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Finding Aid to the Hart Hyatt North papers, 1865-1966
BANC MSS 81/55 c  
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  • Information for Researchers
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Hart Hyatt North papers
    Date (inclusive): 1865-1966
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 81/55 c
    Creators : North, Hart Hyatt
    Extent: Number of containers: 11 cartons, 3 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders (linear feet: 15)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Languages Represented: 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.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hart Hyatt North papers, BANC MSS 81/55 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Materials Cataloged Separately

    Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1979.080--PIC, BANC PIC 1980.098, BANC PIC 1980.100--PIC and BANC PIC 1980.120).

    Acquisition Information

    The Hart Hyatt North papers were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Mrs. Morgan North in 1979-1981.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    North, Hart Hyatt, 1871-1950--Archives
    Shasta Iron Company
    United States. Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.
    California. Legislature. Assembly
    Republican Party (Calif.)
    Oakland High School (Oakland, Calif.)
    Canyon Cattle Company
    Sealing--Bering Sea
    Sealing--Law and legislation
    Sealing ships--California--San Francisco
    Mines and mineral resources--California
    China--Emigration and immigration
    Japan--Emigration and immigration
    United States--Emigration and immigration
    Angel Island (Calif.)
    Dance cards
    Dance cards

    Administrative Information


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in 2013.

    Biographical Information

    Hart Hyatt North was born in Marysville, California on July 12, 1871. His father, George North was a hardware merchant in Marysville and later a fruit farmer in Winters, California. In 1886, Hart Hyatt North moved to Alameda County and graduated from Oakland High School in 1889. He received his law degree from Hastings College of Law in 1892. He was elected to the California State Assembly to represent the 51st district in 1894 and served two terms. North married Emma Morgan, the sister of well-known architect, Julia Morgan. For many years he practiced law and worked with his father-in-law, Charles Bill Morgan, owner of the Shasta Iron Company. He served as U.S. Commissioner of Immigration for California and Nevada from 1898 to 1910. He was dismissed from his position as Commissioner after being charged by the Asiatic Exclusion League and others with being negligent in his administration of the Chinese Exclusion Law and for excessive leniency in the admission of Hindu immigrants. In the 1920s, Hart Hyatt North worked as an attorney for customs broker, William H. Thornley, in filing claims on behalf of the San Francisco seal fleet owners (or their descendents) whose ships had been seized by the U.S. government during the Bering Sea dispute of the 1890s.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence and other files from Hart Hyatt North's work as U.S. Commissioner of Immigration for California and Nevada from 1898 to 1910; materials relating to the Shasta Iron Company (1865-1966); files from North's work as an attorney on behalf of San Francisco schooner owners (and descendants of owners) who were claiming compensation from the US government for the seizure of their ships and seal skins in the Bering Sea during the 1880s and 1890s; materials, mostly clippings and ephemera, from North's two terms in the California Assembly during the 1890s; and some personalia.