Scope and Content
Title: Spear family papers and addenda
Collection Number: mss48734-48771
123 items in 5 boxes
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Abstract: The collection consists of the papers of three generations of the Spear family: Alexander Fulton Spear (1800-1853), Alexander
Fulton Spear (1827-1900), and Lewis Eugene Spear (1867-1953).
Language of Material: The records are in English.
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HM 48734-48771, Spear family papers and addenda. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Gift from Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Spear, 1980 and 1988.
Alexander Fulton Spear (1800-1853) came to California from Maine in 1849. His son, Alexander Fulton Spear (1827-1900), a ship
captain, settled in San Francisco in 1872. His grandson, Lewis Eugene Spear (1867-1953), organized the Pacific Steel & Wire
Co. in San Francisco and later moved to Los Angeles and established the Pacific Wire Rope Co. in 1909.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of the papers of three generations of the Spear family: Alexander Fulton Spear (1800-1853), Alexander
Fulton Spear (1827-1900), and Lewis Eugene Spear (1867-1953). It includes the Gold Rush journal of Alexander Fulton Spear
(1800-1853), which documents his ocean journey from Maine to California aboard the ship "Perfect" and mining near Coloma,
California. There are also papers regarding the marine service of Alexander Fulton Spear (1827-1900) and a few business papers
pertaining to Lewis Eugene Spear (1867-1953), the Pacific Steel & Wire Co., and the Pacific Wire Rope Co.
Two noteworthy items in the collection are a photograph album showing Southern California, Monterey, and a trip to Alaska
(1900-02) and a diary of a trip from San Francisco to Coquille, Oregon, on the steam schooner "Chico" which includes 25 photographs
The addenda consists of ephemera, genealogy material, and photographs related to the Spear and Whitney family.
The family papers is arranged in chronological order.
The addenda is arranged according to genre.
Spear, Alexander Fulton, 1800-1853
Spear, Alexander Fulton, 1827-1900
Spear, Clara Whitney
Spear, Lewis Eugene, 1867-1953
Pacific Steel & Wire Rope Co. (San Francisco, Calif.)
Pacific Wire Rope Co. (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Mines and mineral resources--Californai--Coloma
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906--Photographs
Ship captains--California--San Francisco
Voyages to the Pacific coast
Photograph albums--West (U.S.)