Finding Aid to the Macaulay Foundry records

Finding Aid written by Bancroft Library staff
The Bancroft Library
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

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.

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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


Series 1: Administrative

Physical Description: Carton 1; carton 2, folder 1-29; oversize box 3-4; oversize folder 1; volume 1, 16
carton 1, folder 1-5

Board of Directors and Management Committee meeting minutes, 1906-1988

carton 2

Board of Directors and Management Committee meeting minutes (continued), 1906-1988

oversize-folder 1

Articles of incorporation (certificate), 1906

carton 2, folder 6

Logbook of visitors, 1942-1945

volume 1

Logbook of visitors, 1969-70

volume 16

Register of customers, 1964-1967

carton 2, folder 7-9

Brochures, circa 1960-2000

carton 2, folder 10

Catalogue, 1910

carton 2, folder 11-12

Organizational Manual, 1981

carton 2, folder 13

Service Aware Proposal, circa 1968

carton 2, folder 14

Founded by the Bay: The History of the Macaulay Foundry, 1996

carton 2, folder 15

Issues of Modern Casting Magazine, 1996

carton 2, folder 16

Correspondence, Pacific Wall Beds, 1920-1924

carton 2, folder 17

Operations Manual, circa 1930

carton 2, folder 18

Clippings, circa 1948-1964

carton 2, folder 19

Address Book, circa 1910

carton 2, folder 20

Land purchased by the H.C. Macaulay Foundry, 1919

carton 2, folder 21

Assorted papers, 1960-1969

carton 2, folder 22

Letter from Governor Pete Wilson on occasion of 100th anniversary, 1960-1969

carton 2, folder 23

Navy Price Adjustment Board renegotiation data, 1944

carton 2, folder 24-25

Daniel Molander: history of the company and other materials, 1939-1969

carton 2, folder 26-27

Company history, undated

carton 2, folder 28

Interviews with former employees Frank Angella, Tom Schparro, and Frank Miranda, 1994-1995

carton 2, folder 29

Report of accidents, 1913-1922

oversize-box 3-4

American Foundrymen's Association, Northern California Chapter meeting notices and attendence charts (scrapbooks), 1945-1967

oversize-folder 1

Artwork for company logo, undated


Series 2: Financial. circa 1906-2000

Physical Description: Carton 2, folder 30-35; carton 3-6; carton 7, folder 1-11; oversize box 1-2, 5-7; box 5-7; volume 2-15; oversize folder 1
carton 2, folder 29-35

Financial statements, 1938-2000

carton 3

Financial statements, 1938-2000

oversize-folder 1

Comparative analysis of sales and profits, 1919-1940

carton 4, folder 1-4

Stock and dividend books, 1914-1966

carton 4, folder 5-6

Inventory, 1908-1909

carton 4, folder 7-10

Private ledger, 1906-1949

oversize-box 1

Ledgers (2), 1906-1911

carton 4, folder 7-10

Ledger, 1945-1947

carton 5, folder 1-3

Ledger (continued), 1945-1947

box 5

Accounts, 1922-1941

box 6, folder 1-3

Accounts (continued), 1922-1941

box 6, folder 4-6

Accounts, 1912-1944

box 7

Accounts, 1912-1944

oversize-box 6

Accounts, 1957-1958

oversize-box 7

Accounts, 1959-1965



volume 2


oversize-box 5


volume 3


volume 4


volume 5


volume 6


volume 7


volume 8


volume 9


volume 10


volume 11


volume 12


volume 13


volume 14


volume 15


carton 5, folder 4-14

Merchandise, materials charged, and labor, 1906-1955

carton 6

Merchandise, materials charged, and labor (continued), 1906-1955

carton 7, folder 1-3

Merchandise, materials charged, and labor (continued), 1906-1955

carton 7, folder 4-7

Price books, 1917-1921 undated

carton 7, folder 8

Bids and prices, circa 1908-1913

carton 7, folder 9-11

Labor costs, circa 1918-1935

oversize-box 2

Trial Balance, circa 1908-1910


Series 3: Pattern Shop. circa 1906-1966

Physical Description: Carton 7, folder 12-13; carton 8-12; carton 13, folder 1-8; carton 14, folder 1-6; box 1-4; volume 17-19
carton 7, folder 12-13

