Summary Information
Title: Allegheny County, Pa. Jail Records (Court Dockets)
Collection Number: AIS.1975.08
Creator: Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Collection Dates: 1863-1932
Extent: 98.0 microfilm reels (98 volumes)

Language: English

Abstract:
Collection contains ledgers documenting jail records and court dockets for individuals incarcerated in the Allegheny County Jail between 1863-1932.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

December 2010
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center staff.
History

In 1817 the county commissioners were authorized by the state to erect a jail in Pittsburgh at the corner of 4th Avenue and Jail Alley. In 1836 a new Allegheny County Jail and Courthouse was erected on Grant Street. When the courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1882, the jail was razed and the present structure was built on Ross Street in 1886. The Allegheny County Jail has always been under the control of the county commissioners.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

Daily Register (Daily Record) of prisoners received, 1893-1925; Vagrants Received and Discharged, 1886-1925; Court Dockets, 1864-1926; Index to Court Dockets, 1901-1925; Summary Docket (Summary Convictions; Summary Register), 1863-1929; Summary of Convictions, 1907-1926; Courts: Received and Discharged, 1886- 1922; Daily Disposition Record, 1906-1925; Alphabetical List of Prisoners' and Attorneys' Names, 1914-1921; Docket of United States Prisoners, 1899-1926; Convict Description Docket, 1920-1932; Discharge Description Docket, 1873-1928; Quarterly Report of All Persons Committed to Allegheny County Prison, 1909-1912; Ledger, 1900-1921; Journal (Day Book), 1902-1924; Cash book, 1923-1927.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Court records -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Jails -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County

Corporate Names
  • Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail (Pittsburgh, Pa.). -- Records and correspondence

Locations
  • Allegheny County (Pa.)

Category
  • Government

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Deposited by the Allegheny County Jail, August 12, 1975.

Preferred Citation:

Allegheny County, Pa. Jail Records (Court Dockets), 1863-1932, AIS.1975.08, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh


Collection Inventory

Series I. Daily Register (Daily Record), 1893-1925

Scope and Content Notes:

Daily register of prisoners received. Contains: name; residence; age; sex; color; nationality; occupation; marital status; literacy; to be held for court or as a vagrant; charge.


Microfilm-cabinet 1
Drawer 9
Reel 1 Volume 1, Jul 1, 1892-Mar 29, 1893
Reel 2 Volume 2, Apr 1, 1893-May 31, 1894
Reel 3 Volume 3, Jun 1, 1894-Nov 30, 1896
Reel 4 Volume 4, Dec 1, 1896-Jul 31, 1899
Reel 5 Volume 5, Aug 1, 1899-May 19, 1901
Reel 6 Volume 6, May 20, 1901-Oct 31, 1902
Reel 7 Volume 7, Nov 1, 1902-Mar 31, 1904
Reel 8 Volume 8, Jun 21, 1907-Nov 30, 1909
Reel 9 Volume 9, Nov 1, 1914-Mar 31, 1917
Reel 10 Volume 10, Apr 1, 1917-Oct 31, 1919
Reel 11 Volume 11, Nov 1, 1919-Apr 30, 1923
Reel 12 Volume 12, May 1, 1923-May 31, 1925

Series II. Vagrants Received and Discharged, 1886-1925

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: date received; name and date scheduled for release; name and date of release.

Reel 13 Volume 1, Sep 1, 1886-Nov 25, 1890
Reel 14 Volume 2, Jan 1, 1895-May 31, 1898
Reel 15 Volume 3, Jun 1, 1898-Jan 31, 1901
Reel 16 Volume 4, Feb 1, 1901-Mar 31, 1903
Reel 17 Volume 5, Apr 1, 1903-Jan 30, 1905
Reel 18 Volume 6, Feb 1, 1905-Sep 30, 1906
Reel 19 Volume 7, Oct 1, 1906-Jun 30, 1908
Reel 20 Volume 8, May 1, 1910-Apr 30, 1912
Reel 21 Volume 9, May 1, 1912-Jan 31, 1914
Reel 22 Volume 10, Jan 1, 1916-Feb 19, 1918
Reel 23 Volume 11, Feb 20, 1918-Jul 31, 1921
Reel 24 Volume 12, Aug 1, 1921-Dec 31, 1923
Reel 25 Volume 13, Jan 1, 1924-Jul 31, 1925

Series Court Dockets, 1864-1926

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: alphabetized index to prisoners; names; magistrate; prosecutor; date of commitment; offence; how discharged.

