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Now What: Arresting Images
12/1/2006
Answers for the beginner, the befuddled and anyone hitting a brick wall.

Q. Can you recommend research strategies to find photos and records of Philadelphia policemen from 1896 to 1916? I heard a police administrator had all the archived files thrown away in 1985.

A. Although Philadelphia's pre-1981 police personnel files were indeed destroyed, a variety of records and dockets relating to the years you're seeking still exist.

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