Spear family papers and addenda

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Spear family papers and addenda
Dates: 1845-1978
Collection Number: mss48734-48771
Creator: Spear (Family)
Extent: 123 items in 5 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
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.

Administration Information

Access

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Preferred Citation

HM 48734-48771, Spear family papers and addenda. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift from Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Spear, 1980 and 1988.

Biography

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 (1903).
The addenda consists of ephemera, genealogy material, and photographs related to the Spear and Whitney family.

Arrangement

The family papers is arranged in chronological order.
The addenda is arranged according to genre.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Spear, Alexander Fulton, 1800-1853
Spear, Alexander Fulton, 1827-1900
Spear, Clara Whitney
Spear, Lewis Eugene, 1867-1953

Corporate Names

Pacific Steel & Wire Rope Co. (San Francisco, Calif.)
Pacific Wire Rope Co. (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Subjects

Mines and mineral resources--Californai--Coloma
Ocean travel
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906--Photographs
Ship captains--California--San Francisco
Voyages to the Pacific coast

Geographic Areas

Alaska--Photographs
California--Gold discoveries
California--History--19th century--Sources
California--History--20th century--Sources
California, Southern--Photographs
Oregon--Photographs

Genre

Business records--California
Correspondence
Daguerreotypes (photographs)
Family papers--California
Genealogies (histories)
Journals--California
Photograph albums--West (U.S.)
Photographs--West (U.S.)


CONTAINER LIST

Box 1

Spear family papers

 

 HM 48754  Rose, Edwin. Certificate of citizenship of Alexander [Fulton] Spear (b) (1845, Nov. 11)

 

 HM 48755  Spear, Alexander Fulton (a). Journal of a voyage from Maine to San Francisco via Cape Horn abroad the ship "Perfect" and mining near Coloma (1849-1850)

Also: Photograph of Alexander Fulton Spear (a) and Xerox copy of description by John B. Goodman of the ship "Perfect" and the voyage
 

 HM 48736  Carter, Ezra. Certificate of citizenship of Alexander Fulton Spear (b) (1857, Feb. 19)

 

 HM 48734  Andrews, T---- S----. To Alexander Fulton Spear (b): [Testimonial certificate of admission to the Third Degree of Masonry] (1861, Aug. 9)

 

 HM 48740  Dillingham, E---- L----. To all the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons: [Certificate of good standing for Alexander Fulton Spear (b)] (1872, May 7)

 

 HM 48746  Lack, H---- Reader. To Alexander Fulton Spear (b): [Patent for drum attachment for pin rails] (1886, May 25)

 

 HM 48764  Whitney, Susan Durgen (Eastman). Diary of European trip (1888)

Europe—Description and travel
 

 HM 48762  Whitney (A.H.) & Company. To Clara (Whitney) [Spear]: Receipt (1892, Sep. 10)

 

 HM 48763  Whitney (Arthur L.) & Company. To Clara (Whitney) [Spear]: Receipt (1893, Feb. 1)

 

 HM 48757  Spear, Lewis Eugene. To Clara (Whitney) Spear: [deed to land in San Francisco] (1893, May 19)

 

 HM 48741  Duffy (James) & Company. To Lewis Eugene Spear: Receipt (1893, Sep. 19)

 

 HM 48739  Derrick, George H. To Alexander Fulton Spear (b) (1897, June 10)

Also: Appointment as Honorary Deputy State President for San Francisco of the State Council of the American Protective Association of the State of California
 

 HM 48738  Cypress Lawn Improvement Company. To Alexander Fulton Spear (b): [deed to cemetery plot] (1898, Dec. 20)

 

 HM 48756  Spear, Alexander Fulton (b). Captain A.F. Spear's Sea Voyage [1899?]

Originally rolled on wooden spindle and kept in metal tube (see end of collection). Also: Photograph of Alexander Fulton Spear (b)
 

 HM 48758  [Spear, Lewis Eugene]. Photograph album showing Southern California, Monterey, and Alaska voyage via Lake Lebarge to Dawson in the Yukon to St. Michael, Alaska (1900-1902)

 

 HM 48747  McKee, John W. To Knauth, Nachod & Kuhne (firm) (1901, Apr. 15)

 

 HM 48743  Gregg, Wellington. To Whom it may concern (1901, Apr. 15)

 

 HM 48742  Goodall, H---- W----. To Lewis Eugene Spear (1901, Nov. 16)

Box 2

Spear family papers

 

 HM 48759  [Spear, Lewis Eugene]. Vacation taken with Bank Somers Started on Steam Schooner "Chico": [diary of trip from San Francisco to Coquille, Or., with album of 25 photographs] (1903)

 

 HM 48771  Photographs of Pacific Steel & Wire Company of San Francisco and Oakland (1903-1908)

7 photographs. Also: related items and clippings
 

 HM 48761  Webster, Everett B. and others. To Lewis Eugene Spear (1904, May 17)

Also signed by: Shellaberger, E.F. and Huntington, Henry Edwards, 1850-1927
 

 HM 48744  Huntington, Henry Edwards, 1850-1927. To Lewis Eugene Spear (1904, June 2)

 

 HM 48752  Pacific Steel & Wire Company. To Bank of California: promissory note (1905, Apr. 3)

Signed by: Brown, Frank Lampson and Spear, Lewis Eugene
 

 HM 48735  Bank of California. To Frank Lampson Brown and Lewis Eugene Spear (1905, Apr. 4)

 

 HM 48770  Photograph of San Francisco Earthquake (1906)

25 photographs. Also: pass to cross the lines during the period after the San Francisco fire. San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906—Photographs
 

 HM 48751  Pacific Material Life Insurance Company. To Clara (Whitney) Spear (1907, July 3)

 

 HM 48753  Requa, M.L. (Mark Lawrence), 1865-1937. To Lewis Eugene Spear (1907, Dec. 10)

 

 HM 48750  Nutting, L.H. To J.S. Boyd (1907, Dec. 11)

 

 HM 48748  Morgan, Percy Tredegar. To Lewis Eugene Spear (1909, Sep. 13)

 

 HM 48745  Huntington, Howard Edwards. To A.C. Balch [1909?]

 

 HM 48769  Photographs of Pacific Wire Rope Company, Los Angeles (1909-1910)

7 photographs. Also: clippings and related items
 

 HM 48765  Biographical Sketch of Albion Paris Whitney [1911?]

Also: typewritten copy of excerpt from An Illustrated History of Sonoma County and other papers relating to Albion Paris Whitney
 

 HM 48766  Biographical Sketch of Susan Durgin (Eastman) Whitney [1911?]

Also: copy of photographs of Susan Durgin (Eastman) Whitney from History of Sonoma County
 

 HM 48767  The Day's Play: [verse re: Lewis Eugene Spear's family trip in Model T. Ford in 1913 to Mount Lassen and return] [1913]

Affixed: note by Ruth Spear [c. 1980]
 

 HM 48760  Spear, Lewis Eugene. Stockholders season book for the Panama-Pacific International Expoisition, containing photographs of Lewis Eugene Spear (1915, Feb. 1)

Also: Stockholders season book for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, containing photograph of Clara (Whitney) Spear and also other memorabilia
 

 HM 48749  Morgan, Percy Tredegar. To Percy Eugene Spear (1915, Sep. 25)

 

 HM 48737  Clerk, Enoch M. Certified copy of birth certificate of Lewis Eugene recorded Mar. 12, 1867 (1946, Jan. 21)

 

 HM 48768  Spear Family Genealogy [after 1970]

 

Ephemera

16 items
Box 1

Spear family addenda

Folder 1

Grubstake. A Tale of Early Mining Days in Nevada by Mark L. Requa [book] (1933)

Inscribed: Lewis E. Spear with best wishes Mark L. Requa, July 1933
Folder 2

Petaluma's Architectural Heritage by Dan Peterson [book] (1978)

Folder 3

The Story of the Bible in Poetry and Song edited by Daphne Dale [book] (1892)

Fragile
Folder 4

Claremont Country Club, Oakland, California [bylaws (administrative records)] (1903)

Folder 5

California Landmarks. Historical Records Bureau, Inc. (1934)

Clara Whitney Spear
Folder 6

Correspondence (1884-1907)

6 items. San Francisco Produce Exchange. Included: Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Victor D. Dubuce, 1899
Box 2

Spear family addenda

Physical Description: 14 Daguerreotypes (photographs)

Fragile
Box 3

Spear family addenda

Folder 1

Miscellaneous ephemera (1893-1938)

18 items
Folder 2

Certification concerning the family name of Whitney [genealogies (histories)] [undated]

Folder 3

Family of Albion Paris Whitney and Susan Durgin Eastman-Whitney [genealogies (histories)] [undated]

Folder 4

The Generations of George Speere 1642-1942 Three Centuries of American Life [undated]

Folder 5

Photographs [before 1970]

1 item. Framed picture of a man in a car
Folder 6

Photographs [before 1970]

10 items
Folder 7

Photographs [before 1970]

Folder 8

Poscards (1948)

9 items. Mostly blank