This collection consists chiefly of drafts of Shebl's book "Weber!" edited by members of the San
Joaquin County Historical Society Publications Board and by the author himself (1988-1992). The
collection also contains: correspondence, contracts and other materials pertaining to Shebl's commission from the Society,
as well as scattered notes and photocopies of sources acquired by Shebl in the course of researching and preparing his manuscript.
Shortly after the descendants of Captain Charles David Maria Weber (1814-1881), founder of Stockton, Calif., gave a large
collection of the family's papers, library and home furnishings to the San Joaquin County Historical Society (1984), Society
members decided to commission Stockton
historian, James Shebl, to write a book-length study of the Captain (1986). Shebl spent nearly six years on the project, finally
publishing "Weber!: The American Adventure of Captain Charles M. Weber" (1993).