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Guide to the Meyer Family Papers
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0187
    Creator: Buck, Alice Meyer, 1882-1979.
    Creator: Meyer family.
    Title: Meyer Family papers
    Dates: 1850-1971
    Physical Description: 3.25 Linear feet
    Physical Description:
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Information about Access

    Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Meyer Family papers, SC 187. Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.

    Separated Materials

    Newspapers Discarded: San Francisco Chronicle, 12 September 1955; San Francisco Examiner, 12 September 1955; San Jose News, 3 April 1975 (pp. 5-6); San Jose News, 5 April 1975 (pp. 1-2).

    Biography / Administrative History

    A native Californian, J. Henry Meyer was a successful San Francisco businessman. He was an executive, a banker, and served on the boards of many companies including Wells Fargo Bank, the Spring Valley Water Company, and the California Street Cable Railroad Company. In 1878 he married Eugenie Hillegass of Berkeley. Together they had three children: Eugenie Olga, Alice, and Charles. Alice graduated from Stanford University in 1905 with a degree in English. Charles also received his degree from Stanford University in chemical engineering in 1917.
    The Meyers were generous supporters of Stanford University. J. Henry Meyer donated funds towards the Lane Medical Library building and endowed library book funds. Meyer's daughters Eugenie and Alice, along with Alice's husband Frank E. Buck continued his tradition of generous support to Stanford University. They established an endowed professorship in the Graduate School of Business, donated a collection of valuable Western Americana from Mr. Meyer's library, and established the J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library. The Meyer-Buck House was built in 1920 and later willed to Stanford by Meyer's daughters.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Series I includes memorial resolutions, correspondence, and documents pertaining to Meyer family properties and business interests such as deeds, abstracts of title, and stock certificates. There are also many Meyer family photographs including studio portraits, candid shots of family and friends taken at the Meyer/Buck estate, and several shots of Frank E. Buck's jade collection donated by Alice Meyer Buck to the Stanford Museum (Cantor Arts Center) in 1978. Series II consists of drawings of the Meyer-Buck estate.


    The collection is arranged in two series:
    SERIES I - Papers
    SERIES II - Meyer-Buck Estate Drawings

    Access Terms

    Buck family.
    Buck, Alice Meyer, 1882-1979.
    Buck, Frank E.
    Buck, Frank E., (Frank Eugene), 1889 or 90-1959
    Meyer family.
    Meyer, J. Henry, (John Henry), -1921.
    Meyer, J. Henry, (John Henry), 1889-
    Myers family.
    Architectural drawings.