Finding Aid to the Woolsey Family Papers, 1875-1990 (bulk 1935-1959)

Jae Mauthe
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
© 2012
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Woolsey Family Papers, 1875-1990 (bulk 1935-1959)

Collection number: BANC MSS 99/132 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Jae Mauthe
Date Completed:
August 2012
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Woolsey Family Papers
Date (inclusive): 1875-1990
Date (bulk): 1935-1959
Collection Number: BANC MSS 99/132 c
Creator: Woolsey Family
Extent: 4 cartons, 3 oversize folders 6.25 linear feet
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The collection represents the personal, familial, and business activities of three generations of the Woolsey family, a family influential from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries in Berkeley, California. The bulk of the correspondence in the Woolsey family papers is addressed to or from William Harold Woolsey and his wife, Mary Catherine Woolsey.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

Information for Researchers

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Conditions of Use

Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright 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 owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
Any proposed reference in a publication by Karla Winkenhofer Knapp must have her explicit permission during her lifetime.
Access to the collection is guaranteed to all members of the Woolsey family.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Woolsey Family Papers, BANC MSS 99/132 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternative Form of Materials Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Removed or Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collection 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
Hart, Nellie
Robson, Francis Shattuck, 1885-1949
Shattuck, Francis Kittridge
Woolsey, Mary Catherine, b. 1897
Woolsey, Rosa Morse, b. 1861
Woolsey, William Edgar, 1854-1939
Woolsey, William Harold, 1900-1956
Woolsey, William Harold, 1931-
Young, Sally Woolsey, 1929-
Shattuck family
Woolsey Family
Woolsey family--Archives
Land tenure--California--Alameda County
Landowners--California--Alameda County
Real property--California--Alameda County--Maps
Berkeley (Calif.)--History
Berkeley (Calif.)--Maps
Shattuck Hotel (Berkeley, Calif.)
Cadastral maps.
Family papers
Maps

Administrative Information

The Woolsey Family Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Helene Woolsey on August 27, 1998.
No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Jae Mauthe in 2012.

Biography/Organization History

William Edgar Woolsey was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1854 to Ezra Woodhull and Martha Ann Woolsey. The E.W. Woolsey family moved to California in 1868, renting homes and land in Oakland and Berkeley until 1877 when they purchased 200 acres in Sonoma County, 9 miles from the city of Santa Rosa. W. E. Woolsey graduated from Oakland High School and attended the University of California, Berkeley (then the College of California) for three years. W. E. Woolsey married Rosa Livingstone (born 1861) the niece of Francis Kittredge and Rosa Morse Shattuck in 1884. The couple settled on the Woolsey family ranch in Sonoma County where W.E. Woolsey was instrumental in organizing the first Prune Growers Association in Sonoma County as well as the first fruit growers cooperative in the State - the California Cured Fruit Association.
After the death of Francis K. Shattuck in 1906, W. E. and Rosa Woolsey sold the Sonoma ranch and moved to Berkeley to manage the Shattuck estate for Rosa M. Shattuck. The Woolseys inherited the Shattuck home at 2216 Shattuck Avenue after the death of Rosa M. Shattuck in 1908. The estate’s grounds were bounded by Shattuck Avenue, Allston Way, Milvia Street, and Kittredge Street. As president of the Shattuck Hotel Association, incorporated in 1907, W.E. Woolsey carried out Francis K. Shattuck’s plans to build a magnificent hotel in Berkeley, erecting the Shattuck Hotel at Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way. Construction on the hotel began in 1909 and was completed in 1913. In 1910, W.E. and Rosa Woolsey donated the land at Allston Way and Milvia Street for the construction of the YMCA building. In 1919, W.E. and Rosa Woolsey sold the Shattuck Hotel – and the block bounded by Shattuck Avenue, Allston Way, Harold Way, and Kittredge Street – to Wallace W. Whitecotton for one million dollars and purchased 2,000 acres of the Leland Stanford Ranch at Vina, in Tehama County, California.
W.E. Woolsey was director of the First National Bank of Berkeley, first clerk and charter member of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, and member of the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Association, the Elks Lodge, Durant Lodge of Mason No. 248, Berkeley Commmandery No.42 Knights of Templar, charter member of the Berkeley Country Club and the San Francisco Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. W.E. Woolsey died at his Berkeley home at 52 Oakvale Avenue in 1939.
W.E. and Rosa Woolsey had three children: Mrs. Florence May Heidt (born 1893), Mrs. Frances Shattuck Robson (born 1885), and William Harold Woolsey (born 1900). In 1924, after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, William Harold Woolsey (a.k.a. “Hap” and “Hatch”) took charge of the family ranch in Vina, California. He also managed the Woolsey family land corporation, Woolsey, Robson, and Heidt. (Frederick T. Robson and Horace Heidt were W.H. Woolsey’s brothers-in-law).
William Harold Woolsey married Mary Catherine Hart (born 1897) in 1928. They had two children: William Harold Woolsey Jr. (born 1931) and Mrs. Sally Young (born 1929). The Woolsey family papers were donated to the Bancroft Library by Helene S. Woolsey, the wife of William H. Woolsey Jr.

