Prison Postcards collection

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Special Collections and Archives

Prison Postcards collection

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Special Collections and Archives

Prison Postcards collection

Prison Postcards collection

Finding Aid

Prepared by Dyani Scheuerman, April 14, 2003; Revised September 2005; Last Updated: July 2020


Origination: Borowitz, Albert, 1930- , and Borowitz, Helen Osterman, 1929 -
Inclusive Dates: 1900-1980s
Extent: .33 cubic feet (1 postcard box)
Physical Location: 11th floor


Scope and Content: This collection consists of postcards from prisons around the world. Most of the postcards are printed in color and are undated.

Arrangement: Cards are arranged alphabetically by state, and then country.

Acquisition Information: This material was donated to Kent State University by Albert and Helen Borowitz.

Related Material: See also the Crime-related Postcards collection.


Box 1
Folder -- contents

  1. Alabama: Kilby Prison, Montgomery, undated
  2. Alabama: Kilby Prison, Montgomery, undated
  3. Arizona: Old Territorial Prison, Yuma
  4. California: Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay, 1936
  5. California: Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay, 1988
  6. California: Folsom State Prison, Folsom, undated
  7. California: State Prison, San Quentin, undated
  8. California: State Prison, San Quentin, undated
  9. California: State Prison, San Quentin, undated
  10. Colorado: Huerfano County Court House and Jail, Walsenburg, undated
  11. Colorado: State Penitentiary, Canon City, 1929
  12. Colorado: State Penitentiary, Canon City, 1950s
  13. Connecticut: Newgate Prison, East Granby, undated
  14. Connecticut: Newgate Prison, East Granby, undated
  15. Connecticut: State Prison, Wetherfield, 1906
  16. Delaware: Kent County Jail, Dover, undated
  17. Florida: Old Jail, St. Augustine, undated
  18. Georgia: Federal Prison, Atlanta, 1935
  19. Georgia: Federal Prison, Atlanta, undated
  20. Idaho: State Penitentiary, Boise, undated
  21. Illinois: Joliet State Penitentiary, Stateville, 1905
  22. Illinois: Joliet State Penitentiary, Stateville, 1952
    Scope and Contents: Contains two copies. 
  23. Illinois: Joliet State Penitentiary, Stateville, undated
  24. Illinois: Joliet State Penitentiary, Stateville, undated
  25. Illinois: Old Jail, Carthage, undated
  26. Illinois: Old Jail, Carthage, undated
  27. Illinois: State Reformatory, Pontiac, 1908
  28. Illinois: Williamson County Jail, Marion, undated
  29. Indiana: Brown County Log Jail, Nashville, 1930
  30. Indiana: County Jail, Marion, 1909
  31. Indiana: Howard County Jail, Kokomo, undated
  32. Indiana: Indiana Prison, Michigan City, 1911
  33. Indiana: Indiana Reformatory, Jeffersonville, undated
  34. Indiana: La Porte County Jail, La Porte, undated
  35. Indiana: Marshall County Jail and Court House, Plymouth, undated
  36. Indiana: Sheriff's Residence and County Jail, Columbia City, 1950
  37. Indiana: United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, undated
  38. Iowa: County Jail, Muscatine, undated
  39. Iowa: Lee County Court House, Jail, and Sheriff's Resience, Fort Madison, 1906
  40. Iowa: State Penitentiary, Fort Madison, 1905
  41. Iowa: State Penitentiary Exterior, Fort Madison, undated
    Acquisition Note: Donated by Mary Widmer, 2005
  42. Iowa: State Penitentiary Interior, Fort Madison, undated
  43. Kansas: Federal Prison, Leavenworth, 1912
  44. Kansas: Federal Prison, Leavenworth, 1916
  45. Kansas: State Prison, Lansing, 1909
  46. Kansas: State Prison, Lansing, 1912
  47. Kansas: State Prison, Lansing, undated
  48. Kansas: State Prison, Lansing, undated
  49. Kansas: State Reformatory, Hutchinson, undated
  50. Kentucky: City Work Home, Louisville
  51. Kentucky: Federal Correctional Institute, Ashland
  52. Kentucky: State Prison, Frankfort
  53. Louisiana: Cabildo, New Orleans
  54. Maine: Knox County Court House and Jail, Rockland
  55. Maine: Old Jail, York
  56. Maine: Penobscot County Court House and Jail, Bangor
  57. Maine: State Prison, Thomaston
  58. Maryland: City Jail, Baltimore
  59. Massachusetts: Berkshire County Jail, Pittsfield
  60. Massachusetts: Berkshire County Jail, Pittsfield
  61. Massachusetts: County Jail, Fitchburg
  62. Massachusetts: House of Correction, New Bedford
  63. Massachusetts: Lawrence Jail, Lawrence
  64. Massachusetts: Lowell Jail, Lowell
  65. Massachusetts: Police Headquarters, Charles River
  66. Massachusetts: Town Hall, Boston
  67. Michigan: County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, Jackson
  68. Michigan: Court House and Jail, Hastings
