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State Prisons: Historical Inmate Records

Historical inmate and employee records from Minnesota State Prisons

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Shakopee State Women's Reformatory

For the Good of the Women: A Short History of the Minnesota Correctional Facility Shakopee, by Thomas M. Daly. 
Bloomington, Minn. : Daly Publishing, c2004.
MNHS call number:  HV9305.M62 S522 2004

Records for the Shakopee State Women's Reformatory can be viewed in person at the library or ordered online from our Correctional Institution (Prison) Records Request

Inmate Records

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Index to Inmate Case Files, 1919-1977
MNHS call number: Ask staff at reference desk. 

Inmate Case Files, 1919-1977
​Discharged inmate case files, nos. 1-1707, for inmates admitted from 1919 to 1977.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Patient Registers and Indexes- Shakopee, 1920-1924
Part of the Minnesota Division of Public Institutions Series
Alphabetical index by inmate name, and statistical record that may include admission date, inmate's name and residence, relative, gender, age, and history. 
MNHS call numberDigital Finding Aid

Inmate Case Files (minors), 1948-1977
Discharged inmate case files, for minors admitted to the reformatory under the supervision of the Youth Conservation Commission. Many file numbers are missing.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Note: These records include private information about individuals. Records with private information are closed for 75 years from date of last entry in the record. Researchers must apply for permission to use these records.  Click here for more information on accessing restricted records. 

Employee Records

Minnesota Department of Public Institutions Personnel Service Records- Shakopee State Women's Reformatory, D-W 1931-1938
Cards listing employee name, address, position, salary, brief statement of duties, data on previous state service, education, training, and personal and family information.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Social Security Department: Public Institutions Division).

Payroll Register, 1920-1940
MNHS call number: 118.D.10.5B-1

Note: These records include private information about individuals. Records with private information are closed for 75 years from date of last entry in the record. Researchers must apply for permission to use these records.  Click here for more information on accessing restricted records. 

Other Records

Minnesota Reformatory for Women at Shakopee
12 photoprints. Exterior and interior views of buildings and views of female inmates cultivating the fields and feeding farm animals.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

The Reflector
Shakopee, Minn. : WSR, 1935-
1935-1945
MNHS call number: FOLIO HV 9305 .M62S5 .R3 v.1-3 

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