Reel 26 Volume 1, Feb 6, 1864-Sep 19, 1867
Reel 27 Volume 2, Sep 20, 1867-Dec 17, 1870
Reel 28 Volume 3, Dec 19, 1870-Oct 21, 1873
Reel 29 Volume 4, Oct 21, 1873-Dec 25, 1875
Reel 30 Volume 5, Dec 26, 1875-Aug 31, 1877
Reel 31 Volume 6, Mar 8, 1880-Aug 12, 1882
Reel 32 Volume 7, Oct 12, 1884-Jul 14, 1887
Reel 33 Volume 8, Dec 22, 1888-May 1, 1890
Reel 34 Volume 9, May 1, 1890-Sep 11, 1891
Reel 35 Volume 10, Apr 4, 1893-Aug 11, 1894
Reel 36 Volume 11, Aug 11, 1894-Aug 5, 1896
Reel 37 Volume 12, Aug 5, 1896-Nov 14, 1898
Reel 38 Volume 13, Nov 14, 1898-Jan 8, 1901

Microfilm-cabinet 2
Drawer 1
Reel 39 Volume 14, Jan 9, 1901-Aug 25, 1902
Reel 40 Volume 15, Aug 25, 1902-Apr 19, 1904
Reel 41 Volume 16, Apr 20, 1904-Nov 30, 1905
Reel 42 Volume 17, Jun 21, 1907-Sep 6, 1908
Reel 43 Volume 18, Jul 1, 1911-Apr 18, 1913
Reel 44 Volume 19, Apr 18, 1913-Oct 21, 1914
Reel 45 Volume 20, Oct 22, 1914-Apr 15, 1916
Reel 46 Volume 21, Apr 16, 1916-Jul 24, 1917
Reel 47 Volume 22, Jul 25, 1917-Oct 1, 1918
Reel 48 Volume 23, Oct 2, 1918-Feb 8, 1920
Reel 49 Volume 24, Feb 9, 1920-Jul 5, 1921
Reel 50 Volume 25, Jul 6, 1921-Oct 9, 1922
Reel 51 Volume 26, Oct 10, 1922-Feb 29, 1924
Reel 52 Volume 27, May 15, 1925-Jul 30, 1926

Series IV. Index to Court Dockets, 1901-1925

Scope and Content Notes:

Alphabetized by first letter only.

Reel 53 Volume 1, Aug 25, 1902-Apr 19, 1904
Reel 54 Volume 2, Dec 1, 1905-Jun 20, 1907
Reel 55 Volume 3, Jun 21, 1907-Sep 7, 1908
Reel 56 Volume 4, Jan 1, 1910-Jun 30, 1911
Reel 57 Volume 5, Oct 22, 1914-Apr 15, 1916
Reel 58 Volume 6, Apr 16, 1916 thru 1917
Reel 59 Volume 7, Feb 9, 1920-Jul 5, 1921
Reel 60 Volume 8, Oct 10, 1922-Feb 29, 1924
Reel 61 Volume 9, Mar 1, 1924-May 14, 1925

Series V. Summary Docket (Summary Convictions; Summary Register), 1863-1929

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: prisoner name; magistrate; prosecutor; offence; days; remarks.

