William F. James Papers

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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.

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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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