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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William F. James Papers
    Dates: 1856-1966
    Collection Number: 1991-119
    Creator/Collector: James, William F.
    Extent: .5 linear feet
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    San Jose, California 95112
    Abstract: Small collection of papers and photographs from the estate of Judge William F. James, former Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge. The papers contain his notable opinions, and materials related to the dedication of the William F. James Boys Ranch in Morgan Hill, California.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is open to the public for research by appointment with the Curator of Library & Archives.

    Publication Rights

    Contact the Curator of Library & Archives regarding publication and reproduction.

    Preferred Citation

    William F. James Papers. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    The papers were donated to the San Jose Historical Museum in 1991 by Judge James' daughter.

    Biography/Administrative History

    William F. James was born on October 16, 1875, to a pioneer family in San Jose. He began practicing law in 1896, forming a law firm with Louis Oneal, where he worked before and after his career as a judge. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1933 by Governor James Rolph Jr., presiding over the Juvenile Court, and retired in 1963. He passed away from a heart attack at his home on the Stanford University campus on August 18, 1966.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    These papers and photographs are a very small selection focused on his notable opinions, historical real estate transactions, and ephemera and photographs from the 1957 dedication of the William F. James Boys Ranch in Morgan Hill, California, part of the Santa Clara County Probation Department. See attached inventory.

    Indexing Terms

    Juvenile detention homes
    Juvenile courts
    California. Superior Court (Santa Clara County)
    William F. James Boys Ranch
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)
    San Jose (Calif.)
    photographic prints
    civil court records

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