C. I. Caufield Papers, 1896-1897

Descriptive Summary

Title
C. I. Caufield Papers, 1896-1897
Creator
Caufield, C.I.
Extent
69 items
Subjects
Kentucky State Penitentiary
Prison adminstration--Kentucky--Lyon County
Prisons--Kentucky--Lyon County
Happy, J.H.
Lester, C.W.
Bradley, William O'Connell, 1847-1914
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
The collection consists of letters and other items written by C.I. Caufield, Clerk of the Kentucky Branch Penitentiary. The prison is located in Eddyville, Lyon County, Kentucky. The papers were all addressed to Judge C.W. Lester and Governor William O. Bradley. The documents pertain to grievances at the prison over favoritism, nepotism in hiring and appointments. Other issues include: misappropriation of funds, accusations of wrong doing, and recriminations against people for bucking the status quo set forth by the warden, J.H. Happy. Caufield referred to these problems as the Cell Block Conspiracy. These letters eventually led to a court case but it is unclear how it was resolved.
Creator's Occupation: Prison clerk
County: Lyon

Contents of the Collection

This folder consists of 35 items, including letters, invoices, receipts, and lists of prisoners. All were sent to either Judge C. W. Lester or Governor William O. Bradley.April 1896-December 31, 1896

  • Folder 1
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This folder consists of 34 letters addressed to Judge C. W. Lester and William O. Bradley from C.I. Caufield.Jan. 7, 1897, to March 3, 1897.

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