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John A. Larson Papers
BANC MSS 78/160 cz  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: John A. Larson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1965
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 78/160 cz
    Creator: Larson, John A. (John Augustus), b. 1892
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 6 cartons Linear feet: 8.3
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: The John A. Larson papers contain material primarily compiled by Larson and possibly others as background for papers and books. Includes correspondence, writings, material related to his professional career, polygraphs, subject files, and clippings. The bulk of the collection is comprised of copies.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John A. Larson Papers, BANC MSS 78/160 cz, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Separated Material

    Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
    Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Criminology--History--20th century--Sources.
    Lie detectors and detection.
    Forensic psychology.
    Polygraph operators.
    Criminal psychology.
    Chronicle Publishing Company.
    M.H. De Young Memorial Museum.
    Palo Alto (Calif.)
    Panama-Pacific International Exposition, (1915 :, San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Francisco chronicle.
    Real estate--California.
    De Young, M. H. (Michael Harry), 1849-1925.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The John A. Larson Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Robert F. Borkenstein on April 4, 1977.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Elizabeth Stephens in 2005.

    Biography

    In 1921 John A. Larson, a young medical student at the University of California Berkeley, assembled the first American polygraph lie detector for Berkely Chief of Police, August Vollmer. Larson went on to specialize in criminal psychology working with police departments and mental hospitals in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The John A. Larson papers contain material primarily compiled by Larson and possibly others as background for papers and books. Includes correspondence, writings, material related to his professional career, polygraphs, subject files, and clippings. The bulk of the collection is comprised of copies.