Finding aid to the Commercial catalogs collection

Finding aid prepared by Megan Segle
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
(415) 357-1848

Title: Commercial catalogs collection
Date: 1851-1981
Collection Identifier: CC
Physical Description: 35 linear feet
Contributing Institution: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
(415) 357-1848
Location of Materials: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are mainly in English. A small portion of materials is in Spanish.
Abstract: Consists of a variety of commercial catalogs and other sales-related ephemera pertaining to California businesses, largely from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, with significant portions from Sacramento and Los Angeles, and a smaller number from non-California businesses. Manufacturers' and sales catalogs provide detailed information about businesses, commercial life, and material culture in California from 1851 to 1981, with the bulk dating from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Businesses range from major companies to small enterprises.


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Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Commercial catalogs collection, California Historical Society.

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Future additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Collection is arranged in two series: 1) Unbound catalogs; and 2) Bound catalogs. Within each series, catalogs are arranged in alphabetical order. Catalogs for businesses named after their owners are filed under the owners' surnames; e.g., Byron Jackson Machine Works is filed under "Jackson," not "Byron."

Scope and Contents

Consists of a variety of commercial catalogs and other sales-related ephemera related to California businesses, largely from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, with significant portions from Sacramento and Los Angeles, and a smaller number from non-California businesses. Manufacturers' and sales catalogs provide detailed information about businesses, commercial life, and material culture in California from 1851 to 1981, with the bulk dating from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Businesses range from major companies to small enterprises. Types of business represented include: mining, manufacturing, agriculture, machinery, utilities, and retail. There are significant holdings for longstanding businesses, including Baker & Hamilton, Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co., Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson, General Electric Company, Montgomery Ward & Co., Emporium, and I. Magnin.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog:
Business enterprises--California.
California Ephemera Project.
Manufacturer's catalogs.
Sales catalogs.


Series 1:  Unbound catalogs 1851-1981

Physical Description: 16 linear feet

Ackerman Nurseries (Nursery stock, Bridgman, Michigan) 1948 Spring


Gordon Ainsley (Rare bulbs and plants, Campbell) 1929-1933


A. B. Allen & Co. (Instrumentos de agricultura y horticultura, New York) 1851


E. T. Allen (Firearms and sportsman's sundries, San Francisco) 1890


Allen's Water Gardens (Water lilies and aquatic plants, Los Angeles) undated


American Electrical Novelty & Mfg. Co. (Electric novelties, New York) 1900-1901


American Flag and Banner Co. (Flags, banners, pennants, San Francisco) undated


American Hoist & Derrick Co. (St. Paul) circa 1900


American Steel & Wire Co. ("Juniata" horse and mule shoes, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Denver) 1903


Ames Harris Neville Co. (Canvas goods, San Francisco, Portland) 1907


Ames-Irvin Co. (Gem iceless coolers, San Francisco) undated


Andersen's Gift Shops & Wine Cellar (Gift selections, Buellton) circa 1960


William Appleby (European nursery plants, San Francisco) 1875


Arcade, The (Men's and boys' outfitting, Stockton) undated


Ashby Nursery (Roses, fruit trees, shrubs, Berkeley) circa 1915


Atmospheric Gas Company (Gas machines, San Francisco) 1872


Azevedo Bros. (Jewelry and gifts, San Francisco) circa 1950


Badlam Bros. (Gas heating stoves, San Francisco) undated


Baird-North Co. (Jewelry and silverware, Providence) 1915


Baker & Hamilton (Agricultural goods and hardware, San Francisco, Sacramento, etc.) 1876-1898, 1905

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Baker & Hamilton (Tents and awnings, San Francisco, Omaha) undated


W. F. Barnes Co. (Foot, hand, and steam power machinery, San Francisco) 1884-1885


Alfred Bass, Inc. (Camera equipment, San Francisco) 1960-1962


Bassick Mfg. Co. (Alemite and alemite-zerk equipment, Los Angeles, San Francisco) 1927


Bean Spray Pump Co. (Spraying outfits and pumps, San Jose) circa 1912-1915

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

S. Beer Gold Mill & Extraction Co. (Fine grinding ore reduction machinery, Sacramento) undated


Benjamin Electric Mfg. Co. (Sockets, fixtures, reflectors, New York, Chicago, San Francisco) 1915


C. L. Best Gas Traction Co. (Farm machinery, San Leandro) 1917


Best Manufacturing Company, The (Traction engines and combined harvesters, San Leandro) 1894-1912, undated

Physical Description: 5.0 folders

Beverage Industry Price Book (San Francisco) 1953


Blickensderfer Manufacturing Co., The (Typewriters, Stamford) 1921


Blue Chip Stamp Company (Blue chip redemption gifts, Los Angeles, Richmond) 1966


Blum's (Candy and confections, San Francisco) 1961


Edward H. Bohlin (Horse riding equipment, Hollywood) 1930


Bonham's Feed Store (Garden book, Folsom) 1947 Spring


Bonnell Nurseries (Evergreens, shrubs, roses, Renton, Washington) 1946


Boone's Inc. (Clothing, San Francisco) undated


Bossert Electric Construction Co. (Outlet and switch boxes, Utica) 1902


W. F. Bowers & Co. (Mechanical rubber goods, San Francisco) undated


Bowers Rubber Co. (Mechanical rubber goods, San Francisco) 1892


C. F. Braun & Co. (Auxiliary machinery, San Francisco) 1919


Braun Knecht Heiman Co. (Assayers' and chemical laboratory supplies, San Francisco) 1910


John Breuner Co. (Furniture and home goods, Sacramento) 1904


Breuner's (Furniture, Oakland) 1946


J. C. Bringham Co. (Canvas and leather specialties, San Francisco) 1927, undated


Brittain & Co. (Sporting goods, San Francisco) 1907


Broadway Department Store, The (Clothing and home goods, Los Angeles) 1920


Brooks Brothers (Men's and boys' clothing, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles) 1958-1969


