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[ICPR] Nation’s First Women’s Prison Index Now Available Online
Start Date: 5/14/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/14/2012
Entry Description

INDIANAPOLIS (May 14, 2012) – The Indiana Digital Archives ( has added a new collection, the Indiana Women’s Prison. The new material includes nearly 20,000 names of women committed to the Indiana Women’s Prison between 1873 and 1969. Compiled from the original inmate record books maintained by the Indiana Women’s Prison, information entered in this database includes the prisoner’s name, race, county of conviction, crime, term of sentence and/or fine, sentence date, and the date(s) of discharge, parole, pardon, or death. When applicable, information is included about transfers to other institutions, aliases, maiden or married names, escapes, and previous convictions or paroles.

The inmate record books at the Indiana State Archives also contain family history and other information not included in this database due to space limitations. Additionally, there are admission cards, commitment papers, occasional photographs, and other records for some prisoners. Researchers should contact the State Archives at to learn what records are available on an inmate and to order reproductions of documents.

“The Indiana Women’s Prison has a significant place in American history being the nation’s first institution expressly for female prisoners and the first maximum-security female correctional facility,” said Jim Corridan, State Archivist and Director of the Indiana Commission on Public Records. “We anticipate academic and family history researchers will find this index particularly useful when researching incarcerated women in Indiana.”

Researchers can view the Indiana Women’s Prison database, along with many other popular Indiana State Archives collections through the Indiana Digital Archives. The volunteers from the Friends of the Indiana State Archives have been hard at work for nearly two decades creating indices for many of the state's records. From before statehood in 1816 and on through to its approaching bicentennial, Indiana has been home to thousands of settlers and immigrants. The Digital Archives enables Hoosiers and citizens worldwide to view the vast collection of historical and vital records housed at the State Archives.

About the Indiana Digital Archives
The Indiana Digital Archives is operated by the State Archives Division of the Indiana Commission on Public Records. The result of a cooperative partnership made possible by a grant from the Library of Congress and administered by the Washington State Archives, the Digital Archives has more than 2.8 million searchable records online. Other partners include the states of Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, and Oregon. The Digital Archives was named a 2011 Best State Website by "Family Tree Magazine."

About the Indiana State Archives
The Indiana State Archives collects records of historical value from all branches of Indiana state and local government, including governmental history, census and naturalization records for families, selected medical, military and criminal records, records of land ownership, maps, blueprints and photographs. Visit the Collections Page for a detailed listing of these resources, including links to online exhibits and electronic indices of select records.

Contact Information:
Name: Ted Cotterill
Phone: 317/232-3385
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
  • Announcements
  • Hoosier History
  • Category:
  • Government
  • Agency Name
    Public Records, Indiana Commission on

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