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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Corrections: Historical Images

Guide for Library Research on Corrections

Sing Sing

Line of Prisoners at Sing Sing Prison

Source : "The Pageant of America" Collection / v.10 - American idealism / (unpublished photographs) / Prison reform []
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs/The New York Public Library

[Line of prisoners at Sing Sing Prison.]

Digital ID: 418580 and Record ID: 164404; Digital Item Published: 3-3-2004; updated 50-18-2009

Blackwell's Island

Blackwell's Island - Prisoners' Meals. (1878)Blackwell's Island - prisoners' meals.

Régamey, Félix, 1844-1907 -- Artist. Published date 1878.
Prints,  Original Source: From Harper's weekly: A Journal of Civilization. (New York : Harper'  Weekly Co., 1857-1916.) . 
Source : Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection / New York City -- prisons.
Catalog Call Number : PC NEW YC-Pris;
Digital ID: 809422;Record ID;: 715870; Digital item published 10-29-2005; 10-23-2009

Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Military prison, Alcatraz Island I.

Digital ID thc 5a46451
Horydczak, Theodor, ca. 1890-1971, photographer.Created/Published ca. 1920-ca. 1950. Call Number LC-H823- 1720-A
REPRODUCTION NUMBER - LC-H823-1720-A DLC (b&w film nitrate neg.)
Publication may be restricted. For information see "Horydczak Collection" (

Castle Thunder Civil War Jail

"Castle Thunder", Carey Street the place where so many prisoners suffered [Civil War period]
Brady & Co., Washington, D.C.
American Memory Library of Congress. Civil war Treasures from the New York Historical Society

Andersonville Prison Camp

Drawing of prisoners among tents, showing starvation, crowding, and poor clothing.
Infamous Andersonville Prison-Deplorable Condition of Prisoners [Civil War Period]

American Memory - Library of Congress. Civil War Treasures form the New York Historical Society. Andersonville prison, Georgia. Group of prisoners.


The Tombs, New York

Digital ID: det 4a12717
American Memory, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection