Dear Ms. Couch,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Identification Books, ca. 1878 - ca. 1896 and Record Books of Prisoners Photographed and Fingerprinted, 7/2/1917-9/30/1932 in the Records of the Government of the District of Columbia (Record Group 351) but these series do not contain photographs from the time period you are researching. Some of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We suggest reviewing the Prologue Magazine article To Protect and Serve: The Records of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 1861-1930.
We also located 12 series related to the Central Guard House in Washington, DC in the Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands (Record Group 393) and 2 series related to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of War (Record Group 107) that may be of interest to you. Most of these records have not been digitized. For access to and information about the non-digitized records, please contact RDT1.
Next, we located 47 series from the 1850s and 1860s related to the Penitentiary in the District of Columbia in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior (Record Group 48). Although these records are unlikely to contain photographs, they may contain some other useful information. Most of these records have not been digitized. For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com.
In addition, we located the series Matthew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that includes two photographs of the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online in the Catalog. You can contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have about them.
Plus, we located the series Committee Papers, 1817-1972 of the Committee on the District of Columbia in the Records of the U.S. Senate’s (Record Group 46) that includes one file related to the Auxiliary Guard in Washington, DC from the 1850s. The series Committee Papers, 1808-1994 Committee on the District of Columbia in the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives’ (Record Group 233) also includes information about prisons and prisoners in Washington, DC. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the Center for Legislative Archives (LL) at email@example.com for further assistance with these records.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you very much for all the information, you have been extremely helpful.. Cheryl