Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Josiah Little Pickard and Fanny Jollyman scrapbook of autographs and letters
Collection Number: 74-4418
Pickard, J. L. (Josiah Little), 1824-1914
Extent: 1 scrapbook
Online items available
History San Jose Research Library
San Jose, California 95112
Abstract: Collection of autographs and letters, created by Josiah Little Pickard and his daughter Fanny Jollyman. Most of the letters
are addressed to Pickard, but there are several addressed to Jollyman, indicating that perhaps this was her collection of
autographs to which her father was contributing.
Language of Material: English
The album has been photographed and is available to view online. Access to the original is restricted to researchers.
Contact the Curator of Library & Archives regarding publication or reproduction.
Josiah Little Pickard and Fanny Jollyman scrapbook of autographs and letters. History San Jose Research Library
The album was donated to the original San Jose Statehouse Museum by Miss Fanny Jollyman of Cupertino, California, circa 1962.
Josiah L. Pickard served as the sixth president of the State University of Iowa, from 1878 to 1887. A leading educator and
administrator, Pickard assumed the presidency after heading the public school system in Chicago. He also was a devoted student
of history, serving as president of the State Historical Society of Iowa for nearly 20 years. Pickard, a native of Maine,
graduated from Bowdoin College in 1844 and served as principal of Platteville (Wisconsin) Academy until 1860. That year, he
was selected Wisconsi's state superintendent of public instruction, a position he held until 1864, at which time he began
a 13-year stint as Chicago's superintendent of schools. During Pickard's presidency at Iowa, two departments--later to become
colleges--were added: dental and pharmaceutical. Course offerings in the remaining four departments were expanded, and he
advocated raising teaching standards and academic requirements. From 1881 until 1900 he was president of the State Historical
Society of Iowa, and retired from active teaching in 1889. Pickard was born in Rowley, Massachusetts, on March 17, 1824. In
his later years he lived in Cupertino, California, and passed away in March 1914.
Scope and Content of Collection
The album contains a combination of letters to Josiah Pickard, as well as autographed signatures clipped from letters, and
several letters to Pickard's daughter Fanny, who may have been the creator of the album. Some of the autographs were sent
to Fanny from S. T. Pickard of Elwell, Pickard & Co (Portland, Maine). Many of the signatures are from college presidents,
educators, and religious leaders or missionaries; as well as U.S. Senators, Representatives, and cabinet members. Of note
are a letter from Lucy Stone, of The Woman's Journal; a letter from artist Charles A. Barry, to place an announcement of his
marriage to Flora E. Cary in the Portland daily newspapers; acknowledgement from The Smithsonian Institution of receipt of
a photograph from Pickard, signed by Joseph Henry; and an endorsement of a fashion writer by Madame Ellen Louise Demorest
of Mme. Demorest’s Emporium of Fashions.
Barry, Charles A., 1830-1892
Demorest, Mme. (Ellen Louise Curtis), 1824-1898
Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
Woman's journal (Boston, Mass. : 1870)
University of Iowa
Iowa City (Iowa)