Irena Clinton, OP 35642, 7/17/1904, ink, photographs, cards, 5.75 x 6.375 inches
John E. Davis, Bertillon Officer (n.d.)
Collection of the Ohio History Connection
As seen on both the front and back of this card, Bertillon records at the Ohio Penitentiary were kept differently for women than for men. The back is inscribed and stamped with the word “Female,” and it is noted that the measurements are taken “for file only,” indicating that they were not inscribed in the large, bound Bertillon registers and were probably never externally distributed. The photography is also markedly different for the female inmates in that the cards display only a front-facing photograph, rather than the frontal and profile image demanded by a full implementation of Bertillonnage. According to this record, Ms. Clinton was imprisoned in Ohio Penitentiary for three years on a count of manslaughter which took place in the U.S. Indian Territories.