Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
San Francisco Grand Jury Collection, 1930-1934

James V. Medler Crime Collection

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray, October 2006, and Meg Hixon, November 2012

Summary Information
Title: San Francisco Grand Jury collection
Creator: Gallagher, Hugh, 1888-1968
Inclusive dates: 1930-1934
Bulk dates: 1934
Extent: 37 items
Abstract:
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.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1998. M-4081.10.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

San Francisco Grand Jury Collection, James V. Medler Crime Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items and pamphlets placed at the end.


Biography

Hugh Gallagher was born in Colorado on October 22, 1888, the son of Captain Hugh J. Gallagher and Amelia Paschel. On August 5, 1915, he married Ethel May Scaiefe. He worked for the Standard Oil Company and the Oceanic Steamship Company. In 1934 he served as foreman of the San Francisco Grand Jury. Hugh Gallagher died on December 31, 1968.


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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Brothels--California--San Francisco.
    • California. Grand Jury (San Francisco)
    • Crime--California--San Francisco.
    • Gambling--California--San Francisco.
    • Police corruption--California--San Francisco.
    • Prostitution--California--San Francisco.
    • Racketeering--California--San Francisco.
    • San Francisco (Calif.) Police Dept.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Memorandums.
    • Notes.
    • Pamphlets.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   4, James V. Medler Crime Collection  
    San Francisco Grand Jury collection [series]
    Folders   1-4  
     October 8, 1930-April 5, 1934, and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    "Hugh Gallagher." Marquis Who's Who on the Web. Providence (N.J.): 2012.