This collection, which spans a period of more than one hundred years of Police Department history, was donated to the University of Louisville Archives by the Louisville Division of Police in 1977. Included are newspaper clippings, police instruction booklets and guides, a department payroll list, and early record books of the Mayor's Court and Police Court. The collection is contained in 10 boxes.
Boxes 1 through 5 contain clippings from local newspapers which chronicle the daily activities of the Louisville Police Department. Clippings from the period October, 1953 - August, 1956 are filed according to the nature of the incident described. Such crimes as murder, rape and kidnapping are titled "Offenses Against persons." Robberies, stolen cars and arson are filed under "Offenses Against Property." "General Things" is a sort of miscellaneous category usually consisting of articles about police work. A general chronological arrangement exists within these categories. Clippings from 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962 were not arranged topically, but simply compiled daily. Clippings and a series of photographs documenting the construction in 1954 of Louisville Police Headquarters can be found in box 6.
Box 7 holds the scrapbook of former Louisville Police Chief Jacob H. Haager. This book contains clippings from local newspapers which trace Colonel Haager's career and the activities of the Louisville Police Department largely for the period 1907-1917. October and November, 1917 issues of the Kentucky AF of L's Journal of Labor were found folded in the back of the scrapbook along with a single scrapbook page of clippings for the September 6-9, 1921 period. Since the original scrapbook was badly deteriorated, it is available on microfilm and special permission must be obtained to use the original.
Box 8 contains a police instruction booklet from the early Twentieth Century, as well as a police manual and a booklet on police courtesy, both from the 1940's. There can also be found a small metal scroll containing a fragmented guide dated 1887 to the location of Louisville fire alarm boxes. A later booklet-form guide to fire alarm boxes, published around 1930, is also included.
Box 9 contains a record book dated 1832-1833 of the Mayor's Court, which dealt with the adjucation of misdemeanors. Also included is an 1835 Police Court Execution Book which recorded judgments against defendants. A record book describing the activities in 1862 of Louisville's Police Court and a copy of the Police Department payroll list for February, 1899 can be found in Box 10.