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Eastern Apps: Visualizing Historic Prison Data

2017
Center for Digital Scholarship

This digital gallery was created by the Center for Digital Scholarship.


This gallery presents a collection of interactive apps that explore trends in historic prison data.

The APS Library holds admission books of the Eastern State Penitentiary, from roughly 1830-1850. The admission books contain the names, offences, sentences, places of origin, and race/ethnicity of inmates, as well as comments about the moral standing of the prisoners. Use the apps in this gallery to explore the data.