Guide to the William Jackson Losh Collection, 1908-1973

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Guide to the William Jackson Losh Collection, 1908-1973

California State Library

Sacramento, California

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  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
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The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Jackson Losh Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1908-1973
Box Number: 413-426 & 753
Collector: Losh, Volna B.
Extent: 15 boxes
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

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Access Points

Losh, William Jackson, 1896-1973
California Stelos Company
Conservation of natural resources--California
Sierra Club
Public relations
United Nations Conference on International Organization (1945: San Francisco, Calif.)


Correspondence, advertising, employee records, legal materials.


William J. Losh was born in Oakland, California, October 1, 1896. After serving in World War I in the Army Ambulance Service, he returned to graduate from Stanford University in 1920. He worked as manager of the California Stelos Company and later as a newspaper reporter for the San Francisco NEWS (1933-34) and as a columnist for the San Francisco EXAMINER (1934-38). In 1939, he formed a public relations firm with John C. Lee and specialized in publicity for various conservation interests. He served as a member of the San Francisco Mayor's United Nations Conference Committee (1951), and executive secretary of the Trustees for Conservation (1954). He died in Oakland, October 28, 1973.


Major Correspondents

  • Bradley, Harold C.
  • Losh, Frank A.
  • Losh, William Jackson, 1896-1973

Other Correspondents

  • Brower, David Ross, 1912-
  • Fry, Kenneth B.
  • Kent, William, 1864-1928

Material Transferred from the Collection


  • Lee & Losh (Firm) San Francisco. A proposed campaign to promote Western v. Eastern beef. 1955. (*cHD 9433 U4 L4)
  • Lee & Losh (Firm) San Francisco. Advertising and publicity in trade ... 1955-1956. 2 volumes. (*cHD 9433 U4 L41)
  • Lee & Losh (Firm) San Francisco. Publicity clippings. 1939-1942. (*fcHM 262 L4)


  • About 115 photographs to picture file.

Container List

Box 413

California State Fair 1950-1953

Box 414

California Stelos Company: Advertising

Box 415

California Stelos Company: Correspondence 1923-1953

Box 416

California Stelos Company: Employee records, financial statements, inventories, legal materials, and memoranda 1927-1934

Box 417

Conservation: Associated Sportsmen of California and Lassen Volcanic National Park

Box 418

Conservation: Nevada Yuba Landowners' Association, Redwood Regional Conservation Council, Roadside Parks, San Mateo County Fish and Game Protective Association

Box 419

Conservation: Sierra Club: Correspondence 1945-1974

Box 420

Conservation: Sierra Club: Council 1957-1960, Distribution lists. High trips 1945-1950, San Gorgonio Primitive Area 1945-1947, Wilderness Conferences 1949-1961

Box 421

Conservation: Tamalpais Conservation Club 1948-1963 and Trustees for Conservation 1957-1963

Box 422

Juvenalia 1908-1913

Box 423

Lee and Losh public relations firm 1943-1961

Box 424

Press-Radio Aid Committee of the United Nations Conference Committee of San Francisco 1945

Box 425

Miscellany: Articles, clippings, correpondence 1947-1974, Democratic Party materials 1933-1936, and Farmer's Market of San Francisco materials 1948-1965

Box 426

Miscellany: Genealogy, legal papers, Frank A. Losh papers, Japanese Peace Conference materials 1915, and National Newspaper Week

Box 753

Miscellany: Notes and drafts, pamphlets, periodicals, Piedmont Grape Festival 1929-1938, and San Francisco Planning and Housing Association 1950-1962