ESP Collections

The purpose of Eastern State Penitentiary’s collections is to identify, acquire, preserve, and make accessible documents and artifacts relating to the administrators and inmates of Eastern State Penitentiary, the physical structures and objects within the walls of the penitentiary, the Pennsylvania System of Punishment, and Pennsylvania corrections policies. We appreciate all additions to the collection, as each one brings us a new and better understanding of this National Historic Landmark and the people who lived and worked within it.

We are also interested in conducting video or audio interviews with former inmates, guards, and staff members. If you are (or know) someone who lived or worked inside the building, or if you are interested in donating items to Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site’s collections, please contact us at 215-236-5111 x23 or eh@easternstate.org