Please Note: Due to high demand, we are not accepting new research requests until further notice. We apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience.

The Friends of the Penitentiary Museum are pleased to offer to the public the opportunity to learn about inmates and personnel that spent time, one way or another, inside Canada's federal penitentiaries since the opening of Kingston Penitentiary in 1835.

In fact, our archive contains records dating back to c.1831. While no individual case or personnel files exist, the collection does include miscellaneous inmate and staff records, particularly for Kingston Penitentiary (K.P.) and Collin’s Bay Penitentiary (C.B.P.). K.P. Liberation interviews exist for the period between 1836 and 1881. Punishment registers of K.P. ranging from 1835 to 1908 can also reveal a great deal about the behavior of inmates while incarcerated.

Other records such as Warden’s journals and letter books, as well as the minutes and memoranda of the Inspectors of Penitentiaries, shed light on life behind the walls of Kingston Penitentiary and Dorchester Penitentiary.

We can provide further research on the following subjects:

Please note that this is a fee-based service. Please contact the museum’s research service at 613-530-3122 or info@penitentiarymuseum.ca for more information.