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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: William I. Foley Papers
    Dates (inclusive): Approximately 1903-1920
    Collection Number: mssFoley papers
    Creator: Foley, William I.
    Extent: 84 items in 2 boxes
    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 papers of Los Angeles attorney William I. Folley (1861-1921), who was a partner in a law firm with California governor Henry T. Gage. Includes both personal and business correspondence and legal documents related to several court cases.
    Language: 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]. William I. Foley Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Dawson's, March 5, 1970.

    Biographical Note

    William I. Foley (1861-1921) was an attorney in a law firm in Los Angeles, California, with Henry T. Gage, who served as Governor of California between 1899 and 1903. Foley died in 1921 at the age of 60.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of 84 items including legal documents and correspondence. The collection is composed of three series in accordance with the types of sources: Manuscripts (Box 1), Correspondence, and Ephemera (Box 2). The items in each series are placed in chronological order.
    The Manuscripts contain legal documents related to several court cases including Miguel Aguirre, et al. vs. Patrick William Riordan (Archbishop of San Francisco), et al., where Foley was an attorney for the plaintiffs, and Jonathan S. Dodge vs. John C. Cline, where he served for the defendant. The first case was taken to court by the Aguirres, who believed that the Catholic Church owed to the family an interest in the Pious Fund of California, which has its origin in the 17th century. As for this case, the collection includes the notes prepared by him and/or someone else for the case. The second case was fought by a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the sheriff of the county. As Foley was also involved as an attorney for R. S. McKenzie in the financial contracts between M. Levinson, Jean R. Patterson, Newton Evans, and McKenzie, there are manuscripts related to that case as well. Related to the case, there is also a bill from the Mortgage Company of Canada to R. S. McKenzie as well as a certificate created by R. S. McKenzie. In addition, the collection includes some sources related to the business of Richard Phelan since Foley was a stockholder of the Esmeralda Quicksilver Mining Company ran by Phelan.
    The Correspondence includes both personal and business letters written and received by Foley. He received letters from Fred S. McGahan, Richard Phelan, Grant Cordrey, Marie Phelan, James H. Barry, S. I. Mossawir, Dolores Aguirre de Pico, Minnie Foley, and Chas G. Halpin. Other participants include: Pedro Bot, F. M. McAuliffe, Mortgage Company of Canada, Motor Vehicle Department (California), Stewart McKenzie, and Newton Evans.
    Finally, the ephemera includes a memo pad of Foley’s, business envelopes of F. M. McAuliffe and the law offices of Gage and Foley, business cards of Gage and Foley and Bernard Morrow, and two photographs of two different men.


    The collection is composed of three series: Manuscripts (Box 1), Correspondence, and Ephemera (Box 2). The items in each series are placed in chronological order.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Dodge, Jonathan S., b. 1867.
    Foley, William I.
    Riordan, Patrick William, 1841-1914.
    Los Angeles County (Calif.). Board of Supervisors.
    Pious Fund of the Californias.
    Courts -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Lawyers -- California.
    California -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.


    Depositions -- California -- 20th century.
    Legal documents -- California -- 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 20th century.