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Guide to the St. Sure Family Papers, 1886-1966
BANC MSS 80/50 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: St. Sure Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1886-1966
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 80/50 c
    Creator: St. Sure family
    Extent: Number of containers: 5 boxes, 1 carton, and 1 oversize folder
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Letters, writings, speeches, scrapbooks, etc., relating mainly to Adolphus Frederick St. Sure's career as attorney and judge in Alameda County, Calif. and U.S. District Judge of the Northern District of California, and to Joseph Paul St. Sure's career as attorney in Oakland, Calif. and as president of the Pacific Maritime Association.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], St. Sure family papers, BANC MSS 80/50 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Removed or Separated Material

    • Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1980.109--PIC).

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of papers of Judge Adolphus F. St. Sure, and of his son, Joseph Paul St. Sure.
    Adolphus Frederick St. Sure was born in Wisconsin in 1869. The family moved to Oroville, California a few months later. His father died when he was about twelve and he was forced to leave school to support his mother and brother. He went to work for the Oroville Mercury, eventually becoming assistant editor. He also published an amateur newspaper called the Star. In 1891, St. Sure moved to Alameda, California, and became editor of the Alameda News. About 1893, while serving as City Recorder, he began to study law and was admitted to the bar on January 16, 1895. He practiced law and served as City Attorney in Alameda and, in 1918, was elected judge of the Alameda County Superior Court. In 1923, he was appointed an Associate Justice of the District Court of Appeals, and, in 1925, United States District Judge of the Northern District of California. Judge St. Sure retired from the bench in 1947 and died in 1949.
    J. Paul St. Sure was born in Alameda, California in 1902. He was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1922 and attended Harvard Law School before obtaining his law degree from the University of California School of Jurisprudence in 1924. He was admitted to the bar the same year and became Chief Deputy District Attorney of Alameda County. In 1929 he resigned from county service to go into private law practice, specializing from 1934 in labor relations. In 1952 he became president and chief negotiator for the Pacific Maritime Association and was elected chairman of the Board in 1965. He retired on September 1, 1966 and died on September 26.
    The papers were given to The Bancroft Library in 1979 by Ellen St. Sure Lifschutz and Elizabeth St. Sure Birr, daughters of J. Paul St. Sure. Fragmentary in nature, they include material relating to the careers of both men. The key to arrangement describes them in greater detail.