|A few SFPD crime clippings scrapbooks, spine views|
For the last several months, the staff at the San Francisco History Center has been hard at work processing archival records of the San Francisco Police Department. As mentioned in an earlier post, the collection consists of approximately 65 linear feet of records issued or compiled by the Board of Police Commissioners, the Chief of Police, and other offices and bureaus of the SFPD, circa 1880s-1960s.
The crime clippings scrapbooks are particularly--to abuse the term—arresting. These 48 volumes, labeled “California Books,” contain newspaper stories covering local and state crimes from 1908 to 1933. Besides crimes, these scrapbooks document other events that typically involve the police force, including accidents, runaways, suicides, elopements and the like. Although it is uncertain which office or bureau compiled these forty-eight books, it is clear from the deteriorated labels is that at one time there were at least sixty-five volumes.
As you might be able to infer from the picture above, processing these scrapbooks involves collaboration with SFPL's Preservation Department, which is helping us to evaluate the condition of individual volumes. The staff in Preservation have shown us how to properly clean the covers and pages, which are pretty filthy; then, they are repairing or making containers (called “phase-boxes”) for volumes that need additional care.
|Supplies our Library Page Ashley uses: mask, gloves, and special dust cloth.|
|Scrapbook for June 4-Aug. 18, 1909, in phase box|
|Front cover of a typical scrapbook, when the cover is still existing.|
|Index page for Jan. 2-Apr. 4, 1913|