Finding Aid to Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial, 1907-1908, 1907-1908

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Finding Aid to Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial, 1907-1908, 1907-1908

Collection number: BANC PIC 1905.02613-.02623--A

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Processed by Chris McDonald.
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial
Date: 1907-1908
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.02613-.02623--A
Extent: 15 photographic prints, 21 x 36 cm. or smaller. 11 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
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Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is available for use.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Photographs related to the San Francisco Graft Trial, 1907-1908, BANC PIC 1905.02613-.02623--A, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

Related Collections

Title: Records of the San Francisco Graft Prosecution,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-B 447

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial were possibly transferred from the Carl Hoffman Papers, BANC MSS C-B 377.

Scope and Content

The Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial collection contains 15 photographic prints taken mostly in 1907-1908. The collection features many of the important individuals involved in the San Francisco graft trials of 1907 and 1908. The trials occurred during a period of governmental reform following the earthquake and fire of 1906 and the subsequent rebuilding of the city. In the trials, Mayor Eugene E. Schmitz, political boss Abe Ruef--who helped bring Schmitz to power--and other individuals were charged with bribery, acceptance of bribes, extortion, and other acts of corruption. Responsible for the original exposés of the corruption were assistant district attorney Frances J. Heney, San Francisco Bulletin editor Fremont Older, progressive reformer Rudolph Spreckels, and former San Francisco mayor James D. Phelan. After being wounded by a gunshot while acting as prosecuting attorney, Heney was replaced by Hiram Johnson. Schmitz and Ruef were both convicted, though a higher court would overturn the Schmitz decision and Ruef would be pardoned after serving less than five years at San Quentin
Individuals pictured in the collection include Abe Ruef, Frances J. Heney, Fremont Older, Rudolph Spreckels, detective William J. Burns, defendant Pat Calhoun, and defense attorneys Stanley Moore and Henry Ach.
The photographers are unidentified. The collection includes 4 duplicate prints.

Container Listing

 

The "Curly Boss." Abe Ruef during the graft trials. 1907. [With enlarged copy print.] BANC PIC 1905.02613--A

 

The "Big Four" graft prosecutors (left to right) Frances J. Heney, William J. Burns, Fremont Older and Rudolph Spreckels. [With duplicate print captioned: "Heney, Burns, Older, R. Spreckels."] BANC PIC 1905.02614--A

 

[Frances J.] Heney, [Fremont] Older, ?, [Rudolph] Spreckels, [William J.] Burns. BANC PIC 1905.02615--A

 

[Abe] Ruef -- (pointing). BANC PIC 1905.02616--A

 

Left to right: 1. Wm. [i.e. William] J. Burns. 2. Fremont Older. 3. [Cora Older?] 4. Patrick J. Heney. 5. ? 6. Rudolph Spreckels. BANC PIC 1905.02617--A

Additional Note

Unidentified woman identified by a researcher, as Cora Older, wife of Fremont Older.
 

[Unidentified men in car, outside of court house.] BANC PIC 1905.02618--A

 

The Misses Calhoun, Pat Calhoun, Stanley Moore and Earl Rodgers. Graft prosecution. San Francisco. 1907-1908. BANC PIC 1905.02619--A

 

Pat Calhoun. Going to court before Judge Lawlor. 1907. BANC PIC 1905.02620--A

 

Pat Calhoun (right) and a friend during a court recess. 1908. BANC PIC 1905.02621--A

 

Abe Ruef on way to San Quentin. BANC PIC 1905.02622--A

 

Henry Ach -- one of Abe Ruef attys. in whispered conversation with Ruef. Ex Chief Biggey at left. [With two duplicate prints.] BANC PIC 1905.02623--A