Guide to the Allegheny County, Pa. Jail Records (Court Dockets), 1863-1932 AIS.1975.08

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Allegheny County, Pa. Jail Records (Court Dockets)
Creator
Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1975.08
Date
1863-1932
Extent
98.0 microfilm reels (98 volumes)
Abstract
Collection contains ledgers documenting jail records and court dockets for individuals incarcerated in the Allegheny County Jail between 1863-1932.

Preferred Citation

Allegheny County, Pa. Jail Records (Court Dockets), 1863-1932, AIS.1975.08, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, December 2010

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

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

Geographic Name(s)

  • Allegheny County (Pa.)

Subject(s)

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

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Previous Citation

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

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Daily Register (Daily Record), 1893-1925    12.0 volumes

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.

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Volume 1, Jul 1, 1892-Mar 29, 1893 191
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Volume 2, Apr 1, 1893-May 31, 1894 2
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Volume 3, Jun 1, 1894-Nov 30, 1896 3
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Volume 4, Dec 1, 1896-Jul 31, 1899 4
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Volume 5, Aug 1, 1899-May 19, 1901 5
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Volume 6, May 20, 1901-Oct 31, 1902 6
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Volume 7, Nov 1, 1902-Mar 31, 1904 7
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Volume 8, Jun 21, 1907-Nov 30, 1909 8
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Volume 9, Nov 1, 1914-Mar 31, 1917 9
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Volume 10, Apr 1, 1917-Oct 31, 1919 10
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Volume 11, Nov 1, 1919-Apr 30, 1923 11
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Volume 12, May 1, 1923-May 31, 1925 12

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Series  II. Vagrants Received and Discharged, 1886-1925    13.0 volumes

Scope and Content Notes

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

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

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Series Court Dockets, 1864-1926    27.0 volumes

Scope and Content Notes

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

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Volume 1, Feb 6, 1864-Sep 19, 1867 26
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Volume 2, Sep 20, 1867-Dec 17, 1870 27
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Volume 3, Dec 19, 1870-Oct 21, 1873 28
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Volume 4, Oct 21, 1873-Dec 25, 1875 29
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Volume 5, Dec 26, 1875-Aug 31, 1877 30
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Volume 6, Mar 8, 1880-Aug 12, 1882 31
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Volume 7, Oct 12, 1884-Jul 14, 1887 32
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Volume 8, Dec 22, 1888-May 1, 1890 33
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Volume 9, May 1, 1890-Sep 11, 1891 34
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Volume 10, Apr 4, 1893-Aug 11, 1894 35
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Volume 11, Aug 11, 1894-Aug 5, 1896 36
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Volume 12, Aug 5, 1896-Nov 14, 1898 37
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Volume 13, Nov 14, 1898-Jan 8, 1901 38
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Volume 14, Jan 9, 1901-Aug 25, 1902 2139
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Volume 15, Aug 25, 1902-Apr 19, 1904 40
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Volume 16, Apr 20, 1904-Nov 30, 1905 41
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Volume 17, Jun 21, 1907-Sep 6, 1908 42
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Volume 18, Jul 1, 1911-Apr 18, 1913 43
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Volume 19, Apr 18, 1913-Oct 21, 1914 44
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Volume 20, Oct 22, 1914-Apr 15, 1916 45
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Volume 21, Apr 16, 1916-Jul 24, 1917 46
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Volume 22, Jul 25, 1917-Oct 1, 1918 47
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Volume 23, Oct 2, 1918-Feb 8, 1920 48
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Volume 24, Feb 9, 1920-Jul 5, 1921 49
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Volume 25, Jul 6, 1921-Oct 9, 1922 50
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Volume 26, Oct 10, 1922-Feb 29, 1924 51
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Volume 27, May 15, 1925-Jul 30, 1926 52

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Series  IV. Index to Court Dockets, 1901-1925    9.0 volumes

Scope and Content Notes

Alphabetized by first letter only.

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

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Series  V. Summary Docket (Summary Convictions; Summary Register), 1863-1929    11.0 volumes

Scope and Content Notes

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

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

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Series  VI. Summary of Convictions, 1907-1926    5.0 volumes

Scope and Content Notes

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

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

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Series  VII. Courts: Received and Discharged, 1886-1922    6.0 volumes

Scope and Content Notes

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

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

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Series  VIII. Daily Disposition Record, 1906-1925    4.0 volumes

Scope and Content Notes

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

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

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Series  IX. Alphabetized List of Prisoners' and Attorneys' Names, Nov 11, 1914-Apr 25, 1921    1.0 volume

Reel
88

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Series  X. Docket of United States Prisoners, Nov 27, 1899-Dec 30, 1926    1.0 volume

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.

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89

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Series  XI. Convict Description Docket, Aug 30, 1920-Dec 23, 1932    1.0 volume

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.

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90

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Series  XII. Discharge Description Docket, 1873-1928    2.0 volumes

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.

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

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Series  XIII. Quarterly Report of All Persons Committed to Allegheny County Prison, Jan 28, 1909-Jan 31, 1912    1.0 volume

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

Reel
93

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Series  XIV. Ledger, Jan 1900-Jan 1921    1.0 volume

Reel
94

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Series  XV. Journal (Day Book), 1902-1924    3.0 volumes

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

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Series  XVI. Cash Book, Jun 6, 1923-Feb 14, 1927    1.0 volume

Reel
98

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