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Guide to the William Edward Colby Papers, 1892-1964
BANC MSS C-B 980  
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Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Letters written by William E. Colby, 1897-1964.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Mainly typed copies relating to the Sierra Club and conservation. Some concern his legal practice and oriental art collection. A few copies, 1909-1955, are bound by a letter book.
Box 1-2

Letters written to Colby.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. Most letters concern the Sierra Club, John Muir, and conservation. At the end is a bound volume - Letters to Will Colby from the Sierra Club, 1955, on his 80th birthday. A partial list of correspondents follows the key to arrangement.
Carton 1

Diaries (1943-1947)

Scope and Content Note

Manuscripts of his writings, articles, notes, newspaper clippings; personalia; miscellany
 

John Muir material

Scope and Content Note

Typed transcript of letter to Charles Warren Stoddard, 187[2?], and draft of letter to Secretary of the Interior, 19[06?], letters (typed copies) to his daughter Helen, 1903-1914 (bound volume); articles by Colby, and others; newspaper clippings; miscellany.

Processing/Project Information

Originals of transcripts of Muir letters to Helen Colby are in BANC MSS C-H 101.
Carton 2

Law

Scope and Content Note

Notes, articles, reprints, copies of court decisions, lecture notes, etc., on mining and water law.
 

Genealogy

Scope and Content Note

Biographical and genealogical data re the Colby and Smith families; Diaries and letters (copies) of Caroline Amelia (Smith) Colby.
Carton 3

Material relating to Colby's collection of Chinese art

Scope and Content Note

Invoices, receipts, articles, catalogs, photographs, etc.
oversize Oversize folder

Cerificates of admission to practice as an attorney in various courts in Calif., Nev., and Utah, 1898-1929.

Scope and Content Note

6 items.

Partial List of Correspondents

 

A Miscellany

 

Andrews, Ernest Clayton (1870-)

 

Letter, May 11, 1917.

 

Adams, Ansel Easton, 1902-

 

6 letters, 1955-1956.

 

Albright, Horace Marden, 1890-

 

8 letters, 1949-1964.

 

Alvarez, Walter Clement, 1884-

 

2 letters, 1955.

 

B - Miscellany

 

Ballinger, Richard Achilles

 

Letter, May 22, 1909.

 

Baruch, Bernard Mannes (1870-)

 

Letter, Dec. 8, 1933.

 

Bender, Albert Maurice (1866-1941)

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Blake, Anson Stiles (1870-1959)

 

Letter, Dec. 9, 1958.

 

Boone & Crockett Club

 

Letter, Mar. 7, 1919.

 

Bradley, Harold Cornelius (1878-)

 

Letter, Jan. 24, 1956.

 

Buwalda, John Peter (1886-1954)

 

Letter, Mar. 29, 1950.

 

Blackwelder, Eliot, 1880-

 

2 letters, 1950-1956.

 

Bracelin, Nina Floy

 

2 letters, 1955.

 

Brower, David Ross, 1912-

 

3 letters, 1955-1964. Written by his secretary.

Additional Note

Letter dated 1964 written by his wife.
 

Buwalda, Imra (Wann), 1894- (Mrs. John Peter Buwalda)

 

14 letters, 1955-1956.

 

C - Miscellany

 

California. University. Regents

 

Letter, Oct. 20, 1937. Written by Robert M. Underhill, Secretary & Treasurer.

 

Curtis, George Carroll

 

Letter, April 18, 1911.

 

Century Co.

 

8 letters, 1911-1912.

Additional Note

Concern John Muir's Book on Yosemite Valley.
 

Colby, Helen Leach (Flemming) (Mrs. W. E. Colby)

 

2 letters, 1965. Written to Bancroft Library.

 

Crocker, William Willard, 1893-

See San Francisco. Museum of Art

 

D - Miscellany

 

Douglas, William Orville (1898-)

 

Letter, Jan. 25, 1960.

 

De Lipkau, Jean (Hanna) (Granddaughter of John Muir)

 

2 letters, 1955-1957.

