Guide to the Iain Hamilton Collection

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Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: Iain Hamilton Collection
Creator: Hamilton, Iain, 1950-
Identifier/Call Number: URB.IH
Extent: 2.80 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1973-2005
Abstract: The Iain Hamilton Collection documents perspectives from a uniformed LAPD officer based out of the West Valley Division for the majority of his career. This includes his daily work as a police officer, and his engagement with significant moments in late 20th century Los Angeles history, including the 1984 Olympics, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Language of Material: English

Biographical Information:

Iain McGregor Hamilton was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1950. His parents immigrated to the United States and they settled in Burbank, California in 1953. After graduating from Verdugo Hills High School in 1968, he attended Los Angeles Valley College for two years before transferring to UCLA and graduating with a BA in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations, in 1972. He later received an MA in Public Relations from Pepperdine University and a second BA in history from California State University, Northridge.
He began his police career in March 1973 when he entered the Los Angeles Police Academy for six months of training. He was assigned to Foothill Division as part of his fifth month training requirement, and then initially assigned to Hollywood Division upon Police Academy graduation. After he completed his six month probation period, he was assigned to Communications Division, before being transferred to West Valley Division. While at West Valley Division he was assigned to patrol, a detective unit, and the West Valley jail. He worked for a period in the Van Nuys Division, before returning to West Valley Division, where he remained until his retirement in September 2005.

Scope and Contents

The Iain Hamilton Collection provides insight into police officer training and careers through Los Angeles Police Academy training materials, Hamilton's personnel file, commendations, newspaper clippings, event ephemera, and a small number of photographs. Police reports and investigation notepads document daily work as a police officer, criminal activity, and life in the San Fernando Valley during the late 20th century. Materials are arranged chronologically within boxes by material type.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Iain Hamilton, 09/12/2016.

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Processing Information:

Mallory Furnier, 2018

Subjects and Indexing Terms


Box 1, Folder 1

Academy Photographs, 1973

Box 1, Folder 2

Los Angeles Police Department Training Manual and Bulletins, 1973

Box 1, Folder 3

Los Angeles Police Department Training Manual and Bulletins, 1973

Box 1, Folder 4

Business and Los Angeles Police Protective League Cards, ca. 1973-1981

Box 1, Folder 5

Commendations, 1973-1997

Box 1, Folder 6

Rating Reports, 1973-2004

Box 1, Folder 7

Police Academy Firing Range Qualification Stubs, 1974-1989

Box 1, Folder 8

Personnel File, 1974-2005

Box 1, Folder 9

Police Reports, 1977-1985

Box 1, Folder 10

Patrol Unit Master of Public Administration Research Project, April 1978

Box 2, Folder 1

Press Clippings and Correspondence, 1978-1996

Box 2, Folder 2

Police Humor and Cartoons, 1982-1992

Box 2, Folder 3

Olympics Law Enforcement Handbook, Maps, Notes, and Summaries, 1984

Box 2, Folder 4

Annual Los Angeles Police Celebrity Golf Tournament Tickets, 1988 May 14

Box 2, Folder 5

Los Angeles Police Celebrity Golf Tournament Concession Ribbon, 1989

Box 2, Folder 6

Iain McGregor Hamilton Autobiography

Box 2, Folder 7

Los Angeles Police Department Matchbook

Box 2, Folder 8

Police Identification Card

Box 3, Item 1

Investigation Notebooks, 1973 July 1-1988 September 16

Box 4, Item 1

Badge Mourning Band

Box 4, Item 2

Handcuff Key

Box 4, Item 3

Police Academy Issue Whistle

Box 4, Item 4

Police Baton Ring

Box 4, Item 5

Police Car Broken Key

Box 4, Item 6

Traffic Ruler

Box 4, Item 7

Uniform Buttons

Box 4, Item 8

Uniform Chevrons 20 Years of Service

Box 4, Item 9

Uniform Name Tag

Box 4, Item 10

West Valley Area Divisional Pin

Box 5, Item 1

Olympics Ribbon, 1984

Box 5, Item 2

Pope John Paul II Visit Ribbon, 1987

Box 5, Item 3

Civil Disobedience Rodney King Riots Pin, 1992

Box 5, Item 4

Northridge Earthquake Ribbon, 1994

Box 5, Item 5

Democratic National Convention Ribbon, 2000

Box 5, Item 6

Community Police Advisory Board Pin

Box 5, Item 7

Drug Abuse Resistance Education Pin

Box 5, Item 8

Los Angeles Police Protective League Pin

Box 5, Item 9

Marksman Medal

Box 5, Item 10

Service Pins

Box 5, Item 11

Safe Driving Pins

Box 5, Item 12

Sharpshooter Medal

Folder 1

Adopt a School Program Award, 1990 June 13