About the Oregon Historical Records Index
Inmate Registers, Oregon State Penitentiary
The registers document information extracted from the” Great Registers,” which were created as inmates were received at the penitentiary. Entries include: name of the inmate; conviction crime; length of sentence; and county in which they were tried and convicted. Additional information includes a physical description of the inmate, basic information about nativity, ability to read and write, and religious affliation. A notation is made if there is a separate case file for the inmate, which may contain the commitment papers from the convicting county, correspondence about the inmate, and a photograph, if one exists.