Register of the Santa Cruz County (Calif.) Sheriff's Records, 1909-1965

Processed by Don Walker; machine-readable finding aid created by Don Walker
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University Library, University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2404
Fax: (209) 946-2810
URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
© 1998
University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.



Register of the Santa Cruz County (Calif.) Sheriff's Records, 1909-1965

Collection number: Mss117

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
  • URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
Processed by:
Don Walker
Date Completed:
April 14, 1994
Encoded by:
Don Walker
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Santa Cruz County (Calif.) Sheriff's Records,
Date (inclusive): 1909-1965
Collection number: Mss117
Creator: Michael J. Canlis
Extent: 8.9 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Santa Cruz County (Calif.) Sheriff's Records, Mss117, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Biography

Santa Cruz County was one of the original political subdivisions of the state of California. The first county jail,however, was not built until 1854. A stone jail replaced the original frame structure in 1864. This building contained four cells without windows. It was replaced by a third structure in 1890. This building stood on the site of the present county jail and was in use until 1936, when the WPA erected the current structure.

Scope and Content

These records represent two distinct eras of law enforcement in Santa Cruz county. They fall into four distinct categories: Warrant Registers (1931-1959), Prisoners' Time Books (1909-1945), "Mug" Books (1923-1957), and Forensic Photos (undated, but chiefly from the 1930s and 1940s). The first class of records constitutes a basic listing of all individuals arrested and charged with a crime. The "Time" books name and describe the comings and goings the prison population. The Mug Books are a visual record of those arrested, while the Forensic Photos consitute a visual record of the scenes and victims of some of their crimes during the period indicated.

Container List

Box Box 1

Warrant Registers

Folder Folder 1

Warrant Register #1 [These volumes provide the following information:warrant #, name,charge,court,sentence,date; tabular name index at beginning of each volume] 1931-1950

Folder Folder 2

Warrant Register #2 1950-1955

Folder Folder 3

Warrant Register #3 [incl. folder of Feb. 1, 1965 traffic arrests inside back cover] 1955-1959

Box Box 2

Prisoners' Time Books

Folder Folder 1

Prioners' Time Book #1 [These volumes provide the following information:name,number meals per day,charge,date of sentence,sentence,date of expiration of sentence,judge,remarks(eg. "paroled" or "released" w/ date)] Jan. 1909-Jun. 1924

Folder Folder 2

Prisoners' Time Book #2 Jul. 1924-Feb. 1937

Folder Folder 3

Prisoners' Time Book #3 Mar. 1937-Jun. 1945

Box Box 3

Mug Books

Folder Folder 1

Mug Book #1 [Contains numbered and dated [dating ends 7/2/35 although photos continue for several more pages] single photos combining full-face and profile images (thru use of mirror) for each arrestee(4,695-8,332);provides following additional information:name,arresting officer,crime, sentence; tabular index at end of volume] Feb. 1923-1935

Folder Folder 2

Mug Book #2 [Book reads from back to front; contains single photos as above (9,336-12,160; provides following information (thru 11,737): name,date (thru 10/38),crime,sentence] Dec. 1935-1938

Folder Folder 3

Mug Book #3 [Contains single photos as above (12,162-15,351); provides no dates or other info] c1939-1942

Folder Folder 4

Mug Book #4 [Contains single photos as above (15,352-20,341); provides no dates or other info] c1942-c1952

Folder Folder 5

Mug Book #5 [Many photos loose in folders as w/ no. 4 (20,342-24,826)] 1952-1954

Folder Folder 6

Mug Book #6 [Book reads from back to front; contains numbered and dated full face and profile photos of arrestees (24,850-28,853)] Apr. 1954-Jul. 1957

Box Box 4

"Photos by Crimes" (Album Misc. Photos of Crime Scenes & Victims)

Folder Folder 1

Pt. 1. Mug shots of criminals by type of crime:[auto "boosters," burglars--cigarettes,burglars--safes,check operators,Italian & Greek bunco men]

Folder Folder 2

Pt. 2. Miscellaneous Forensic Photographs [incl. murders, suicides, robberies, auto accidents, etc. in no apparent order;identified by case number,usu. sev. photos per crime]

Folder Folder 3

Loose photos inside front cover of album