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Prisoners photographs from U.S. National ArchivesCreated by: PICRYLDated: 1900
Photograph of Lester F. Luverne
A mug shot or mugshot is a photographic portrait of a person from the waist up, typically taken after a person is arrested made with a purpose to have a photographic record for identification purposes by victims, the public and investigators. A typical mug shot is two-part, with one side-view, and one front-view.

The paired arrangement may have been inspired by the 1865 prison portraits taken by Alexander Gardner of accused conspirators in the Lincoln assassination trial, though Gardner's photographs were full-body portraits with only the heads turned for the profile shots.

The earliest mugshot photos of prisoners may have been taken in Belgium in 1843 and 1844. In the UK, the police of London started taking mugshots in 1846. By 1857, the New York City Police Department had a gallery where daguerreotypes of criminals were displayed.
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Photograph of Jim Moses

Photograph of Jim Moses

Inmate File of Jim Moses

Photograph of Joe Island

Photograph of Joe Island

Inmate File of Joe Island

Photograph of Lee Delahoussay

Photograph of Lee Delahoussay

Inmate File of Lee Delahoussay

Photograph of Louis Kelley

Photograph of Louis Kelley

Inmate File of Louis Kelley

Photograph of John George Schmidt

Photograph of John George Schmidt

Inmate File of John George Schmidt

Photograph of Aldridge Hayden Gray

Photograph of Aldridge Hayden Gray

Inmate File of Aldridge Hayden Gray

Photograph of Amos Gibbs

Photograph of Amos Gibbs

Inmate File of Amos Gibbs

Photograph of Harry Cahoon

Photograph of Harry Cahoon

Inmate File of Harry Cahoon

Photograph of Watkins J. Hicks

Photograph of Watkins J. Hicks

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Watkins J. Hicks, register number 2705. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pro... More

Photograph of Ray Stump

Photograph of Ray Stump

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Ray Stump, register number 27716. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile f... More

Photographs of Nick Phillips

Photographs of Nick Phillips

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Nick Phillips, register number 26903. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of Simms Marshall

Photograph of Simms Marshall

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Simms Marshall, register number 2707. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of John Russell Willingham

Photograph of John Russell Willingham

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate John Russell Willingham register number 27687. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's ri... More

Photograph of Tom Akiyama

Photograph of Tom Akiyama

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Tom Akiyama register number 8044. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile f... More

John Grindstone, Inmate Number 1 and 3760, at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary

John Grindstone, Inmate Number 1 and 3760, at Leavenworth Federal Peni...

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the mug shot, of Leavenworth inmate John Grindstone. Grindstone was incarcerated twice, as Leavenworth Penitentiary Inmate Number 1 and Number 3760. Inmate File... More

Photograph of Roy Tyler

Photograph of Roy Tyler

This mugshot was taken when future professional baseball player Roy Tyler entered the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas for the first time. Tyler was one of several dozen African American troops incarce... More

Photograph of Ben Porter

Photograph of Ben Porter

Inmate File of Ben Porter

Photograph of Ben McDaniel

Photograph of Ben McDaniel

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Ben McDaniel, register number 12268. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profil... More

Photograph of Abner Davis

Photograph of Abner Davis

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Abner Davis, register number 12254. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile... More

Photograph of Samuel O. Riddle

Photograph of Samuel O. Riddle

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Samuel O. Riddle, register number 13256 The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pro... More

Photograph of William Burnette

Photograph of William Burnette

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate William Burnette, register number 13242. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pr... More

Photograph of Warsaw Lindsay

Photograph of Warsaw Lindsay

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Warsaw Lindsay, register number 13254. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right prof... More

Photograph of Fred Brown

Photograph of Fred Brown

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Fred Brown, register number 12246. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile ... More

Photograph of James E. Woodruff

Photograph of James E. Woodruff

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate James E. Woodruff, register number 13251. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right p... More

Photograph of William Mance

Photograph of William Mance

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate William Mance, register number 13249. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of Norman B. Holland

Photograph of Norman B. Holland

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Norman B. Holland, register number 12260. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right p... More

Photograph of Harry Richardson

Photograph of Harry Richardson

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Harry Richardson, register number 12273. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pr... More

Photograph of John H. Hudson, Jr.

Photograph of John H. Hudson, Jr.

