Index to Case Records of the Ohio Industrial Schools for Boys and for Girls, 1858-1915

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This online index of records of the Industrial School for Boys in Lancaster, Ohio and for the Industrial School for Girls in Delaware, Ohio, 1858-1915 makes it possible to access the admission records for these children. Eventually the index coverage will extend to 1920.


The index provides the following information:

  • Inmate Name and Gender
  • Inmate Number
  • Volume Number
  • Page Number
  • Volume Dates:

According to the Ohio Historical Society, early records consist of a double page spread is divided into six columns: Name and Parentage (birthplace, date received, parents' names and nationality); Commitment (offense, by whom committed); Education (including Sunday School for some years); Health and Special Marks; Employment (including parents' occupations for some years); and Miscellaneous (bad habits such as tobacco, profane language, intoxicants, truancy; and remarks on discharge).

Beginning in 1913, the form of the entries changed to one page per boy, and added more information, such as previous commitments and family data.

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There is no charge for the online index.


Use this procedure to obtain a copy of the original admission record:

  • Click the small box to the left of the name/s desired.
  • Click: Step 1: Save Checked Records
  • Click: Step 2: Show Saved Records
  • Click: Print Order Form
  • Follow the instructions.
  • Download the order form and enclose payment for each name.