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By Robert Medley
The Oklahoman 

Oklahoma History Center preserves ex-prisoners fingerprints


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the past two years, volunteers at the Oklahoma History Center have been sorting through aging records of former prisoners at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, working to alphabetize the names.

Index cards from many prisoners who served time from 1905 to 1964 had been stored away in a warehouse on the prison grounds in McAlester. The boxes were uncovered several years ago and donated to the Oklahoma History Center, said Bob Blackburn, director.

Not every prisoner's card has been found, but there are 8,000 cards with fingerprints and another 20,000 cards with the pri...

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