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate John H. Hudson, Jr., register number 12262. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right... More

Photograph of Silva Priscilliano

Photograph of Silva Priscilliano

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Silva Priscilliano, register number 6210. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right p... More

Photograph of Joseph Vento

Photograph of Joseph Vento

Inmate File of Joseph Vento

Photograph of Luther Bearskin

Photograph of Luther Bearskin

This item is a single photograph taken at the time of Luther Bearskin's parole. It is a frontal view from the middle of the chest to the top of the arm. Inmate File of Luther Bearskin

Photograph of Arthur G. Waldorf

Photograph of Arthur G. Waldorf

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Arhutr G. Waldorf, register number 6471. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pr... More

Photograph of Luther Bearskin

Photograph of Luther Bearskin

The first item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Luther Bearskin register number 7581. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right ... More

Photograph of Clarence Howard

Photograph of Clarence Howard

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Clarence Howard, register number 27743. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pro... More

Photographof James Holt

Photographof James Holt

This item is a single photograph taken of James Holt in civilian clothes. It is a frontal view from the middle of the chest to the top of the head. Inmate File of James Holt

Photograph of Angelo Palmisano

Photograph of Angelo Palmisano

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Angelo Palmisano, register number 35492. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pr... More

Photograph of Ted Fraser

Photograph of Ted Fraser

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Ted Fraser, register number 13155. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile ... More

Photograph of Ronald Charles Gray

Photograph of Ronald Charles Gray

Inmate File of Ronald Charles Gray

Photograph of B.M. Burris

Photograph of B.M. Burris

Inmate File of B.M. Burris

Photograph of Edward Fletcher

Photograph of Edward Fletcher

Inmate File of Edward Fletcher

Photograph of Jack C. Rhyne

Photograph of Jack C. Rhyne

Inmate File of Jack C. Rhyne

Photograph of Dominic Roberto

Photograph of Dominic Roberto

Inmate File of Dominic Roberto

Photograph of Thomas Stevic

Photograph of Thomas Stevic

Inmate File of Thomas Stevic

Photograph of John W. Gardner

Photograph of John W. Gardner

Inmate File of John W. Gardner

Photograph of Charlie Beland

Photograph of Charlie Beland

Inmate File of Charlie Beland

Photograph of James E. Woodruff

Photograph of James E. Woodruff

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Earnest E. Adams, register number 12241. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pr... More

Photograph of George Parham

Photograph of George Parham

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate George Parham, register number 12270. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of James Johnson

Photograph of James Johnson

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate James Johnson, register number 12265. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of James Coker

Photograph of James Coker

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate James Coker, register number 12253. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile... More

Photograph of James Gaffney

Photograph of James Gaffney

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate James Gaffney, register number 13245. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of Joseph Williams, Jr.

Photograph of Joseph Williams, Jr.

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Joseph Williams, Jr., register number 12278. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's righ... More

Photograph of S. H. Fisher

Photograph of S. H. Fisher

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate S. H. Fisher register number 6873. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile ... More

Photograph of Joseph Tymchuk

Photograph of Joseph Tymchuk

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Joseph Tymchuk register number 339878. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right prof... More

Photograph of Paul Chowning

Photograph of Paul Chowning

Inmate File of Paul Chowning

Photograph of Bertran Guerra

Photograph of Bertran Guerra

Inmate File of Bertran Guerra

Photograph of Henry Green

Photograph of Henry Green

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Henry Green, register number 12555. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile... More

Photograph of Luther Rucker

Photograph of Luther Rucker

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Luther Rucker, register number 12274. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of John Geter

Photograph of John Geter

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmateJohn Geter, register number 13226. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile f... More

Photograph of Walter Burkett

Photograph of Walter Burkett

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Walter Burkett, register number 12249. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right prof... More

Photograph of Sherman V. Veteleer

Photograph of Sherman V. Veteleer

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Sherman V. Veteleer, register number 13250. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right... More

Photograph of John Adams

Photograph of John Adams

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate John Adams, register number 12242. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile ... More

Photograph of Edward W. Denny

Photograph of Edward W. Denny

Inmate File of Edward W. Denny

Photograph of Frank Dorris

Photograph of Frank Dorris

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Frank Dorris register number 27679. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile... More

Photograph of Elmer Lewis

Photograph of Elmer Lewis

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Elmer Lewis, register number 6850. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile ... More

