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Series 1 Biographical and Historical Materials

Biographical and Historical Materials

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of clippings, pamphlets, articles, copies or facsimiles of historical documents, speeches, scripts, and correspondence of researchers and University officials. Subjects include Stanford's political career, his years in Port Washington, Wisconsin, his ideas on education, the University's history, and the naming of Palo Alto. Also included are eulogies and memorial addresses following Stanford's death.
Box 1, Folder 1

Clippings (photocopied) 1873-1884

Box 1, Folder 2

Clippings (photocopied) 1885-1892

Box 1, Folder 3

Clippings (photocopied) 1893-1893

Box 1, Folder 4

Clippings (photocopied) 1894-1962

Box 1, Folder 5

Clippings (photocopied) - miscellaneous and undated

Box 1, Folder 6

Periodicals 1858-1864

 

Weekly Times (San Francisco) 1859 Jul 16

 

Tribune Almanac and Political Register for 1862 1862

 

Harper's Weekly 1864 Jan 23

Box 1, Folder 7

Periodicals 1874, 1916

Scope and Content Note

California Mail Bag, August 1874 (2 copies), with 1916 clipping of photograph of six men still living who were present at the driving of the last spike in 1869.
Box 1, Folder 8

Periodicals 1885-1892

 

Coast Review 1887 Aug

 

"Millionaires of the Pacific Coast," The Cosmopolitan 1887 Aug

Box 1, Folder 9

Periodicals 1893

 

The Santa Clara (see p. 21) 1893 Feb

 

Report, San Jose 1893 Jun 7

 

Jordan, "The Educational Ideas of Leland Stanford," Sequoia 1893 Sep 13

 

The Seaport News 1893 Jun 24

 

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (reception of Stanford at Sacramento on return from European tour) 1890 Nov 8

 

Smith, Augustine J., "A Picture and a Reflection," from National View 1893 Jul 15

Box 1, Folder 10

Periodicals 1894-1912

Box 1, Folder 11

Periodicals 1923-1929

Box 1, Folder 12

Periodicals 1933-1964

Scope and Content Note

Includes California Freemason, Winter 1964, with article on Stanford as an Freemason
Box 1, Folder 13

Census returns, photocopies 1860-1880

 

Second ward, Sacramento, census return 1860

 

Fourth ward, Sacramento, census return 1870

 

San Francisco census return 1880

Box 2, Folder 1

Scrapbook of clippings on Stanford and Republican politics 1857-1863

Box 2, Folder 2

Schooling, Clinton, New York 1844-1966

 

Rudd, Helen N., "A Century of Schools in Clinton" - pamphlet

 

Letter, W. H. Cowley to E. B. Graves 1966 Jul 28

 

Clinton Liberal Institute, catalogue (verifax copy) 1844

 

Maps of Clinton - copies 1858, 1874

Box 2, Folder 3

Port Washington - Washington's Birthday Ball 1850, 1922

 

Facsimile of original invitation 1850

 

Clippings re ball 1922

 

Letters accompanying clippings 1922

Box 2, Folder 4

Port Washington - Masonic Order 1955, undated

 

Note on Stanford's Masonic membership undated

 

Whicher, John, "Masonic Beginnings in California and Hawaii" (pamphlet)

 

Bridgman, Louis W. "Leland Stanford of Port Washington," Wisconsin Freemason 1955 Nov

 

Two items on Leland Stanford Lodge in Chico, CA

Box 2, Folder 5

Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company 1868-1968

 

Facsimile copies of Stanford's policy 1868

 

Correspondence concerning location of the original 1968

 

Press release and correspondence concerning board room of Stanford University trustees in Pacific Mutual Building 1962

 

Nunis, Doyce B., Past is Prologue; A Centennial Profile of Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company 1968

Box 2, Folder 6

Stanford University: role of spiritualism in its conception 1901-1906

 

Jordan to H. C. Nash, recounting Stanford's denial of role of sprititualism in founding University (carbon) 1901 Jul 27

 

