This collection consists of letters addressed primarily to Samuel H. Willey relating to faculty and trustee appointments of
the College of California. Included also are some early letters and memoranda concerning the establishment of a college at
Benicia, California, and at the end there are specifications of the sale of part of the Oakland, California, property to Isaac
Brayton. The collection also contains three letters by Frederick Law Olmsted concerning the college property in Berkeley,
The College of California was chartered in 1855 and operated in Oakland, California until 1869. Initially it functioned as
a preparatory academy, under the name of College School, and the first college class of ten freshmen began in 1860. The aspirations
of the College led it to search for a larger site as early as 1856, and this search gradually led to the acquisition of land
north of Oakland at a site the trustees named Berkeley, after George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne.
1 box (.4 linear feet)
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