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Finding Aid to Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial, 1907-1908, 1907-1908
BANC PIC 1905.02613-.02623--A  
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    Collection Title: Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial
    Date: 1907-1908
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.02613-.02623--A
    Extent: 15 photographic prints, 21 x 36 cm. or smaller. 11 digital objects
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is available for use.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Photographs related to the San Francisco Graft Trial, 1907-1908, BANC PIC 1905.02613-.02623--A, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Digital Representations Available

    Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

    Related Collections

    Title: Records of the San Francisco Graft Prosecution,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-B 447

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial were possibly transferred from the Carl Hoffman Papers, BANC MSS C-B 377.

    Scope and Content

    The Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial collection contains 15 photographic prints taken mostly in 1907-1908. The collection features many of the important individuals involved in the San Francisco graft trials of 1907 and 1908. The trials occurred during a period of governmental reform following the earthquake and fire of 1906 and the subsequent rebuilding of the city. In the trials, Mayor Eugene E. Schmitz, political boss Abe Ruef--who helped bring Schmitz to power--and other individuals were charged with bribery, acceptance of bribes, extortion, and other acts of corruption. Responsible for the original exposés of the corruption were assistant district attorney Frances J. Heney, San Francisco Bulletin editor Fremont Older, progressive reformer Rudolph Spreckels, and former San Francisco mayor James D. Phelan. After being wounded by a gunshot while acting as prosecuting attorney, Heney was replaced by Hiram Johnson. Schmitz and Ruef were both convicted, though a higher court would overturn the Schmitz decision and Ruef would be pardoned after serving less than five years at San Quentin
    Individuals pictured in the collection include Abe Ruef, Frances J. Heney, Fremont Older, Rudolph Spreckels, detective William J. Burns, defendant Pat Calhoun, and defense attorneys Stanley Moore and Henry Ach.
    The photographers are unidentified. The collection includes 4 duplicate prints.