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Guide to the George Kenyon Fitch Papers, 1826-1906
BANC MSS C-B 761  
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Description
Correspondence and newspaper clippings relating mainly to the San Francisco Call and the Bulletin, and to California politics and railroads; legal and financial papers concerning the Sacramento Times and Transcript; reports on San Frncisco water supply; biographical sketchs of Fitch; invitations and programs. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryon, James Duval Phelan, and Stephen Mallory White.
Background
George Kenyon Fitch was one of the best known of the pioneer editors of California. He was born in New York State on March 2, 1826 and came to California in 1849 after working in Ohio and New Orleans as a printer. He settled first in Sacramento where he helped establish the Sacramento Times and Transcript and in 1852 went to San Francisco. In partnership with Loring Pickering and James W. Simonton, he purchased the San Francisco Bulletin and then the San Francisco Call, and the two newspapers became powerful forces in the city. Fitch was responsible for the Bulletin while Pickering managed the editorial affairs of the Call. In January 1895, after the death of Pickering, the Call and the Bulletin were sold, and Fitch retired from active life. He died June 18, 1906, in San Rafael, California.
Extent
Number of containers: 2 boxes, 2 cartons, 4 volumes
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft 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.
Availability
Collection is open for research.