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Eugene Biscailuz scrapbooks

Identifier: 0216

Scope and Content

This collection consists of nine scrapbooks created by Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene W. Biscailuz. These scrapbooks contain photographs, certificates of recognition and newspaper clippings documenting Biscailuz's twenty-five years as the Los Angeles County Sheriff. Also included in this collection are eight scrapbooks of clippings kept by the Sheriff’s Department from 1921-1939. For more information about Biscailuz’s scrapbooks, please see the Scope and Content notes for the individual books.


  • 1870 - 1958
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1958


Language of Materials

Most of the materials in this collection are in English. Scrapbook #8 contains clippings from Mexican newspapers that are in both English and Spanish. Translations have been provided for some of the articles. Scrapbook #8 also contains ephemera in Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Eugene Warren Biscailuz (1883-1969), was Los Angeles County Sheriff from 1932 to 1958. Born in Boyle Heights to Martin Biscailuz and Ida Rose Warren, he received an undergraduate degree from St. Vincent's College (now Loyola Marymount University) and received a law degree from the University of Southern California. He joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as a foreclosure clerk in 1907. In 1929, Biscailuz served as the first superintendent of the California Highway Patrol at the behest of Governor C.C. Young and during World War II, he was called up to active duty as a naval reservist. Upon his retirement in 1958, Biscailuz was succeeded by Under-Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess.

Biscailuz married his wife, Willette, in 1902. They had a son, Warren Biscailuz, and two daughters, Jean (Mohr) and Carol (Donovan). Biscailuz died on May 16, 1969.


37 Cubic Feet (9 Scrapbooks and 9 boxes)


This collection contains photograph scrapbooks kept by Eugene Biscailuz during his tenure as Los Angeles County Sheriff, as well as scrapbooks of newspaper clippings kept by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Biscailuz joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1907 and became Sheriff of Los Angeles County in 1932. He retired from the force in 1958.


The Eugene Biscailuz scapbooks were donated to the University of Southern California by Biscailuz in 1963.

Finding Aid of the Eugene Biscailuz scrapbooks
Rebecca Hirsch
June 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States