Register of the McComb (John D.) Scrapbook, 1881-1891

Processed by Daryl Morrison; rev. 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 McComb (John D.) Scrapbook, 1881-1891

Collection number: Mss278

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:
Daryl Morrison; rev. by Don Walker
Date Completed:
October 1998
Encoded by:
Don Walker
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: McComb (John D.) Scrapbook,
Date (inclusive): 1881-1891
Collection number: Mss278
Creator: A. Lamont Smith
Extent: 0.25 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], McComb (John D.) Scrapbook, Mss278, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Access Points

personal name

McComb, John D. (1830-1896)

corporate name

San Quentin Prison (Calif.) -History -Sources
Folsom Prison (Calif.) -History -Sources

subject

Prison wardens -California
Prisons -California -History
Crime -California -History
Criminology -California -History
Prison administration -California -History
Prison industries -California -History

Biography

John D. McComb (1830-1896) came to California on the steamer Oregon (1849). He worked as a printer in San Francisco, being associated with the Alta California for eighteen years, the last five of which he was managing editor. He subsequently became manager of the State Printing Office. From 1861 McComb was also associated with the California National Guard and was ultimately appointed a Brigadier General (1875). Governor Perkins selected him as Warden for Folsom Prison in 1881. He served there until transferred to San Quentin (1887) by Governor Waterman. McComb retired in 1891.
Folsom Prison, east of Sacramento, was erected between 1878 and 1880. McComb was the prison's second Warden. When he assumed the office, Folsom held 275 prisoners. The convicts perfomed daily labor on a 489 acre prison farm, area roads, sewers and forests. McComb also oversaw the erection of a dam and power house that furnished electricity for the prison (1882). San Quentin Prison, on San Francisco Bay, was founded in 1852. When McComb became Warden there the prison population was over one thousand and the principal employment of that population was the manufacture of jute grain sacks.

Scope and Content

The John McComb Scrapbook contains 145 pages of clippings on McComb's career, Folsom and San Quentin prisons and general criminology in California (1881-1891). There is a subject index. Topics include: "prison reform," "prison investigations," "prison finance," "prison farms," graft, laws, and crimes.

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