C. I. Caufield Papers, 1896-1897
- C. I. Caufield Papers, 1896-1897
- Caufield, C.I.
- 69 items
- Kentucky State Penitentiary
- Prison adminstration--Kentucky--Lyon County
- Prisons--Kentucky--Lyon County
- Happy, J.H.
- Lester, C.W.
- Bradley, William O'Connell, 1847-1914
- Kentucky Historical Society
- 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
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.
- Folder 2