Brown & Sharpe Mfg. Co. (Machinery and tools, Providence) 1900-1905

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Builders' Supply Depot (Mill work and mouldings, San Francsco) circa 1909


Built-In-Fixture Company (Ironing boards and cabinets, Berkeley) circa 1915


E. D. Bullard Co. (Safety equipment, San Francisco) 1940


Burnham-Standeford Company (Portable buildings, Oakland) undated


W. Atlee Burpee Co. (Vegetable and flower seeds, Philadelphia) 1946


Mrs. Elizabeth E. Burton Lamps and Sconces (Santa Barbara) circa 1910


H. M. Butterfield (Dahlias, Berkeley) 1923-1925


California Electric Supply Company (Radio apparatus, San Francisco) 1920


California Electrical Works (Electrical equipment, San Francisco) 1880, 1901

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

California Nursery Company (Planting guides, trees, garden books, Niles) 1920, 1946-1949


California Perfume Co. (Perfume and toiletries, New York, Kansas City, San Francisco, Luzerne) 1912


California Pottery Company (Clay products, Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno) 1927


California Seed & Bulb Co. (Bulbs, Hollywood) 1946-1947 Fall and Spring


California Seed Co. (Seeds, trees, plants, San Francisco) 1913


California Stockmen's Supply Co. (Livestock supplies, San Francisco) circa 1958


California Wire Cloth Co. (Wire netting and fencing, San Francisco, Oakland) circa 1917


California Wire Works (Wire ropes and cables, San Francisco) 1892-1900, undated

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Calkins Company, The (Laboratory supplies for chemists, Los Angeles) undated

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Campbell Seed Store (Flower seeds, Pasadena) 1946


Capwell's (Apparel and home goods, Oakland, Walnut Creek) 1956, 1965, undated


Carroll Gardens (Perennials, bulbs, Westminster, Maryland) 1946 Fall, 1947 Spring and Fall


Caterpillar Tractor Co. (Tractors, bulldozers, diesel engines, Peoria) circa 1946


Centinela Brick-Kiln and Drier Co. (Kilns, Centinela, California) circa 1889


R. L. Chacon Chemical Company (Garden pest controls, South Gate) 1950


Chase of Oregon (Horticultural products and plants, Eugene) 1946-1948


City of Paris (Christmas gifts, San Francisco) 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969


Clabrough, Golcher & Co. (Firearms and sporting goods, San Francisco) 1890, 1892-1893, 1902-1904, circa 1905

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

John Clark Saddlery Co. (Saddles and harnesses, Portland) undated


N. Clark & Sons (Sewer pipes and architectural terra cotta, San Francisco) 1904, 1921


Clarkes, The (Herbert F. and Marguerite R. Clarke) (Flower seeds, Clackamas, Oregon) 1946-1947


Coast Directory Company (Changeable letter signs, San Francisco) 1955


Frank M. Cobbledick Co. (Ball and roller bearings, San Francisco, Los Angeles) 1926


Conley's Blossom Farm (Bulbs, Eugene) 1946-1947 Fall


Conroy & O'Connor (Metals and hardware, San Francisco) undated


Coolidge Rare Plant Gardens Inc. (Rare plants, Pasadena) circa 1917


Thos. A. Cox & Co. (Flower and vegetable seeds, San Francisco) 1884, 1889


Cox Seed & Plant Co. (Flower and vegetable seeds, San Francisco) 1893, 1905


Crane Company (Pipe cutting and threading machinery, San Francisco) undated


Crane Company (Bathroom fixtures, San Francisco) 1926


H. S. Crocker Co., Inc. (Office accessories, San Francisco) circa 1944


Crombie Nursery (Roses, Oakland) 1940-1955


Crouse-Hinds Company (Condulets, Syracuse) 1906


N. Curry & Bro. (Guns, San Francisco) 1965


Cyclone Woven Wire Fence Company (Fence weaving machinery and material, Holly, Michigan) 1897


Cyprus Incubator Co. (Poultry growers guide, Buffalo) 1912


Dahnken (Jewelry and gifts, Salt Lake City) 1955, 1956, 1961, 1964


David Manufacturing Co. (Steel files and tools, San Francisco) undated


J. W. Davies (Dahlias, San Francisco) 1922-1923


W. Davis & Sons (Saddlery and outdoor equipment, San Francisco) 1915, 1918, 1922, undated

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Davis Bros. (Home furnishings and toys, San Francisco) circa 1875


Deckelman Bro's. Inc. (Barbers' supplies, San Francisco) circa 1901


Lee De Forest, Inc. (Radio telephone and telegraph equipment, San Francisco) circa 1920


De Laval Dairy Supply Co. (Viking pumps, San Francisco, Seattle) 1915


De Laval Separator Company, The (Oil purifiers, New York, Chicago, San Francisco) circa 1920

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Ed DeMoulin & Bro. (Burlesque and side degree paraphernalia, Greenville, Illinois) circa 1903


I. De Turk (Wines, San Francisco) 1909


Diamond Match Co., The (Bee keepers' supplies, Chico) 1919


J. T. Dickman Co. (Shooting galleries and amusement devices, Los Angeles) 1919


Walt Disney (16 mm films) 1965-1966


Abner Doble Company (Tools and water wheels, San Francisco) 1901, 1905

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

B. & J. S. Doe (Doors, windows, blinds, San Francisco) 1880, 1896


Dolliver & Bro. (Boots and shoe uppers, San Francisco) undated


Dover Manufacturing Co., The (Asbestos sad irons, Canal Dover, Ohio) circa 1900


Dunham, Carrigan & Co. (Brass goods, San Francisco) 1885


Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co. (Automobile accessories and tools, San Francisco) circa 1920


Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co. (Outdoor and sporting equipment, San Francisco) 1912, 1916 Summer

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co. (Patent Needle Annunciators, San Francisco) undated


Emporium, The (Clothing and home furnishings, San Francisco) 1905, circa 1965-1975

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

John H. Esselink (Mineral supplies, Sebastopol) 1940-1941


W. T. Falconer Mfg. Co. (Bee supplies, Falconer, New York) 1913


Faries Manufacturing Co. (Electric gas & combination fixtures, Decatur) circa 1900


Felsing's Rare Carnations (Carnation cuttings, South San Francisco, North Hollywood) 1947


Ferry-Morse Seed Co. (Flower and vegetable seeds, Detroit, San Francisco) circa 1942


Fillmore Glass and Hardware (Home goods, San Francisco) 1973


R. J. Fitzsimons (Autochrom plates, New York) 1908


Floravista (A. N Kanouse) (Flowers, Olympia) 1946-1947, 1949


Thos. Flynn (Saddles, Pueblo) undated


Ford Motor Company (Model T cars, Detroit) 1912


Franco-American Tallow and Fertilizing Co., The (Organic and chemical fertilizers, San Francisco) undated


Fraser & Chalmers (Ore machinery, Chicago, New York, London, etc.) circa 1885, 1887

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

R. T. Frazier Saddlery (Saddles, Pueblo) 1906, circa 1920


W. P. Fuller & Co. (Paint brushes, San Francisco) undated


S. C. Gallup Saddlery Co., The (Saddlery, Pueblo) 1896


Gantner & Mattern Co. (Knit goods, San Francisco) 1906, 1910

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Gantner & Mattern (Floating bra swim suits, San Francisco) 1938


G. S. Garcia (Saddlery, Elko) 1905


W. T. Garratt (Bell and iron goods, machine works, San Francisco) 1875, 1883

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

W. T. Garratt & Co. (Iron pipe and fittings, San Francisco) 1896-1897


W. T. Garratt & Co. (Pumping and hydraulic machinery, San Francisco) 1876, 1887


W. T. Garratt & Co. (Irrigation and reclamation machinery, San Francisco) 1887


W. B. Geiser & Co. (Shoes and clothing, San Francisco) 1919 Spring and Summer


General Electric Company (Fan motors, Schnectady, New York, etc.) 1903


General Electric Company (Refrigerating units, San Francisco) 1937


General Electric Company (Wiring devices, San Francisco, etc.) 1919


Germain's (Flowers, Los Angeles) 1946-1949


F. M. Gilham (Indian baskets, Kelseyville) undated


Gladding, McBean & Co. (Architectural terra cotta and clay products, San Francisco, Lincoln) circa 1892, 1915, 1923, 1925, 1928, 1932

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Goldberg, Bowen & Co. (Groceries, San Francisco) 1896, 1906-1907, 1924

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Goldberg, Staunton Saddlery Co. (Saddlery, Winnemucca) undated


Golden Gate Nurseries (Flowers and plants, San Francisco) 1951


Goldfarb Seed Store (Flower and vegetable seeds, New York) 1946


Goodyear Rubber Company (Mechanical and physicians rubber goods, etc., San Francisco, Portland) 1897, 1898, undated


Gormully & Jeffery (Bicycles, Chicago) 1886


James Graham Mfg. Co. (Stoves and ranges, San Francisco, Newark) 1913


Grallert & Co. (Flowers, Colma) 1895


Granger's Business Organizations (Home and office equipment, Sacramento) 1948 Autumn


Granville's Jewelers (Jewelry and home goods, San Francisco) 1959


Hale Bros. & Co. (Clothing and home goods, San Francisco) 1893, 1905, 1906-1907, 1910

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Hallawell Seed Co. (Seeds and bulbs, San Francisco) 1945-1948, 1951, 1954


A. Hamburger & Sons (Sheet music and music books, Los Angeles) 1916


Harbor Supply Company (Engineers and marine supplies, San Francisco) undated


Hastings Clothing Co., The (Men's and boys' clothing, San Francisco) 1903, undated


Heiser-Keyston (Hermann Heiser Co., The, Keyston Bros.) (Western riding goods, San Francisco, Denver) circa 1945


Joshua Hendy Iron Works (Hydraulic giants, San Francisco) 1911


Joshua Hendy Machine Works (Boilers and engines, San Francisco) undated

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Joshua Hendy Machine Works (Mining and milling machinery, San Francisco) 1885

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Joshua Hendy Machine Works (Ore concentrators, San Francisco) 1896


C. Herrmann & Co. (Hats and caps, San Francisco) 1880, 1882, 1893

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

A. L. Hettrich Company (Sea shells and natural history specimens, San Francisco) circa 1880


Henry Hilp (Men's and boys' clothing, San Francisco) undated


Hinckley & Co. (Iron works, San Francisco) 1869


Hirsch and Kaiser (Photo supplies, San Francisco) circa 1905


H-K-L (Heiser-Keyston, Keyston Bros., Lichtenberger-Keyston) (Western riding goods, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles) circa 1965


Hockwald Chemical Company (Cleaning products, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento) circa 1945


Hoffritz (Home goods and gifts, New York) 1974 Winter


Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson (Fire pots and torches, San Francisco) circa 1907


Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson (Pumps, San Francisco) 1887-1888


Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson (Plumbers' Sanitary Apparatus, San Francisco) 1897


Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson (Stoves and ranges, San Francisco) 1902, 1909-1910

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson (Tools, machines, and supplies, San Francisco) 1883


H. T. Holmes & Co. (Fire tile and gas works supplies, San Francisco) circa 1875


H. T. Holmes Lime Company (Santa Cruz and alabaster lime, San Francisco) 1880


Holmes, Booth & Haydens (Electric wires and cables, Waterbury, Connecticut) 1897


Hooper Dombrink Art Glass Co. (Leaded glass, San Francisco) 1908


Horseshoe Hill Workshop (Pottery, Bolinas) 1952


Hoskin's Assay Furnaces (Furnaces, Chicago) undated


Hotel St. Francis Liquor Shop (Spirits and bar accessories, San Francisco) 1949-1950