Additional Note

Letter dated 1957 concerns dedication of John Muir Memorial Park in Wisconsin.
 

E - Miscellany

 

Engle, Clair (1911-1964)

 

Letter, Sept. 17, 1954. Written by secretary.

 

Englebright, William F.

 

Letter, Sept. 16, 1910.

 

English, William Augustus (1907-)

 

Letter, Feb. 6, 1954.

 

F - Miscellany

 

Flint, Frank Putnam

 

Letter, Mar. 1, 1911.

 

Foster, Kenneth E.

 

3 letters, 1947-1948.

 

Funk, Helen (Muir), 1886- (Daughter of John Muir)

 

11 letters, 1955-1961.

 

G - Miscellany

 

Garfield, James Rudolph

 

Letter, Feb. 9, 1909.

 

Goethe, Charles Matthias (1875-)

 

Letter, Jan. 22, 1953.

 

Greenleaf, Charles Ravenscroft (1838-1911)

 

Letter, Apr. 23, 1906.

Additional Note

Requesting army to allow Colby to enter his office after the earthquake.
 

Gutenberg, Beno (1889-)

 

Letter, Nov. 29, 1955.

 

H - Miscellany

 

Hartzog, George B.

 

Letter, May 20, 1964.

 

Hatch, Philander Ellsworth (1861- )

 

Letter, Dec. 1, 1936.

 

Hanna, Richard Rea, 1912- (Grandson of John Muir)

 

2 letters, 1955-1956.

 

Hanna, Wanda (Muir), 1881-1942 (Daughter of John Muir)

 

3 letters, 1911-1915.

 

Hoover, Herbert Clark, 1874-1964

 

3 letters, 1928-1935.

 

Hoover, Lou (Henry) D., 1944

 

3 letters, 1920-1935 & n.d.

 

Hubbard, Douglass H.

See Yosemite Natural History Association

 

Huber, Walt er Leroy, 1883-

 

2 letters, 1953-1958.

 

Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937

 

2 letters, 1915.

 

K - Miscellany

 

Kasch, Charles

 

Letter, Sept. 26, 1950.

 

Knowland, Joseph Russell (1873-1966)

 

Letter, Dec. 11, 1936.

 

Kittredge, Frank Alvah

 

2 letters, 1953.

 

La Follette, Robert Marion

 

2 letters, 1913.

 

Lee, Shao Chang, 1891-

 

3 letters, 1940-1955.

 

Leonard, Richard Manning, 1908-

 

2 letters, 1955-1964.

 

Lindley, Curtis Holbrook, 1850-1920

 

2 letters, 1917-1918.

 

M - Miscellany

 

McAdoo, William Gibbs (1863-1941)

 

Letter, Nov. 27, 1936.

 

McKay, Douglas (1893-1959)

 

Telegram, May 6, 1955.

 

Matthers, Francois Emille

 

Letter, Mar. 28, 1911.

 

Merriam, Frank Finley (1865-1955)

 

Letter, Nov. 20, 1936.

 

Miller, Henry (1891-)

 

Letter, Jan 28, 1959.

 

Morley, Grace Louise (McCann) (1900-)

 

Letter, Feb. 8, 1936.

Additional Note

Written as curator, San Francisco Museum of Art
 

McFarland, John Horace, 1859-1948

 

4 letters, 1912-1929.

 

McLaughlin, Emma (Moffat), 1880-1968 (Mrs. Alfred McLaughlin)

 

3 letters, 1955-1964 & n.d.

 

Marshall, Robert Bradford, 1867-1949

 

6 letters, 1910-1916.

 

Mather, Stephen Tung

 

4 letters, 1909-1913.

 

Mauk, Charlotte E.

 

2 letters, 1949-1964.

Additional Note

Letter dated 1949 written to Mrs. Vernon Kellogg & includes typed copies of letters written to her by John Muir, 1907-1914.
 

Mills, Enos Abijah, 1870-1922

 

3 letters, 1912-1915.

