B's Bertillon Project

Project Director: B Griffith

Source of Materials: The New York City Police Museum, Identification of Criminals, Library of Congress, and other gathered visual materials.


The purpose of this website is to reintroduce Bertillon Cards to the general population. Based on the work of French scientist Alphonse Bertillon, these cards were some of the first and most widely used methods to identify criminals. Cards from the New York City Police Museum will be scanned and transcribed. Commonalities among the cards will be identified and measurement information more accessible.

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