American Prison Newspapers

Reveal Digital, the company behind Independent Voices, which is a collection of alternative newspapers, has published a new collection, American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020

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Here is a descripton from their website:

On March 24, 1800, Forlorn Hope became the first newspaper published within a prison by an incarcerated person. In the intervening 200 years, over 450 prison newspapers have been published from U.S. prisons. Some, like the Angolite and the San Quentin News, are still being published today. American Prison Newspapers will bring together hundreds of these periodicals from across the country into one collection that will represent penal institutions of all kinds, with special attention paid to women’s-only institutions. Development of the collection began in July 2020 and will continue through 2022, with new content added regularly.

Here is a list of the titles in the collection so far, as well as the state of publication:

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

One reply on “American Prison Newspapers”

I had at least one ancestor who was jailed in Texas and maybe some other states due to his fondness of the 13 ladies he married.
Would like to know when other states are digitized.

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