Series 11886
Department of Corrections. State Prison Criminal physical description record book

Dates: i 1904-1914.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This volume records physical anthropological data on prison inmates. This data was gathered for criminal anthropological studies, common at the turn of the century, as a means of identifying born criminals. Entries were made by Andrew C. Ure, initially prison clerk and later deputy warden. Entries cover prisoner numbers 1600 through 3901. The volume has categories for recording general information; anthropometric data; descriptive data; marks, scars, moles, deformities, etc.; peculiarities of habit and action; and criminal history.


Numerical by inmate number.

Related Records

Inmate identification photographs from the Department of Corrections. State Prison, Series 10396, records physical anthropological data on prison inmates.

Prison commitment registers from the Department of Corrections. Inmate Services, Series 80388, contain prison admission records (including some physical description and sentencing data plus photographs and discharge data) for some of these same inmates.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Private.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

The location, or existence, of record books for other years or other inmate numbers is unknown.

Processing Note

Processed by A. Cone in September 1993.

Indexing Terms

  • Ure, Andrew C
  • Criminal behavior—Utah—Physiological aspects.
  • Crime—Utah.
  • Criminal anthropology.
  • Prisoners—Utah—Identification.
  • Criminals—Utah.

Container List

1 1904-1914

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