Incandescent Supply Co. (Electrical supplies and luminants, San Francisco) 1934, undated


International Harness Machinery Co. (Harness machinery, Cincinnati) 1912


Byron Jackson Machine Works (Centrifugal pumps, San Francisco) circa 1905


Jannoch Nurseries (Perennials, Pasadena) undated


F. S. Johnson Company (Saddlery hardware, San Francisco) undated


J. C. Johnson & Co. (Harnesses and saddlery, San Francisco) 1897


Kelly Bros. (Bits and spurs, Dalhart, Texas) circa 1920


Chas H. Kewell Co. (Fishing rods, San Francisco) 1917


Keyston (Heiser-Keyston, Keyston Bros., Lichtenberger-Keyston) (Western riding goods, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles) 1971, 1973


Keyston Bros. (Riding equipment and automobile trimmings, San Francisco) circa 1900, 1922, 1925, 1932, circa 1935, 1939, 1941 1948, 1950

Physical Description: 6.0 folders

Kimball-Upson Co. (Sporting goods and automobile supplies, Sacramento) 1913-1914, 1917, 1920

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Kirk, Geary and Co. (Cameras and photographic supplies, Sacramento) circa 1900


Robert Kirk, Ltd. (British merchandise, San Francisco) 1964


S. Klarenmeyer (Women's and children's wear, San Francisco) undated


Koret of California (Women's clothing, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, etc.) 1965 Summer and Fall


F. W. Krogh & Co's. (Wind mills, horse powers, pumping machinery, San Francisco) circa 1881


Krogh Manufacturing Company (Pumping machinery, San Francisco) 1899-1900


F. Lagomarsino & Sons (Seeds, bulbs, plants, Sacramento) 1923, 1946-1947

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Landers Shoe, The (Men's and women's shoes, San Francisco) circa 1900


Larson Ladder Co. (Ladders, San Jose) 1929


Frank H. Lattin (American birds' eggs and zoological supplies, Gaines, New York) 1885


Lavenson's (Shoes, Sacramento) 1901-1902


L. L. Lewis & Co. (Stoves, ranges, home furnishings, Sacramento) 1896


Liberty House (Women's clothing, cosmetics, home goods, San Francisco) circa 1970-1980


Lichtenberger-Ferguson Co. (Saddlery and horse equipment, Los Angeles) 1922, 1958, undated


Henry Likly & Co. (Baggage, Rochester, New York) 1909, undated


Link-Belt Company (Mechanical equipment, San Francisco) 1936


Los Angeles Nursery and Fruit Garden (Childs & Co.) (Fruit trees, Los Angeles) 1872-1873


Los Angeles Saddlery & Finding Co. (Horse equipment, Los Angeles) 1908


Lotus Co. (Oriental import gifts, San Francisco) circa 1960


Luchetti Meat Company (Meats, San Francisco) 1961-1962


Luminous Unit Co. (Lighting fixtures, St. Louis, Missouri, etc.) 1915


Lumiere Jougla Co. (Autochrom plates and photography equipment, New York) 1911


Macy's (Clothing, home goods, gifts, San Francisco) 1960, 1967, 1973-1974, undated


I. Magnin & Co. (Clothing and cosmetics, San Francisco) 1961, 1964, 1965, 1976, 1981, undated


Joseph Magnin (Clothing, home goods, gifts, San Francisco) circa 1967


Main & Winchester (Horse boots, saddlery hardware, San Francisco) 1880, 1889


Manhattan Marine and Electric Co. (Boat supplies, New York City) circa 1950


E. Mansbach & Co. (Trimmings, laces, etc., San Francisco) circa 1885


Manufacturer's Shoe and Supply Company (Clothing and shoes, San Francisco) 1900, 1904

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Marshall-Wells Company (Harness and saddlery equipment, Portland) 1925


C. W. Marwedel (Tools, supplies, metals, San Francisco, Oakland) 1888, 1939


D. Mason & Sons, Ltd. (Saddlery and leather goods, Birmingham and Walsall, England) 1921


William Henry Maule Co. (Flower and vegetable seeds, Philadelphia, Clinton) 1946


Byron Mauzy (Musical instruments, San Francisco) circa 1906


Maxim Gas Company (Maxim gas machine, San Francisco) 1872


Robert Mazaltor & Son, Inc. (Tapestries and needlework, New York, San Francisco) undated


McDonnell Nursery (Flowers, shrubs, trees, Oakland) 1946


Rod McLellan Co. (Orchids, South San Francisco) 1962-1963


F. A. Meana (Harness bits, chaps, bridles, etc., Cheyenne) 1930


Thos. Meherin (Trees, seeds, plants, San Francisco) 1886


Mendel & Co. (Wardrobe tunks, Cincinnati) undated


F. A. Miller & Co. (Rare plants, trees, shrubs, San Francisco) 1879


Miller Box Manufacturing Co. (Bee keepers' supplies, Los Angeles) 1919


Milliken Gardens (Flowers, Arcadia) 1946-1947


Mission Foundry and Stove Works (Fireplace furnishings, San Francisco) circa 1910


Mission Pak (California fruits and gifts, Los Angeles) 1957, 1963, 1967, undated


Geo. W. Moliere's (Rubber printing stamps, San Francisco) circa 1881


Molkenbuhr Bros. (Wholesale gifts, San Francisco) 1960


J. L. Mott Iron Works, The (Stable fittings, New York) 1905


Nanotuck Silk Co. (Knitting silk, Florence, Massachusetts) 1885


Nast, Greenzweig y Ca. (Relojes, diamantes, joyeria y novedades, San Francisco) 1880


