A Guide to the Alexandria Office of Sheriff Jail Records, 1891-1948 Jail Records, Alexandria Office of Sheriff 54

A Guide to the Alexandria Office of Sheriff Jail Records, 1891-1948

A Collection in
Alexandria Library
Local History/Special Collections
Accession Number 54


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Processed by: R. Holtz, 2006.

Repository
Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections
Accession Number
54
Title
Alexandria Office of Sheriff Jail Records, 1891-1948
Physical Characteristics
5 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Late 19th and early 20th century records from the Alexandria Sheriff's Department.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Alexandria Office of Sheriff Jail Records, Accession #54, Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria, Va.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mr. Richard R. Ruscak, Undersheriff, City of Alexandria, March 22, 2002.


Biographical/Historical Information

After 1752, the Fairfax County Court appointed a sheriff to Alexandria, and around the same time the first jail in the city was located on Market Square near the courthouse. The jail was later moved to the foot of Wolfe Street before moving again to a new building constructed around 1825 on the northeast corner of Princess and North St. Asaph Streets. The St. Asaph Street building served as the city jail for over 150 years. Deteriorating conditions led to several lawsuits, and eventually to the renovation of the old jail in 1979 and the construction of the new Alexandria Detention Center (completed in 1987).

Scope and Content

Jail Registers noting both city and state prisoners showing name of prisoner, race, felony or misdemeanor charged with, sentence, resolution of sentence, fees and fines; Commitments for Examination showing name of prisoner, felony or misdemeanor charged with, sentence, date of sentence; Court Orders showing date, name of prisoner, race, age, felony or misdemeanor charged with, sentence; Jail Service Certificates showing name of prisoner, date released, sentence time served; Police Court Commitments showing date, name of prisoner, sentence, felony or misdemeanor charged with.

Arrangement

Chronological order.

Related Material

Box 19C, Alexandria City Records - Record of Prisoners, 1948-1952.

Box 93, Captain Rufus Dudley Pettit Papers, July 1864-1865. Contains material on the Prince Street Prison during the Civil War.

Separated Material

Two (2) photographs of an unidentified female were transferred to the Photograph Collection: VF (Vertical File): Jail. Photocopies are available in Box 54D, Folder 14.


Index Terms

  • Jails--Virginia--Alexandria

Contents List

Box-folder 54:1
Jail Register, July 1, 1891-1893
Alternative form available

A photocopy of the Register is available for use.

Box 54A
Jail Register, January 1895-June 1897
Box 54A
Jail Register, November 1903-October 1912
Box 54B
Jail Register, November 1912-December 1922
Box 54B
Jail Register, January 1923-November 1928
Box-folder 54C:1
Jail Register - City Cases, December 1, 1928-March 31, 1929
Box-folder 54C:2
Jail Register - City Cases, April 1, 1928-July 31, 1929
Box-folder 54C:3
Jail Register - City Cases, August 1, 1929-October 31, 1929
Box-folder 54C:4
Jail Register - City Cases, November 1, 1929-December 31, 1929
Box-folder 54C:5
Jail Register - City Cases, January 1, 1930-March 31, 1930
Box-folder 54C:6
Jail Register - City Cases, April 1, 1930-June 30, 1930
Box-folder 54C:7
Jail Register - City Cases, July 1, 1930-September 30, 1930
Box-folder 54C:8
Jail Register - City Cases, October 1, 1930-December 1, 1930
Box-folder 54C:9
Jail Register - State Cases, December 1, 1928-December 31, 1929
Box-folder 54C:10
Jail Register - State Cases, June 1, 1930-December 31, 1930
Box-folder 54C:11
Jail Register - City Cases, January 1, 1931-March 31, 1931
Box-folder 54C:12
Jail Register - State Cases, June 1, 1931-December 31, 1931
Box-folder 54C:13
Jail Register - City Cases, April 1, 1931-December 31, 1931
Box-folder 54C:14
Jail Register - City Prisoners, January 1, 1932-June 30, 1932
Box-folder 54C:15
Jail Register - State Cases, January 1, 1932-May 31, 1932
Box-folder 54D:1
Commitment for Further Examination, March 15, 1946-December 28, 1946; February 7, 1948-December 17, 1948
Box-folder 54D:2
Police Court Commitment, January 7, 1946-December 12, 1946; January 2, 1948-November 17, 1948
Box-folder 54D:3
Jail Service Certificate, February 15, 1933-April 7, 1933
Box-folder 54D:4
Jail Service Certificate, April 8, 1933-June 3, 1933
Box-folder 54D:5
Jail Service Certificate, July 27, 1933-September 9, 1933
Box-folder 54D:6
Jail Service Certificate, September 9, 1933-October 26, 1933
Box-folder 54D:7
Jail Service Certificate, October 27, 1933-February 11, 1934
Box-folder 54D:8
Jail Service Certificate (blank)
Box-folder 54D:9
Jail Service Certificate (blank)
Box-folder 54D:10
Court Order, January 10, 1946-December 15, 1948
Box-folder 54D:11
List Supplies Store House City Jail, July 4, (19??)
Box-folder 54D:12
Week Menu for Prisoners, n.d.
Box-folder 54D:13
Letter from J.J. Mastin, Commissioner of State Board of Welfare, Commonwealth of Virginia, to Alexandria Police Department, May 5, 1925
Box-folder 54D:14
Two (2) photos (copies) of an unidentified female.
Box 54E
Record of Conduct of Prisoners in Jail, April 10, 1911-October 29, 1922

Shows name of prisoner, date of commitment, length of sentence, resolution of sentence.

Box 54E
Daily Jail Record, May 1, 1925-May 24, 1926

Indicates number of prisoners each day in jail - male, female, race.