Robert A. Freeman Papers, 1948-1980

Overview of the Collection

Freeman, Robert
Robert A. Freeman Papers
1948-1980 (inclusive)
1.0 linear feet, (1 record carton)
Collection Number
The Robert A. Freeman Papers contain publications, reports, memoranda, statistical surveys, and rules and policies relating to matters at Washington State Penitentiary, spanning from 1948 through 1980.
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
Telephone: 5095275922
Fax: 5095264785
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert A. Freeman was born in Washington to Ednah and Richard Freeman. He was a 1948 graduate of Whitman College worked on the staff of the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla between 1948 and 1975. He served as a staff psychologist and later was named Associate Superintendent in charge of inmate treatment.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Robert A. Freeman Papers consists of documents, records, statistical surveys, publications, and other materials compiled during his tenure as a Washington State Department of Corrections psychologist at the penitentiary. This collection, which dates between 1948 through 1980, contain documents from symposiums and other events which, among other topics, discussed the state of correctional institutions policies and potential reforms to the corrections culture and systems. This collection gives an insight into the prison conditions of Washington State Department of Corrections and the work that was being done during the mid-1900s to enact reform.

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Acquisition Information

Donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives by Robert A. Freeman.

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Corporate Names

  • Washington State Penitentiary