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California State Prison at San Quentin



  • Existence: 1852-

Administrative History

The California State Prison at San Quentin is a penitentiary in Marin County, California.

San Quentin State Prison was established in July 1852 at Point San Quentin, and was initially constructed by the inmates. It held both male and female inmates until 1933, when the women were transferred to a new facility at Tehachapi. The prison currently houses the state's death row and execution chamber for male condemned prisoners.

NUCMC data from Marin County Hist. Soc. (San Rafael, Calif.) for Duffy, C.T. Papers, ca. 1940-1951 (Papers of Clinton Duffy, warden of San Quentin Prison from 1940-1951)

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation website, via WWW, July 14, 2014 (San Quentin State Prison; est. July 1852 at Point San Quentin; built by inmates; housed male and female inmates until 1933, women then transferred to women's prison at Tehachapi; located in Marin County, Calif.; four cell blocks, one maximum security cell block, Central Health Care Service Building, a medium security dorm setting, and a minimum security firehouse; state's only gas chamber and death row for all male condemned inmates are located at San Quentin)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

William A. Hightower papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2381
Abstract Contains Hightower's writings including novels, essays, and poetry. Includes correspondence from prison personnel, Hightower, and Genelle Larson Pugmire. Contains copies of a manuscript in which Hightower discusses his conviction and declares his innocence. Includes political essays discussing many of the current events during his prison term, including the Great Depression, World War II and the atomic bomb, and communism. Also includes various novels, many with western American themes....
Dates: 1924-1991