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Register of the San Luis Obsipo County Jail Register, 1912-1913
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Luis Obsipo County Jail Register,
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1913
    Collection number: Mss81
    Creator: Michael Canlis
    Extent: 0.25 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Luis Obsipo County Jail Register, Mss81, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    San Luis Obispo county was a "late-blooming" political sub-division. Despite the presence of a Spanish mission on the site of the county seat, the city of San Luis Obispo was not incorporated until 1876 and the railroad did not reach the city until 1894. By 1912 San Luis had a population of 5,000 people.
    The first county jail occupied rooms in the San Luis City Hall. This edifice was completed in 1880. The jail remained in this location during the time represented by the records in Holt Atherton Special Collections. In 1916 a new concrete jail was constructed behind the old City Hall when, according to Annie L. Morrison, its predecessor was considered "utterly unfit."

    Scope and Content

    This collection of records are contained in a single volume register of prisoners received in and discharged from San Luis Obispo County Jail, July 1, 1912 -September 30, 1913. The register provides the date on which a prisoner was received, his name and crime, the arresting officer's name, the name of the sentencing judge, and the date and by what authority the prisoner is discharged. In some cases, the number of days spent in jail and jail fines paid are also listed. There is an index to the sixty-two pages of prisoners in the register.