Series 83985
Provo (Utah). Police Department Commitment register

Dates: 1903-1908.

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

Scope and Content

This series contains a register of persons incarcerated in the Provo City Jail. It was used to record the identity and circumstances of each individual committed to jail. The pre-printed forms in the book provide space to record such information as the name of the prisoner, physical description, special marks, charge, name of arresting officer, process, date committed, date released, how discharged, and any remarks (i.e., escaped). The most common charges resulting in imprisonment are drunkenness and vagrancy, but there are examples of a variety of other charges, including disturbing the peace, violations of the bicycle ordinance, minor entering a saloon, insulting a female, petit larceny, fighting, and cruelty to animals.

At the end of the each year from 1904-1907 the marshal has listed statistics to be included in his annual report to the mayor and city council, including such information as the number of arrests, convictions, and dismissals; the number of days of imprisonment, meals served, head of stock impounded, and the amount collected in fines.


Chronological by commitment date.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Alan Barnett in September 2014.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The book includes a name index.

Indexing Terms

    Container List

    1 Commitment Register; 1903 Jan-1908 Dec

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