Description of the Collection
Call Number: SC0130
Crothers, George E. (George Edward), 1870-1957.
Title: George E. Crothers papers
16.5 Linear feet
Summary: Correspondence (1905-1957), speeches, articles, legal documents, photographs, newsclippings and scrapbooks. Major subjects
include Stanford University, Republican Party activities (1909-1930), California State Normal Schools, United States monetary
policy and U.S. relations with the Republic of China (1920-1940). Correspondents include persons prominent in educational
and political affairs in the U.S. as well as many leading California lawyers and educators. Also includes correspondence between
Crothers and his brother T. G. Crothers relating to Stanford Board of Trustees matters and University legal problems, minutes
of the Board (April 1905, May-June 1907), a typescript description of the founding grant and an anonymous diary (1895-1902).
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022
Gift of George Crothers to the Stanford Library, 1962; transferred to University Archives, 1975.
Information about Access
This collection is open to researchers with permission of the Stanford University Archives.
Ownership & Copyright
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the
Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission
from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research
and educational purposes.
George E. Crothers Papers (SC0130). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries,
Five framed items were labelled and shelved with the picture collection in the Department of Special Collections:
- Photograph or Painting of Jane L. Stanford
- Photograph or Painting of George Crothers
- Photograph or Painting of Thomas G. Crothers
- Printed note to Crothers from student residents of Crothers Hall, Nov. 17, 1951
- Letter from Herbert Hoover, copies of which can be found in the Crothers Papers (in "Related correspondence," filed under
These five items were removed in 1962 at the time the collection was first arranged.
In May 1966 Ralph Hansen removed all the Trustee Minutes from the collection (formerly in boxes 17 and 18). These Minutes
were added to the group of Trustee Minutes in the University Archives (#1011). Rather than renumber the rest of the boxes
in the collection, a note simply was made that Boxes 17 and 18 no longer existed. (For an exact list of the Minutes transferred,
see the original 1962 Register filed in the "Crothers" correspondence file in the general files of University Archives.)
Judge and member of the Stanford Board of Trustees (1902-1912). He served as attorney to Jane Lathrop Stanford and was part
donor of two graduate dormitories at Stanford University.
||Born (May 27), Wapello, Iowa; son of John and Margaret Jane (Fair) Crothers.
||Family moved to San Jose, California. Crothers attends San Jose HighSchool.
||Received A.B., Stanford University (in "Pioneer Class").
||Received A.M. (in law), Stanford University. Admitted to California Bar.
||Formed partnership With brother in San Francisco law practice.
||Retained by Mrs. Jane Stanford to write amendment to California State Constitution for purpose of reducing tax burden on University.
||Began serving as attorney in Fair Trust case (to 1902). Became president, General Alumni Association of Stanford University.
Elected to membership, Golden Gate Commandery # 16, Masonic order. Received Order of Red Cross, Masonic order.
||Received Order of Temple, Masonic order.
||Became first alumnus to serve on Stanford Univ. Board of Trustees.
||Formulated By-Laws & Rules of Order for board of trustees. Devised articles of faculty organization adopted by board of trustees,
March 31, 1904
||Acted as attorney for board of trustees on death of Jane Stanford. Recomnended establishment of Jewel Fund for acquisition
of library books for Stanford University. As chairman, committee on medical education, brought about association of Cooper
Medical College with Stanford University.
||Became chairman, independent Republican movement, San Francisco. Represented Theodore Roosevelt in urging California Governor
& legislators not to undertake land legislation against Orientals.
||Married Elizabeth Mills (March 23). Became chairman, Board of Trustees, San Francisco State Normal School. (to 1921)
||Became chairman, Republican County Committee (to 1913).
||Appointed judge of Superior Court of San Francisco.
||Elected to succeed himself on bench by highest vote ever accorded by San Francisco Bar Association.
||Resigned as chairman of Republican County Committee.
||Served as presiding judge of Superior Court.
||Wife, Elizabeth, died (August 18).
||Returned to active practice of law.
||Made a summer tour of Europe.
||Published article, "Outline of History of Founding of Stanford University".
||Delivered speech, "Educational Ideals of Jane Lathrop Stanford"
||Announced he would help to finance building of graduate dormitory for law students to be called "Crothers Hall"•
||Completion and dedication of Crothers Hall.
||Two new wings added to Crothers Hall.
||Announced he would help to finance building of graduate dormitory for engineering students to be dedicated to his mother,
Margaret Jane Fair Crothers, and to be called "Crothers Memorial Hall".
||Completion and dedication of Crothers Memorial Hall.
||Died, May 16.
