Guide to the Bureau of Police, Department of Public Safety, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1896-1936 AIS.1972.11

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Bureau of Police, Department of Public Safety, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records
Creator
Pittsburgh (Pa.). Bureau of Police.
Collection Number
AIS.1972.11
Date
1896-1936
Extent
12.0 microfilm reels (1 oversize box and 12 vols.)
Abstract
Contain general orders, arrest dockets, complaint reports, reports of investigations and arrests, prisoner receipt books, duty roster, correspondence and criminal photo album for the #4 (Oakland) and #10 (Hazelwood) district police stations. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

Bureau of Police, Department of Public Safety, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1896-1936, AIS.1972.11, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Scope and Content Notes

Contain general orders, arrest dockets, complaint reports, reports of investigations and arrests, prisoner receipt books, duty roster, correspondence and criminal photo album for the #4 (Oakland) and #10 (Hazelwood) district police stations.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, January 2011

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Custodial History

These records were discovered abandoned in the loft of the King's Court, 3807 Forbes Avenue, which at one time was the headquarters of the No. 4 (Oakland) police station. Mike Coon, Jack Simpson, and Art Harger, owners of a copying service on the third floor of King's Court and renters of the loft, gave these records to the Archives Service Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mike Coon, Jack Simpson, and Art Harger, September 11, 1972.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Frank A, Zabrosky in February 1973.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the Criminal Photograph Album are available online.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.). Bureau of Police.
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.). Department of Public Safety.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Hazelwood (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Homewood (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Oakland (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Social conditions

Subject(s)

  • Crime -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Criminals -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Government
  • Police -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Police reports -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Police stations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Bureau of Police, Department of Public Safety, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1896-1936, AIS.1972.11, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Headquarters 

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
General Orders, 1923-1924, 1930-1932 161

Contains memoranda and communications from the Superintendent of Police to the District Police Commissioners. Subjects include: complaints of laxity of law enforcement, civilian intercessions on behalf of reassigned officers, transfers, promotions, lists of furloughed officers in pursuance of city ordinance decreasing number of policemen (Dec. 31, 1931), traffic violations, list of trial board cases, monthly statements or the Police and Detective Protective Association, depression relief fund (donations, disbursements, pledges).

General order #135, dated October 23, 1923, concerns plans for the visit of Lloyd George to the city. General order #95 dated, January 12, 1924, notes a complaint by the mayor, Hon. Wm. A. Magee, that he has been informed that there have been a number of violations of the law and that the police have been lax in the performance of their duties.

General order #3 A 31, dated Jan. 15, 1931, notifies the inspectors that the United States Government is anxious to secure an accurate census of the unemployed in the city of Pgh. and asks that instructions be issued to all police officers that they assist the enumeration in every way possible.

  Reel
Criminal Photograph Album, ca. 1919-1920 2

Contains photographs of suspect, name of suspect, residence of suspect, crime, occupation, date of arrest, age, height, weight, and physical description.

Online
  Reel
Patrolman Assessment Book, 1921-1923 2

For each officer records permissions for bonds, special gifts, and police association dates.

  Reel
Record of Recovery of Lost and Stolen Goods, Apr. 7, 1913-Jan. 4, 1932 2

Each entry contains: date, articles recovered, value of articles, from whom recovered, officer, by whom claimed, to whom delivered.

  Reel
Wanted Poster, 1924 2

$50 reward offered for arrest and delivery of Wesley G. Burrow convicted of desertion; he had escaped from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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Series  II. #4 Station, Oakland 

Subseries  1. Correspondence 

Scope and Content Notes

Subjects include: instructions to officers on handling prisoners (searching, papers to be taken, prisoners to be separated if arrested and suspected of a grave offense); instructions on behavior of officers when giving testimony at hearings; instructions on arrest and docketing procedures, report or inspection of police station (1922; station found to be unsanitary, dirty and verminous); patrolman and detail assignments; traffic problems and instructions on arrest or summoning of traffic violation; raiding of hotels and business houses; violations of Sunday sales and labor prohibitions; wage scale for Pgh. policemen; citizens complaints; notices by individuals of absence from city and request for property watch.

File for 1921 contains a list of draft dodgers with note that there is a $50 award for each apprehension. In a letter of Oct. 31. 1921, John C. Calhoun, Police Commissioner, exhorts the officers of #4 station to get out the vote in the general election of Nov. 8, 1921. He admonished them to "See that those you get out [,] vote the republican ticket." He continues, "If we don't try to help those that help us [,] we are ingrates and should not have the positions we now hold, but should get out of the cities [sic] employ and hunt a new position."

Arranged chronologically.

  Reel
Volume 1, 1921-1923, 1926, 1931, 1933 2

Subseries  2. [Arrest Docket] Commissioners Docket, Police Inspection Docket, 1893-1933 

Scope and Content Notes

Each entry contains: arrest no., name of prisoner, address, age, color, nationality, occupation, marital status, literacy, day and hour arrested, place arrested, arresting officer, charge, forfeit, magistrate, disposition, articles found on prisoner, signature. Monthly and annual recapitulation contains: no. of males and females, ages, nationalities, marital status, color, occupation, charges, dispositions. Arranged chronologically with monthly and annual recapitulation.

