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Guide to the Fay Brothers Collection, 1850-1868
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Biography
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Fay Brothers Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1850-1868
    Box Number: 193
    Collector: Fay family
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



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    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Fay Brothers Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Soap trade--California--San Francisco
    Frontier and pioneer life--California
    California--Gold discoveries


    Correspondence and business papers of David, Patrick, Logan, and John Fay.


    Four Fay brothers, Jeremiah, David, John, and Logan, came to California from New York in 1849. They were joined in 1852 by Patrick Fay. In 1853, David and Logan started a soap factory in San Francisco; they sold it to John in 1856. In 1856, Logan returned to New York and entered into a partnership with Patrick. In 1858, David and Patrick invested in a steamer, the "Pelican", which they later sold to Ben Halliday. John remained in business in San Francisco.


    Major Correspondents

    • Fay, David
    • Fay, Logan

    Other Correspondents

    • R. E. Brewster & Company
    • Coleman, William Tell, 1824-1893
    • Fay, John
    • Fay, Patrick