NYCHS Virtual Tour of Harlem Prison at Harlem Court:House

Above: April 1907 in-take ledger page for Harlem Prison inmates whose last names began with the letter "F." (To fit the web format width and because the webmaster has no information on the detainee case outcomes, names and addresses in the image have been digitally abridged, but only in the image, not the actual page.)

The image is provided here to illustrate the record keeping method followed during that period. Apparently in-take ledgers arranged inmate entry pages alphabetically.

For example, in the image, the record shows in-take information entries for four inmates whose last names began with the letter "F" and who were processed April 1, one on April 3, two on April 4, one each on April 5, 6, 7 and 9, and so on. Presumably information for other inmates processed on those dates were entered on the pages corresponding to the first letters of their last names, respectively.

The alphabetic page entry system eased the problem of inmate look-ups when the ledger was the database.




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Return to the access point on Page 4 of the virtual tour.


The above view is a scene originally captured on digital camera by free-lance photographer and retired NYC Correction Officer Gerald Schultz (212 222-9161) who reserves and retains all rights thereto. NYCHS appreciates his allowing the use of his photos in this web presentation.

The web page design and text are by NYCHS which reserves and retains all rights thereto. E-mail NYCHS at

Note: The unrestored look of the ex-jail and former living quarters in this image sequence and upcoming virtual tour sequences constitutes no reflection upon the NYC Civil Court, the Harlem Community Justice Center and others active in the restored part of the courthouse structure.

The ex-jail and the former living quarters are not part of the restoration program. Those unrestored parts of the building are outside the mandate of those agencies.

However, to their and their staffs' credit, they demonstrate commendable civic interest in providing what information and assistance they can to researchers studying the history of the ex-jail and former living quarters.