Scope and Content Note

The collection represents the personal, familial, and business activities of three generations of the Woolsey family, a family influential from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries in Berkeley, California. The bulk of the correspondence in the Woolsey family papers is addressed to or from William Harold Woolsey and his wife, Mary Catherine Woolsey. Materials also include the correspondence of their son William H. Woolsey, Jr. (often referred to as "Bill”) and their daughter Sally. Nellie G. Hart was the mother of Mary Catherine Woolsey and figures prominently in much of the personal correspondence. The collection provides detailed genealogical information for the Woolsey family as well as the Shattuck, Livingstone and Robson families.
Business records, including those of the Shattuck Hotel Association and Berkeley Tract Maps as well as records from Stanford Vina Ranch in Tehama County, California, are included in the Family Business Papers Series. Records of the Woolsey family properties in Berkeley contain financial, legal and narrative reports, documenting their important influence on the city of Berkeley.

Container Listing

 

Series 1 Outgoing Correspondence undated

Physical Description: carton 1, folders 1-2

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Content Note

Mary Catherine (Jane) Woolsey's outgoing correspondence contains two letters, one addressed to "Flossie" and the other to "Junie". Rosa M. Woolsey's outgoing correspondence contains one letter addressed to "Darling Daughter". All three letters are undated.
carton 1, folder 1

Woolsey, Mary Catherine (Jane) undated

carton 1, folder 2

Woolsey, Rosa M. undated

 

Series 2 Incoming Correspondence 1894-1963

Physical Description: carton 1, folders 3-32; carton 2; carton 3, folders 1-26

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by recipient and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Materials contain incoming correspondence to various family members with the bulk of the correspondence being to Mary Catherine (Jane) and W.H. Woolsey. Contains correspondence from W.H. Woolsey Jr. (Bill) and Sally Woolsey to their parents W.H. Woolsey and Mary Catherine (Jane) Woolsey while Bill was attending Kentucky Military Institute and Stanford University and from Sally Woolsey while attending college at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mary Catherine's mother Nellie Hart also figures promiently within the incoming correspondence to W.H. and Mary Catherine (Jane) Woolsey.
carton 1, folders 3-4

Hart, Nellie 1915-1962

carton 1, folder 5

Hart, Robert 1894, 1917

carton 1, folder 6

Heidt, Horace 1934

carton 1, folder 7

Robson, Francis 1939

carton 1, folder 8

Ross, Charles 1945

carton 1, folder 9

Woolsey, Karla 1961

carton 1, folders 10-32

Woolsey, Mary Catherine (Jane) 1908-1963, undated

carton 2, folders 1-3

Woolsey, Mary Catherine (Jane) undated

carton 2, folders 4-37

Woolsey, W.H. & Mary Catherine (Jane) 1928-1958, undated

carton 3, folder 1

Woolsey, W.H. & Mary Catherine (Jane) undated

carton 3, folders 2-3

Woolsey, Rosa M. 1908-1939

carton 3, folders 4-5

Woolsey, Sally 1929-1958

carton 3, folder 6

Woolsey, W.E. 1923, 1927

carton 3, folders 7-17

Woolsey, W.H. 1928-1951, undated

carton 3, folders 18-24

Woolsey, W.H. Jr. (Bill) 1930-1961, undated

carton 3, folder 25

Woolsey, W.H. Jr. (Bill) & Karla undated

carton 3, folder 26

Woolsey, W.H. Jr. & Sally 1930, 1931, 1937, 1940, 1941

 