National Iris Gardens (Irises, Beaverton, Oregon) 1946-1947


Navlet's (Flowers and vegetables, Oakland) 1945-1946, 1949


Newman and Levinson (Clothing and home goods, San Francisco) 1905


Newton's Fireworks Display Co. Ltd. (Fireworks, San Francisco) 1932


Niehaus Bros. & Co. (Mill finish and stair work, West Berkeley) 1877


North Face, The (Outdoor equipment, Berkeley) 1974-1976


Nuccio's Nurseries (Rare camellias and azaleas, Altadena) 1949-1951, 1953


Oakland Iron Works (Refrigerating and ice machines, Oakland) 1893


Oakland Iron Works (Tutthill water wheels, San Francisco) circa 1904


Oakland Poultry Yards (Fowls and eggs, Oakland) 1885


J. J. O'Brien & Co. (Clothing and domestic goods, San Francisco) 1889


Oriental Jewelry Co. (Imitation diamond jewelry, San Francisco) circa 1900


Oriental Mail Order House (Oriental merchandise, San Francisco) 1922


Osborn & Alexander (Automatic coal oil steam engines, San Francisco) circa 1890


Osborn & Alexander (Henley Monarch roller skates, San Francisco) circa 1884


Pacific Bone Coal and Fertilizing Co. (Fertilizers, San Francisco) circa 1900


Pacific Brass Foundry (Metal castings, San Francisco) 1948


Pacific Coast Rattan Co. (Cane furniture, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles) circa 1905


Pacific Electrical Storage Company (Electrical accumlators, San Francisco) circa 1888


Pacific Fire Extinguisher Co. (Fire control equipment, Los Angeles) 1936


Pacific Iron Works (Water wheels, San Francisco) 1891


Pacific Manufacturing Co. (Windmills, San Francisco) circa 1890


Pacific Metals Company, Ltd. (Stainless steel products, San Francisco, Los Angeles) circa 1945


Pacific Pipe and Supply Company (Pipe bending and coiling, Los Angeles) 1915


Pacific Plastics & Mfg. Co., Inc. (Cabinet hardware, Los Angeles) 1952


Pacific Pump & Windmill Co. (Windmills, pumps, cylinders, San Francisco) circa 1900


Pacific Pump & Windmill Co. (Water tanks, San Francisco) 1903


Pacific Rolling Mill Company (Railroad and street railway materials, San Francisco) 1890


Pacific States Electric Company (Mazda fixtures and brackets, San Francisco, etc.) 1914, undated


Pacific Steel & Wire Co. (Lamb cableway equipment, San Francisco) 1904


Painter & Calvert (Pharmaceutical preparations, San Francisco) 1870


Paraffine Paint Company (Roofing and preservative paings, San Francisco) 1885


Patterson Williams Mfg. Co. (Playground equipment, San Jose) 1941


Patterson Williams Mfg. Co. (Playground equipment, San Jose) 1934


Theodore Payne (California wild flowers, Los Angeles) 1910, 1916


Rex D. Pearce Seedsman (Seeds, plants, bulbs, Moorestown, New Jersey) 1945


Peck & Hills Furniture Co. (Furniture, Chicago, etc.) 1915


Peerless Boiler and Engine (Steam engines and boilers, San Francisco) 1906


Perkins-Campbell Company, The (Whitman saddles and equestrian outfits, Cincinnati) 1923


Petaluma Incubator Co. (Incubators and brooders, Petaluma) 1902-1903


J. J. Pfister Knitting Co. (Knitted bathing suits, San Francisco) 1892


E. C. Pitcher & Co. (Wood millwork and tanks, San Francisco) 1904


Plant Rubber & Asbestos Works (Insulating materials and mechanical packings, San Francisco) 1931


Pope Manufacturing Co., The (Bicycles, Boston) 1886-1887


Wm. Powell Co., The (Steam brass goods, Cincinnati) 1905


QRS Company (Hand played music rolls, Chicago) circa 1918


Ransohoffs (Women's clothing and home goods, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno) circa 1976


Ransom and Randolph Company, The (Dental cabinets and specialties, Toledo) circa 1897


Raphael's Inc. (Men's and boys' clothing, San Francisco) 1901-1902


John Reid & Son (Men's clothing, San Francisco) 1919-1920


Reno Saddlery Co. (Reno) undated


Rich & Sons Nursery (Flowers, plants, trees, Hillsboro, Oregon) 1947-1948, undated


John Roach (Civil engineer and surveyor instruments, San Francisco) circa 1855


Walter J. Robertson (Mining supplies, Stockton) circa 1955


J. Rock's Nurseries (Fruit and ornamental trees, San Jose) 1882, 1886


John A. Roebling's & Sons Co. (Wire rope and wire rope fittings, San Francisco, Trenton) 1896, 1915


Rome Company (Beds, mattresses, studio couches) undated


A. Rothe (Theatrical wigs, Boston) 1909


Round California Chain Corp., Ltd (Commercial chains, South San Francisco) 1940


Lester Rowntree & Co. (California wild flower seeds, Carmel) undated


Russell Gardens (Daylilies, Spring, Texas) 1946-1947


Sadler & Co. (Holiday and home goods, etc., San Francisco) 1884, 1905, 1912

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Safe-Cabinet Company, The (File cabinets, Marietta) 1911


St. Francis Importation Co. (Wines and liquors, San Francisco) undated


San Francisco Planing Mill Owners' Association (Millwork and mouldings, San Francisco) 1922


Santa Rosa Nurseries (Santa Rosa) undated


Santa Rosa Shoe Co., Inc. (Shoes and boots, Santa Rosa) 1959


Schlage Lock Company (Locks and latches, San Francisco) 1950


Max Schling Seedsmen, Inc. (Flower and vegetable seeds, New York) 1930, 1945


Jessie L. Seal (Dahlias, San Francisco) 1922


Sears Roebuck and Co. (Clothing, home goods, automotive supplies, Seattle) 1922, 1924


