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Guide to the Isaias W. Hellman Papers, 1865-1929 MS 0981
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Indexing Terms
  • List of Correspondents
  • Administrative Information
  • System of Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents
  • Biographical Information

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Isaias W. Hellman papers
    Dates: 1865-1929
    Collection Number: MS 0981
    Creator: Hellman, Isaias William, 1843-1920
    Physical Description:
    Extent: 49 boxes [includes 52 v. in Boxes 27-46 and 49]
    (20.75 Linear feet)
    Repository: California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94105
    415-357-1848
    reference@calhist.org
    URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    Abstract: Business papers, chiefly correspondence, pertaining to Hellman's activities in banking, electric and cable railway transportation, and real estate investment, particularly in southern California and San Francisco. Correspondence is with and about the banks and financial institutions with which Hellman was affiliated, and reflects his interests in southern Calif. electric railroad lines, Market Street Railway in San Francisco, Union Oil and Associated Oil Companies, the Redondo Improvement Company, the Los Alamitos Land Company, the San Gabriel and other wineries, and other agricultural concerns. Includes papers of Hellman's son, Isaias W. Hellman, Jr., in his capacities as president of Union Trust Company and Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank, vice president of Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Los Angeles, chairman of Columbus Savings and Loan Society, and a member of the Relief Committee of 50 that assumed control of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Also reflects his activities with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California Historical Society. 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], Isaias W. Hellman Papers, MS 981. California Historical Society.

    Related Collection

    Isaiah W. Hellman Papers: Additions, 1847-1964, MS 981 A

    Separated Materials

    Printed materials have been transferred to the book and ephemera collections.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Columbus Savings and Loan Society.
    Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Los Angeles.
    Hellman, Isaias W. (Isaias William), 1842-1920--Archives.
    Hellman, Isaias W., 1871-1920--Archives.
    Market Street Railway.
    Nevada National Bank.
    Union Trust Company of San Francisco.
    Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank
    Bankers--California-San Francisco
    Banks and banking--California.
    Letter books.
    Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)
    Real estate investment--California.
    Street-railroads--California, Southern.

    List of Correspondents

    Following is a partial list of correspondents in the collection, and the number of letters written to or by them:
    Ainsworth, John V. (7 letters)
    Alvord, William (1 letter)
    Banning, William (2 letters)
    Bard, Thomas R. (2 letters)
    Bicknell, John Dustin (14 letters)
    Bixby, Fred Hathaway (13 letters)
    Bixby, George H. (33 letters)
    Bixby, John W. (1 letter)
    Burr, Ephraim Willard (3 letters)
    Chandler, Harry (3 letters)
    Childs, Ozro W. (3 letters)
    Borel, Antoine (11 letters)
    Crocker, George (1 letter)
    Crocker, William H. (2 letters)
    De Guigne, Christian (12 letters)
    Denis, George J. (6 letters)
    Doheny, Edward L. (6 letters)
    Downey, John G. (16 letters)
    Duque, Thomas L. (16 letters)
    Faymonville, Bernard (2 letters)
    Fleishman, Henry J. (49 letters)
    Flint, George C. (30 letters)
    Flood, James Leary (1 letter)
    Gage, Henry T. (3 letters)
    Gerstle, Lewis (1 letter)
    Gird, Richard (3 letters)
    Grant, Adam (1 letter)
    Garvey, Richard (18 letters)
    Graves, Jackson Alpheus (338 letters)
    Griffin, John Strother (2 letters)
    Guasti, Secondo (1 letter)
    Hanna, Mark (1 letter)
    Harriman, Edward H. (5 letters)
    Hearst, Phoebe Apperson (2 letters)
    Hearst, William Randolph (1 letter)
    Heller, Emanuel H. (24 letters)
    Hellman, Herman W. (257 letters)
    Hellman, Maurice S. (9 letters)
    Herrin, William F. (4 letters)
    Hill, Andrew P. (1 letter)
    Hopkins, Timothy (1 letter)
    Huntington, Collis P. (4 letters)
    Huntington, Henry Edwards (81 letters)
    Irwin, William G. (2 letters)
    Jones, E. E. (19 letters)
    Jordan, David Starr (1 letter)
    Kahn, Julius (2 letters)
    Kearney, M. Theodore (2 letters)
    Keith, William (1 letter)
    Keller, Matthew (19 letters)
    Kerckhoff, William G. (61 letters)
    Kinney, Abbot (1 letter)
    Kohn, Kaspare (2 letters)
    Lankershim, J. B. (2 letters)
    Le Breton, Edward J. (1 letter)
    Lubin, David (1 letter)
    McAdoo, William Gibbs (2 letters)
    MacKay, John William (16 letters)
    Markham, Henry H. (4 letters)
    Marye, George, T. (1 letter)
    Meyer, Eugene (1 letter)
    Milner, John M. (86 letters)
    Mulholland, William (7 letters)
    Newmark, Maurice (1 letter)
    Nuttall, J. R. K. (5 letters)
    O'Melveny, Henry W. (15 letters)
    Otis, Harrison Gray (43 letters)
    Patton, George (51 letters)
    Pardee, George C. (4 letters)
    Perkins, George C. (5 letters)
    Plater, John E. (8 letters)
    Reese, Michael (1 letter)
    Rindage, Frederick H. (3 letters)
    Robinson, Alfred (1 letter)
    Rose, Leonard J. (2 letters)
    Ross, Erskine Mayo (7 letters)
    Ryland, Cassius T. (1 letter)
    Sanderson, George W. (1 letter)
    Sartori, Joseph Francis (34 letters)
    Schiff, Jacob H. (2 letters)
    Schwab, Charles M. (1 letter)
    Shankland, J. J. (1 letter)
    Shorb, James de Barth (6 letters)
    Shortridge, Charles M. (1 letter)
    Shortridge, Samuel W. (2 letters)
    Sloss, Louis (1 letter)
    Spreckels, Adolph B. (1 letter)
    Spreckels, Claus (2 letters)
    Spreckels, Rudolph (2 letters)
    Stanford, Jane Lathrop (11 letters)
    Stewart, Lyman (14 letters)
    Strauss, Levi (2 letters)
    Tevis, Lloyd (1 letter)
    Truman, Ben C. (2 letters)
    Valle, Reginaldo F. del (2 letters)
    Van Nuys, Isaac N. (2 letters)
    Wangenheim, Julius (6 letters)
    Wheeler, Benjamin Ide (13 letters)
    White, Lovell (6 letters)
    White, Stephen Mallory (35 letters)
    Widney, Richard MaClay (1 letter)
    Wilson, Mrs. Benjamin D. (1 letter)
    Workman, William H. (13 letters)

