Finding Aid for the James Harlan Pope Papers, 1920-1960

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2002
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the James Harlan Pope Papers, 1920-1960

Collection number: 752

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts 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
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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

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  • Box 951575
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  • 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.


Container List

Box 1

Bench and Bar, 1922. Correspondence, 1956.

Box 1

Eugene W. Biscailuz. Letter to, 1958. Souvenir Program Sheriff's Rodeo, 1958.

Box 1

Hon. Edward T. Bishop. Letter from, 1956.

Box 1

Brief Biographies.

Scope and Content Note

Terence Byrne Cosgrove, 1881-[?].
Gurney E. Newlin, 1880-1955 Memorial, 1955.
Howard Robertson, news clipping re funeral service.
Judge Ernestine Stahlhut, typed biography.
Box 1

Henry G. Bodkin. Letter to, 1952.

Box 1

William Jennings Bryan Jr. Correspondence to and from, 1956. Record (phonograph) of William Jennings Bryan's voice.

Box 1

Hon. Joseph L. Call. Statement re Bricker Amendment.

Box 1

Alexander Campbell. Letter from wife, n.d.

Box 1

John G. Campbell. Letter from, 1955.

Box 1

John B.T. Campbell. Letter to, 1955.

Box 1

Kemper B. Campbell. Letter to, 1956.

Box 1

Hon. Newcomb Condee. Letter to, 1955. Two copies of Architects of Freedom by Condee.

Box 1

Hon. Guy Richards Crump. Letters about, 1955. Newsclippings about, 1955.

Box 1

J. Louis Elkins. Newsclipping about, 1957.

Box 1

Harold Fendler (Mrs. Miriam O. Fendler) Letter from, 1956.

Box 1

W. Joseph Ford. Newsclipping re Clarence Darrow; Correspondence, 1955-1956.

Box 1

Judge E. Clarence Haas. Letter from, 1956.

Box 1

Roy L. Herndon. Copy of address given in, 1956.

Box 1

Herbert L. Hirson. Newspaper copy of address given in, 1955.

Box 1

Gerald C. Kepple. Biographical Sketch.

Box 1

Hon. Goodwin J. Knight, 1896- . Letters to and from, 1957. Copies of several addresses given.

Box 2

Oscar Lawler. Letters to, 1956. Newsclippings about.

Box 2

Lawyer's Club. Letter about, 1955.

Box 2

Lawyer's, Miscellaneous. S.S. Hahn; John E. McCall.

Box 2

Other Libraries, 1956.

Scope and Content Note

Letters to and from Dr. Powell (UCLA, 1956)
Two copies of U.C.L.A. Librarian
Letter to Mr. Hammond (UC Berkeley), 1956.
Box 2

Charles C. Montgomery, Jr. Letters from, 1959.

Box 2

Morton, Harold C. Newsclipping about.

Box 2

Hon. Philbrick McCoy. Material on Superior Court.

Box 2

Hon. William B. McKesson. Letters to and from, 1957.

Box 2

Hon. William C. Mathes. Transcript of an address given, 1944.

Box 2

Neblett, William H. Copy of Pentagon Politics by Neblett.

Box 2

Hon. William J. Palmer. Correspondence to and from, 1956. Biographical material.

Box 2

Pope Correspondence, 1956-1958.

Box 2

W.W. Robinson. Two magazine articles by Robinson. Letters from, 1957, 1958.

Box 2

Stephen Bernard Robinson, 1880- . Letters to and from, 1956.

Box 2

Hon. S. Ernest Roll, 1904-1956. Newsclipping, 1956.

Box 2

Gladys Toyyles Root. Letter from, 1956. Two magazine articles.

Box 2

Emil Seletz. Letters from, 1955. Newsclippings, photographs of work, magazine cover.

Box 2

Hartley Shaw, 1874-1958. Letters from Mrs. Shaw. Miscellaneous memorial material.

Box 3

Raymond G. Stansbury. Letter from, 1958.

Box 3

Superior Court. Agreement re wearing Judicial Robes, ca. 1935. Letter in reference to this from Edward T. Bishop, 1956.

Box 3

Courtney A. Teel. Letter from, 1956.

Box 3

Los Angeles Times.

Scope and Content Note

Article in Time magazine re the Chandler's. Los Angeles Times article on the bombing of the Times Building.
Box 3

UCLA Correspondence from Powell, 1959 Nunis, 1959.

Box 3

USC Law. Letter from Dean of Law School, 1956. Proceedings of the School of Law 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1955.

Box 3

Hon. James G. Whyte, Pomona. Letter from, 1956.

Box 3

Mabel Walker Willebrandt. Reference to in pamphlet, Mountain Herald. Letters to, 1922-1924. Letter from, 1960.

Note

[Subject in Correspondence, Box 4].
Box 3

Loyd Wright. Address given, 1955. Letter from, 1955.

Box 3

Evelle Jansen Younger. Letter from, 1956. Typescript of address, n.d.

Box 3

Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

Material on the preservation of the history of the Bar Association. Information on court clerk routines. Various oaths. Copy of the State Bar Journal, July 1931. Reprint from Los Angeles Bar Association Bulletin. Miscellaneous judicial material. Copies of official judicial printed forms. Miscellaneous material.
Box 5

Scrapbooks, 1869?-1934.

Scope and Content Note

Newspaper and magazine clippings showing a variety of phases of Los Angeles History.
Box 4

Correspondence between Judge Pope and the UCLA Oral History Office, 1959-1966.

Note

(Material added, April 1969)
Box 4

Tape recording that was to begin a series of oral history interviews with Judge Pope.

Physical Description: 1 reel.