Guide to the William C. Ralston Correspondence, ca. 1870-1890

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Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the William C. Ralston Correspondence, ca. 1870-1890

Collection number: M0217

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
TG
Date Completed:
ca. 1971
Encoded by:
C. Del Anderson
© 1998 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: William C. Ralston Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1870-1890
Collection number: Special Collections M0217
Creator: Ralston, William C.
Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

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.

Provenance

Gift of Charles de Brettville 1967

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] William C. Ralston Correspondence, M0217, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biography

William Chapman Ralston, born 12 June 1826 in Ohio, was a banker and steamship owner. In 1864 he helped organize the Bank of California and served as its first president. He died 27 August 1875.

Scope and Content

Summary: Letters primarily to Ralston, dealing with William W. Cargill of the Oriental Bank Corporation of London and Charles de Long, U.S. Envoy and Minister to Japan. Also included are letters asking for money or a position, thank you letters, letters of introduction, letters containing information on his Belmont home and stables, monetary matters, the Bank of California, mines, San Francisco industries, economic matters and conditions, and construction. The letters also show Ralston's influence in relation to both national and state legislation.

Container List

Container 1

Correspondence A through C

Container 2

Correspondence E

Folder 3

Correspondence F through H

Container 4

Correspondence I through J

Folder 5

Correspondence L

Folder 6

Correspondence M

Container 7

Correspondence N through Q

Container 8

Correspondence R through T

Container 9

Correspondence U through Z and Miscellaneous

Container 10

Ralston Calendar of letter abstracts

Container 11

Ralston Calendar of letter abstracts

Container 12-14

Card file name index to correspondence. Gives additional brief contents note.