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Collection TitleCL 130 Police Department CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed By

Hennessy, James

Murphy, Patrick

New York State Prison Department


Collection mostly contains documents from James Hennessy, while he was captain of the Elmira Police Department. The third box in this collection is his diaries from the years 1930 - 1942. Included is Patrick Murphy's Citizenship Certificate, as well as some books.

Notes:Papers were passed down through the family. Collection contains papers from both the Hennessy and the Murphy Family.
Extent3 Linear ft.
Date Span1920-1940

Collection mostly contains documents from James Hennessy, while he was captain of the Elmira Police Department.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Documents removed from 1936 diary.Document0226
Documents removed from 1937 diary.Document0227
Documents removed from 1938 diary.Document0228
Documents removed from 1939 diary.Document0229
Documents removed from 1942 diary.Document0230
Includes an invitation for the First Annual Reception of Company K, 12 Regiment, NG., Wednesday November 29, 1876; a letter; Patrick Murphy's certificate for the National Guard.Document0301
Patrick Murphy's Citizenship papers.Document0302
"Boom Town, Cautious Style" by Mona Gardner.Document0303
Article about Police Chief John Finnell and Detective Sergeant Charles Gradwell, killed in the line of duty.Article0304
National Diary 1927.Document0305
National Diary 1928.Document0306
National Diary 1929.Document0307
National Diary 1930.Document0308
National Diary 1931.Document0309
National Diary 1932.Document0310
National Diary 1933.Document0311
National Diary 1934.Document0312
National Diary 1935.Document0313
National Diary 1936.Document0314
National Diary 1937.Document0315
National Diary 1938.Document0316
National Diary 1939.Document0317
National Diary 1940.Document0318
National Diary 1941.Document0319
National Diary 1942.Document0320
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