Family album of San Quentin guard, Richard M. Smith, and his wife, the San Quentin matron, Genevieve Smith. Depicts living conditions and activities of San Quentin inmates as well as prison grounds and buildings. During this period there were two wardens at San Quentin: John E. Hoyle (1907-1913), and James A. Johnston (1913-1925). Both men were reform wardens who tried to make prison life more humane. Warden Johnston initiated many industrial and educational training opportunities for the inmates. The photographs reflect this reformist climate, showing inmates engaged in sporting events as well as playing in a prison band and acting in theater productions. The album forms part of the Dr. Leo Stanley Collection. Stanley was the prison doctor at San Quentin from 1913-1951.
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