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Iain Hamilton Collection



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Collection Overview

Title: Iain Hamilton Collection, 1973-2005Save to your list.


Primary Creator: Hamilton, Iain (1950-)

Extent: 2.8 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 09/12/2016

Forms of Material: Ephemera, Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English


The Iain Hamilton Collection documents perspectives from a uniformed LAPD officer based out of the West Valley Division for the majority of his career. This includes his daily work as a police officer, and his engagement with significant moments in late 20th century Los Angeles history, including the 1984 Olympics, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Biographical Note

Iain McGregor Hamilton was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1950. His parents immigrated to the United States and they settled in Burbank, California in 1953. After graduating from Verdugo Hills High School in 1968, he attended Los Angeles Valley College for two years before transferring to UCLA and graduating with a BA in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations, in 1972. He later received an MA in Public Relations from Pepperdine University and a second BA in history from California State University, Northridge.

He began his police career in March 1973 when he entered the Los Angeles Police Academy for six months of training. He was assigned to Foothill Division as part of his fifth month training requirement, and then initially assigned to Hollywood Division upon Police Academy graduation. After he completed his six month probation period, he was assigned to Communications Division, before being transferred to West Valley Division. While at West Valley Division he was assigned to patrol, a detective unit, and the West Valley jail. He worked for a period in the Van Nuys Division, before returning to West Valley Division, where he remained until his retirement in September 2005.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Iain Hamilton Collection provides insight into police officer training and careers through Los Angeles Police Academy training materials, Hamilton's personnel file, commendations, newspaper clippings, event ephemera, and a small number of photographs. Police reports and investigation notepads document daily work as a police officer, criminal activity, and life in the San Fernando Valley during the late 20th century. Materials are arranged chronologically within boxes by material type.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Iain Hamilton

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Mallory Furnier, 2018

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 2]
[Box 3]
[Box 4]
[Box 5]
[Flat File Cabinet 2],

Box 5Save to your list.
Item 1: Olympics Ribbon, 1984Save to your list.
Item 2: Pope John Paul II Visit Ribbon, 1987Save to your list.
Item 3: Civil Disobedience Rodney King Riots Pin, 1992Save to your list.
Item 4: Northridge Earthquake Ribbon, 1994Save to your list.
Item 5: Democratic National Convention Ribbon, 2000Save to your list.
Item 6: Community Police Advisory Board PinSave to your list.
Item 7: Drug Abuse Resistance Education PinSave to your list.
Item 8: Los Angeles Police Protective League PinSave to your list.
Item 9: Marksman MedalSave to your list.
Item 10: Service PinsSave to your list.
Item 11: Safe Driving PinsSave to your list.
Item 12: Sharpshooter MedalSave to your list.

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