Question: The brother of my great-great grandfather was a small time criminal. I understand from family correspondence he was at the jail in Boston on Charles Street ca. 1878-1879. Do you know when I can locate these records in Boston?
Answer: The records for Boston's Charles Street Jail do exist at the offices of the Boston Archives and Records Management. For the years 1878-1879 you will want to examine the Daily Record of Inmates, 1875-1880 (vols. 33-34). The records are arranged chronological and include the inmate's name; age; sentence; offence for imprisonment; and their fines. To find out more about this collection and arrange an appointment to view the records: http://www.cityofboston.gov/contact/?id=135