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Guide to the John W. Shenk Papers, 1900-1935
Special Collections M0215  
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  • Biographical Note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John W. Shenk Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1935
    Collection number: Special Collections M0215
    Creator: Shenk, John W., 1875-1959.
    Extent: 15.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    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.


    Gift of The Shenk Brothers, 1971.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] John W. Shenk Papers, M0215, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical Note

    California Supreme Court Justice, 1924-1959. Involved in the development of water law in California.

    Scope and Content Note

    Correspondence, printed material, photographs, and documents concerning Shenk's family, friends, family businesses (specialty chemical firm; land in the California Imperial Valley; and mining properties), and charitable, civic, and fraternal organizations. Justice Shenk's legal activities are represented to a minor degree.
    The John W. Shenk Papers cover the period 1900 - 1935, with correspondence, printed matter, photographs, and documents principally concerning family, friends, family businesses (a specialty chemical firm; land in the Imperial Valley, California; mining properties), and charitible, civic and fraternal organizations. Justice Shenk's legal activities are represented to a minor degree.
    All correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order by sender. Unless otherwise indicated, all letters are to Justice Shenk. Letters from Justice Shenk are listed under his name, pages 27 - 51.
    Folder titles are indicated by capital letters. The earliest and latest correspondence from each sender is indicated by the numbers in the right hand column.
    A - GENERAL FILE. 1 - 2
    Abbott, William M. '30
    Acacia Club. '22-'23(4)
    AMERICAN LAW INSTITUTE. '26-'31(10) 1 - 3
    Ames, E. Neal. '30(2)
    In the above sample listing, there are two folders mentioned. One, folder 1 - 2 (folder two in box 1) contains the general file for the letter A. In it are letters from Mr. Abbott, the Acacia Club, and Mr. Ames, among others. From Mr. Abbott, there is one letter, dated 1930. From the Acacia Club, four letters dated 1922 or 1923.
    In a separate folder, there are ten letters from the American Law Institute, the earliest of which is dated 1926, the latest, 1931. This is box one, folder three.
    Throughout the list, Justice Shenk will be abbreviated as JWS.