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Guide to the 1880’s Wanted Persons Journal Collection (1879 – 1883)

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This collection was assembled by an unknown individual. Due to the nature of the content in this journal it is highly likely that this journal and/or scrapbook was assembled by an individual whom either practiced law—such as an attorney/lawyer/prosecutor, or a member of law enforcement such as a Sheriff or police officer. This collection was donated by Jessie Hill of Aptos, CA in 1993 to the Santa Cruz Historical Trust (now the MAH).


Number of Containers:  One (1) Box Linear Feet:  0.5 Linear Feet


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives 705 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection consists of one journal bearing the title “Daily Journal 1879” in gold lettering on a black leather cover. Inside are handwritten notes in ink on what appear to be court cases with information such as:” Notify Wells of postponement of Habeus Corpus case” and “Love & Johnson-when are they wanted?” and “Brown’s trial Dismissed”. Pasted over these notes are cards featuring notices of rewards for wanted persons, rewards for return of stolen property, notices of lost and stolen items, burglaries and missing persons from both local California counties and other areas, such as Denver, Colorado and Iowa. Some places the notices are from include Oakland, Alameda County; San Jose, CA; Modesto, CA; San Francisco CA; Merced, CA; and more. Some of the notices include photos of the person wanted for arrest. Also included are handwritten notes from various police Sergeants.

Date range: 1879-1883


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Citation

The 1880’s Wanted Persons Journal  Collection, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the head of Archives at MAH.  Researchers may be responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material not produced by museum personnel.

Process By

Renata McRee

Date Completed