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John F. Farley Scrapbook

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: GTM-850417

Scope and Contents

The John F. Farley Papers are a prime source for the study of the American West. The letters, telegrams, and clippings contained in it provide insight into Farley's career as chief of police in Denver, Colorado, from 1889 to 1915, as well as glimpses of his earlier work for the Thiel detective agency and as a cavalryman. Correspondents include G.H Thiel, mining king H.A.W. Tabor, Major Gerald Russell, and many others.


  • 1889 - 1940

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Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

John F. Farley (1849-1940) was a longtime chief of the Denver, Colorado Police Department. He also worked with the Thiel Detective Company. The following article includes a reference and a photograph of Farley: "The Scrapbooking Lawman Who Documented 19th-Century Colorado: Sam Howe Filled His Books with Newsapaper clippings about Crime in Denver" from History Colorado Center Online. The History Colorado Center also houses a scrapbook by John F. Farley.


2 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger drop front box (14x18.5"))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. John B. Farley, April 1985.

John F. Farley Scrapbook
Anna Zakarija
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057