Paul Seiler Electrical Works (Electrical apparatus, San Francisco) 1900


E. J. Shattuck Co. (Printing and lithographic inks, San Francisco) circa 1900


Shattuck Hardware (Gifts and cooking supplies, Berkeley) 1956


Sherman, Clay & Co. (Musical merchandise, San Francisco) 1922-1923


Sherwood Hall Nurseries (Plants and flower seeds, Menlo Park) 1892


Shreve & Company (Jewelry, San Francisco) 1945


Silverwoods (Christmas gifts, Los Angeles, etc.) 1959


Skinner, Hirsch, Kaye (Cameras and photography supplies, San Francisco) 1958


F. F. Smith & Co., Inc. (Flower and vegetable seeds, Sacramento) 1941, 1942


Smith-Worthington Co., The (Harnesses and saddles, New York, Hartford, Connecticut) 1922


Smoot-Holman Company (Enameled kitchen ware, Inglewood) undated


A. G. Spalding & Bros. (Athletic goods, San Francisco) 1911


Spiro Co., The (Outdoor and sporting goods, San Francisco) 1922


Standard Felt Company (Slippers and feltware, West Alhambra) undated


Standard Sanitary Mfg. Co. (Porcelain enamel fixtures, Pittsburgh) 1905-1906


Stark Bro's Nurseries (Landscape planting guide and plants, Louisiana, Missouri) 1944, undated


Starr Brothers Bell Co., The (Engine and door bells, East Hampton) 1902


Fred M. Stern (Western riding equipment, San Jose) undated


Stern's (Western riding equipment, San Jose) 1939


George S. Stewart Company, The (Burntwork furniture, Norwalk) undated


L. D. Stone & Co. (Cowboy supplies and saddlery, San Francisco) undated

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Stover Mfg. Company (Windmills, Freeport) undated


Straub Mfg. Co. (Mining machinery, Freeport) 1944


Levi Strauss & Co. (Clothing and domestic goods, San Francisco) 1900, 1912


Strobel & Co. (Antique mouldings, Cincinnati) 1887


W. R. Strong & Co. (Seeds, trees, etc., Sacramento) 1887-1888


Studebaker Bros. Mfg. Co. (Carriages and wagons, San Francisco) 1886


Stumpp & Walter Co. (Bulbs, New York) 1945


Edmund D. Sturtevant (Water lilies and aquatic plants, Hollywood) 1907


Sun Tent and Awning Co. (Cotton duck, tents, burlap, San Francisco) 1917


Sunset Seed and Plant Co. (Seeds, garden supplies, San Francisco, Menlo Park) 1894, 1897


Talbert-Whitmore Company (Los Angeles) undated


Taylor Hardware (Tools and home goods, San Francisco) circa 1963


Technical Glass Co., Inc. (Glassware, Los Angeles, New York) undated


Television-Radio Supply Co. (Electronic parts and equipment, San Francisco) 1952


Tennyson Nursery Co. (Flowers and plants, Oakland) 1927


Tiffany & Co. (Jewelry and gifts, San Francisco) 1964


Truman, Hooker & Co. (Buggies and carriages, San Francisco, Fresno) undated

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

R. J. Trumbull & Co.'s (Trees, shrubs, plants, San Francisco) 1879, 1884, 1886


Tubbs Cordage Company (Rope and twine, San Francisco) 1911, circa 1913, 1915, undated


Tungstolier Company, The (Folding lighting units, Cleveland) 1909


Tuttle & Clark (Horse goods, Detroit) 1922


A. A. Van Voorhies & Co. (Harnesses and saddles, Sacramento) undated


Van Voorhies Phinney Co., The (Footware, clothing, and saddlery, Sacramento) 1920, 1922, 1928, 1929, 1938, 1940, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Vetterle & Reinelt (Flowers and plants, Capitola) 1946, 1948, 1954, 1967


Sevin Vincent & Co. (Seeds and plants, San Francisco) 1884


Visalia Stock Saddle Co. (Saddles, San Francisco) undated


Walsh's Mail Order House (Clothing and home goods, San Francisco) circa 1905


Waltz Gardens (Fuchsias, Ross) 1961


Montgomery Ward & Co. (Clothing and home goods, Chicago, etc.) 1915


Montgomery Ward & Co. (Wallpaper) 1947


Warner Iris Gardens (Irises, Grandview, Washington) 1947, undated


Warren & Son's Garden and Nurseries (Fruit and ornamental trees, Sacramento) 1853-1854


Washburn & Moen M'f'g. Co. (Clock and motor springs, Worcester) 1896


Washington Iron Works (Logging equipment, Seattle) 1921


Wayside Gardens (Flowers and shrubs, Mentor, Ohio) 1945, undated


C. F. Weber & Company (School equipment and supplies, San Francisco, etc.) 1930


Weber Show Case & Fixture Co. (Display cases, Los Angeles) 1909


Weinstock, Lubin and Company (Clothing and home goods, Sacramento) 1905, 1913-1914, 1917-1918


Welford Ranch (Aberdeen-Angus cattle, San Leandro) 1946


Wellman, Peck & Co. (Coffee and grocery specialties, Oakland) 1936


Western Blind & Screen Co. (Venetian blinds and door screens, Los Angeles, Pasadena) undated


Western Builders' Supply Co. (Ornamental wood mouldings, San Francisco) 1911, 1927


Western Light & Fixture Co., Inc. (Gas lamps and mantles, Los Angeles) undated


Western Pipe & Steel Co. of California (Steel vessels and tanks, San Francisco, Los Angeles) 1919-1920, 1944

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Weule Nautical Instruments (San Francisco) circa 1907


