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Finding Aid to the Paul L. Kirk Papers, 1886-1971, bulk 1950-1970
BANC MSS 72/55 c  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Paul L. Kirk papers
    Date (inclusive): 1886-1971,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1950-1970
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/55 c
    Creators : Kirk, Paul Leland, 1902-1970
    Extent: Number of containers: 6 cartons Linear feet: 7.5
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Paul L. Kirk papers consist of the research, writings and correspondence of Professor Kirk.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul L. Kirk Papers, BANC MSS 72/55 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kirk, Paul Leland, 1902-1970--Archives
    University of California, Berkeley. School of Criminology --Faculty
    University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Biochemistry
    California Association of Criminologists
    Criminology--Study and teaching--California--Berkeley
    Criminologists--United States
    Faculty papers.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Paul L. Kirk Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Mrs. Paul L. Kirk in 1971.


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the container level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library staff in 2013.

    Biographical Information

    Paul Leland Kirk (1902-1970) was a professor of Criminalistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Kirk earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California in 1927 and spent his entire career at Berkeley, with the exception of a leave of service during World War II when he worked on the Manhattan Project. Kirk established the first academic program in criminalistics in the United States at U.C. Berkeley. In addition to advocating for the discipline of criminalistics, advising several schools in the development of their own departments, Kirk was a frequent consultant for both prosecution and defense cases.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Paul L. Kirk papers consist of the research, writings and correspondence of Professor Kirk. Included are materials regarding the establishment of the School of Criminology at U.C. Berkeley, records pertaining to the California Association of Criminalists as well as Kirk's own research files and notes. The collection has been divided into eight series: California Association of Criminalists; Conferences/ Organizations; Research; Writings; Writings by Others; Correspondence; Professional; and Personal.