Steven King Ainsworth, currently incarcerated in California, was sentenced to death in 1980 and served two decades on Death Row in San Quentin. In 2001 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted Ainsworth's habeas corpus petition vacating his capital sentence. Ainsworth is a published writer of fiction and non-fiction, and a self-taught artist whose work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally. His many publications include Words from the Row and essays or short stories in Undoing Time: American Prisoners in Their Own Words (2001), Writing for Their Lives: Death Row U.S.A. (2007), and Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America (2014).
The Steven King Ainsworth Papers contain his artwork and writings, including "Heads Up" bulletins written by Ainsworth for prison inmates sentenced to life, life without parole, and their advocates. The bulletins contain advice for and background information about petitioning the Governors Office for clemency in the State of California, as well as news clippings of interest. The collection also contains correspondence and an application for executive clemency.
The collection is arranged alphabetically. There are no series.
Steven King Ainsworth donated his papers to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives in several installments between 2012 and 2018.
Processed by: Christien Braithwaite
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Published: 2019-01-11 23:00:04 -0500
EAD file created, 2014
Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2015
Collection arranged and described by Christien Braithwaite., 2018
Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.
We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.
Access to this collection is unrestricted.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Steven King Ainsworth Papers, 1993-2017. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Ainsworth Papers).
|1||1||California Penal Code Sections 4800-4813||2017|
|1||2||California State Prison-Sacramento-Mailing Regulations with Correspondence||2003 October|
|1||3||Copy of Geogiann Lyga's "Cages" and Kay J. Bandell's "Calif. Report from a Court" + Correspondence||2004 September|
|1||4||Correspondence Addressed to Margo||2002-2005|
|1||5||Correspondence Addressed to Maria||2005|
|1||6||Correspondence from Bridget||2004 October 03, 2004 January 12|
|1||7||Drawing and Correspondence||1993 September 30|
|1||8||Governor Brown's "Application for Executive Clemency" Rough Draft||2013|
|1||9||"Heads Up," No. 1-8, 10-11||2013, Undated|
|1||10||"Heads Up" Supplement||Undated|
|1||11||Lesson in Stupidity||2010 January 25|
|1||12||Letter to Governor Schwarzeneggar Suggesting Policy Changes||Undated|
|1||13||"Now is the Time"||Undated|
|1||14||Original Draft and Rough Draft of Support Letter Packet||ca. 2013|
|1||15||Review of California Law 43 McGeorge L. Rev. 747||2012|
|1||16||Review of an Exhibit and A Photo of Notre Dame Cathedral with Correspondence||2004|
|1||17||Rough Draft of "Exiting Death Row Alive" wth Correspondence||2005 January 02|
|1||18||Writings by Steven King Ainsworth||1996, 1997, 1998, Undated|