Guide to the John Tracy Gaffey Papers, 1884-1934

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Guide to the John Tracy Gaffey Papers, 1884-1934

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 552

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: John Tracy Gaffey papers,
Date (inclusive): 1884-1934
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 552
Creator: Gaffey, John Tracy, 1859-
Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Materials relate mainly to activities in the Democratic party; Los Angeles civic organizations, including the Free Harbor League and the Federated Tax Reduction Leagues of Los Angeles County; business interests in Los Angeles, Texas, and Mexico.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Tracy Gaffey papers, BANC MSS C-B 552, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The papers were purchased from Mrs. Margaret (Gaffey) Mel in February 1954.

Scope and Content

John Tracy Gaffey was born in Ireland in 1859. He came to San Francisco about 1867 and moved to Los Angeles in 1882. He served as collector of customs, supreme court clerk and member of the city council. He was also active in numerous civic and political organizations including the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee, Federated Tax Reduction Leagues of Los Angeles County, and the Free Harbor League. His business interests included mining investments in Mexico, Texas oil, and real estate holdings.
A key to arrangement follows.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Letters written by Gaffey, 1886-1933

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Mainly Copies relating to business and politics. A letterpress copy book for 1892 concerns a lawsuit in Mexico.
Box 1-2

Letters written to Gaffey, 1884-1934

Scope and Content Note

Mainly concern business and politics. Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization, with a single letter miscellany (4 folders) at the heginning of the file. A partial list of correspondents follows the key to arrangement.
Box 3

Papers relating to the free harbor contest, land and taxes in Los Angeles area; notes on California history; a few legal papers, invoices, and receipts; miscellany.

Partial List of Correspondents

 

A-Z Miscellany

 

Arick, Rufus E., d. 1890

 

Letter, Aug. 11, 1886

 

Arizona and Colorado Railroad

 

Letter, May 3, 1904. Written by Epes Randolph, president.

 

California. Controller's Dept.

 

Letter, Apr. 8, 1933. Written by Ray L. Riley.

 

California Southern Raiiroad Company

 

Letter, Aug. 4, 1886. Written by Fred T. Perris, chief engineer.

 

Canfield, Robert B., 1843-

 

Letter, July 10, 1885

 

Carrillo, Juan José

 

Letter, Jan. 1, 1893

 

Chandler, Harry, 1864-1944

 

Letter, July 22, 1933

 

Cope, Walter Burton, 1861-

 

Letter, Sept. 27, 1893

 

Davis, Edward J., 1844-

 

Letter, Nov. 2, 1892

 

Dawson's Book Shop

 

Letter, Oct. 24, 1934. Signed by Charles Yale, general manager. Concerning possible purchase of Gaffey's letters.

 

Democratic Party. California. Los Angeles County. Central Committee

 

Letter, Mar. 22, 1933.

 

Demster, Charles W.

 

Letter, Jan. 7, 1933. Written while member of California legislature.

 

Dodge, John Mason, 1853-

 

Letter, Jan. 15, 1893

 

Edmundson, Jesse I.

 

Letter, Oct. 16, 1893. Written as editor of the Banning Herald.

 

Ellis, Asa, d. 1890

 

Letter, July 8, 1885

 

Farley, James Aloysius, 1888-

 

Letter, Feb. 21, 1933. Written as bonorary chairman, Electoral Colleges of the United States, 37th Presidential Election.

 

Gaffey, Thomas W. [brother]

 

Letter, Feb. 15, 1893

 

Gaffey, William V. [brother]

 

Letter, June 6, 1885

 

Hearst, George, 1820-1891

 

Letter, July 7, 1886. Written while member of U. S. Congress.

 

Henshaw, Frederick William, 1858-1929

 

Letter, Mar. 6, 1902

 

Hudner, John I., 1855-

 

Letter, Oct. 24, 1892

 

Johnson, Hiram Warren, 1866-1945

 

Letter to Daniel Carrington Imboden, Jan. 26, 1933

 

Los Angeles. Board of Harbor Commissioners

 

Letter, June 23, 1933. Written by Charles T. Leeds, chairman.

 

Board of Economic Survey of tbe Port of Los Angeles. Los Angeles. Chamber of Commerce

 

Letter, Dec. 8, 1933. Signed by Arthur G. Arnoll, secretary and general manager.

 

Los Angeles. Dept. of Water and Power

 

Letter, Apr. 28, 1933. Enclosures: salaries of executives.

 

McAdoo, William Gibbs, 1863-1941

 

Copy of letter to Mrs. Harriet B. Greene, Mar. 8, 1934.Written by his secretary.

 

McGrath, John Joseph, 1872-1951

 

Letter, Dec. 2, 1932

 

McKinstry, Elisha Williams, 1825-1901

 

Letter, June 12, 1885

 

McPike, Henry H., d. 1940

 

Letter, Mar. 19, 1932

 

Maslin, Edwin Wesley, 1834-

 

Letter, Apr. 11, 1890

 

Maslin, S. Prentiss

 

Letter, Apr. 8, 1890. Written while secretary to Gov. Waterman.

 

Miller, Frank Augustus, 1857-1935

 

Letter, Aug. 12, 1893

 

Moffitt, Frank J., d. 1904

 

Letter, Mar. 18, 1885

 

Montgomery, Zachariah, 1825-1900

 

Letter, June 24, 1885

 

Morrow, William W., 1843-1929

 

Letter, Aug. 12, 1885

 

San Pedro (Calif.) Tax Reduction League

 

Letter, Apr. 20, 1933. Resignation of directors.

