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Hoyle, John E. Photographs from John E. Hoyle's papers relating to San Quentin Prison.
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Photographs from John E. Hoyle's papers relating to San Quentin Prison
O.P. Annex souvenir


Hoyle, John E., creator


Photographs show various views of life at San Quentin Prison, but most show various types of entertainment offered for the prisoners (prisoner vaudeville and minstrel shows, Sarah Bernhardt's 1913 performance there, etc.). Other views show men playing baseball, prison interiors and the furniture shop, mug shots of prisoners including death row inmates of the 1890s, and views of warden John E. Hoyle's office. One souvenir cabinet card, titled O.P. Annex souvenir, has a composite of an electric chair and mug shots of 31 prisoners executed at the Ohio Penitentiary, with the dates of their deaths and their crimes. Box 1, folders 1-3: San Quentin prison views, exterior and interior -- folder 4: several out-of-state prison photographs, including O.P. Annex executions cabinet card and two views of an Illinois prison (at Joliet?) -- folder 5: Sarah Bernhardt at San Quentin in A scene from Une nuit de Noel (or A Christmas night during the Terror), Feb. 22, 1913 -- folder 6: miscellaneous entertainment including baseball, vaudeville, and a band -- folders 7-11: performance(s) of the San Quentin Minstrel and Vaudeville Company (album, souvenir album, and various photographs) -- folder 12: baseball and band. Box 2, folders 1-3: prisoner mug shots, chiefly identified only by prisoner number -- folder 4: mug shots notebook of death penalty murder convicts, 1890s, with names and convictions on boards in image -- folders 5-7: various people presumably including staff, officials, and visitors -- folder 8: furniture, presumably products of prison labor -- folder 9: miscellaneous photographs including a 1913 prison snowman, safes (possibly manufactured by prisoners?), and a desk and chair probably built by prisoners. Oversize (AX folder): five mounted photographs of vaudeville performances.


approximately 1894-1913, bulk 1907-1913 (issued)


Prisons -- California -- San Quentin -- Photographs
Executions and executioners -- Ohio -- Pictorial works
Prisoners -- California -- San Quentin -- Photographs
Minstrel shows -- Photographs
Vaudeville -- Photographs
Prisons -- Californie -- San Quentin -- Photographies
Prisonniers -- Californie -- San Quentin -- Photographies
Spectacles de ménestrels (Théâtre américain) -- Photographies
Vaudeville -- Photographies
Minstrel shows
Executions and executioners
Theatrical productions -- California -- San Quentin
California -- San Quentin
California State Prison at San Quentin -- Photographs
San Quentin Minstrel and Vaudeville Company -- Photographs
California State Prison at San Quentin.
Bernhardt, Sarah -- 1844-1923 -- Photographs
Bernhardt, Sarah -- 1844-1923


Title devised by cataloger.
Photographers unknown.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Transferred from John E. Hoyle's papers relating to San Quentin Prison (BANC MSS 88/139 c), which were part of the San Quentin collection of Roy D. Graves.
Warden of San Quentin Prison, 1907-1913.


Pictorial works.
Identification photographs.

Physical Description:

approximately 650 photographs in 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder : black and white prints ; various sizes





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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.

Related Item:

Papers relating to San Quentin Prison : Hoyle, John E.