  Reel
Volume 1, Feb. 3, 1893-March 29, 1896 2
  Reel
Volume 2, Feb. 1, 1903-Aug. 1, 1905 2
  Reel
Volume 3, Aug. 1, 1907-Apr. 30, 1909 3
  Reel
Volume 4, May 1, 1909-Aug. 31, 1912 3
  Reel
Volume 5, June 1, 1915-Oct. 22, 1918 3
  Reel
Volume 6, Oct. 23, 1918-Oct. 5, 1919; October ?, 1919-November 15, 1920; Feb. 5-6, 1925 4
  Reel
Volume 7, Nov. 12, 1930-May 15, 1933 4

Subseries  3. Record of Arrests, 1920-1923 

  Reel
Volume 1, Aug. 1, 1920-Mar. 6, 1921 4
  Reel
Volume 2, April 8, 1922-July 7, 1922; April 3, 1923-April 5, 1923 4

Subseries  4. Reports or Investigations and Arrests 

Scope and Content Notes

Details given include nature and character of crime (accident, suicide, robbery, suspicious person, drunkenness, visiting disorderly house), time of crime, location, names, evidence.

  Reel
Volume 1, 1924-1932, 1933, 1935 5

Subseries  5. Complaint Reports 

Scope and Content Notes

Gives crime classification, name and address of complainant, date or occurrence of crime, place of occurrence of crime, date and time crime reported by complainant, officer assigned to investigate complaint, details or complaint.

  Reel
Volume 1, 1935 5

Subseries  6. Robbery Reports, 1934-1935 

Scope and Content Notes

Each entry gives: Serial No., time of report, method of report, name and address of complainant, occurrence time and place, patrolman on post at time or complaint, details of complaint, disposition, time transmitted by telephone.

  Reel
Volume 1, Sept. 1, 1934-Dec. 31, 1935 6

Subseries  7. [Journal] Complaint Book, 1922-1923 

Scope and Content Notes

Daily log which contains complaints, reports, instructions to patrolmen and other miscellaneous information. Some volumes contain lists or stolen and recovered automobiles.

  Reel
Volume 1, Sept. 22, 1923-Mar. 3, 1924; Apr. 29, 1924-Dec. 1, 1924 6
  Reel
Volume 2, Nov. 3, 1927-June 20, 1928 6
  Reel
Volume 3, July 1, 1928-March 27, 1929 6
  Reel
Volume 4, Mar. 27, 1929-Nov. 28, 1929 7
  Reel
Volume 5, Nov. 20, 1929-Aug. 11, 1930 7
  Reel
Volume 6, Jan. 1, 1930-Oct. 15, 1931 7
  Reel
Volume 7, Jan. 27, 1933-July 16, 1933 7
  Reel
Volume 8, July 17, 1933-Nov. 25, 1933 8
  Reel
Index, 1920-1923 8

Subseries  8. Duty Roster, 1926-1933 

  Reel
Volume 1, May 22, 1926-Feb. 28, 1927 8
  Reel
Volume 2, Mar. 1, 1927-Dec. 21, 1927 8
  Reel
Volume 3, Aug. 4, 1929-May 25, 1930 8
  Reel
Volume 4, Mar. 19, 1931-Dec. 31, 1931 9
  Reel
Volume 5, Jan. 1, 1932-Oct. 20, 1932 9
  Reel
Volume 6, Oct. 20, 1932-July 31, 1933 9

Subseries  9. [Patrolman] Time Roll, 1917, 1927-1931 

Scope and Content Notes

Each entry gives: name of patrolman, rank, days, rate per day, amount due, remarks.

  Reel
Volume 1, 1917; May 1927-Jan. 1931 9

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Series  III. #6 Station, Homewood 

  Reel
Photograph of Members of Homewood Auxiliary Police, Div. 5, ca. 1930 10

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Series  IV. #10 Station, Hazelwood 

Subseries  1. Record of Arrests, 1919-1920 

  Reel
Volume 1, Oct. 8, 1919-Oct. 16, 1920 10

Subseries  2. Complaint Reports 

Scope and Content Notes

Gives crime classification, name and address of complainant, date of occurrence of crime, place of occurrence of crime, date and time crime reported by complainant, officer assigned to investigate complaint, details of complaint.

  Reel
Volume 1, 1929-1931 10

Subseries  3. [Journal] Complaint Book, 1922, 1928-1933 

  Reel
Volume 1, May 1, 1922-Dec. 31, 1922 11
  Reel
Volume 2, Aug. 13, 1928-July 21, 1929 11
  Reel
Volume 3, Oct. 15, 1931-July 17, 1932 11
  Reel
Volume 4, July 18, 1932-Jan. 4, 1933 11

Subseries  4. Receipt Book for Recovered Automobiles, 1928-1929 

Scope and Content Notes

Contains miscellaneous prisoners receipts, 1935-1936.

  Reel
Volume 1, Aug. 13, 1928-1929 12

Subseries  5. Prisoners Receipt Book for Property and Forfeits, 1932-1936 

  Reel
Volume 1, July 19, 1932-Mar. 28, 1935; Apr. 1935-Feb. 1936 12

Subseries  6. [Patrolmen] Time Roll, 1909-1913, 1925-1932 

Scope and Content Notes

Each entry gives: name of patrolman, rank, days, rate per day, amount due, and remarks.

  Reel
Volume 1, 1909-1913 12
  Reel
Volume 2, March 1925-June 1932 12

Subseries  7. [Arrest Docket] Commissioners Docket, Police Inspection Docket, 1909-1916 

Scope and Content Notes

Each entry contains: arrest no., name of prisoner, address, age, color, nationality, occupation, marital status, literacy, day and hour arrested, place arrested, arresting officer, charge, forfeit, magistrate, disposition, articles found on prisoner, signature. Arranged chronologically with monthly and annual recapitulation.

  Reel
Volume 1, Aug, 1, 1914-Dec. 31, 1916; Oct. 26-31, 192? 12
  Reel
Volume 2, Feb. 2, 1909-Apr. 30, 1912 12

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