 

Mills College, Oakland

 

2 letters, 1937. Written by Aurelia (Henry) Reinhardt.

 

Muir, John, 1838-1914

 

93 letters, 1892-1914 & n.d.

Additional Note

Typed transcripts. Letters (2) dated 1892 written to Prof. J. H. Senger.
See also Mauk, Charlotte E.
See also volume of typed transcripts of letters to his daughter, Helen, in carton 1.
 

Newhall, Nancy (Wynne)

 

5 letters, 1955-1964.

Additional Note

Letter dated 1964 written to Mrs. Colby.
 

P - Miscellany

 

Patrons of Husbandry

 

Letter, Aug. 19, 1958. Written by George Sehlmeyer, Master

 

Pinchot, Gifford

 

Letter, May 4, 1909.

 

Plimpton, Russell Arthur (1891- )

 

Letter, Sept. 1, 1942.

 

Palmer, Paul, 1900-

 

9 letters, 1960-1961.

Additional Note

Concern Muir article for Reader's Digest.
 

Preston, John C.

 

5 letters, 1955-1964. Written as Supt. Yosemite National Park.

 

R - Miscellany

 

Rockefeller, John Davison (1874-1960)

 

Letter, Aug. 29, 1931.

 

Reinhardt, Aurelia (Henry), 1877-1948

See Mills College, Oakland

 

S - Miscellany

 

San Francisco. Museum of Art

 

Letter, Dec. 11, 1936.

Additional Note

Typed transcript,written by W. W. Crocker, Pres. Board of Trustees.
 

Sargent, Shirley

 

Letter, Feb. 6, 1963

 

Searls, Fred (1887-1968)

 

Letter, July 13, 1918.

 

Searls, Robert McMurray (1886-)

 

Letter, Apr. 11, 1950.

 

Seth, Julien Orem (1883-)

 

Letter, Apr. 22, 1955.

 

Sharp, Robert Phillip (1911-)

 

Letter, Apr. 13, 1961.

 

Smith, Sylvester Clark

 

Letter, Feb. 9, 1911.

 

Sproul, Robert Gordon (1891-)

 

Letter, May 18, 1955.

 

Sutherland, George (1862-1942)

 

Letter, Jan. 14, 1938.

 

Sutro, Oscar (1874-1935)

 

Letter, June 16, 193[4].

 

Sierra Club, San Francisco

 

2 letters, 1964. Written by Michael Brown & William E. Siri.

Additional Note

Letter dated Apr. 30 includes first day cover of the John Muir 5 c stamp.
 

Taylor, Frank J., 1894-

 

6 letters, 1960-1961.

Additional Note

Concern Muir article for Reader's Digest.
 

Thompson, Wandalee

 

7 letters, 1963-1964 & n.d.

 

Udall, Stewart Lee, 1920-

 

2 letters, 1963-1964.

 

Underhill, Robert M.

See California University. Regents

 

W - Miscellany

 

Warren, Earl (1891-)

 

Letter, Nov. 20, 1964. Written to Mrs. Colby

 

White, John Roberts (1879-)

 

Letter, Aug. 16, 1937.

Additional Note

Written as Supt. Sequoia National Park.
 

Westley, Volney J.

 

2 letters, 1952.

Additional Note

Concern Tioga Road Controversy.
 

Wilson, George Warren

 

2 letters, 1955-1964.

 

Winkley, John W.

 

4 letters, 1964.

Additional Note

Written as Pres., John Muir Association.
 

Wirth, Conrad Louis, 1899-

 

3 letters, 1955-1958.

 

Wolfe, Linnie (Marsh), 1881-1945

 

4 letters, 1938-1945.

 

X-Y-Z - Miscellany & unidentified

 

Young, Clement Calhoun (1869-1947)

 

Letter, Nov. 17, 1928.

 

Yosemite Natural History Association

 

3 letters, 1955-1958. Written mainly by Douglass H. Hubbard, Business Manager.