Photograph of Joseph McNamara

Photograph of Joseph McNamara

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Joseph McNamara, register number 30346. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pro... More

Photograph of Antoine Enos

Photograph of Antoine Enos

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Antoine Enosl, register number 7760. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profil... More

Photograph of Luis Fernandez

Photograph of Luis Fernandez

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Luis Fernandez, register number 15808. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right prof... More

Photograph of Edward Fletcher

Photograph of Edward Fletcher

Inmate File of Edward Fletcher

Photograph of Theodore Franklin Winans

Photograph of Theodore Franklin Winans

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Theodore Franklin Winans, register number 27728. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's ... More

Photograph of Charles Larkin

Photograph of Charles Larkin

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Charles Larkin, register number 27684. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right prof... More

Photograph of Lloyd Barker

Photograph of Lloyd Barker

Inmate Lloyd Barker was also known as Lloyd Anderson. Inmate File of Lloyd Barker

Photograph of Columbus Bruner

Photograph of Columbus Bruner

Inmate File of Columbus Bruner

Photograph of Henry Franklin

Photograph of Henry Franklin

Inmate File of Henry Franklin

Photograph of John W. Gardner

Photograph of John W. Gardner

Inmate File of John W. Gardner

Photograph of Caesar Franklin

Photograph of Caesar Franklin

Inmate File of Caesar Franklin

Photograph of Edward Fletcher

Photograph of Edward Fletcher

Inmate File of Edward Fletcher

Photograph of Wilbur Foshay

Photograph of Wilbur Foshay

Inmate File of Wilbur Foshay

Photograph of Kid Glass

Photograph of Kid Glass

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Kid Glass register number 2009. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile fro... More

Photograph of Frank Grigware

Photograph of Frank Grigware

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Frank Grigware register number 6768. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profil... More

Photograph of George Flood

Photograph of George Flood

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate George Flood, register number 7878. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile... More

Photograph of Lee Johnson

Photograph of Lee Johnson

Inmate File of Lee Johnson

Photograph of Albert Ouellette

Photograph of Albert Ouellette

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Albert Oullette, register number 7823. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right prof... More

Photograph of Frank Gar

Photograph of Frank Gar

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Frank Gar, register number 7795. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile fr... More

Photograph of Ernest Baker

Photograph of Ernest Baker

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Ernest Baker register number 44242. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile... More

Photograph of Peter J. Walch

Photograph of Peter J. Walch

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Peter J. Walch, register number 7616. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of Robert Morris

Photograph of Robert Morris

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Robert Morris, register number 2704. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profil... More

Photograph of David Belmont

Photograph of David Belmont

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate David Belmont, register number 6880. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profil... More

Photograph of Fred A. Foster

Photograph of Fred A. Foster

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Fred A. Foster, register number 6878. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of John Wynne

Photograph of John Wynne

This item is a single photograph taken of John Wynne in civilian clothes. It is a frontal view from the middle of the chest to the top of the head. Inmate File of John Wynne

Page Three Parole Transcript

Page Three Parole Transcript

Inmate File of Jacob Parson

Photograph of James H. Mitchell

Photograph of James H. Mitchell

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate James H. Mitchell, register number 13228. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right p... More

Photograph of Leroy Pinkett

Photograph of Leroy Pinkett

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Leroy Pinkett, register number 12272. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profi... More

Photograph of Robert Smith

Photograph of Robert Smith

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmateRobert Smith, register number 13230. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile... More

Photograph of Gerald Dixon

Photograph of Gerald Dixon

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Gerald Dixon, register number 12255. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profil... More

Photograph of Reuben W. Bolden

Photograph of Reuben W. Bolden

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Reuben W. Bolden, register number 12245. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pr... More

Photograph of Ray Stump

Photograph of Ray Stump

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Ray Stump, register number 27716. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile f... More

Photograph of Lyman Ford

Photograph of Lyman Ford

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Lyman Ford, register number 27683. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile ... More

Photograph of Jose Aguilar

Photograph of Jose Aguilar

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Jose Aguilar, register number 7957. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile... More

Photograph of Pasquale Ciccone

Photograph of Pasquale Ciccone

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Pasquale Ciccone register number 27662. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right pro... More

Photograph of Lemeu Hawkins

Photograph of Lemeu Hawkins

This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate Lemeu Hawkins register number 39929. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profil... More