Clippings from The Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL, concerning spiritualist founding of University 1906

 

G. A. Clark to editor of The Pantagraph, refuting story 1906 Jul 9

Box 2, Folder 7

Stanford University: Stanford's ideas on education 1893

 

Memorandum on talks on education between Senator Stanford and President Jordan 1893 Nov

 

Clipping: Stanford's last letter to Jordan laying out his ideas on the future of the University

Box 2, Folder 8

Stanford University: naming of Palo Alto 1888-1929

 

Memorandum of Stanford's itinerary 1888-1892

 

C. M. Wooster to Prof. Emory Smith, re securing name of "Palo Alto" to replace "University Park" 1929 Jun 12

Box 2, Folder 9

Sonnet on the Return of Senator Stanford, by P.M.K. 1892

Box 2, Folder 10

Death of Leland Stanford: poetry and memorials 1893

Box 2, Folder 11

Death of Leland Stanford: eulogy by Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Leland Stanford Division No. 283 1893

Box 2, Folder 12

Death of Leland Stanford: Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Leland Stanford 1894

Scope and Content Note

Addresses delivered in Senate and House of Representatives; includes biographical sketch and account of his funeral - 2 copies, different bindings
Box 2, Folder 13

Death of Leland Stanford: Memorial Addresses 1892-1893

 

Memorial Addresses Delivered in the Senate (2 copies) 1892

 

Remarks by Hon. John H. Mitchell (2 copies) 1893

 

Address of Hon. J. N. Dolph 1892

Box 2, Folder 14

Death of Leland Stanford: letter re pallbearers 1949 Nov 1

Scope and Content Note

G. W. Burbank to C. M. Buckley, listing locomotive engineers who were Stanford's pallbearers
Box 3, Folder 1

Albany Hall of Fame 1948

Scope and Content Note

Stanford elected in 1946
Box 3, Folder 2

Biographical articles 1894-2008

Box 3, Folder 3

Carriages, clippings on restoration of Stanford carriages 1964

Box 3, Folder 4

Curtis, Edward, "Leland Stanford, a Biography" (3 copies) 1880

Scope and Content Note

Pamphlet also includes biography of William Watt and an essay on viticulture (3 copies)
Box 3, Folder 5

Fisher, Helen Dwight: correspondence and articles 1947-1950

 

Correspondence with Ruth Scibird and Guy Miller on her research for "The Stanford Family Album" and her memo on errors 1947-1950

 

Typescript biography of Leland Stanford (carbon copy)

Box 3, Folder 6

Founders Day 1936

 

Remarks by Carl Loeffler

 

Remarks by Senator Charles B. Henderson

 

Article by Cedric Larson, directed to Stanford Illustrated Review

Box 3, Folder 7

Hemsing, Peter, "The Stanfords in Europe" 1968

Scope and Content Note

Student paper from Humanities 102
Box 3, Folder 8

Radio and TV scripts 1950-1962

 

Press release for "Taste of a Millionaire," KPIX show on the Stanford house in San Francisco 1962

 

"Gold Rush Days," radio script (episode on Leland Stanford) with letter by Walter C. Peterson 1950

Box 3, Folder 9

Shaw, Albert, "Leland Stanford: Some Notes on the Career of a Successful Man." 1893

Scope and Content Note

from the Review of Reviews, Vol. 8, No. 43
Box 3, Folder 10

Stebbins, Horatio - speeches on Stanford 1893-1939

 

Remarks at Stanford's funeral (pamphlet) 1893

 

Manuscript speech on Stanford, undated; with accompanying letter by Archibald Treat, 1939

Box 3, Folder 11

Wilbur, Ray Lyman - letters received re sources 1925-1934

 

Crook to Wilbur re disposal of papers of Thomas W. Stanford 1925 Mar 25

 

Hopkins to Wilbur re traveling with the Stanfords 1925 Apr 21

 

Gage to Wilbur with transcript of clipping on railroad history and Stephen Gage 1934 Jan 18

