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California prisoners photo collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0960

Content Description

This collection contains 72 Polaroid photographs of prisoners spending time with family and friends during visitation day. We believe all photographs are from California prisons, possibly all from California Men's Colony. Most are unidentified and undated, but a few are dated between 1983 and 1997. The photos have been arranged, as best as can be discerned, according to family group. The last three pages of the album are unorganized.

Of the identified photos, three from 1988 feature Charlene and Eric Woods. One of the photos of Charlene and Eric also shows two people identified as Sqwie[?] and Paulett. Another photograph shows two women, one a Black woman and the other an older white woman, labeled only as "chillin with Ms. B." 21 photos show an unidentified interracial couple, including three photos of the couple's wedding within the prison facility.


  • Creation: circa 1983-1997

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

No information is known on the photographer or the individuals photographed. Some of the photographs were taken at California Men's Colony, a state prison for male inmates near the city of San Luis Obispo, CA. We believe all photographs were taken in California prisons.


0.21 Cubic Feet (1 clamshell binder (12.5 x 12 x 2.5 inches))

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This collection contains 72 Polaroid photographs of California prisoners spending time with family and friends during visitation day. The photos are largely undated and unidentified.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Max Rambod in September 2023.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in February 2024 by Jenelle Clark.

Guide to the California prisoners photo collection
Jenelle Clark
February 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA