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Guide to the Keith-McHenry-Pond Family Papers, 1841-1961
BANC MSS C-B 595  
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Description
Include papers of William Keith relating to his career as an artist; papers of his wife, Mary McHenry Keith, reflecting her participation in the woman suffrage movement and humanitarian activities; papers of her parents, Ellen and John McHenry; papers of her sister, Emma Pond, and her brother-in-law, Charles Fremont Pond, relating to his naval career, 1876-1918; papers of the Ponds' daughter, Elizabeth Keith Pond, relating primarily to her interest in William Keith and to her travels and her camping trips in the High Sierra.

Included also are miscellaneous papers of other members of the family and correspondence of Brother Fidelis Cornelius relating to his biography, Keith, Old Master of California.
Background
William Keith was born in Scotland in 1838. He emigrated with his parents to the United States where he became an apprentice to an engraver. In 1859 he came to California, became fascinated with its landscape and began to sketch and paint what he saw. His work proved to be popular and his reputation was soon established. The resulting financial success allowed him to study abroad several times. He produced hundreds of landscapes and portraits during his career, and his home in Berkeley became a meeting place for university professors, writers and artists. When his San Francisco studio was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire, Keith began at once to replace the almost 2000 paintings which had been lost. He continued to work until a few months before his death which occurred on April 13, 1911.
Extent
Number of containers: 23 boxes, 15 cartons, 2 oversize folders
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.