Box 3, Folder 11.1

Albany Rural Cemetery 2001-2003

 

Stanford Family, Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery, Vol. 8 Issue 1 2003

 

Two pages on the restoration of the Stanford Family Mausoleum in the Albany Rural Cemetery 2001

Box 8, Folder 1

The Resources of California, September 1886 1886

Scope and Content Note

Includes long articles on founding of LSJU and the life of Leland Stanford; two originals and photocopy
Box 8, Folder 2

Sacramento Bee, "The Centennial Album" 1957

Box 8, Folder 3

San Francisco News Letter and California Advertiser, Vol. 32, No. 23 (see page 11) 1881 Dec 17

Box 9

Reports of Cases Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of California, Vol. 126. 1900

Scope and Content Note

See page 112 for case involving the estate of Leland Stanford, 1899
 

Series 2 Central Pacific Railroad

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of pamphlets and memorabilia on the railroad and the "Gov. Stanford" locomotive.
Box 3, Folder 12

Central Pacific Railroad: pamphlet from 50th anniversary of inauguration of construction at Sacramento in 1863 1913

Box 3, Folder 13

Central Pacific Railroad: items on locomotive "Gov. Stanford" and miscellaneous materials 1930-1960

 

Southern Pacific Bulletin, article on the "Gov. Stanford" locomotive 1963 Jul

 

Words and music to "Utah Iron Horse"

 

D. L. Joslyn to Frank B. Lemor (Stanford Museum) re the locomotive "Gov. Stanford" 1930 Aug 12

 

Clippings on "Gov. Stanford" and the history of CPRR 1950-1960

Box 3, Folder 14

Central Pacific Railroad: Southern Pacific Pensioners reunion programs 1912-1916

 

3rd Annual Reunion and Luncheon 1912

 

7th Annual Reunion and Luncheon [addresses by D.S. Jordan and R.L. Wilbur] 1916

 

Series 3 Genealogy

Scope and Content Note

This series includes correspondence and notes of several genealogists, a few photocopied family documents, and correspondence with Stanford descendants.
Box 3, Folder 15

Browne, Louise M.: Correspondence, essays and notes 1918-1938

Box 3, Folder 16

Correspondence with Stanford descendants 1948-1975

Box 3, Folder 17

Kimball, Sarah L.: correspondence, notes 1922-1966

Box 3, Folder 18

Maternal line: Phillips genealogy 1912

Box 3, Folder 19

Scibird, Ruth, genealogical notes and one Lathrop document circa 1830, 1959

Scope and Content Note

Includes list of birth and death dates for Dyer Lathrop and his siblings, ca. 1830
Box 3, Folder 20

Stanford, Arthur W., Stanford Genealogy: Comprising the Descendants of Abner Stanford 1906

Box 4, Folder 1

Stanford, Grant Lansing, Stanford Genealogy 1912

Box 4, Folder 2

Genealogical notes and essays, author unknown undated

Box 4, Folder 3

Genealogical notes and essays, author unknown; photostats of 1775 and 1780 documents 1968, undated

Box 4, Folder 4

Genealogical miscellaney: clippings and publication 1888-1967

 

A Christmas Reminder; Being the Names of About Eight Thousand Persons. . .Confined on Board the British Prison Ships During the War of the Revolution. Brooklyn, NY 1888

 

Clippings 1907, 1959-1967

 

Series 4 Gold Spike

Scope and Content Note

This series contains programs, clippings, and talks from the Gold Spike Centennial events, 1969; other pamphlets, clippings, articles, and correspondence on the history of the Gold Spike; and a pamphlet, clippings, and correspondence pertaining to Thomas Hill's painting "Driving the Last Spike."
Box 4, Folder 5

Driving the Gold Spike 1869-1963

 

"The Last Spike Driven. The Dream of Benton and Whitney Fulfilled," The Railroad Record (typescript copy) 1869 May 13

 

Program from Golden Anniversary held in San Francisco 1919

 