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Isaias W. Hellman Papers were given to the California Historical Society by I. W. Hellman III in 1967.

    Processing Information

    Processed by California Historical Society staff.

    System of Arrangement

    Organized into the following series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1865-1920 [these are further divided into two sub-series: San Francisco Office and Los Angeles Office]; Series 2: Financial Records, 1910-1924; Series 3: Real Estate Title Abstracts and Deeds, 1883-1929; Series IV: Business Correspondence Letterpress Copy Books, 1879-1920; Series V: Bank Statements of Assets and Liabilities, 1915-1919.

    Scope and Contents

    Business papers, chiefly correspondence, pertaining to Hellman's activities in banking, electric and cable railway transportation, and real estate investment, particularly in southern California and San Francisco. Correspondence is with and about the banks and financial institutions with which Hellman was affiliated, and reflects his interests in southern Calif. electric railroad lines, Market Street Railway in San Francisco, Union Oil and Associated Oil Companies, the Redondo Improvement Company, the Los Alamitos Land Company, the San Gabriel and other wineries, and other agricultural concerns. Correspondents include Harry Chandler, John G. Downey, Henry J. Fleishman, Jackson A. Graves, Herman W. Hellman, Henry E. Huntington, William Mulholland, Harrison G. Otis, George Patton, George C. Perkins, Claus Spreckles, Benjamin I. Wheeler, Stephen M. White, and others. Includes some personal correspondence with family members. Other papers include financial records for Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank, Union Trust Company, Columbus Savings and Loan Society, Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Los Angeles, United States National Bank of Los Angeles, and other banks.
    Interfiled with these are papers of Hellman's son, Isaias W. Hellman, Jr., in his capacities as president of Union Trust Company and Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank, vice president of Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Los Angeles, chairman of Columbus Savings and Loan Society, and a member of the Relief Committee of 50 that assumed control of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Also reflects his activities with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.

    Biographical Information

    I. W. Hellman was a banker and prominent financial figure of California and Oregon. He served as president of Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Los Angeles, Nevada National Bank, and Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank. He also served as chairman of the board of directors of Union Trust Company of San Francisco, and director of the United States National Bank of Portland and the Security Trust and Savings Bank of Los Angeles.