Finding Aid to the Allen Lawrence Chickering Papers, 1937-1957 MS 371

Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by California Historical Society staff; revised by Tanya Hollis.
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
415-357-1848
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2001, revised 2009


Collection Summary

Collection Title: Allen Lawrence Chickering papers
Date (inclusive): 1937-1957
Collection Number: MS 371
Creator: Chickering, Allen Lawrence, 1877-1958
Physical Description:
Extent: 2 boxes
(1.0 linear feet)
Repository: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
415-357-1848
reference@calhist.org
URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, news clippings, ephemera, printed materials, and other documents pertaining to the discovery, investigation, and custody of Drake's Plate of Brasse, found in Marin County in 1937, which carried an inscription declaring Sir Francis Drake's claim of the land on behalf of the English monarch; together with some general correspondence of the California Historical Society and its publication, California Historical Society Quarterly (1947-1956). Chickering organized subscriptions to finance acquisition of the plate and was involved in the controversy regarding its authenticity. Includes metallurgists' reports, with photographic plates, concerning related archaeological study and objects found in the vicinity of the plate's discovery.

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Allen Lawrence Chickering Papers, MS 371, California Historical Society.

Donor

Gift of Allen Chickering.

Biography

Chickering was president of California Historical Society in 1937 when the supposed Drake "Plate of Brasse" was found. He organized subscriptions to finance its acquisition and was involved in the controversy regarding its authenticity. He was also in touch with the later archaeological work carried out in Marin County.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, news clippings, ephemera, printed materials, and other documents pertaining to the discovery, investigation, and custody of Drake's Plate of Brass, found in Marin County in 1937, which carried an inscription declaring Sir Francis Drake's claim of the land on behalf of the English monarch; together with some general correspondence of the California Historical Society and its publication, The California Historical Society Quarterly (1947-1956). Chickering organized subscriptions to finance acquisition of the plate and was involved in the controversy regarding its authenticity. Includes metallurgists' reports, with photographic plates, concerning related archaeological study and objects found in the vicinity of the plate's discovery.

Index

Brass--Metallurgy
British Museum
Drake Navigators Guild
Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939
Marin Conservation League
Miwok Indians--Antiquities
Miwok Indians--Languages
Miwok Indians--Languages
Redwood Empire Association
Royal Geographic Society, London
Royal Geographic Society, London (F1, Miscellaneous Correspondence 1937-38; F11, Authenticity)
Sir Francis Drake Association
U.S. National Park Service
Alexander, Wallace M.
Black, James B.
Bolton, Herbert E.
Blyth, Charles R.
Bolton, Herbert E.
Caywood, Lewis
Brown, Everett J.
Bryant, Mrs. E.A.
Caldeira, William
Caywood, Louis
Cermeno, Sebastian R.
Chickering, Allen L., Jr.
Chickering, Sherman
Clear, Warren J.
Cline, J.M.
Crone, G.R.
Crone, G.R.
Cutler, Leland W.
Edmondson, Clyde
Ehrman, Sidney M.
Eyre, Edward L.
Fair, Harry H.
Fink, Colin G.
Flower, R.
Force, R.C.
Haselden, Reginald B.
Heizer, Robert F.
Hildebrand, Joel
Huggins, Dorothy
Kinnaird, Lawrence
Kroeber, Alfred L.
Lamont, Donald Y.
Livermore, Caroline
McCown, Theodore D.
McGrath, R.T.
Meighan, Clement W.
Menzies, Winifred (Mrs. Robert)
Miller, C.O.G.
Moffitt, James K.
Moore, C.C.
Neasham, Aubrey
Nichols, Henry D.
North, Hart A.
Okell, Jack
Oko, A.S.
Rawlings, Stuart L.
Richardson, Harriette T.
Schilling, Rudolph
Shinn, Beryle W.
Sproul, Robert G.
Starr, W.A.
Wagner, Henry R.

Separated Materials

Photographs and negatives transferred to Photography Collection, shelved under: General Subjects--Drake Plate.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
California Historical Society.
Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596
Archaeology--California--Marin County
Forgery of antiquities--California
Marin County (Calif.)--Antiquities


Box 1, Folder 1

Drake: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1937-1938

Box 1, Folder 2

Drake: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1939-1941

Box 1, Folder 3

Drake: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1942-1948

Box 1, Folder 4

Drake: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1949

Box 1, Folder 5

Drake: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1950-1956

Box 1, Folder 6

California Historical Society: Correspondence 1947-1951

Box 1, Folder 7

California Historical Society: Correspondence 1952-1954

Box 1, Folder 8

California Historical Society: Correspondence 1955-1956

Box 1, Folder 9

Drake: Manuscript Material

Box 1, Folder 10

Drake: Discovery of Plate and Rights of Ownership

Box 1, Folder 11

Drake: Authenticity of Plate

Box 2, Folder 12

Drake: Subscriptions - Funds for Purchase, Subsequent Digs, and Publications

Box 2, Folder 13

Drake: Donation to U.C. & Exhibition of Plate

Box 2, Folder 14

Drake: Requests for Replicas & Photos of Plate

Box 2, Folder 15

Drake: Other Objects

Box 2, Folder 16

Drake: Related Excavations (1947-48-49)

Box 2, Folder 17

Drake: Metallographic Examination of Old Iron Spikes and Nails, By Colin G. Fink & E.P. Polushkin, Columbia University 1948 September

Box 2, Folder 18

Drake: Report on Metal Spikes Found Near Point Reyes, Drake's Bay Area, California, By Colin G. Fink & E.P. Polushkin 1949 November

Box 2, Folder 19

Drake: Metallographic Examination of Two Heavy Iron Rods and of Two Small Spikes Submitted to Us by Dr. Robert F. Heizer of the University of California 1949 September

Box 2, Folder 20

Drake: Miscellaneous Ephemera

Box 2, Folder 21

Drake: MS Report by Aubrey Neasham

Box 2, Folder 22

Drake: News Clippings and Pamphlets