Featured Collection: Record Books from the Humboldt County Jail
We recently acquired a collection of original Humboldt County Jail booking registers and mug-shot books from the Sheriff Department. The complete collection of original register books include notes about every person who was booked at the Humboldt County Jail between 1888 and 1949. Records include those arrested by local and non-local police and sheriff departments, and federal US commissions. Mug-shot books corresponding with the ledgers begin in 1926. These criminal records cover eras of peak prostitution, federal and state alcohol prohibition, early environmental movements, labor movements, both world wars, and the Great Depression.
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