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Collection TitleCL 130 Police Department CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
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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
Notebook containing information regarding Hennessy's personal financial accounts.Notebook0101
17 pocket sized wanted sheets from the New York State Prison Department in Albany, NY for various individuals who have escaped from police custody.Document0102
A letter from Colonial Theatre to Captain Hennessy dated September 6, 1940 regardinga notice that was posted in the theater. Included is the notice regarding Missing Children and procedures to follow when searching for a missing child.Letter0103
Folder contains mugshots for Herbert Erhardt and Mike Morrow with the original envelope.Photograph0104
A letter from the First National Bank & Trust of Elmira to Lieutenant Hennessy regarding the Banks inspection.Letter0105
Document lists members of the Elmira Police Department and where they were appointed.Document0106
A letter dated March 25, 1931 from the Law Office of Michael J. Maher to Captain Hennessy regarding affidavits regarding events that took place around Briggs Brewery.Letter0107
Captain Hennessy's certificate certifying him as an instructor at the Police Academy.Certificate0108
A letter dated December 22, 1938 to Captain Hennessy from M. Raymond McGowan regarding a telephone call where Captain Hennessy agreed to pick up McGowan's luggage from the train station. Included is the orginal envelope and luggage claim ticket.Letter0109
Picture of Captain Hennessy.Photograph0110
Documents regarding traffic codes, briefings, ordinances, and other daily police matters between the years 1938 and 1942.Document0111
Document regarding the NYS Law relative to Habit Forming Drugs encted in 1927, with amendments including 1930.Document0113
Chemung County List of County, Town, and City Officials (1942), Chemung County Board of Supervistors and Comittees (1942 - 1943), Institutions and Agencies.Document0114
Two (2) manuals of the the Police Department of the City of Elmira, NY.Document0115
Three (3) copies of "Traffic Ordinances of the City of Elmira, NY, Regulating Automobiles and Other Vehicles," adopted May 1, 1939).Document0116
Policeman's Pension Law of the City of Elmira, NY.Document0117
1933 Annual Report of the Police Department.Document0118
Booklet contains proceeding for the December 22, 1941 Council meeting.Booklet0119
Information for Police Officers on violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (1938).Document0120
Department of Taxation and Finance, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law with Appendix (July 1, 1942).Document0121
Penal Ordinaces, City of Elmira (1907).Document0122
New York State Liqour Authority, Notice to Beer Licensees of Causes for Revocation and Rules and General Information (July 1, 1936).Document0123
Hospital Charts for Mrs. Margaret Fabrizio.Hospital Chart0133
Hospital Charts for Mrs. Mae Merritt.Hospital Chart0156
Receipts for Captain Hennessy's household.Receipt0201
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