As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public for at least the rest of the summer. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the summer and fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

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.