  69. Michigan: Court House and Jail, Traverse City
  70. Michigan: Jackson County Jail, Jackson
  71. Michigan: Jail, Big Rapids
  72. Michigan: Marquette Prison, Marquette
  73. Michigan: State Prison, Jackson
  74. Michigan: State Prison, Jackson
  75. Michigan: State Prison, Jackson
  76. Michigan: State Prison, Jackson
  77. Michigan: State Reformatory, Ionia
  78. Michigan: State Reformatory, Ionia
  79. Minnesota: St. Cloud State Reformatory, St. Cloud
  80. Minnesota: State Prison, Stillwater
  81. Minnesota: State Prison, Stillwater
  82. Minnesota: State Prison, Stillwater
  83. Minnesota: State Prison, Stillwater
  84. Minnesota: State Prison, Stillwater
  85. Missouri: Old Jail, St. Louis
  86. Missouri: State Penitentiary, Jefferson City
  87. Montanta: Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge
  88. Nebraska: State Penitentiary, Lincoln
  89. Nevada: State Prison, Carson City
    Scope and Content: This is a panoramic view of the exterior of the prison on a double postcard. 
  90. New Hampshire: Jail, Keene
  91. New Hampshire: Piscataque River and Naval Prison, Portsmouth
  92. New Hampshire: State Prison, Concord
  93. New Jersey: Burlington County Prison, Mount Holly
  94. New Jersey: State Prison, Rahway
  95. New Jersey: State Prison, Trenton
  96. New Mexico: Territory Penitentiary, Santa Fe
  97. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  98. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  99. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  100. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  101. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  102. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  103. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  104. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  105. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  106. New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  107. New York: "Waiting," Auburn State Prison
  108. New York: Buffalo Jail, Buffalo
  109. New York: Cattaraugus County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, Little Valley
  110. New York: City Prison (the Tombs), New York City
  111. New York: Clinton Prison, Dannemora
  112. New York: Clinton Prison, Dannemora
  113. New York: Fulton County Jail, Johnston
  114. New York: Herkimer County Jail, Herkimer
  115. New York: Niagara County Jail, Lockport
  116. New York: Onondaga County Penitentiary, Syracuse
  117. New York: Ontario County Jail, Canandaigua
  118. New York: Rebel Prison, Elmira
  119. New York: Sheriff's Residence and Jail, Mayville
  120. New York: Sing Sing Prison, Ossining
  121. New York: Sing Sing Prison, Ossining
  122. New York: Sing Sing Prison, Ossining
  123. New York: Sing Sing Prison, Ossining
  124. New York: Electric Chair, Sing Sing
  125. New York: State Reformatory, Elmira
  126. New York: State Reformatory, Elmira
  127. New York: State Reformatory, Napanoch
  128. North Carolina: State Penitentiary, Raleigh
  129. North Dakota: State Penitentiary, Bismarck
  130. North Dakota: State Reform School, Mandan
  131. Ohio: Ashtabula County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, Jefferson
  132. Ohio: Belmont County Jail, St. Clairsville
  133. Ohio: City Hall and Jail, Lorain
  134. Ohio: County Jail, Akron
  135. Ohio: County Jail, Toledo
  136. Ohio: County Jail, West Union
  137. Ohio: Court House and County Jail, Dayton
  138. Ohio: Court House and Jail, Ravenna
  139. Ohio: Hardin County Jail, Kenton
  140. Ohio: Jail, Newark
  141. Ohio: Lorain County Jail, Elyria
  142. Ohio: Mercer County Jail, Celina
  143. Ohio: Police Station, Akron
  144. Ohio: Reformatory for Women, Marysville
  145. Ohio: Reformatory for Women, Marysville
  146. Ohio: Reformatory for Women, Marysville
  147. Ohio: Reformatory for Women, Marysville
  148. Ohio: Sandusky County Jail, Fremont
  149. Ohio: Stark County Work House, Canton
  150. Ohio: Stark County Work House, Canton
  151. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  152. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  153. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  154. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  155. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  156. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  157. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  158. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  159. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  160. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  161. Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  162. Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  163. Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  164. Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  165. Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  166. Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  167. Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  168. Ohio: Warrensville Farm Interior Court, Cleveland
