Foy Brothers Records

Finding aid prepared by Brooke M. Black.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Manuscripts Department
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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.

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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.

Arrangement

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.)

Subjects

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

Geographic Areas

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

Genre

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


Container List

 

Journals (Volumes 1-9)

Volume 1

Journal 1854-1866

Volume 2

Journal 1857-1859

Volume 3

Journal 1859-1860

Volume 4

Journal 1861-1876

Volume 5

Journal 1867-1869

Volume 6

Journal 1880-1893

Volume 7

Journal 1893-1897

Volume 8

Journal 1897-1908

Volume 9

Journal 1908-1825

 

Ledgers (Volume 10-17)

Volume 10

Ledger 1855-1862

Volume 11

Ledger 1863

Volume 12

Ledger 1864-1865

Volume 13

Ledger 1867-1871

Volume 14

Ledger 1870-1880

Volume 15

Ledger 1870-1897

Volume 16

Ledger 1897-1906

Volume 17

Ledger 1906-1925

 

Cashbooks (Volumes 18-40)

Volume 18

Cashbook 1867-1870

Volume 19

Cashbook 1885-1896

Volume 20

Cashbook 1895-1897

Volume 21

Cashbook 1896-1899

Volume 22

Cashbook 1897-1899

Volume 23

Cashbook 1899-1900

Volume 24

Cashbook 1899-1902

Volume 25

Cashbook 1899-1902

Volume 26

Cashbook 1900-1902

Volume 27

Cashbook 1902-1903

Volume 28

Cashbook 1902-1905

Volume 29

Cashbook 1902-1906

Volume 30

Cashbook 1903-1905

Volume 31

Cashbook 1905-1908

Volume 32

Cashbook 1905-1914

Volume 33

Cashbook 1906-1915

Volume 34

Cashbook 1908-1910

Volume 35

Cashbook 1910-1912

Volume 36

Cashbook 1912-1915

Volume 37

Cashbook 1914-1925

Volume 38

Cashbook 1915-1920

Volume 39

Cashbook 1915-1922

Volume 40

Cashbook 1920-1924

 

Miscellaneous (Volumes 41-62)

Volume 41

Client List. [circa 1895]

Volume 42

Credit Sales. 1894-1896

Volume 43

Credit Sales. 1896-1897

Volume 44

Credit Sales. 1897-1900

Volume 45

Credit Sales. 1900-1902

Volume 46

Credit Sales. 1902-1904

Volume 47

Credit Sales. 1904-1905

Volume 48

Credit Sales. 1905-1907

Volume 49

Credit Sales. 1907-1911

Volume 50

Credit Sales. 1912-1918

Volume 51

Daybook. [circa 1898]

Volume 52

Daybook. 1899-1911

Volume 53

Estimates of Shop Work. 1896-1901

Volume 54

Expenses. 1892-1897

Volume 55

Expenses. 1899-1901

Volume 56

Expenses. 1901-1902

Volume 57

Expenses. 1904-1907

Volume 58

Expenses. 1908-1912

Volume 59

Expenses. 1913-1919

Volume 60

Inventory. [undated]

Volume 61

Invoice Index File. 1892-1897

Volume 62

Invoice Index File. 1897-1901

 

Ephemera

Envelope

Ephemera folder 1869-1920

16 items