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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Foy Brothers Records
    Dates: 1854-1925
    Collection Number: mssFoy brothers
    Creator: Foy Brothers (Firm : Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Extent: 106 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains 62 financial volumes and one folder of ephemera for the Foy Brothers saddler and harness business in Los Angeles, California, dating from 1854 to 1925.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Foy Brothers Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift from Mary E. Foy, November 15, 1938,

    Biographical Note

    Foy Brothers, a Los Angeles harness and saddler firm was founded in 1854 by Samuel Calvert Foy and his brother, John Moran Foy. Their partnership continued until 1865 when John moved to San Bernardino to open his own firm; he died in 1892. Samuel continued to direct the Los Angeles firm until his death in 1901.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains 62 financial volumes and one folder of ephemera for the Foy Brothers saddler and harness business in Los Angeles. Many of the volumes have items in them including correspondence, receipts, invoices, handwritten notes, etc. These were left in place. The ephemera includes receipts, invoices, tax information and receipts, a business license, and a catalog for "S.C. Foy...Manufacturer and Dealer In...Harness, Saddles, Collars, Whips, Lap Robes, Dusters and Nets, Etc. Los Angeles, Cal." These financial volumes give insight into the Foy Brothers' business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. They did business with many prominent Californians including Abel Stearns, Pio Pico, and Phineas Banning.


    The collection is organized in the following manner:
    • Journals (9 volumes)
    • Ledgers (8 volumes)
    • Cash books (23 volumes)
    • Miscellaneous Volumes (22 volumes)
    • Ephemera (1 folder)
    Each section is arranged chronologically except the miscellaneous volumes which are organized first alphabetically by volume title or type, then chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal Names

    Banning, Phineas,1830-1885
    Foy, John Moran, d. 1892
    Foy, Samuel Calvert, 1830-1901
    Pico, Pío, 1801-1894
    Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871

    Corporate Names

    Foy Brothers (Firm : Los Angeles, Calif.)


    Business enterprises -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives
    Saddlery -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- Sources

    Geographic Areas

    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)


    Account books -- California, Southern
    Business records -- California, Southern
    Cashbooks -- California, Southern
    Ledgers (account books) -- Califonrnia, Southern