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The Resource Women's Prison and Girls' Reformatory collection

Women's Prison and Girls' Reformatory collection

Label
Women's Prison and Girls' Reformatory collection, 1902
Title
Women's Prison and Girls' Reformatory collection
Inclusive dates
1902
Contributor
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
This collection includes six copies of the same manuscript, written in 1902, by Rhoda M. Coffin, 3232 Groveland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.Mrs. Coffin tells about her work in preaching the Gospel along with her husband, Charles F. Coffin, in jails, workhouses, and prisons throughout the country, beginning in 1865. In the winter of 1868, Indiana Governor Conrad Baker asked her and Charles to visit the prisons at Michigan City and Jeffersonville, and make a private report to him. As a result of their investigation, the Indiana Women's Prison and Girls' Reformatory was built in Indianapolis. Mrs. Coffin, Adeline Roach, and Lewis Jordan served on the first Board. Sallie Hubbard, a murderess, was the first prisoner to enter the new facility. Sallie was welcomed by Sarah J. Smith, the first Superintendant. Sallie was among seventeen women in chains who were transferred from Jeffersonville, where the guards were all male. At the new prison, only women worked as guards. Rhoda wrote: "Both Gov. Hendricks and Gov. Williams manifested the deepest interest in the Institution and were most untiring in doing anything they could to aid us."
Biographical or historical data
Author Rhoda M. Coffin lived in Chicago, Illinois, at the time she wrote this article in 1902. Since 1865, she visited prisons, jails, and workhouses in the United States in order to preach the Gospel. In 1868, Indiana Governor Conrad Baker asked her and her husband, Charles F. Coffin, to visit the prisons at Jeffersonville and Michigan City, and report to him concerning needed reforms. As a result of this report, the Indiana Women's Prison and Girls' Reformatory was established with Sarah J. Smith as Superintendent and Elmina L. Johnson as Assistant. They were "both earnest Christians, women of rare executive ability." The first Board was composed of Rhoda Coffin, Adeline Roach, and Lewis Jordan.
Cataloging source
ISL
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1826-1909
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Coffin, Rhoda M.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Coffin, Charles F.
  • Coffin, Rhoda M.
  • Baker, Conrad
  • Reformatories for women
  • Prison reformers
  • Prison visits
  • Indianapolis (Ind.)
  • Jeffersonville (Ind.)
  • Michigan City (Ind.)
Label
Women's Prison and Girls' Reformatory collection
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/1844
Instantiates
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/07/17 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield
Arrangement
This collection is arranged by subject.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20272666
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from the Indiana Department of Public Welfare.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn892524045
  • (OCoLC)892524045
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder
Label
Women's Prison and Girls' Reformatory collection
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/1844
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/07/17 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield
Arrangement
This collection is arranged by subject.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20272666
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from the Indiana Department of Public Welfare.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn892524045
  • (OCoLC)892524045
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder

Library Locations

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      39.77004 -86.164015

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