American Foundation Institute of Corrections files on American prisons
Held at: Eastern State Penitentiary [Contact Us]2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19130
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"William G. Nagel [was] president of the American Foundation in Philadelphia from 1969 to his retirement in 1983... Now known as the Bok Tower Gardens Foundation, the entity operated an institute of corrections, of which Mr. Nagel was director. The institute conducted national studies that resulted in the 1973 work The New Red Barn: A Critical Look at the Modern American Prison."
Quoted text from: Naedele, Walter F. "William G. Nagel, 92, Longtime Prison Reformer." Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8, 2009. Accessed June 19, 2012. http://articles.philly.com/2009-04-08/news/25287170_1_honorary-doctorate-longtime-prison-state-prison-reform
The American Foundation Institute of Corrections files on American prisons consist of materials compiled by William G. Nagel in his capacity as president of the American Foundation, Inc. Institute of Corrections. It includes correspondence with and reports on correctional facilities and organizations throughout the United States (circa 1970), as well as studies and reports on general prison conditions and inmate care (circa 1962-1980). A few photographs are interspersed in the files. The collection also features five film reels of short films distributed by the American Foundation: "The Odds Against" (1966, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short), "The Price of a Life" (1967), "The Revolving Door" (1969, winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short), and "Arthur: A Portrait" (1970).
Gift of the Historic Bok Sanctuary, 2007.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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