. 
  • There is a small set of miscellaneous Corrections photographs and another of Corrections staff
  • The MS297 Mark Schreiber Photograph Collection in our manuscript collection contains roughly 5,800 images of Corrections history. The finding aid for this valuable resource is online here. Finding aids for two additional corrections-related manuscript collections are MS355 Algoa Prison Photograph Collection here and MS457 Missouri State Penitentiary Postcard Collection here. Finally, we have photographs from a 1954 Riot Scrapbook, which are on Flickr here.

 

Contact the Archives with questions at (573) 751-3280 or [email protected].

 

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