Pattern shop accounts, 1907-1949

carton 8, folder 1-7

Pattern shop accounts, 1907-1949

carton 8, folder 8-10

Pattern shop order books, 1906-1908

carton 9

Pattern shop order books, 1908-1923

carton 10

Pattern shop order books, 1923-1938

carton 11

Pattern shop order books, 1938-1951

carton 12, folder 1-5

Pattern shop order books, 1950-1954

volume 19

Pattern shop order books, 1953-1954

carton 12, folder 6-8

Pattern shop time books, circa 1910-1944

carton 13, folder 1-8

Pattern shop time books, circa 1910-1944

carton 13, folder 9

Castings (by date), 1950-1955

carton 13, folder 10-11

Orders (by customer), 1911-1951

carton 14, folder 1-4

Orders (by customer), 1911-1951

volume 17

Orders (by customer), 1911-1951

volume 18

Orders (by customer), 1911-1951

carton 14, folder 5

Item specifications, circa 1910-1930

carton 14, folder 6

Pattern books, assorted patterns, approximately 1910

box 1

Pattern books, 1910-1966

Scope and Contents

Aircraft Engine Corp., Apex Manufacturing Co., Aqua Oil Burner Co., Berkeley Iron Works, California Corrugated Culvert Co., California Cap Co., California Paper and Board Mills, California Motors Co., California Transit Co., Carquinez Brick and Tile Co., Caterpillar Tractor Co., Celite Products Co., Charles J. Braun Matress Co., City of Richmond, City of Salinas.
box 2

Pattern books, 1910-1966

Scope and Contents

Cleveland Patterns, Commercial Chemical Manufacturing Co., Doble Inc. Mechanical Engineers, Doble Steam Motors, Decora Manufacturing Co., Dow Pump and Diesel Engine Co., East Bay Water Co., Edward E. Mueke, Electro - Kold Corp., El Dorado Oil Works, Fageol Motor, Giant Powder Construction, Great Western Meter Co., Guiberson Corporation, Hudson Lumber Co., Hydraulic Pipe Co., John Phillips, Key System Transit Co., L.D. Frazee, Leon Hommel Machine Works, Leona Chemical Co., Lea - Moran Machine Works, Liberty Machine Co., M. Greenberg's Sons, Masan Matt Whiskey Distilling Co., Metals Atomizing Co., Menasco Motors Co., Miles Standish Auto Co., Nordstrom, Natomas Mining Co., Oakland and Antioch R.R. Co., Oakland Mazda Lamp Division, Pacific Container Company, Redwood Manufacturing Co.
box 3

Pattern books, 1910-1966

Scope and Contents

Redwood Manufacturing Co., Sacramento Clay Products Col, Scandia Pacific Oil Engine Co., Solano Iron Works, Standard Gas Engine Co.
box 4

Pattern books, 1910-1966

Scope and Contents

Standard Gas Engine Co., State of California Department of Engineering, Stauffer Oil Co., The Threaded Products Co., The Kauai Telephone Co., The Paraffine Paint Co., The Sharples Spec. Co., University of California, Veri Manufacturing, Western Die Casting Co., Western Union Telegraph Co., Western Sulpher Co., Wiley Machine Co., Western Electric, W.J. Barretts' Wire Rope Machine, Western States Porcelain Co., Western Grain and Sugar Products Co.
carton 14, folder 5

Item specifications, circa 1910-1930

carton 13, folder 10-11

Orders (by customer), 1911-

carton 14, folder 1-4

Orders (by customer), 1911-


Series 4: Other Materials. circa 1903-1919

Physical Description: carton 14, folders 7-12
carton 4, folder 7-8

Wildwood Dairy Company minutes and other materials, 1914-1919

carton 4, folder 9-10

Reynolds Manufacturing Company, 1903-1910

carton 4, folder 11-12

Union Paper Company ledger, articles of partnership, and cashbook, 1917-1919