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.
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."
1 photo album (144 photographic prints).
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