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Guide to the William J. Miller Collection
2010-008  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William J. Miller Collection
    Dates: 1861-1999
    Bulk Dates: 1890-1999
    Collection number: 2010-008
    Collector: Miller, William J.
    Physical Description: 10 boxes and miscellaneous ephemera, including various unboxed items.
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: This collection contains law enforcement memorabilia collected by Captain William J. Miller of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department. Items of interest include newspapers, photographs, court records, personal files, ephemera, police records, administration records, history, correspondence, books, and audio discs.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult Archives staff.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The Archives can claim physical ownership only for some collections. Users are responsible for securing permission of the copyright holder for publication or quotation.

    Preferred Citation

    William J. Miller collection, 2010-008, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was transferred by Rick Sprain and Mrs. William Miller to the Archives in 2010.

    Biography

    Captain William J. Miller was the eighth member of law enforcement in his family, serving 20 years in the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department. His various roles included Corrections' Division Commander, Commander of Patrol, Detention, Personnel and Training Divisions, Deputy, Sergeant, and Lieutenant prior to attaining rank of Captain. He attended the University of San Francisco and San Jose State and taught in the Law Enforcement Program at San Jose City College. He held advanced certificates in California Peace Officer's Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.). He became a historian of the Sheriff's Department and was a member of California Pioneers of Santa Clara County and San Jose Historical Museum. He also served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains law enforcement memorabilia collected by Captain William J. Miller. Items of interest include newspapers, photographs, court records, personal files, ephemera, police records, administration records, history, correspondence, books, and audio discs.

    Arrangement

    Series 1 and 3-10 are arranged chronologically. Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by subject. Series 11 is arranged numerically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Books
    Ephemera
    History
    Jails
    Law Enforcement
    Miller, William J.
    Newspapers.
    Photographs
    Police--Records and correspondence
    Politics
    Prisons
    San Jose Police Department
    Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)