Guy Cheli to NYCHS about its excepts presentation of his book. ©

I am honored that the New York Correction History Society is posting excerpts from my book Sing Sing Prison on its website.

The book is an illustrated history of the world famous prison. Readers look back via text and vivid photo images to when the prison was built in 1825 through the 1950s when Julius and Ethel Rosenburg were executed under a cloud of protest.

The idea for the book came to me while researching an article on Sing Sing for a local magazine. I found a magnitude of information and photographs at the Ossining Historical Society. A collection of rare and never before seen photos were made available to me from a private source.

The books written by Warden Lewis Lawes -- Twenty Thousand Years In Sing Sing in particular -- were also a valuable source of information. Vintage N.Y.S. D.O.C. publications and inmate written articles were used to obtain important facts and dates found in this book.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank NYCHS webmaster Tom McCarthy for introducing me to its wonderful website. I have spent countless hours viewing the related links found on your site. I only wish I had known about the New York Correction History Society sooner. Keep up the good work!


Guy Cheli


NYCHS presents these text and image excerpts from Images of America: Sing Sing Prison by permission of its author Guy Cheli who retains the copyright © and reserves all rights thereunder. For more about his book, contact Arcadia Publishing at and/or Ossining Historical Society at

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