Sylvanus A. and Rachel Wheat papers  1848-1880
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 37 items related to the Grand Jury of San Francisco, California. San Francisco residents wrote 29 letters to Hugh Gallagher, the grand jury's foreman, about racketeering, police graft and corruption, gambling, and other criminal activity in 1934.

The first 2 items are a letter to a congressional representative about John J. Hayes's military service during World War I (October 8, 1930) and a letter to the San Francisco Grand Jury from the San Francisco Garage Owners Association (SFGOA) intending to stop police officers from telling motorists that their parking tickets were a result of the activities of the SFGOA (November 2, 1931). San Francisco residents wrote 28 letters and 1 fragment to Hugh Gallagher and the grand jury between March 3, 1934, and April 5, 1934. Most shared information about alleged criminal activities, particularly related to police corruption, and requested that the grand jury investigate or otherwise take action. Several correspondents reported gambling houses and prostitution, provided addresses of suspected illegal establishments, and enclosed newspaper clippings with addresses of alleged brothels. One lengthy letter from Emma Nelson recounts a police raid at her home, during which her son and husband were injured. Additional items include a "roll call" for the grand jury, 3 copies of a pamphlet of the grand jury's committees and members, a page of notes regarding protection money, and a memorandum related to a meeting of the grand jury.

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