Washington State Penitentiary Photograph Collection, November 1955  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Washington State Penitentiary Photograph Collection
November 1955 (inclusive)
8 photographs (1 folder)
Collection Number
Photographs of the Washington State Penitentiary and inmates
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials curator is required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Washington State Penitentiary (also known as the Walla Walla State Penitentiary) is the second-largest men's prison in Washington State with an operating capacity of 2,200. It opened 131 years ago in 1886, three years before statehood. It was the only state penitentiary until 1956 with the opening of the Larch Corrections Center. B.J. Rhay was warden from 1954-1974. He instituted a series of reforms to address violence at the facility.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs showing exterior views of the Washington State Penitentiary and inmates in winter

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

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Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Contact University of Washington Libraries Special Collections for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Prisoners--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Prisons--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Washington State Penitentiary--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs