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Finding Aid for the James Harlan Pope Papers, 1920-1960
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Harlan Pope Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1960
    Collection number: 752
    Creator: Pope, James Harlan, 1885-
    Extent: 4 boxes (2.0 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: James Harlan Pope (1885- ) was a reporter in Detroit and Los Angeles before he was admitted to the California bar in 1915. He became the Los Angeles city public defender (1916-23), judge in the police court (1923-26), Municipal Court judge (1926), and presiding judge (1931). He was also a member of the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Law Library, and a member of the Conference of California Judges. The collection consists of correspondence, a tape recording, papers, scrapbooks, and related ephemera accumulated by Judge Pope on the history of the bench and bar of Los Angeles County. Subjects in correspondence include the dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building, the trial of the McNamara brothers, Pope's work as the first public defender in Los Angeles, his career as a newspaper reporter, descriptions of important people, and a description of the first work camp for men serving jail sentences in Los Angeles.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Judge James H. Pope, 1961.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James Harlan Pope Papers (Collection 752). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233599 

    Biography

    Pope was born on August 31, 1885 in Clayton, Michigan; attended Albion College (1903-06) and University of Southern California Law School (1911-17); reporter, then city editor of the Detroit Morning News, 1909; reporter, Los Angeles Times (1910-12) and Los Angeles Evening Herald (1912-16); admitted to California bar, 1915; became the Los Angeles city public defender (1916-23), and judge, police court (1923-26); became Municipal Court judge in 1926, and presiding judge in 1931; member, board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Law Library, and of the Conference of California Judges.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, a tape recording, papers, scrapbooks, and related ephemera accumulated by Judge Pope on the history of the bench and bar of Los Angeles County, chiefly while a member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Law Library. Includes correspondence with the UCLA Oral History Office, and a tape recording that was to begin a series of oral history interviews with Judge Pope. Subjects in correspondence include the dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building, the trial of the McNamara brothers, Pope's work as the first public defender in Los Angeles, his career as a newspaper reporter, descriptions of important people, and a description of the first work camp for men serving jail sentences in Los Angeles.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Pope, James Harlan, 1885- --Archives.
    Judges--California--Los Angeles County--Archival resources.
    Scrapbooks.
    Audiotapes.