Memberships: California Historical Society, American Law Institute, American Political Science Association, Schoolmaster's
Club of California, Stanford Faculty Club, Commercial Club, Commonwealth Club, Marin Country Club, Pacific Union Club, University
Club of San Francisco, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, American Historical Association, Sigma Nu, Phi Delta Phi, Burlingame
Country Club, San Francisco Opera Guild, American Geographic Society.
Honorary trustee, San Francisco Boys Club.
Director, Western States Life Insurance Company.
Life trustee, Leland Stanford Junior Kindergarten Trust.
For further reference see Container # 13 for biographical data concerning George Crothers.
Description of the Collection
The Crothers Papers contain George Crothers' correspondence dated from 1905-1957. The bulk of the outgoing correspondence
was written between 1930 and 1955. The collection also includes manuscript and typescript copies of Crothers' speeches, articles,
legal documents, photographs, newsclippings and scrapbooks and memoranda, as well as printed matter collected by Crothers.
Of primary interest are Crothers' writings on his alma mater, Stanford University, which he served as attorney for Jane Stanford,
as member of the university 's Board of Trustees, and as part-donor of two graduate dormitories. The collection also includes
materials concerning United States relations with the Republic of China, c. 1920-1940; Republican party activities, c. 1909-1930;
California State Normal Schools; and United States economic affairs and monetary policy, c. 1920-40.
Correspondents include persons prominent in educational and political affairs in the United States, as well as a large number
of leading California lawyers and educators. Also includes correspondence between Crothers and his brother T. G. Crothers
relating to Stanford Board of Trustees matters and University legal problems, minutes of the Board (April 1905, May-June 1907),
a typescript description of the founding grant and an anonymous diary (1895-1902).A partial list of the correspondents is
included in the Register.
Abbott, Nathan, 1854-1941
Boynton, Albert E.
Burk, Frederic, 1862-1924.
Carpenter, Thomas P.
Considine, John W.
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.
Cowley, W. H. (William Harold), 1899-1978
Crothers, George E. (George Edward), 1870-1957.
Cubberley, Ellwood Patterson, 1868-1941
Cutler, Leland W. (Leland Whitman), 1885-1959.
Dailey, M. E.
Davis, Horace, 1831-1916
Dern, George T.
Dinkelspiel, Lloyd W.
Downs, Winfield Scott, 1895-
Edwards, Paul C., (Paul Carroll), 1882-1962.
Eells, Walter C.
Elliott, Orrin Leslie, 1860-1940
Eurich, Alvin C., (Alvin Christian), 1902-1987.
French, Will J. (Will John), b. 1871
Fuller, W. Palmer.
Hassett, William D., 1880-1965.
Hayes, J. O.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Hopkins, Timothy, 1859-1937.
Howe, Louis M. (Louis McHenry), 1871-1936.
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.
James, William, 1842-1910
Johnson, Hiram, 1866-1945
Jones, Herbert C. (Herbert Coffin), 1881-1970.
Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
Keesling, Francis V. (Francis Valentine), 1877-1963
Kefauver, Grayson Neikirk, 1900-1946.
Lane, Arthur Bliss.
Lane, Franklin K.
Leib, Samuel F. 1848-1924.
Lurie, Louis R.
Morell, George, 1786-1845.
Neylan, John Francis.
Norman, R. S.
Older, Fremont, Mrs., 1875-1968
Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912.
Republican Party (U.S.)
Robinson, Edgar Eugene, 1887-1977
Rogers, Frederick Rand, 1894-
Roseberry, L. H.
Shortridge, Samuel Morgan, b. 1861.
Simpson, Sidney Post, 1898-1949.
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
Spaeth, Carl B.
Sproul, Robert Gordon.
Stanford University. Board of Trustees.
Stanford University. Crother's Hall.
Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905.
Stanford, Thomas Welton, 1832-1918.
Stephens, William D.
Sterling, J. E. Wallace, (John Ewart Wallace), 1906-1985
Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
Swain, Robert E. (Robert Eccles), 1875-1961.
Terman, Frederick Emmons, 1900-1982
Tresidder, Donald Bertrand, 1894-1948
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974.
White, Andrew Dickson,, 1832-1918.
Wilbur, Curtis D.
Wilbur, Ray L., (Ray Lyman), 1875-1949
China--Foreign relations--United States
Monetary policy --United States.
United States--Foreign relations
United States--Foreign relations--China