Series 3 Miscellaneous Family Papers 1901-1990

Physical Description: carton 3, folders 27-33; carton 4, folders 1-18; oversize folder 1

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

Materials contain genealogical information for the Woolsey, Shattuck, Robson and Livingstone families. Mary Catherine's partially filled diaries are included, with the 1929 dated diary being an account of Sally Woolsey's first year. Christmas card lists for W.H. and Mary Catherine Woolsey's annual Christmas card contain recipient's full name and address.
carton 3, folder 27

Autograph Book- Woolsey, W.H. Jr. (Bill) 1944-1947

carton 3, folder 28

Berkeley Banks History undated

carton 3, folder 29

Christmas Card Lists- Woolsey, W.H. & Mary Catherine (Jane) 1927, 1947-1955

carton 3, folder 30

Christmas Package Tags- Various Family Members undated

carton 3, folder 31

Civilian Defense Reports- Woolsey, W.H. circa 1941

carton 3, folder 32-33

Diary- Woolsey, Mary Catherine (Jane) 1918-1919, 1929

carton 4, folder 1

Genological Research- Robson Family 1990

carton 4, folder 2-4

Genological Research- Shattuck/Woolsey Family 1940-1941, undated

carton 4, folder 5

Military Ephemera- Woolsey, W.H. Jr. (Bill) 1954-1957

carton 4, folder 6

Miscellaneous Ephemera- Hart, Nellie undated

carton 4, folder 7

Miscellaneous Ephemera- Woolsey, E.W. 1901

carton 4, folder 8

Miscellaneous Ephemera- Woolsey, Mary Catherine (Jane) 1927, 1935, 1939, 1941, 1949

oversize-folder 1A

Passport 1914

carton 4, folder 9

Miscellaneous Ephemera- Woolsey, Sally 1935, 1936, 1942-1949, 1952

carton 4, folder 10

Miscellaneous Ephemera- Woolsey, W.H. 1919, 1944, 1956

carton 4, folder 11

Miscellaneous Ephemera Woolsey, W.H. Jr. (Bill) 1942, 1944, 1945, 1954, undated

carton 4, folder 12

Miscellaneous Notecards- unaddressed undated

carton 4, folder 13

School Records- Woolsey, Sally 1937-1939, 1941, 1943

carton 4, folder 14

School Records- Woolsey, W.H. Jr. (Bill) 1937, 1941, 1942, 1948, 1949

carton 4, folder 15

Song Lyrics- Woolsey, W.H. undated

carton 4, folder 16

Unidentified Correspondence 1906, undated

carton 4, folder 17

Unidentified Poetry 1943, undated

carton 4, folder 18

Valentines- Various Family Members undated

 

Series 4 Financial Records 1875-1959

Physical Description: carton 4, folders 19-52, oversize folders 1-3

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Financial records are primarily related to the Woolsey family properties, originally owned by F.K. and Rosa Shattuck, and the management of those properties. Included are deeds, maps and other property records pertaining to the Vina Ranch, Hotel Shattuck and land holdings in Berkeley, California. Also included are the personal financial records such as wills, inventories and financial statements of individual family members. Records of the Woolsey-Robson-Heidt Partnership are also found in this series.
 

