This collection of Kimball documents includes: house papers from residences on Howard Street, a journal of daily life from
1840, a journal of daily life from 1851-1873, citizenship paperwork, a tenant’s agreement form, a deed from Harvey T.(?) Brown
and Eugene Cazalis to Charles P. Kimball, real estate tax forms, handwritten drafts of newspaper articles, newspaper clippings,
an extract from Kimball’s diary regarding the first San Francisco Directory, Kimball Family Newspapers, sketches of Howard
Street property, calling cards with the names Rebecca M. Kimball and Mrs. Chas. P. Kimball, a relief fund certificate for
one thousand dollars made out to Rebecca Kimball from 1883, a journal of daily life from 1847 to 1857 (some entries out of
order), a map of Maine and surrounding area, a letter dated 1850 from F. Gleason to Kimball regarding the sale of 50, 25 and
12.5 cent books, and a handwritten note entitled “A Home made [sic] Valentine written in Maine, I think, and sent to Chas.
P. Kimball about 1850.”
Charles P. Kimball was born 07/11/1821 in Bangor, Maine. His journey to California took place aboard the “Boston” and arrived
in San Francisco 07/06/1849. In San Francisco he ran a ship “The Noisy Carrier Publishing Hall”, located on the Long Wharf
in San Francisco, which had the largest variety of out of town papers in the city. He became a member of the Vigilance Committee,
The Society of California Pioneers, the Mechanics' Institute, and Yerba Buena Lodge, No. 15, I.O.O.F.. He was also the owner
of "The Noisy Carrier Book and Stationery Co." He was the publisher of the first San Francisco Directory in 1850.