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Finding Aid to the Herbert Gaytes Papers
BANC MSS 67/71 c  
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  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Separated Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Herbert Gaytes papers
    creator: Gaytes, Herbert
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 67/71 c
    Physical Description: 24 linear feet (15 cartons; 1 box; 10 oversize boxes; 14 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1838-1965
    Date (bulk): 1890-1959
    Physical Location: Many of The Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    Abstract: Herbert Gaytes (1871-1959) was an engineer and amateur photographer whose engineering career in the western United States focused on projects around water rights and the selection, design, construction, and management of hydro-electric power plants, electric rail systems, steam power stations, and telephone lines.

    Biographical Information

    Herbert Gaytes (1871-1959) was an engineer and amateur photographer whose engineering career in the western United States focused on projects around water rights and the selection, design, construction, and management of hydro-electric power plants, electric rail systems, steam power stations, and telephone lines. In his personal life, Gaytes documented the world around him in a number of photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, and drawings. Gaytes was born in Cook, Illinois as the only child of Carol (sometimes written Carroll) Gaytes (1833-1883) and Theresa Herbert Gaytes (1852-1931). He attended the Chicago Manual Training School from 1896-1888, Beloit Academy in Beloit, Wisconsin from 1888-1889, and Beloit College from 1889-1893 where he received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. After traveling to London in 1894, Gaytes conducted post-graduate work in Electrical Engineering at the Armour Institute of Technology (now called the Illinois Institute of Technology) where he was also an instructor in Electrical Engineering from 1896-1897. Around the year 1897, Gaytes moved to Oakland, California where he became an engineer at numerous transit and power companies, including the Oakland Transit Company, the Boston-South Dakota Gold Mining Company, the Southern Pacific Company, and the Alaska Engineering Commission. In Oakland, he lived with his mother Theresa until her death in 1931, and the following year, married Mabel Bradley who he remained with until his death in 1959. Mabel died six years later in 1965. Much is recorded about the life of Gaytes and his family through his personal diaries and scrapbooks, which document his daily activities, diet, weather, and health, as well as visits from family and friends, vacations, and current events. Similarly, his professional notebooks record much of his business transactions, research and reference materials, and projects conducted during his career as an engineer. Although Oakland remained his permanent home, Gaytes’ work brought him to locations all over the western United States, such as Alaska, Washington, and Oregon, among other locations.

    Scope and Content

    The Herbert Gaytes’ Papers (1838-1965) document the life and career of Herbert Gaytes, an engineer (electrical) and amateur photographer. The collection highlights the day-to-day life of Herbert Gaytes and much of his family, as well as early 20th century water rights, hydro-electric projects, and railways in the western United States. The records in this collection are divided into three series. The first series, Personal and Family Material (1839-1965), includes: diaries and scrapbooks; correspondence and announcements; school essays and related documents; family genealogy; personal drawings; and other documents that examine Herbert Gaytes’ education, early life, and lineage. The second series, Professional Material (1855-1954), encompasses Herbert Gaytes' career as an engineer in the western United States and includes: engineering notebooks; reports; measurements and data; blueprints and graphs; city, state, and regional maps; equipment specifications; professional correspondence; and annual corporation reports. Companies documented include the Oakland Transit Company, the Boston-South Dakota Gold Mining Company, the Southern Pacific Company, and the Alaskan Engineering Commission. The final series, Expense and Income Material (1880-1965), contains personal and professional financial information recorded by Herbert Gaytes, his mother Theresa Herbert Gaytes, and wife Mabel Bradley Gaytes, documenting both day-to-day expenses and annual income.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Herbert Gaytes papers, BANC MSS 67/71 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Herbert Gaytes papers were purchased by The Bancroft Library from Holmes Book Co. in 1966.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Joanna M. Black in 2014.

    Separated Materials

    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1966.003--PIC).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gaytes, Herbert--Archives
    Electrical engineering--United States
    Hydroelectric power plants--United States
    Water rights--United States
    Southern Pacific Company
    Alaskan Engineering Commission
    Armour Institute of Technology
    Beloit College