White House, The (Clothing and home goods, San Francisco) 1961, undated


White, Rogers & Co. (Ore concentrators, San Francisco) circa 1897-1898


Wiley & Russell Mfg. Co. (Machinery and tools, San Francisco) undated


Andrew Wilkie Co. (Moulding and mill work, San Francisco) 1904


Will & Finck (Gambler's cheating equipment, San Francisco) 1896


Will & Finck Co. (Home goods and toys, San Francisco) undated


Wilshire Gardens (Flowering bulbs, Hoquiam, Washington) 1946


Wilson & Bro. (Doors, windows, blinds, San Francisco) 1895


Winchester Repeating Arms Co. (Guns and ammunition, New Haven) 1922


G. E. Witt Co., Inc. (Oil burning equipment, San Francisco) 1918


F. W. Woolworth (Clothing and home goods, San Francisco) 1956


Series 2:  Bound catalogs 1871-1976

Physical Description: 19 linear feet

Allis-Chalmers Company (Saw mill machinery and supplies, Milwaukee, Chicago, etc.) 1902


Alvord Reamer & Tool Co. (Drills, reamers, and milling cutters, Millersburg, Pennsylvania) 1922


Baker & Hamilton (Hardware and agricultural implements, Sacramento, San Francisco) circa 1879-1883, circa 1950-1956, undated

Physical Description: 7.0 volumes

Baker, Hamilton & Pacific Company (General hardware, San Francisco) 1937, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Benicia Agricultural Works (Agricultural implements, Benicia) 1888


Berger and Carter Company (Fruit and vegetable canning supplies, San Francisco) 1917


Berger and Carter Company (Machine shop tools, San Francisco) 1918


Best's Blocks, Inc. (Concrete masonry blocks, Union City) circa 1966


F. W. Braun & Company (Druggists' sundries, Los Angeles) 1903


J. G. Brill Company, The (City and interurban cars, Philadelphia) 1910


Brittan, Holbrook & Co. (Tinners' machines and house furnishing goods, San Francisco) 1871


California Door Company, The (Doors, sash, blinds, San Francisco) 1910, 1915, 1923

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

California Hardware Company (General hardware and aviation supplies, Los Angeles) 1950


California Mill Co. (Mill work, San Francisco) 1904


California Powder Works (Gunpowder, Santa Cruz) undated


California Saw Works (Saws and supplies, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle) 1900, 1903, 1924

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

Cane Building Supply Co. (Building supplies, Los Angeles) 1924


Walter R. Carr Co. (Tools and shop supplies, San Francisco) 1957


Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. (Cutter and tool grinder, Cincinnati) 1922


Clabrough, Golcher & Co. (Guns, ammunition, bicycles, San Francisco) 1892-1893


Justinian Claire Company (Assayers' materials and supplies, San Francisco) 1889, 1896, circa 1911, 1924

Physical Description: 4.0 volumes

Cleveland Twist Drill Co., The (High speed tools, Cleveland) 1946


Columbia Steel Company (Rolled steel products, San Francisco) 1935


Compressed Air and General Machinery Company (Machinery, San Francisco) circa 1912


Crane Co. (Lavatories, San Francisco) 1912


Crane Company (Plumbing supplies, Chicago) 1898


Crouse-Hinds Company (Condulets, Syracuse) 1914


Dalziel-Moller Co. (Plumbing supplies and fixtures, San Francisco) 1915


Davis Emergency Equipment Co., Inc. (First aid supplies, Newark, Buffalo, New York, Chicago, Houston) 1941


Thomas Day & Co. (Brass and iron goods, San Francisco) 1885


Thomas Day Company (Combination fixtures, San Francisco) undated


Dow Steam Pump Works (Pumping and hydraulic machinery, San Francisco) 1895


Ducommun Metals & Supplies Co. (Tools and welding equipment) 1947


Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co. (Hardware and tools, San Francisco) 1888, 1903, 1909, undated

Physical Description: 6.0 volumes

Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co. (Electrical supplies, San Francisco) undated

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

James W. Edwards (Dental instruments and materials, San Francisco) circa 1885


Electric Appliance Company (Electric light, railway, telephone supplies, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, New Orleans) 1924


Electric, Railway & Manufacturers Supply Co. (Electrical merchandise, San Francisco) undated


Feigenbaum & Co. (Fancy goods, San Francisco) circa 1885


J. H. A. Folkers & Brother (Dental goods, San Francisco) 1878


W. P. Fuller & Co. (Paints and brushes, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland) 1905, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Garehime & Boone (Builders' hardware, San Francisco) 1950


General Electric Company (Electrical specialties, Schenectady) 1904, 1912

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

General Electric Supply Corporation (Electrical supplies and apparatus) undated


General Machinery and Supply Company (Construction equipment, San Francisco) 1948


Gilmore Steel and Supply Co. (Tools and industrial supplies, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland) 1949


Gladding, McBean & Co. (Architectural ceramics, Lincoln) circa 1902, 1962-1970

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Gleason-Tiebout Glass Co. (Gas and electric lighting glassware, Brooklyn, New York, Chicago, San Francisco) undated


A. J. Glesener Co., Inc., The (Industrial supplies, San Francisco) 1930, 1957

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Harper & Reynolds Corporation (General hardware, Los Angeles) 1953


William Hatteroth (Hospital supplies, San Francisco) 1895


Haviside Company (Ship chandlery, San Francisco) undated


Hawley Bros. Hardware Co. (Hardware and agricultural implements, San Francisco) 1884


C. J. Hendry Co. (Marine supplies, San Francisco, San Pedro, San Diego) 1945


Heyman Company, Inc., The (Household hardware, San Francisco) undated


Heyman-Weil Company, The (Household hardware, San Francisco) 1926, 1932

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Hoffman Hardware Company (General and builders' hardware, Los Angeles) undated


