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Newspaper Articles

Penitentiary superindent answers corruption chargesControversy over Penitentiary management in 1869; Superintendent answers chargesMore from 1869: Former clerk rebuts SuperintendentA visit to the Penitentiary in 1879

Report on conditions in the West Virginia Penitentiary, from the Cincinnati Enquirer, 1886Two-part article about the Pen from Register earlier in 1886Part two of the aboveLegislative hearing results from the Enquirer article, Feb. 1887More hearingsReportage on the Legislative hearingMore of the legislative hearingA positive article from 1892.Still another penitentiary expose, this from 1893. Conditions in 1894Letter to editor of Moundsville Echo about conditions, 1899. Colored Republic Club concerned with treatment of African-American prisoners.Another letter to Echo, from 1900. The Captain of the Guards assaults newspaper staff

Official Reports

Warden's report from the 1916 biennial report of the State Board of Control. and part 2 of the same report

Other Articles

Sketch of Warden Joseph Z. Terrell from 1923

National Register Nomination

Excerpts from the nomination for the National Register of Historic Places, part 1, part 2, bibliography


Tom F. Hebb, Tower No. 2, 1897Main entrance ca. 1914Cell Block, ca. 1914South end of prison wall, ca. 1914Dining room, ca. 1914Chapel, ca. 1914Men on the prison yard, ca. 1914Front entrance, ca. 1916Prison farm, ca. 1916Band Concert, 1920sCell Block, 1910sChapel, 1910sCoal Mine, ca.1920Dining Room, ca. 1910Farm Scene, ca. 1910Front Entrance, 1920sFront Entrance, ca. 1920Front View from North, ca. 1910Front View from the South, 1910sPrisoners in the Yard, 1910sMain Entrance, ca. 1910Main Entrance, 1920sMen on Yard, 1910sNorth Wing, 1920sOverall Factory, 1920sPicnic, Female Convicts, ca. 1920Truck and Trailer, 1910sCell, Women's Ward, 1920sAerial photo 1936: New wall under constructionFrom the top of Grave Creek Mound, 1999


WV Pen Tours, including a history and picturesA letter from the warden in 1905concerning the relative economies of hanging vs. the electric chair. The history of capital punishment in West Virginia "Thy Brother's Blood" by Stan Bumgardner and Christine Kreiser.

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