Search: Industrial Schools

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The Industrial School for Girls was created by act of the Ohio General Assembly on March 5, 1869. The purpose of the school was "the reformation of exposed, helpless, evil disposed, and vicious girls." In 1878, the term "incorrigible" was added. A five-member board of trustees purchased a piece of property known as the Ohio White Sulphur Springs Resort, eighteen miles north of Columbus. The first six girls were admitted to the school in October 1869.

The Boys' Industrial School will be added to the index once we have finished re-indexing the data. This is so it's easier for you to find and identify an individual!

  • Admission Records, for inmates admitted 1869-1944, from the Girls' Industrial School.
  • The Boys' Industrial School will be added once we've updated the records!

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Generally, the record contains the following:

Inmate's name, serial number, date received, birth date, age, nationality, father's name, mother's name, habits of parents, education of parents, occupation of father, county of residence, court, name of sentencing judge, office held by judge, offense, education level, health, any special marks, employment (if any), and miscellaneous remarks.

Please note: some records may not contain all of the information listed above; sometimes fields were left blank.

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If you cannot find the inmate you are looking for, it might be due to a transcription error.

You can visit the Online Collections Catalog to see other potential resources.

Go to the "Search Collections" box > enter text into the box. Make sure that you enter the institution/government department's name (e.g. Girls' Industrial School) and/or record type (e.g. Register of Girls Received and Paroled 1881-1943), not personal names, into the search to see if we might hold the particular kind of incarceration-related record you in which you are interested. You can enter combinations of search terms/filter results too.

Price may vary! The price depends on how much research must be done to find the records. You can contact reference@ohiohistory.org for pricing information for research and/or copies of non-indexed public record.

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Try "wildcarding" your search an asterisk (*) or alternate spellings of the name. Such as Cha* Smi* instead of Charlotte Smith or Joan Saunders instead of Joann Sanders.

It is also possible that the person you are looking for was never admitted to an Industrial School. Check the Online Collections Catalog to look into our resources to help you with your research.