Letter by Frank Calvin, researcher for Cecil B. DeMille, re Stanford missing the spike 1939 Aug 21

 

Union Pacific ad featuring photo from the movie "Union Pacific" (Stanford hitting the spike) 1944

 

Southern Pacific ad featuring photo of Stanford's train making its way to Promontory Point

 

Corliss, Carlton J., text of talk on American railroad collections and memorabilia 1956

 

"American Railroads," pamphlet with mention of Gold Spike

 

Golden Spike Ceremony booklets 1957, 1963

 

Postcard of "last spike" monument in Utah

Box 4, Folder 6

Stanford University press releases 1954-1961

Box 4, Folder 7

Receipt for the Gold Spike 1869-1968

 

Copies of receipt for engraving done on Gold Spike 1869

 

Lampson, Robin, "The Man Who Gave the Golden Spike," California Monthly 1940 Mar

 

Lampson, Robin, "Story of the Golden Spike," newspaper story, and two letters re use of image of the receipt 1968

 

The Bulletin (Southern Pacific) with photo of six men who witnessed driving of the last spike 1916 Jun

 

Clipping on finding of the receipt 1937

Box 4, Folder 8

Driving of the Gold Spike: clippings (general) 1950-1968

Box 4, Folder 9

Golden Spike Centennial : programs and ephemera 1969

Scope and Content Note

Programs, brochures, memos, calendars, and other items pertaining to centennial events in Utah, May 1969
Box 4, Folder 10

Golden Spike Centennial : texts of talks 1969

 

Farnham, Wallace D., "Leaders, Law and the Golden Spike: or, the Treaty of Hooper's House"

 

Farnham, Wallace D., "Contending Galaxies: Railroad Leaders and the Race to Promontory"

 

Myrick, David F., "Refinancing and Rebuilding the Central Pacific: 1899-1910"

 

Fehrenbacker, Don, remarks as commentator on above papers

Box 4, Folder 11

Golden Spike Centennial : special section from the Sacramento Bee 1969 May 4

Box 4, Folder 12

Golden Spike Centennial : clippings 1969

Box 4, Folder 13

Golden Spike Centennial : clippings 1969

Box 4, Folder 14

Golden Spike Centennial : clippings 1969

Box 4, Folder 15

Golden Spike Centennial song "Wedding of the Rails" 1969

 

Sheet music

 

Letter to Ralph Hansen from composer, Lorraine S. Wilkinson, with brochure and clipping

Box 5, Folder 1

Golden Spike Centennial: magazines, pamphlets and other publications 1969

 

Book Club of California, three keepsakes

 

Golden West Books, brochure on railroad history books

 

Montana Post (Montana Historical Society)

 

Scholastic Newstime

 

American Geograpical Society, ad for the book The Golden Spike

 

Brochure by Brigham City Chamber of Commerce

 

Article by R. Hansen in Stanford Library Bulletin

 

Lawyers Title News

Box 5, Folder 2

Golden Spike Centennial: magazines, pamphlets and other publications 1969

 

Brochure on the Wells Fargo Bank Historical Collection

 

Wilson, R. L., The Golden Spike; pamphlet published by Colt Industries

 

Carter, Kate, ed., First Transcontinental Railroad in Picture and Story, Daughters of Utah Pioneers

 

Utley, Robert, Golden Spike, National Park Service booklet

 

National Park Service brochure on the Golden Spike National Historic Site

Box 5, Folder 3

Golden Spike Centennial: magazines, pamphlets and other publications 1959

 

Railway Age, issue on 100 years after the Golden Spike 1969 May 10

 

Railway Journal, cover illustration of driving the Golden Spike 1959 May

Box 5, Folder 4

Lampson, Robin, articles on the "missing spike" with replies by Ralph W. Hansen 1969-1970

Box 5, Folder 5

The "missing silver spike": press release and clipping 1969

Box 5, Folder 6

Clippings on the Gold Spike (not centennial) 1970

Box 5, Folder 7

Southern Pacific's The Gold Spike Album: brochure and color slides of the artwork in the album 1960-1969

