Scope and Content
Title: Sidney A. Ball Policewoman Daily Calendars Collection
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.20 linear ft.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives and Special Collections
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Abstract: This collection contains one box of seven daily calendars kept by Sidney A. Ball, a Los Angeles Policewoman from 1929-1965,
making her one of the first policewomen on the force. Entries within these calendars include: brief summaries of interactions
and observations from Ball’s time as a policewoman, such as bookings for prostitution, intoxication, and verbal and physical
altercations with police officers- including Ball. Ball also kept a record of addresses, birthdays, lunch and dinner engagements,
outings to movies, plays, and concerts in the Los Angeles area, as well as trips to Canada and other parts of the United States.
Also notated are comments and notes from possible courses Ball took regarding leadership, child development, and education.
Language: Collection material is in English
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Sergeant Sidney A. Ball (nee Kirkpatrick), was one of the first female officers at the time that she joined the Los Angeles
Police Department in 1929. The first LAPD policewoman, Alice Stebbins Wells, joined the force in 1910 after petitioning that
an ordinance be passed to create positions for policewomen on the Los Angeles police force. By 1937, this number had only
increased to 39 total policewomen on the force. Sgt. Ball would remain a policewoman for over 35 years, retiring in 1965.
Scope and Content
The Sidney A. Ball Policewoman Daily Calendars Collection (1934-1955) contains seven daily planners belonging to Sidney A.
Ball, a Los Angeles Policewoman from 1929-1965, making her one of the first policewomen on the force. In these planners are
brief summaries of interactions and observations from Ball’s time as a policewoman, such as bookings for prostitution, intoxication,
and verbal and physical altercations with police officers- including Ball. Ball also kept a record of addresses, birthdays,
lunch and dinner engagements, outings to movies, plays, and concerts in the Los Angeles area, as well as trips to Canada and
other parts of the United States. Also notated are comments and notes from possible courses Ball took regarding leadership,
child development, and education.
Box 1, Folder 1:
Daily Calendar 1934: In this day planner, Sidney Ball lists activities such as lunch, dinner, and shopping engagements, trips
horseback riding, plans for events such as attending concerts, operas, and movies, and trips to San Francisco and Palo Alto,
California. Also included are a few newspaper clippings regarding parole reform. Some notable entries include:
- May 1st: “Policewomen attend state police officers ball at new Police Club House”
- May 16th: “Attend Meeting State Social Service Conference. Chief Davis speaks”
- May 17th: “All Policewomen on 12 hour duty”
- May 30th: “Work. Dictate twenty-five reports”
- November 15th: “A Woman was brought to me today because she had tried to commit suicide- her husband with whom she had been
divinely happy had been killed suddenly in an auto accident”
Daily Calendar from 1937: In this day planner, Sidney Ball discusses activities such as lunch and dinner plans, attending
movies, shopping trips, and a trip to Death Valley, California. Some notable entries include:
- January 12th and February 9th: “Academy of Criminology”
- January 17th: “Playing in snow. Ed. Threw sno ball at motorcycle officer- I take blame.”
- February 3rd: “Took boys to hotel. Stopped by officers- accused not making Blvd. stop- not given ticket”
Box 1, Folder 2:Daily Calendar from 1946: In this day planner, Sidney Ball kept a record of birthdays, days she was on duty,
days she had off, staff club meetings, Latin American committee meetings, dinner and lunch plans, trips to Camp Pendleton,
nature studies through the Southern California Camp Association, poems, and notes taken possibly during a counselor’s course
on leadership. Some notable entries include:
- April 16th: “Police Academy”
- April 23rd: “Policewomen’s Dinner”
- May 6th: “Policewomen’s Meeting”
- July 2nd: “74 men killed in line of duty- no pension”
Daily Calendar from 1947: In this day planner, Sidney Ball kept a record of a shopping list for goods purchased in Mexico,
parties, attendance at the Pacific Coast Camp Conference, trips to Nova Scotia, Maine, West Virginia and Lexington, KY, observations
and interactions with people that had been arrested, a record of school days, notes regarding leadership qualities and notes
on a course taken in which discussions included advice for successful teaching. Some notable entries include:
- January 16th: “class well trained police work”
- January 30th: “we booked a boney old woman with a possible fractured ankle- she was very angry tore the cast off her leg +
threw it thru the lobby”
- January 31st: “Tonight we booked a mean old Irish Biddy- who told me I looked like a mean old Bulldog- later when I went close
to where she was she say, there’s going to be a dog show in Glendale on Sunday. Wish I could enter you”
- March 10th: “drunk arrested accused of prostitution denied charge- says ‘I only trick with my boyfriend he takes five tricks
a day and gives me $10.00”
- July 21st: “Boat trip threw man overboard- murder?”
Box 1, Folder 3: Daily Calendar from 1950: In this day planner, Sidney Ball kept a record of observations, conversations,
names, and actions regarding people who had been arrested, as well as lists of addresses, movie plans, big sisters league
meetings, dinner plans, and concerts. This day planner also includes a few forms, such as a memo for the illness of a policewoman,
request for overtime, a municipal court subpoena list, and a summons to see Sgt. Shields regarding an injury a woman claimed
to have received from policewomen during the time of her arrest. Some notable entries include:
- January 29th: “Tillie Sheolioe- said it was so nice to be in jail + have the care + protection of p/w their badges”
- February 14th: “Betty Coyle slapped + scratched p/w. Onorio while in 501 Pris. Placed in dk. Tank. When placed in dk. tk.
Kicked Sgt Ball on Chest”
- August 15th: "Maria Kunn- Accused arr. officers making improper advances- (p/w Howes) But when talked wit her- said she did
not care to make charges- it would not do any good. Explained ‘not so’ still did not think would get to make charges said
theatrical bus ‘looked cute last night’. Said was probably staggering on street but did not see why they had to arr. her was
going to call car”
Daily Calendar from 1954: This day planner consists of entries regarding parties, dinners, luncheons, staff club meetings,
recipes, rehearsal dates for an unnamed show, as well as a detailed meeting with a fortune teller, and notes on child and
adolescent development, social interactions, and education.
Box 1, Folder 4:
Daily Calendar from 1955: This day planner consists of names, addresses, shopping lists, directions, and dinner plans, as
well as observations about people and incidents that happened at a police station. Some notable entries include:
- February 2nd: “Max Wilson. Start with W.A. 46- ending in 1948 (mch) 33 drunk arrests- been on AA since- re-hab started with
farm. He remarked- ‘only happiness at that time in my life ever provided”
- September 7th: “toor new pol. Bldg.”
Arranged in 1 box.
Los Angeles (Calif.). Police Department.
Los Angeles (Calif.)