Letters written to him; copies of letters written by him; biographical sketches and personalia; bibliographies and bibliographic
notes; financial records; MSS of his writings; copies of his articles and speeches, MSS and printed; copies of introductions,
statements and book reviews written by him; lecture notes; subject files; clippings and photographs. Primarily re his career,
after his retirement from the Berkeley Police Department, as professor of police administration at the University of California,
Berkeley; as consultant; and as author.
August Vollmer was born March 7, 1876 of German parents in New Orleans, and, when he was fifteen, the family moved to Berkeley,
California. At the age of eighteen he opened a coal and feed store and was active in the formation of the Berkeley volunteer
fire department. When the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898, he enlisted as a private and saw service both in Cuba and
in the Philippines. Returning to civilian life in Berkeley, he worked as a letter carrier and fireman. In 1905 he was elected
town marshal and subsequently organized his town patrol into the Berkeley Police Department.
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2 digital objects (2 images)
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