Box 5, Folder 8

Thomas Hill's painting "Driving the Last Spike" 1881-1949

 

Hill, Thomas. The Last Spike; San Francisco 1881

 

Clippings about Hill and the painting 1909-1915

 

Typescript copies of correspondence between Hill and H. C. Peterson 1905-1906

 

Typescript copy of a clipping on the painting 1939

 

Letter to Jeanette Hitchcock from Elliot Evans, re W. S. Jewett's possible role in the Gold Spike painting 1949

Box 5, Folder 9

"A Railroad and a Golden Spike" by Margo Lundell 2004

 

Series 5 Eadweard Muybridge

Scope and Content Note

This series pertains to Muybridge's photographic experiments at Stanford's Palo Alto Farm and a subsequent law suit and includes photocopies of correspondence and depositions and exhibits gathered for the trial; transcript of court record; and other articles and clippings.
Box 6, Folder 1

Muybridge vs. Stanford: photocopies of depositions and exhibits gathered for the trial. 1883

Conditions of Use

Originals are in the Huntington Papers, Syracuse University Library. Copies may not be further reproduced.
Box 6, Folder 2

Muybridge vs. Stanford: photocopies of depositions and exhibits gathered for the trial. 1883

Conditions of Use

Originals are in the Huntington Papers, Syracuse University Library. Copies may not be further reproduced.
Box 6, Folder 3

Muybridge vs. Stanford: photocopy of defendant's exhibit 1883

Conditions of Use

Originals are in the Huntington Papers, Syracuse University Library. Copies may not be further reproduced.
Box 6, Folder 4

Muybridge vs. Stanford: photocopies of correspondence and deposition of Frank Shay 1883

Conditions of Use

Originals are in the Huntington Papers, Syracuse University Library. Copies may not be further reproduced.
Box 6, Folder 5

Muybridge vs. Osgood, publishers: transcript of original court record done in 1928 1883

Box 6, Folder 6

Articles and clippings on Muybridge's photographic work 1922-1988

Box 10, Folder 1

Ott, John, "Iron Horses: Leland Stanford, Eadweard Muybridge, and the Industrialized Eye," Oxford Art Journal, Vol. 28, No. 3 2005

 

Series 6 Palo Alto Farm

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of articles, clippings, press releases, and brochures about the winery on the Farm.
Box 6, Folder 7

Palo Alto Farm Winery: articles, clippings, press releases, and brochures 1960-1965

 

Series 7 Residences

Scope and Content Note

This series includes clippings, articles, booklets, and reports on the Stanfords' residences in Albany, Port Washington, Michigan Bluffs, Sacramento, and San Francisco. The San Francisco materials include floor plans and description by Bertha Berner, Jane Stanford's secretary.
Box 6, Folder 8

Residence - Albany, NY: clipping and typed description 1963, undated

Box 6, Folder 9

Residence - Port Washington, Wisc: clippings, article, photograph, correspondence, and copied documents 1849-1979

 

Photocopies of legal documents signed by L. Stanford, 1849-1850, and letter from Charles L. Larson, 1979, accompanying these copies

 

Clippings about Stanford in Port Washington, 1947-1965, and photo of building that housed his law office, 1964

 

Photocopies of 1895 clipping on the Stanfords in Wisconsin

Box 6, Folder 10

Residence - Port Washington, Wisc: articles 1947-1969

Box 6, Folder 11

Residence - Michigan Bluffs, Calif: clippings 1903-1954

Box 6, Folder 12

Residence - Sacramento, Calif: clippings, letters, and miscellany 1862-1968

Scope and Content Note

Includes 1862 newspaper illustration of the house on silk
Box 6, Folder 13

Residence - Sacramento, Calif: booklets 1958-1968

 

Old Sacramento, a Report on Its Significance..., Part I and Part II 1958

 

Old Sacramento Inventory of Historical Buildings 1962

 

Neasham, V. Aubrey, Old Sacramento a Reference Point in Time, Sacramento Historic Landmarks Commission 1968

