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Finding Aid of the Eugene Biscailuz scrapbooks 0216
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  • Biographical Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Acquisition

  • Title: Eugene Biscailuz scrapbooks
    Collection number: 0216
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 37.0 Cubic feet 9 Scrapbooks and 9 boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1920-1958
    Date (inclusive): 1870-1958
    Abstract: This collection contains photograph scrapbooks kept by Eugene Biscailuz during his tenure as Los Angeles County Sheriff, as well as scrapbooks of newspaper clippings kept by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Biscailuz joined the Sheriff's Department in 1907 and became Sheriff of Los Angeles County in 1932. He retired from the force in 1958.
    Language of Materials: Most of the materials in this collection are in English. Scrapbook #8 contains clippings from Mexican newspapers that are in both English and Spanish. Translations have been provided for some of the articles. Scrapbook #8 also contains ephemera in Spanish.
    creator: Biscailuz, Eugene W., 1883-1969

    Biographical Note

    Eugene Warren Biscailuz (1883-1969), was Los Angeles County Sheriff from 1932 to 1958. Born in Boyle Heights to Martin Biscailuz and Ida Rose Warren, he received an undergraduate degree from St. Vincent's College (now Loyola Marymount University) and received a law degree from the University of Southern California. He joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as a foreclosure clerk in 1907. In 1929, Biscailuz served as the first superintendent of the California Highway Patrol at the behest of Governor C.C. Young and during World War II, he was called up to active duty as a naval reservist. Upon his retirement in 1958, Biscailuz was succeeded by Under-Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess.
    Biscailuz married his wife, Willette, in 1902. They had a son, Warren Biscailuz, and two daughters, Jean (Mohr) and Carol (Donovan). Biscailuz died on May 16, 1969.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Eugene Biscailuz scrapbooks, Collection no. 0216, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of nine scrapbooks created by Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene W. Biscailuz. These scrapbooks contain photographs, certificates of recognition and newspaper clippings documenting Biscailuz's twenty-five years as the Los Angeles County Sheriff. Also included in this collection are eight scrapbooks of clippings kept by the Sheriff's Department from 1921-1939. For more information about Biscailuz's scrapbooks, please see the Scope and Content notes for the individual books.


    The Eugene Biscailuz scapbooks were donated to the University of Southern California by Biscailuz in 1963.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Biscailuz, Eugene W., 1883-1969 -- Archives
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office--Archives
    Celebrities--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Civic leaders--California, Southern--Archival resources
    Jails--California--Administration--Archival resources
    Law enforcement--California--Los Angeles County--Archival resources
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Politics and government--Archives
    Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Archives
    Prisons--California--Officials and employees--Archival resources