 

Scott, Chalmers, 1845-

 

Letter, Apr. 17, 1893

 

Silent, Charles, 1843-1919

 

Letter, Mar. 10, 1893

 

Smith, Alphonso B., 1839?-

 

Letter, 1886

 

Spreckels, Rudolph, 1872-1958

 

Letter, June 29, 1892

 

Tebbetts, George Parrish, 1827-

 

Letter, Aug. 11, 1886

 

U. S. Custom House, Los Angeles

 

Letter, July 20, 1904. Written by Charles J. W. Sjoberg, collector.

 

U. S. Custom House, San Francisco

 

Letter, June 17, 1902. Written by F. S. Stratton, collector.

 

Vischer, Edward, 1808-1878

 

Letter to John Temple, Mar. 19, 1860

 

White, Stephen Mallory, 1853-1901

 

Telegram, May 18, 1890

 

Wise, John H., 1829-

 

Letter, Dec. 28, 1893

 

Wyncherley, George

 

Letter, Mar. 6, 1929. Signed George Wyncherley Kirkman.

 

Boruck, Marcus Derckheim, 1833 or 4-1895

 

2 letters, 1890

 

California. Surveyor General's Office

 

2 letters, 1885-1886. Written by H. I. Willey.

 

Cannon, Marion, 1834-1920

 

2 letters, 1885-1893

 

Clunie, Thomas Jefferson, 1852-1903

 

6 letters, 1890. Written while member of U. S Congress.

 

Couts, Cave Johnson, 1856-1943

 

6 letters, 1892-1902

 

Democratic Party. California. State Central Committee

 

6 letters, 1892-1932. Written mainly by Max Popper.

 

Egan, Richard

 

3 letters, 1885-1893

 

English, William D.

 

4 letters, 1885-1893

 

Flowers, Montaville, 1868-1934

see Los Angeles County. Taxpayers Central Committee

 

Gaffey, Joseph V. [nephew]

 

16 letters, 1932-1933. Mainly concerning politics.

 

Gates, R. Woodland

 

2 letters, 1893-1901

 

Geary, Thomas J., 1854-1929

 

2 letters, 1892-1893

 

Harkness, Frederick

 

9 letters, 1888-1901

 

Harvey, John Downey, 1859?-

 

20 letters, 1893-1902

 

Heney, Ben

 

2 letters, 1893

 

Heney, Francis Joseph, 1859-1937

 

2 letters, 1893

 

Henley, Barclay, 1843-1914

 

2 letters, 1885-1886. Written while member of U. S. Congress.

 

Hicks, John A.

 

4 letters, 1885-1886

 

Higgins, M. R.

 

5 letters, 1892. Written as private secretary to Gov. Markham.

 

Imboden, Daniel Carrington, 1893-

see Johnson, Hiram Warren

 

John N. Garner for President Committee

 

2 letters, 1932

 

Kelly, James V.

 

12 letters, 1886-1893

 

Kirkman, George Wyncherley

see Wyncherley, George

 

Leake, William S.

 

7 letters, 1884-1893

 

Loop, Theodore Murray, 1832-

 

3 letters, 1883

 

Los Angeles. Public Library.

 

3 letters, 1928-1934. Relate to Gaffey's private library.

 

Los Angeles County. Taxpayers Central Committee

 

4 letters, 1933. Written by Montaville Flowers.

 

Lydig, Phillip M.

 

17 letters, 1901-1903

 

Lynn, George W.

 

2 letters, 1932

 

McCarthy, Elmanson Avery

 

3 letters, 1900

 

Mackintosh, Enrique G.

 

8 letters, 1901-1902. In Spanish.

 

Martin, Peter D.

 

24 letters, 1900-190[3?]

 

Martin, Walter S., 1873-

 

7 letters, 1901

 

Nipper Oil Company of Texas

 

11 letters, 1902

 

Omaña, Enrique

 

14 letters, 1889-1892. In Spanish.

 

O'Melveny, Henry William, 1859-1941

 

2 letters, 1889-1891

 

Oothout, William

 

5 letters, 1901& n.d.

 

Patton, George Smith, 1856-1927

 

2 letters, 1893-1916

 

Patton, Henry, William, 1856-

 

3 letters, 1893

 

Peck, George Huntington, 1856-

 

4 letters, 1892-1933

 

Perris, Fred T., 1837?-

see California Southern Railroad Company

 

Plaisted, Mark R., 1867-

 

2 letters, 1893

 

Popper, Max, d. 1914

see Democratic Party. California. State Central Committee

 

Pueschel, E. A.

 

2 letters, 1892

 

Radcliff, W. R.

 

2 letters, 1885

 

Ramish, Adolph, 1862-

 

2 letters, 1892-1893

 

Randolph, Epes, d. 1921

see Arizona and Colorado Raiiroad

 

Rawls, John T.

 

9 letters, 1932-1933. Written while member of California legislature.

 

Sepulveda, Ignacio, 1842-

 

17 letters, 1888-1909

 

Sherman, Moses Hazeltine, 1853-1932

 

2 letters, 1929

 

Sjoberg, Charles J. W.

see U. S Custom House, Los Angeles

 

Stratton, Frederick Smith, 1859-1915

see U. S Custom House, San Francisco

 

Tarpey, Michael Francis, 1848-1925

 

9 letters, 1885-1901

 

Temple, John

see Vischer, Edward

 

Thomas, Benjamin Franklin, 1846-

 

4 letters, 1885

 

Tully, Pleasant Britton, 1829-1897

 

2 letters, 1884-1885

 

Valle, Reginaldo Francisco del, 1854-1938

 

2 letters, 1885-1893

 

Welburn, O. M.

 

3 letters, 1893 & n.d.

 

White, William Francis, 1816-1890

 

4 letters, 1885

 

Willey, H. I.

see California. Surveyor General's Office