Box 6, Folder 14

Residence - Sacramento, Calif: interpretative plans prepared for the Stanford Mansion State Historic Park 1992-1993

 

Applegate, Brenda J. The Stanford's Sacramento House: A Typical Eclectic Victorian 1992

 

Taugher, Sandy. Furnishing Plan for the Stanford Mansion Master Bedroom during the late 1860s 1993

 

Taugher, Sandy, Furnishing Plan for the Dressing Rooms of the Master Suite 1993

Box 6, Folder 15

Residence - Sacramento, Calif: renovation campaign and reopening as California's Center for Protocol 1998-2005

 

Fundraising brochures

 

Brochure of the Leland Stanford Mansion Foundation

 

invitation and program from Opening Gala 2005

 

Clippings

Box 7, Folder 1

Residence - San Francisco 1943-1962

 

Berner, Bertha: notecards from 1943 talk, holograph description and floor plan of house, and typed description.

 

Clipping re TV program on the house 1962

 

Nagel, Gunther, "Monument to Elegance: Leland Stanford's Nob Hill Mansion," The American West 1975 Sep

 

Series 8 Other Properties

Scope and Content Note

This series contains clippings, brochures, correspondence, scripts, and ephemera on Vina Ranch and Warm Springs Ranch
Box 7, Folder 2

Vina Ranch - clippings, brochures, correspondence, and TV script 1891-1965

 

Clippings re Vina Ranch and the Clairvaux Abbey established there in 1955 1891-1965

 

Certificates for cattle brands, 1920-1938; and correspondence re cattle brands, 1947-1964

 

TV script, "The Vina Story," Chico State 1958

 

Book Club keepsake on Vina 1955

 

Brochure on the New Clairvoux Abbey circa 1960

Box 7, Folder 3

Warm Springs Ranch - clippings, ephemera, and miscellany 1870-1962

 

Clippings 1900-1962

 

Menu from Hidden Valley Ranch circa 1950

 

Letter by R. E. Kelly to Emory E. Smith re history of Warm Springs with attached excerpts from the Centennial Yearbook of Alameda County 1932

 

A Legend of Warm Springs, by H. W. (Sacramento: Russell & Winterburn) 1870

 

Series 9 Miscellaneous Materials

Scope and Content Note

This series includes memorabilia from railroad organizations using Stanford's name, correspondence and clippings pertaining to questionable historical claims, proposed commemmorative stamps from the 50th anniversary of the University, and a copy of The Monarch Philanthropist, a "fable" based on the life of Stanford.
Box 7, Folder 4

The Monarch Philanthropist (San Francisco: Cubery & Company) 1892

Box 7, Folder 5

Railroad memorabilia 1890-1900

 

Stanford Parlor No. 76, N. S. G. W. - dance card 1892; invitation and program 1900

 

Leland Stanford Div. No. 283, B. of L. E., complimentary pass to fifth annual ball 1890

Box 7, Folder 6

Correspondence and clippings on "would-be" descendants and other questionable statements 1893-1968

 

Conger, Allen C. to Sterling, re Stanford's visit to Harvard 1961

 

Dolph, Cyrus: correspondence with R. L. Wilbur re Stanford's offer to adopt him, 1941, and later press releases, clippings, and memos, 1968

 

Scibird, Ruth: correspondence on Stanford history 1948-1949

 

Miller, Charles H. to Willie Price, relating a loan he made to Stanford in Wisconsin 1893

 

Albany County Historical Associaton Record, article on Stanfords 1948 Feb

 

Assorted clippings 1953-1962

Box 7, Folder 7

Commemmorative stamps, proposed 1941

Box 7, Folder 8

Letterhead from Hotel Stanford, San Francisco 1909

Scope and Content Note

Note from C. A. Black to J. A. Griffith of Land Commissioner's Office in Omaha
Box 7, Folder 9

Clipping re Leland Stanford's death mask and sculptor Rubert Schmid 1995