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Collection Overview
Title:Bromfield Street Educational Foundation (collector) Prison Newsletter collection
Location Code:55/2
Reference Code:M169
Extent:2 cubic ft. (5 newspaper boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection contains newsletters created by prisons and organizations in support of prisoners to raise awareness of conditions faced by inmates in the U.S. Penal System. The newsletters include statements, articles, and poetry from prisoners detailing prison conditions and how the conditions affected them.The newsletters also advocate for legal rights for the prison population and support for its gay, lesbian, and transsexual members. The newsletters also acted as information pools for contacts outside of prisons, to connect those incarcerated to organizations that offered services to the inmate population. The majority of the newsletters are from prisons and organizations in support of prisoners located throughout the United States, with a small portion collected from Canada.Included are newsletters provided for female inmates such as No More Cages and The Wimmins Prisoner Survival Network, and newsletters directed towards transsexual prisoners like the Transsexual Voice and Transsexual's in Prison. Examples of newsletters of organizations in support of prisoners include The National Prison Project Journal, Coalition for Prisoners Rights, and The California Prisoner. The majority of the collection consists of single issues, and there are no complete runs of any newsletters.
Historical Abstract:This collection was originally part of the Bromfield Street Educational Foundation (BSEF) records. As part of its Prisoners Project efforts, the BSEF collected newsletters that were sent to them from various prisons and organizations located across the country and Canada.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Alphabetical
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Bromfield Street Educational Foundation

  • Mentally ill prisoners
  • Prison newspapers
  • Prison reformers
  • Prison violence
  • Prisoners--Civil rights
  • Transsexuals
  • Women prisoners

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Finding Aids:Bromfield Street Educational Foundation Records (M64)
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Cheryl Ostrowski, 2010-12-02; updated by Migyeong Geum, November 2012
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General Inmates
1The Abolitionist 1983, 1987-1988
1Anarchist Black Dragon1981, 1983
1The Angolite: The Prison Newsmagazine of Louisiana State Penitentiary (Vol. 8, No. 4)1983
1Bar None (No. 8)1976
1Behind The Walls: A P.A.N.A.L. Publication n.d., 1989
1Being: A Magazine On Prison Issues (Winter/Spring)1983
1Breakthrough1993, 1994
1The Bridge1984
1Bulldozer: The Only Vehicle For Prison Reform1981 -1985
1Bulldozer's Prison News Service1987-1988, 1991
1The California Prisoner1982-1991
2The Captive's Primer: The Official Voice of the Prisoner Personnel International (Vol. 1, No. 1)1984
2Coalition For Prisoners Rights Correspondence1978-1984
2Coalition For Prisoners Rights Newsletter 1984-1989
2Communitas: A Newsletter of Hope1985, 1986
2Cosmep Newsletter (Vol. 15, No. 5)1984
2Criminal Justice Newsletter1986-1988
2Doing Time: Families and Friends of Prisoners1981-1982
3Families of Pennsylvania Prisoners Newsletter1988
3Fortune News 1982, 1985-1988
3Gaycon Press Newsletter 1982-1985, 1987
3Human Kindness Foundation1993-1996
3Houston Voice: A Weekly Community News Publication (Issue 755)1995
3Inside Out: News From Inside Prisons (No. 1)1990
3Inside Out: A Newsletter For Prisoners And Their Gay Friends1983-1985
3Inside/Out: Prose and Poetry From Inside America's Prisons (Vol. 3, No.1)1982
3The Insurgent: Newsletter of the Committee to Fight Oppression1988
3Jericho: National Moratorium On Prison Construction (No. 35)1984
3Join Hands 1976-1978, n.d.
3Joint Venture Bulletin 1985-1986
3Judgment: Alderson Hospitality House (Vol. 6, No. 4)1984
3The Kite: Anti-Prison News Journal (Summer)1979
3Lewisburg Prison Project Inc.: Prisoner Legal Bulletin 1983-1985
4Madness Network News 1984-1986
4The Marionette 1986-1987, n.d.
4Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty (MCADP) (Vol. 1, No. 2)1984
4Midnight Special: Prisoners News (Vol. 5, No. 4)1975
4The Mirror (Vol. 99, No. 7)1985
4The National Prison Project 1984-1990
4NEPA News: The Voice of the New England Prisoners Association (Vol. 3, No. 2)1975
4Outlook (Fall)1987
4Outlook on Justice; New England Regional Office, American Friends Service Committee 1985-1988
4Outlaw Notes, Midnight Notes (No. 8, August)1985
4Out Of Bounds 1986-1989
4Out Of Bounds Magazine 1994-1996
4Partisan Defense Committee (PDC) (No. 6, November)1987
4Pipelines (Issues 1-3)1986
4Prison Legal News: Working to Extend Democracy to All (Vol. 4, No. 1)1993
4Prison Action Group 1982
5Prison Network News: Newsletter of the National Lawyers Guild Prison Network (No. 1)1987
5Prisoners' Peaceful Movement Committee, Concord1972
5Prisoners With Aids Rights Advocacy Group (PWA - RAG) (Vol. 6, No. 3)1993
5The Question Mark: A Journal Of Prison Opinion1983, n.d.
5Radical America (Letter)1986
5Rhode Island Justice Newsletter 1986-1987
5Rough Times: Formerly the Radical Therapist 1972-1974
5Santa Fe Prison News (September)1982
5San Quentin News: The Pulse of San Quentin (Vol. 54, No. 5)1986
5 San Quentin News (Vol. 1, No. 2)1986
5The Siberian Express (Vol. 5, No. 4)1986
5Southern Coalition Report on Jails and Prisons 1982-1986
5Us . . . (Vol. 1, No. 1)1986
5Visions: Conner Correctional Center (February/March)1983
5Washington Prisoners Family Support Groupn.d.
Female Inmates
5The Criterion 1986-1988
5National Network for Women in Prison Newsletter (Vol. 3, No. 2)1993
5New Directions for Women (Vol. 19, No. 2)1990
5No More Cages 1982-1984
5Out/Inside: A Women's Newsjournal Focusing On Lesbian Prisoners (Vol. 1, No.1)1989
5Staying Together: A Newsletter By The Women, Children and Staff of Aid To Incarcerated Mothers 1982-1985
5Through The Looking Glass: A Women's and Children's Prison Newsletter 1979-1987
5The Wimmins Prisoner Survival Network 1987-1989
5Workshop In Nonviolence (WIN): Peace And Freedom Through Nonviolent Action 1980
5From Women in Prison Here to Women of Vietnam (Peoples Press) 1975
5Woman To Woman (Vol. 3, No. 8)1984
Transsexual Inmates
5Transsexual's in Prison 1986-1987, n.d.
5The Transsexual Voice 1981-1985