Holabird-Reynolds Companies (Electrical supplies, San Francisco) 1911


Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson (Automotive equipment, San Francisco) undated


Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson (Household supplies and hardware, San Francisco, Los Angeles) 1911, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson (Plumbing fixtures and supplies, San Francisco, Los Angeles) 1897, 1910, 1914-1915, 1925

Physical Description: 4.0 volumes

Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson (Stoves and ranges, San Francisco, Los Angeles) 1915-1916, 1922

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Howard Supply Company (Industrial supplies, Los Angeles) undated


Huntington, Hopkins & Co. (Hardware, San Francisco, Sacramento) 1879, 1884


Hulse-Bradford Co. (Drapery and upholstery goods, San Francisco) undated


Johnson & Joseph Co. (Marine hardware and boat supplies, San Francisco) 1936, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

F. S. Johnson Company (Saddlery, San Francisco) undated


Keuffel & Esser Co. (Drawing materials and surveying instruments, New York) 1928


C.A. Klinkner and Co. (Stamps, stencils, badges, printing equipment, office and stationery supplies, San Francisco) 1890


Moise Klinkner Co. (Stamps, stencils, badges, printing equipment, office and stationery supplies, San Francisco) 1923


Patrick and Moise-Klinkner Co. (Stamps, stencils, badges, printing equipment, office and stationery supplies, San Francisco) 1923


Kny-Scheerer Company (Surgical instruments, New York) 1904


Langley & Michaels Co. (Pharmaceutical supplies, San Francisco) 1897


A. Lietz Company, The (Drawing materials and surveying instruments, San Francisco) 1899, 1914-1915, 1919

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

Louden Machinery Company, The (Barn and hog house equipment, Fairfield, Iowa) 1923


J. F. Lucey Co. (Gas and mining supplies, Los Angeles 1910


Marshall-Newell Supply Co. (Hardware and supplies, San Francisco) 1914, 1921, 1957

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

C. W. Marwedel (Tools, metals, equipment, San Francisco) 1922, 1939, 1953

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

Masonry Industry of California (Masonry design manual, San Francisco) 1969


B. F. McDonald Company (Safety equipment, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston) circa 1942


McIntosh Battery and Optical Co. (Batteries and electro-therapeutical appliances, Chicago) 1897, 1906

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Meese & Gottfried Company (Machinery, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland) 1916, 1922

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

Miller, Sloss & Scott (General hardware, San Francisco) circa 1898


Miller & Stern Supply Co. (Industrial, automotive, machine shop supplies, San Francisco) 1946


Newman & Levinson (Clothing and decorative art supplies, San Francisco) 1885


Nordman Bros. Company (Jewelers' tools and materials, San Francisco) 1911


Pacific Hardware & Steel Company (General hardware, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland) undated


Pacific Iron Works (Machinery, San Francisco) 1867


Pacific Manufacturing Co. (Sash and doors, Santa Clara) 1923


Pacific Metals Company, Ltd. (Metals and special products, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Phoenix) undated


Pacific Mill and Mine Supply Co. (Mechanical supplies and rubber goods, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland) 1917, 1931

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Pacific Rolling Mill Company (Railroad and merchant iron, San Francisco) 1885


Pacific States Electric Company (Electrical supplies, San Francisco) 1911, 1919, 1921, 1926, 1929

Physical Description: 5.0 volumes

Pacific Tank & Pipe Co. (Wood-stave pipes, San Francisco) 1921


Progressive Planing Mill Co. (Mill and cabinet work, San Francisco) 1904


Redington & Co. (Druggists' sundries, San Francisco) 1891


Reid Bros., Inc. (Hospital supplies, San Francisco) 1924


Republic Supply Company (Industrial supplies, Los Angeles, San Leandro) 1952


John A. Roebling's Sons Company (Wire, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland) 1922


J. Roylance Brass Works, The (Brass goods, San Francisco) 1893


J. C. Sala (Surveyors' instruments, San Francisco) 1889-1899

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Schlage Lock Company (Building locks, San Francisco) 1936


Sears, Roebuck and Co. (General merchandise and apparel, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles) 1915, 1927, 1970

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

Seller Bros. & Co. (Hardware and house furnishings, San Francisco) undated

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Sloss & Brittain (Mechanics' hand tools, San Francisco) 1939


Taber-Bigelow Co. Inc. (Machine tools and supplies, San Francisco) 1911


George H. Tay Company (Steam, gas, water fitter supplies, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle) 1905


George H. Tay Company (Plumbing fixtures, hardware, San Francisco) 1899

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Tay-Holbrook Inc. (Tools and machinery, San Francisco) 1931


Thomson-Diggs Co., The (Mechanics' goods, and hardware, Sacramento) 1906, 1918, 1943

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

Travers Surgical Co. (Surgical instruments, San Francisco) 1929


R. J. Trumbull & Co. (Seeds, trees, plants, San Francisco) 1885


Union Hardware & Metal Co. (Hardware and metals, Los Angeles) 1953


Union Iron Works (Engines, boilers, and hydraulic machinery, San Francisco) 1896


Walworth Company (Valves and pipe fittings, New York) 1957


Warren & Baily Company (Mine, mill and industrial supplies, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno) 1937


Waterhouse & Lester (Lumber and hardware, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Portland) undated


Waterhouse & Lester Co. (Automotive equipment and shop supplies, San Francisco, Los Angeles) 1924


Weeks-Howe-Emerson Co. (Marine supplies and boat equipment, San Francisco) 1942, 1976, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

Weinstock-Nichols Co. (Automobile accessories, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles) circa 1912-1913

Physical Description: 2.0 volumes

Western Casket Company (Caskets, Oakland) undated


Western Electric Company (Electrical supplies and fixtures, San Francisco) 1900-1902

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes

Woodwork Institute of California (Millwork, Fresno) 1962