Finding aid to the Melville Schweitzer collection of California miscellany, 1846-1878, Vault MS 55

Finding aid prepared by Tierney Haupt
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
(415) 357-1848
reference@calhist.org
2011


Title: Melville Schweitzer collection of California miscellany
Date: 1846-1878
Collection Identifier: Vault MS 55
Creator: Schweitzer, Melville, 1875-1932.
Extent: 1.0 box (0.2 linear feet)
Repository: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
(415) 357-1848
reference@calhist.org
URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
Location of Materials: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Most materials are in English, with a few documents in Spanish.
Abstract: Letters, records, and other documents collected by Melville Schweitzer, including material related to John C. Frémont's California Battalion of Mounted Riflemen and the Bear Flag Revolt; a handwritten history of Howard Engine Company No. 3, a volunteer fire department in San Francisco, giving a list of the men who served in the company; a letter book (1850) of James King of William, which includes a name index; six letters (1855-1878) to or from General Mariano Vallejo; and miscellaneous letters, receipts, deeds, and other documents (1850-1877). Battalion materials include financial accounts kept by quartermaster Jacob R. Snyder.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society 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. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Melville Schweitzer collection of California miscellany, Vault MS 55, California Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

The Melville Schweitzer collection of California miscellany was given to the California Historical Society by Mrs. Lolita Schweitzer, wife of Melville Schweitzer, in 1932.

Biographical Information

Melville Schweitzer was born September 7, 1875. As a businessman, he was involved in the importation of meats from the Far East, first with Schweitzer & Co. and later with F. E. Booth Co. He married his wife, Lolita Heyneman Schweitzer in 1908. They were both members of the California Historical Society. Schweitzer amassed this collection of materials with the intent of donating them to the California Historical Society. Schweitzer died March 11, 1932, in San Francisco, where he had been taken after having a stroke in his Sonoma home.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters, records, and other documents collected by Melville Schweitzer. It includes receipts, vouchers, requests for materials, supply lists, and letters related to John C. Frémont's California Battalion of Mounted Riflemen and the Bear Flag Revolt. Battalion materials include financial accounts kept by quartermaster Jacob R. Snyder. Also in the collection is a handwritten history of Howard Engine Company No. 3, a volunteer fire department in San Francisco organized by William Davis Merry Howard, Joseph L. Folsom, and Samuel Brannan, that gives a list of the men who served in the company from 1850-1860. A volume of letters from James King of William, which includes a name index, is also part of the collection. James King (who added "of William" to distinguish himself from other men of the same name) was the editor of the Daily Evening Bulletin and the business partner of Jacob R. Snyder. King's letter book contains business correspondence, including bills. Additionally, the collection contains six letters (1855-1878) to or from General Mariano Vallejo, including personal and business correspondence; and miscellaneous letters, receipts, deeds, and other documents (1850-1877).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890.
Howard Engine Company, No. 3 (San Francisco, Calif.)
King, James, 1822-1856.
Snyder, Jacob Rink, 1812-1878.
United States. Army. California Battalion.
Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890.
Letter books.
Volunteer fire departments -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 19th century.

Bibliography

Source consulted for biographical note:
Wheat, Carl I. "The Schweitzer Collection of Californiana." California Historical Society Quarterly 11, no. 2 (1932): 184-187. Accessed 2011 July 21 from http://www.jstor.org/stable/25178142

Previous Title

Collection previously titled: Melville Schweitzer papers, 1846-1878

Box 1, Folder 1

California Battalion records 1846-1847

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Box 1, Folder 2

General Mariano Vallejo letters 1855-1878

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Letter from Pacificus Ord to Vallejo on the California Constitutional Convention of 1849 1855 July 4

 

Letter from Dr. Levi Frisbie to Vallejo accusing Vallejo of affronting his medical talents 1859 January 7

 

Letter from Vallejo to Francisca 1877 February 23

Language of Material: Item is in Spanish.
 

Letter from James G. Fair to Vallejo regarding the Chihuahua lands

 

Condolence letter from Vallejo to Raquel Sears, widow of J. R. Sears of the California Battalion 1877 May 2

 

Letter from Vallejo to Francisca 1878 February 5

Language of Material: Item is in Spanish.
Box 1, Folder 3

Letter from Bret Harte to Miss Mills regarding Hart's vacation to Crystal Springs undated

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Box 1, Folder 4

History of Howard Engine Company No. 3 1860 November 15

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Box 1, Folder 5

Miscellaneous letters, receipts, and deeds 1847-1877

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Deed for property, Sonoma County, from H. A. Green to John H. Nash 1847 January 1

 

Letter from John A. Sutter to Major T. Gensley & Co. requesting blankets for local Indians 1850 January 10

 

Deed for property, Sacramento County, James King of William to Jacob R. Snyder 1852 October 15

 

Cancelled check, James King of William to P. A. Roach 1853 May 21

 

Account of money due Dr. Peter Campbell for his services to the City of Sonoma 1853 October 18

 

Letter from William Burling to H. S. Dexter requesting Dexter's presence at a board meeting for the American-Russian Commercial Company, San Francisco 1857 March 21

 

Receipt for $440 given by H. S. Dexter to the American-Russian Commercial Company 1857 June 8

 

Deed for property, Fresno County, S. Gastin and Josiah Royal to Ira McCray 1857 September 4

 

Letter from James F. Stuart to Friend Pierce concerning land deals 1858 January 11

 

Independent Order of Odd Fellows membership certificate issued to L. Wachenheim 1869 July 12

 

Letter from Archbishop J. S. Alemany to J. R. Snyder concerning the burial of an unnamed man in the Snyder family vault 1877 April 21

Box 1, Folder 6

Letter book of James King of William 1850

Physical Description: 1.0 volume