  169. Ohio: Wood County Jail, Bowling Green
  170. Ohio: Wyandot County Jail, Upper Sandusky
  171. Oklahoma: County Court House and Jail, Oklahoma City
  172. Oklahoma: Court House and Jail, Ardmore
  173. Oklahoma: State Penitentiary, McAlester
  174. Oregon: State Penitentiary, Salem
  175. Pennsylvania: Allegheny County Jail and Court House, Pittsburgh
  176. Pennsylvania: Bedford County Jail, Bedford
  177. Pennsylvania: Berks County Jail, Reading
  178. Pennsylvania: Berks County Prison, Reading
  179. Pennsylvania: Berks County Prison, Reading
  180. Pennsylvania: Blair County Jail, Hollidaysburg
  181. Pennsylvania: Cambria County Jail, Ebensburg
  182. Pennsylvania: Carlisle Jail, Carlisle
  183. Pennsylvania: Clearfield County Jail, Clearfield
  184. Pennsylvania: County Jail, Towanda
  185. Pennsylvania: Delaware County Jail, Media
  186. Pennsylvania: Fayette County Jail, Uniontown
  187. Pennsylvania: Huntington County Jail, Huntington
  188. Pennsylvania: Jail, Norristown
  189. Pennsylvania: Lackawanna County Jail, Scranton
  190. Pennsylvania: Lancaster County Prison, Lancaster
  191. Pennsylvania: Lehigh County Jail, Allentown
  192. Pennsylvania: Luzerne County Prison, Wilkes Barre
  193. Pennsylvania: Northumberland County Jail, Sunbury
  194. Pennsylvania: Rockview Penitentiary, Rockview
  195. Pennsylvania: Susquehanna County Jail, Montrose
  196. Rhode Island: State Prison and County Jail, Howard
  197. South Carolina: Jail, Chesterfield
  198. South Dakota: State Penitentiary, Sioux Falls
  199. South Dakota: State Penitentiary, Sioux Falls
  200. Tennessee: State Penitentiary, Nashville
  201. Texas: Court House and Jail, Waco
  202. Texas: Federal Prison, La Tuna
  203. Texas: Federal Prison, La Tuna
  204. Texas: State Prison, Huntsville
  205. Utah: State Prison, Salt Lake City
  206. Utah: State Prison, Salt Lake City
  207. Vermont: New Caledonia County Jail, St. Johnsbury
  208. Vermont: State Prison, Windsor
  209. Virginia: Jail, Princess Anne County
  210. Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  211. Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  212. Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  213. Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  214. Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  215. Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  216. Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  217. Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  218. Virginia: Marine Corps Prison, Quantico
  219. Virginia: Old Debtor's Prison, Gloucester
  220. Virginia: Public Gaol, Williamsburg
  221. Virginia: Public Gaol, Williamsburg
  222. Virginia: State Penitentiary, Richmond
  223. Washington: State Penitentiary, Walla Walla
  224. West Virginia: Jail, Charleston
  225. West Virginia: Jail, Charleston
  226. West Virginia: State Penitentiary, Moundsville
  227. West Virginia: State Penitentiary, Moundsville
  228. West Virginia: State Penitentiary, Moundsville
  229. Wisconsin: Armory, Police Station, and County Jail, Milwaukee
  230. Wisconsin: State Prison, Waupun
  231. Wisconsin: State Prison, Waupun
  232. Wisconsin: State Prison, Waupun
  233. Wisconsin: State Reformatory, Green Bay
  234. Wyoming: State Penitentiary, Rawlins
  235. Canada: Dominion Penitentiary, Kingston, Ontario
  236. China: Death cages
  237. France: Tour des Prisonniers, Autun
  238. France: "Le Masque de Fer"
  239. Germany: Carcer, Heidelberg
  240. Iran: Ispahan, prison of Shah Abbasse, Teheran
  241. Mexico: Jail, Ciudad Juarez
  242. Mexico: Jail, Ciudad Juarez
  243. Mexico: San Juan de Ulua, Veracruz
  244. United Kingdom: Convict ship Success
  245. United Kingdom: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown, Devonshire
  246. United Kingdom: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown, Devonshire
  247. United Kingdom: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown, Devonshire
  248. United Kingdom: door, Newgate Prison, London
  249. United Kingdom: Old House of Confinement, Alfreton, Derbyshire
  250. United Kingdom: Old Prison, Bodmin, Wales
  251. United Kingdom: Old Prison, Bodmin, Wales
  252. United Kingdom: Old Village Lock-up, Shrewton
  253. United Kingdom: Prison, Portland
  254. United Kingdom: Prison, Wakefield