San Francisco Chief of Police Department Correspondence

M. Carey
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

San Francisco Chief of Police Department Correspondence

Collection number: MS 141

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
M. Carey
Date Completed:
July 12, 2013
Encoded by:
M. Carey
© 2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San Francisco Chief of Police Department correspondence
Dates: 1868-1877
Collection number: MS 141
Collector: San Francisco Police Department
Collection Size: 1 box

61 items
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: Sixty one items mainly written by law enforcement officers and detectives to Henry H. Ellis, San Francisco Chief of Police from 1873 to 1877. Also includes a letter from Patrick Crowley and a list concerning number of Chinese arrests from 1875-1876.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

San Francisco Chief of Police Department correspondence. MS 141. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in early 1960s from Argonaut Book Store, San Francisco, CA.

Biographies

Henry Hiram Ellis came to California in 1849 from Maine, was a gold miner and captain of several vessels before coming to San Francisco as policeman in 1855. He worked his way up in the Police Force and was elected chief of Police in 1875.
Patrick Crowley: Growing up in New York, Crowley gave up work as a printer in 1847 and volunteered to serve aboard the USS Macedonian during its relief mission to Ireland during the potato famine. Moving to California in 1850, he settled in San Francisco and in 1856 was elected a city constable. In 1866 he was elected Chief of the San Francisco Police Department serving until 1873. Following the creation of a Police Commission, Crowley was appointed Chief of Police again in 1879 and served until his retirement in 1897. He was the longest serving chief of the San Francisco Police Department.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains fifty eight letters, two official documents, and one newspaper article, and mainly written by law enforcement officers from around the country to Henry H. Ellis, San Francisco Chief of Police from 1873 to 1877. Includes one letter addressed to Patrick Crowley, Chief of Police from 1868 to 1873,and one list giving the "Number & character of Chinese arrests for the 3 months ending 30 Sept 1876"

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Schick, George Dexter
San Francisco (Calif.)--Police Dept.
Crime--California--San Francisco
Law enforcement--California--San Francisco
Chinese Americans--California--San Francisco
Ellis, Henry H.
Crowley, Patrick


Container List

box-folder 1:1

Crowley, Patrick, 4/7/1872

box-folder 1:2

Ellis, Henry H., undated, 1873-1877

box-folder 1:3

Hawes, Horace, 9/16.1870

box-folder 1:4

List - "Number & Character of Chinese Arrests for the 3 months ending 30 Sept. 1876", 1875-1876

box-folder 1:5

"Miner's Dream" from The Flag of Our Nation - clipping, undated