Reel 62 Volume 1, Dec 7, 1863-Sep 30, 1870
Reel 63 Volume 2, Oct 1, 1870-Dec 24, 1875
Reel 64 Volume 3, Mar 30, 1883-Feb 28, 1891
Reel 65 Volume 4, Mar 1, 1891-Jun 24, 1897
Reel 66 Volume 5, Jun 25, 1897-Mar 31, 1902
Reel 67 Volume 6, Sep 1, 1905-Nov 17, 1908
Reel 68 Volume 7, Nov 16, 1908-May 31, 1912
Reel 69 Volume 8, Jun 1, 1912-Jan 31, 1916
Reel 70 Volume 9, Feb 1, 1916-Jul 31, 1921
Reel 71 Volume 10, Aug 1, 1921-Jul 10, 1925
Reel 72 Volume 11, Jul 11, 1925-Jun 30, 1929

Series VI. Summary of Convictions, 1907-1926

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: alphabetized listing of prisoner names; code numbers; dates.

Reel 73 Volume 1, Mar 10, 1907-Jul 31, 1910
Reel 74 Volume 2, Jul 10, 1910-May 31, 1913
Reel 75 Volume 3, Jan 16, 1917-Sep 30, 1921
Reel 76 Volume 4, Sep 3, 1921-Mar 31, 1924
Reel 77 Volume 5, Apr 1, 1924-May 31, 1926

Series VII. Courts: Received and Discharged, 1886-1922

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: dates and names of prisoners received; dates and names of prisoners discharged.

Reel 78 Volume 1, Sep 1, 1886-Sep 15, 1891
Reel 79 Volume 2, Feb 1, 1896-Feb 28, 1902
Reel 80 Volume 3, Mar 1, 1902-Nov 1, 1905
Reel 81 Volume 4, Nov 1, 1908-Apr 30, 1912
Reel 82 Volume 5, Nov 1, 1915-Oct 31, 1918
Reel 83 Volume 6, Nov 1, 1918-Feb 28, 1922

Series VIII. Daily Disposition Record, 1906-1925

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: names of prisoners discharged each day; code number; name; condition of release.

Reel 84 Volume 1, Dec 1, 1906-Dec 31, 1908
Reel 85 Volume 2, Nov 1, 1914-Jul 23, 1918
Reel 86 Volume 3, Jul 25, 1918-May 31, 1922
Reel 87 Volume 4, Jun 1, 1922-Dec 18, 1925

Series IX. Alphabetized List of Prisoners' and Attorneys' Names, Nov 11, 1914-Apr 25, 1921

Series X. Docket of United States Prisoners, Nov 27, 1899-Dec 30, 1926

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: date of commitment; race; name; offence; by whom committed; term of sentence; period charged, from, to; date of discharge; by whom discharged; remarks; quarterly recapitulation. 4,799 prisoners listed.

Series XI. Convict Description Docket, Aug 30, 1920-Dec 23, 1932

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: register number; name; when received; age when received; color; sex; nativity; color of hair and eyes; marks and scars; height; weight; parental relations; length of school attendance; Sunday school attendance; literacy; industrial training; occupation; drinking habits; marital status; military service; date of sentence; term of sentence; number of convictions; time served; remarks. 5,344 prisoners listed.

Series XII. Discharge Description Docket, 1873-1928

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: register number; name; age when discharged; color; sex; crime; date of sentence; when discharged; how discharged; whether or not detained for costs for misconduct; time served; weight; amount earned in overwork during imprisonment; intended residence; remarks.

Reel 91 Volume 1, Aug 20, 1873-Oct 8, 1918
Reel 92 Volume 2, Oct 8, 1918-Nov 28, 1928

Series XIII. Quarterly Report of All Persons Committed to Allegheny County Prison, Jan 28, 1909-Jan 31, 1912

Scope and Content Notes:

Contains: register number; name; and how prisoner was disposed of.

Series XIV. Ledger, Jan 1900-Jan 1921

Series XV. Journal (Day Book), 1902-1924

Reel 95 Volume 1, Jan 15, 1902-Dec 31, 1909
Reel 96 Volume 2, Jan 5, 1910-Dec 31, 1915
Reel 97 Volume 3, Jan 10, 1916-Dec 31, 1924

Series XVI. Cash Book, Jun 6, 1923-Feb 14, 1927