Title Info for : Department of Correction-Boys’ School 1867-1937

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Department of Correction-Boys’ School 1867-1937 
The 1867 Indiana General Assembly created the House of Refuge for Juvenile Offenders. Governor Conrad Baker selected the site, located on 225 acres of land in Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana. The name changed in 1883 to the Indiana Reform School for Boys, and again in 1903 to the Indiana Boys’ School. Judges from any criminal or circuit court in Indiana could commit juvenile males charged with crimes, incorrigibility, or delinquency. The function of the school was to reform juvenile offenders through education and vocational training.

This database contains approximately 12,700 names of male juveniles committed to the Indiana Boys’ School between 1867 and 1937. Names of boys committed after 1937 are not online for reasons of confidentiality. The database was compiled from admission registers, inmate packets, commitment books and other sources. Information entered in the database includes the inmate’s name, inmate number, county of conviction, and date received at the Boys’ School. Aliases and other information may be found in the notes field.

Additional information is available at the Indiana State Archives for many Boys’ School inmates whose names appear here. There are inmate packets for most inmates, as well as entries in the commitment books, medical record cards, and index cards prepared by the Board of State Charities and Corrections. Researchers should contact the Indiana State Archives at arc@icpr.in.gov to learn what records are available on an inmate and to order reproductions of documents.
This is a demonstration project initiated by the Library of Congress involving multiple partner states and administered by the Washington State Archives. The Indiana Digital Archives is the result of nearly two decades of indexing projects undertaken by Friends of the Indiana Archives volunteers. Some of the record series contained herein will offer all the information available. Other titles will serve as an index. Patrons may contact the Indiana State Archives to order additional material as described in the introductions. Visit us at www.in.gov/icpr and www.indianadigitalarchives.org for more information. Feel free to email us at arc@icpr.in.gov if you do not find what you need.


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