Hotel Shattuck

carton 4, folder 19

Articles of Incorporation 1907

oversize-folder 3B

Certification of Articles of Incorporation 1907

carton 4, folder 20

Land Appropriation for Building 1907

carton 4, folder 21

Minutes 1907-1930

carton 4, folder 22

Builders Contract 1909

carton 4, folder 23

Corporation License Tax 1909

carton 4, folder 24

Copy of Certificate of Decrease Capital Stock 1911

carton 4, folder 25

Examination of Records for Hotel Shattuck Regarding Fraud 1914

 

Shattuck Tract

oversize-folder 1A

Map No. 2 and map of portion of Lot 3, block 2 undated, 1942

Scope and Content Note

Two revised subdivision blueprint survey maps and one of a portion of Lot 3, block 2 of the Shattuck Tract located in Berkeley, California.
oversize-folder 3B

Map No. 2- blocks 3 & 6 1912

Scope and Content Note

Revised subdivision survey map of blocks 3 & 6
oversize-folder 1A

Map No. 5 1891

Scope and Content Note

Two survey maps
oversize-folder 1A

Map No. 6 1890

Scope and Content Note

Two survey maps.
 

Stanford Vina Ranch

carton 4, folder 21

Minutes 1907-1930

carton 4, folder 26

Contract of Purchase 1919

carton 4, folder 27

Miscellaneous Financial Papers 1934, 1936, 1937

oversize-folder 1A

Architectural Drawing and maps 1941, undated

Scope and Content Note

One floor plan of the main house, three blueprints of the property and one hand drawn map of the orchards surrounding the property.
 

Woolsey-Robson-Heidt Partnership

carton 4, folder 28

Monthly Statments of Cash Receipts 1931-1959

carton 4, folder 29

Annual Statements 1941, 1949, 1950-1952

carton 4, folder 30-31

Woolsey Properties, Inc.- Annual Statements 1950-1957

carton 4, folder 32

Woolsey Properties, Inc.- miscellaneous papers 1957

 

Various Properties

carton 4, folder 33

Abstract of Title Lot 4 undated

carton 4, folder 34

Alameda City Land Company Note 1921

oversize-folder 2A

Allston Way and Milvia, Berkeley- map undated

Scope and Content Note

One small blueprint survey map of corner lot at Allston Way and Milvia.
oversize-folder 2A

Downtown Berkeley Map undated

Scope and Content Note

Two blueprint maps covering Milvia Street to Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way to Kittridge Street, Berkeley, California.
oversize-folder 3B

Plot 68 V. & D. Peralta Rancho- map 1879

Scope and Content Note

Survey map of the the V. & D. Peralta Ranchero showing the subdivisions owned by F.K. Shattuck.
oversize-folder 2A

Properties of Shattuck Estate undated

Scope and Content Note

Four Shattuck Estate property maps located in Berkeley, California.
oversize-folder 2A

Spruce Street, Berkeley- map undated

Scope and Content Note

One plat map showing the Woolsey home on Spruce Street and the surrounding street of Alamo Avenue located in Berkeley, California.
oversize-folder 2A

Woolsey Estate- map undated

Scope and Content Note

Two building and property maps for Woolsey Estates, located in Berkeley, California.
carton 4, folder 35

Shattuck, F.K. - will 1897

carton 4, folder 36

Shattuck, Rosa M.- will 1877, 1906

 

Woolsey, Mary Catherine (Jane)

carton 4, folder 37

Financial Statements 1926, 1935

carton 4, folder 38

Deed of Release 1928

carton 4, folder 39

Investment Securitites 1928-1931

 

Woolsey, Rosa M.

carton 4, folder 40

Deeds 1875, 1895, 1906, 1908-1909

carton 4, folder 41

Waiver 1908

carton 4, folder 42

Kelly vs. Woolsey 1916

carton 4, folder 43

Will 1930

carton 4, folder 44

Statements of Estate 1939

carton 4, folder 45

Woolsey, W.E. and Rosa M.- Annual Statements 1915, 1926, 1928, 1933, 1937-1939

carton 4, folder 46

Woolsey W.E. & Rosa M.- Trust 1930

 

Woolsey, W.E.

carton 4, folder 47

California Livery and Boarding Stables- Statements 1908

carton 4, folder 48

California Livery and Boarding Stables- Mortgage 1909

carton 4, folder 49

Will 1918

carton 4, folder 50

Bebe, Olga- correspondence 1929, 1931, undated

carton 4, folder 51

Safe Deposit Box Inventory 1939,1956

carton 4, folder 52

Woolsey, W.H.- will 1939