Guide to the Edgar James Patterson papers

Finding aid prepared by Christopher Rockwell
California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
University Library
2000 State University Drive
Sacramento, CA, 95819-6039

Title: Edgar James Patterson papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2007/48
Contributing Institution: California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.75 Linear feet (1 record carton, 1 manuscript box)
Date (inclusive): 1957-2001
Abstract: Collection consists of many newspaper clippings, records and certificates of his awards and accomplishments, important memberships, his correspondence recommending persons for important positions as judges, as well as very laudatory letters regarding the quality of his work from the Governors he served, from prisoners to whom he provided therapeutic counselling, and from organizations to which he belonged.

Biographical/Historical note

Edgar James Patterson (1911-2001) was a member of the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) faculty for 29 years, from 1965-1994. He was a part-time faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department and continued teaching into his eighties.
Patterson had a long and multi-faceted career in the Sacramento area, although he was actually born and spent his earliest years in Louisiana. He first made his mark as sprinter on the Sacramento High School athletic team in 1929 and 1930.
His first major step in what was to become his career focus was his employment in 1939 as a member of the California State Police. Several years later in 1942 he was called into WWII military service in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the San Francisco District Shore Patrol (African American Division).
At the conclusion of the war he returned to the California State Police and was assigned to personal security duties for three California State Governors: Earl S. Warren, Goodwin J. Knight, and Edmund G. Brown. During this time, he also managed to graduate from CSUS with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology in 1955.
In 1959, he began to work for the California Department of Corrections following his studies at the University of California at Davis and at Stanford University. He began as a parole agent and then transferred to a Counselor-Psychotherapist position at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville where he remained until his retirement from the Department in 1976.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research. Some restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item including date], [Folder Title], MSS 2007/48, Edgar James Patterson papers, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Patterson, Edgar James
African Americans.
California State Police

Box 1, Folder 1

"A Celebration of the Life of Edgar James Patterson, 1911-2001" 2001

Box 1, Folder 2

State of California - Correctional Counselor II notice, 1966

Box 1, Folder 3

Academic Calendar, Fall 1990

Box 1, Folder 4

Biographies on Earl Warren, circa 1997

Box 1, Folder 5

Honoring Goodwin J. Knight, 1958

Box 1, Folder 6

Olympic related material, circa 1975

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1959-1991

Box 1, Folder 8

Scrapbook - Newspaper Clippings, 1957-1970s

Box 1, Folder 9

Newspaper Clippings, 1967-1992

Box 1, Folder 10

Photographs, undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Miscellaneous, undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Certificates & Awards, 1969-1988

Box 1, Folder 14

Certificate of Recognition. Alumni Association of California State University, Sacramento, October 22, 1987

Box 2, Item 1

Scrapbook 1 [Includes loose material], undated

Box 2, Item 2

Scrapbook 2 [Includes loose material], undated