About the Industrial Schools
Industrial schools were created to house, care for, and teach a trade/industry to juvenile delinquents and neglected children.
Did you know? Inmate numbers were reused, so if there are multiple entries with the same inmate number, it means that that person was admitted to the Industrial School multiple times!
The Boys' Industrial School has gone by several names throughout its years of operation.
It was called the State Reform Farm (or School) when it opened in 1857.
In 1884, it became known as the Boys' Industrial School, and later, the Fairfield School for Boys (1964-1980).
The Boys' Industrial School admissions are currently being re-indexed and are not yet searchable online!
The Girls' Industrial School opened in 1869. Our admission records cover its years of operation.