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Macaulay Foundry records
BANC MSS 2003/159 c  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Separated Materials
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Processing Information
  • Company History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Macaulay Foundry records
    creator: Macaulay Foundry, Inc.
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2003/159 c
    Physical Description: 29 linear feet (14 cartons, 19 volumes, 7 oversize boxes, 7 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1906-2000
    Date (bulk): 1910-1960
    Abstract: Records of the Macaulay Foundry of Berkeley, California, including administrative materials, financial records, records of the pattern shop, and other assorted materials.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English
    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.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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.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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Macaulay Foundry records, BANC MSS 2003/159 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Separated Materials

    Photographs and pictorial materials have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Acquisition Information

    The Macaulay Foundry records were gifted to the Bancroft Library by the Macaulay Foundry in 2003.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library staff in 2013.

    Company History

    The Macaulay Foundry was founded in San Francisco, California in 1896 by Henry Clayton Macaulay, who had come to California in 1891. During his first five years in California, Macaulay worked as s molder at the National Iron Works and then as foundry foreman for the Byron Jackson Machine Works. In 1896, Byron Jackson, faced with a foundry that was an economic liability during the depression of the 1890s, sold his foundry to Macaulay. The foundry was located on Bluxome Street, in the center of the city's manufacturing district, and it started making castings primarily for Byron Jackson's Machine Shop and soliciting for whatever other business was available. Macaulay's early partners in this venture were John Lauffner, Philip McHale and Daniel Molander. In 1906, the foundry was destroyed in the great earthquake and fire that consumed San Francisco's business and manufacturing districts. H.C. Macaulay, like many other San Francisco manufacturers at the time, decided to move across the bay. The Macaulay Foundry was rebuilt on Carleton Street in Berkeley, California. The company was formally incorporated as the H.C. Macaulay Foundry in 1906. From 1896 until 1937, the Macaulay Foundry's largest customer was the Byron Jackson Machine Works, the largest pump manufacturer in the West. Other prominent early customers included the Hall-Scott Motor Car Company, the Union Gas Engine Company, and the American Can Company. Later customers included Pacific Gas and Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Lawrence Livermore International, and Solar Turbines.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection consists of the administrative and financial records of the Macaulay Foundry as well as the records of the company's Pattern Shop. The records date from 1906 to circa 2000, with the bulk of materials dating from 1910 to 1960. Notable among the administrative records are minutes of the Board of Directors and the Management Committee from 1906 to 1988 and various company histories and oral histories. The collection includes only a small amount of scattered correspondence. Among the financial records are annual financial statements, cashbooks and journals from 1906 to 1944, and volumes documenting the purchasing of raw and other materials and the costs of labor in the foundry. The Pattern Shop records consist of account books (1907-1949), pattern shop order books (1907-1954), time books (1910-1944), and pattern books for various customers (1910-1966). In addition, the collection includes a small amount of material documenting H.C. Macaulay's other business interests, including the Wildwood Dairy Company and the Reynolds Manufacturing Company.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Macaulay Foundry, Inc.
    Molander, Daniel
    Macaulay Foundry, Inc.--Archives
    American Foundrymen's Association. Northern California Chapter
    Wildwood Dairy Company
    Reynold's Manufacturing Company
    Union Paper Company
    Foundries--California--San Francisco
    Foundry workers--California--Berkeley--Interviews
    Financial records
    Articles of incorporation
    Pattern books