Stillwater State Prison, Attorney General's Opinions (1887-1970).
Primarily opinions of the attorney general's office regarding such prison related matters as prisoners' rights, convict labor, personnel, pardon and parole, prison finances and property, sentencing, jurisdiction, and prison industries. The files include correspondence, legislation, contracts, and related documents.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Stillwater State Prison).
Stillwater State Prison, Annual and Biennial Reports (1867-1952).
Reports documenting the activities and accomplishments of the prison.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
Office of the Governor, Execution Records (1888-1910).
Certified copies of minutes of conviction and sentence, and sometimes copies of other trial documents relating to convicts sentenced to death. Usually also includes notations of date set for execution and date the execution warrant was issued.MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
Ramsey County (Minn.) Sheriff: Expense Document Concerning William Williams' February 1906 Execution, 1905-1906.
Itemized and verified statement of expenses incurred in carrying out the execution of Williams, convicted in 1905 of homicide in Ramsey County. The botched hanging of Williams led to the abolishment of capital punishment in Minnesota. His was the last execution to take place in the state and the death penalty was removed from the state criminal law in 1911. The itemized expenses include the lumber and labor for constructing the gallows, clothing for the condemned man, and the rope. The document is signed by Ramsey County Sheriff Anton Miesen.
MNHS call number: 119.C.4.3B (User copy).