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Guide to the Ralph Malcolm Boyd Collection
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  • Historical Background
  • Scope and Content
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ralph Malcolm Boyd Collection
    Date: 1930-1968
    Collection Number: MS9
    Location: Erickson Vault
    Extent: 1 volume
    Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
    11793 North Micke Grove Road
    Lodi, CA 95240
    Language of Material: Records written in English
    Abstract: The Ralph Malcolm Boyd Collection comprises one scrapbook that contains a mixture of dated, undated, identified, and unidentified photographs and newspaper clippings related to the life of Lodi, California, police officer, Ralph Malcolm Boyd. The scrapbook affords insights into Boyd's career, as well as his vacations, cabin at Lake Tahoe, family, friends, and twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Conditions of Use

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
    Preferred citation: [Item name], Ralph Malcolm Boyd Collection, MS9, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

    Historical Background

    Ralph Malcolm Boyd was born in Sutter Creek, California, in 1892. He is known to have worked in San Joaquin County as a yardman for Southern Pacific Railroad while a young man. In November 1934, at the age of forty-two, he joined the Lodi Police Department, where he served for more than twenty-two years. The holder of Badge No. 1, Boyd patrolled from a motorcycle and issued parking citations in Lodi's business district. He retired in 1956 after a short career in the City's Finance Department. One year later, he took up police duties again, this time with the Dixon, California, Patrol System. Boyd died in Livermore, California, in 1969, leaving behind his wife, Leona Ida Powell Boyd (1903-1991).
    Off duty, Boyd was active throughout the Lodi community. He spoke to various clubs on the history of the Lodi Police Department, promoted Lodi's Wine and Grape Festival, and belonged to various fraternal organizations, including the American Legion Post 22, the Lodi Policeman's Association (of which he was president in 1953), the Lodi Auxiliary Police Officers Club, the Shriners, the Oakland chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon (a law enforcement fraternity), the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 634, and Lodi Elks Lodge 1900.

    Scope and Content

    The Ralph Malcolm Boyd Collection spans a period that started in 1930 and ended in 1968. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and other documents assembled into a scrapbook. Additional photographs related to Boyd can be found in the Photograph Collection of the San Joaquin County Historical Museum.

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    Names and Subjects

    Boyd, Leona Ida Powell (1903-1991)
    Boyd, Ralph Malcolm (1892-1969)
    Law enforcement--California--Lodi
    Lodi (Calif.)--History
    Lodi (Calif.)--Social life and customs