The collection consists of eight series: correspondence; personalia; professional materials; case files; press and publicity;
subject files; photographs; and selected artifacts/evidence. Materials date from around 1888 through 1953 and document the
full range of Edward Oscar Heinrich's professional activities and, to a lesser extent, his education and his family life.
Edward Oscar Heinrich was a chemist, consultant, expert witness, businessman, and pioneer in scientific criminology. He operated
a private crime lab out of his home at 1001 Oxford Street in Berkeley, California from the 1920s through his death in 1953.
In his lab, Heinrich pioneered techniques in scientific crime detection, applying them in a wide array of criminal cases,
including forgery and fraud as well as some of the most high profile murder cases of his day.
144 linear feet
(87 cartons, 33 boxes, 25 oversize boxes, 18 cardfile boxes)
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of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions,
privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright 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 owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted to The Bancroft Library.
Collection is open for research, with the exception of Series 8 (oversize boxes 18-25 and cardfile boxes 17-18), which is
restricted and requires curatorial permission to view.