Guide to the Berton & Co. records, 1904-1934

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Guide to the Berton & Co. Records, 1904-1934

Collection number: BANC MSS 70/7 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1970
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Berton & Co. Records,
Date (inclusive): 1904-1934
Collection Number: BANC MSS 70/7 c
Creator: Berton (G. A.) & Co., San Francisco
Extent: Number of containers: 17 cartons, 7 boxes and 8 volumes
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Letterpress copy books, incoming letters and orders, and ledgers, for an insurance firm.

With these: correspondence, legal papers and accounts of Jules Nicolas Fricot and of his estate; papers of his son, Desire Fricot, relating to mining property in Calaveras and Nevada Counties, and to his real estate in San Francisco (6 boxes); and correspondence and manuscripts of Berton's son, Francis Jules (1 box and 2 v.).
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Berton & Co. records, BANC MSS 70/7 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

These records of an insurance company, purchased from Holmes Books on July 22, 1969, include letterpress copy books, incoming letters and orders and ledgers.
Also included among these records are correspondence, accounts and legal papers of Jules Nicolas Fricot, father-in-law of G. A. Berton; papers of his son, Désiré Jules Fricot, relating mainly to mining property in Calaveras and Nevada Counties and to real estate in San Francisco (6 boxes); and correspondence and manuscripts of writings of Berton's son, Francis Jules (1 box and 2 v.).

Key to Arrangement


Records of the Company

carton Ctns. 1-3

Letterpress copy books, numbered 9 through 35, 1905-1923 (v. 1-8 are lacking)

carton Ctns. 4-17

Incoming letters and orders re insurance policies, with notes re renewals and copies of some outgoing letters, etc., 1906-1934. These records were arranged alphabetically within each year, and this arrangement was kept, with no attempt at further processing. There are no files for 1908, 1917, 1923-1924, and 1926-1927. Some miscellaneous papers belonging to G. A. Berton have been placed at the end of carton 17.

volume v. 1-6

Ledgers, 1904-1926


Papers of Jules Nicolas Fricot

Box 1

Correspondence, A-Z, include some letters written from Grass Valley.

Box 2

Papers re property, many leases for his property in San Francisco, 1857-1888; San Mateo County; and mining claims


Papers of estate of J. N. Fricot

Box 3

Correspondence, A-Z




Statements of receipts and disbursements by book-keeper, 1890-1891


Statements of G. A. Berton, agent, 1889-1895


Fire insurance policies, 1893-1894

Box 4

Legal papers relating mainly to the disposal of his property in France and California




Papers of Désiré Jules Fricot

Box 5

Correspondence, A-Z. For additional letters by D. J. Fricot, see insurance company's letters and orders files, under F for each year.


Accounts and receipts, 1893-1918


Receipts from E. J. Fricot to D. J. Fricot, 1893-1907


Bids and bills for repairs on San Francisco property, 1894-1899


Insurance policy receipts, 1893-1913


Miscellaneous papers, some relating to San Francisco property


Speeches and articles, 1917-1921

Box 6

Papers re property in Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada and San Francisco counties


Tax records for property in Calaveras, Nevada, San Francisco and San Joaquin counties


Papers of Francis Jules Berton

Box 7

Correspondence, A-Z


Manuscripts of his writings


Work for various English courses

volume v. 7

Manuscripts of his writings

volume v. 8

Scrapbook of theatre and concert programs, San Francisco