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Finding aid to the Photograph album of Chinese criminals, circa 1872, Vault 185
Vault 185  
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Description
Leatherbound album containing identification photographs of Chinese men and women (some identified by name), probably criminals, in San Francisco, California, circa 1872. Includes some inscriptions in pencil indicating names, crimes, and sentences.
Background
Woodruff was an officer for the San Francisco Police Department stationed in Chinatown. According to an article in the San Francisco Alta, December 7, 1874, noting his resignation from the force: "His specialty was looking after Chinese thieves, in which he was most successful, and indeed he was looked upon as the head and front of the Chinese specials whenever any important duty was to be performed in that branch of the police service."
Extent
1 photo album (144 photographic prints).
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Availability
Permission of photo archivist required.