Search Oklahoma State Penitentiary Photograph Cards and Fingerprint Cards
The Research Center offers prisoner fingerprint card and prisoner photo card research requests for a flat fee of $15 each. Be certain to include the information listed in the index, including the individual's full name, record number, and box number (if available). To order by mail use the printable order form or call 405-522-5225 to order by phone.
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About the Oklahoma State Penitentiary Collection
The Oklahoma State Penitentiary Collection consists of prisoner picture cards, fingerprint cards, prison rodeo records, and guard shift logs. This database includes photo cards and fingerprint cards. The database is a work in progress and will be updated.
Prisoner Photograph Cards
This index provides basic information about the prisoners; however, the photograph cards also include images, work details, and additional information including next of kin and religion.
Prisoner Fingerprint Cards
The Oklahoma State Penitentiary fingerprint card index corresponds with the prisoner photograph cards. The earliest fingerprint card is from 1906, however, early cards are very rare. Most of the cards are from the 1910s through the 1940s. They provide information such as crime, sentence length, where the individual is from, and in some cases a description of the person. A few of the cards have photos.
The Oklahoma State Penitentiary is located in McAlester, Oklahoma. It opened in 1908 under the proposal of Kate Barnard, commissioner of Charities and Corrections, and with the support of Governor Charles N. Haskell. The prison housed both male and female inmates as well as individuals of all races. The Oklahoma State Penitentiary Collection consists of prisoner picture cards, fingerprint cards, prison rodeo records, and guard shift logs.