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Hinckley (Frank) Papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Frank Hinckley papers
    Creator: Hinckley, Frank, 1838-1890
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHinckley
    Physical Description: 3.84 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 volume)
    Date (inclusive): 1863-1898
    Abstract: Frank Hinckley worked as a civil engineer and surveyor in Northern California in the mid-1800s. Materials in this collection document his life and professional activities.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. Frank Hinckley papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Mr. and Mrs. George S. Hinckley, Gift, May 1935.

    Biographical / Historical

    Frank Hinckley was born in Rhode Island and came to California via the Isthmus of Panama in 1863 and became a civil engineer for the government in San Francisco. He worked as a surveyor for the Western Pacific Railroad in and around the Bay area until 1872, when he became foreman of the Meek Ranch in Hayward, California (which was owned by his father-in-law, William Meek). Hinckley and his family moved to a ranch near Redlands, California, in 1883, where he lived until his death in 1890.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of letters, diaries (29 volumes), two account books, and documents related to the life and professional activities of Frank Hinckley. Subject matter includes: life in San Francisco, 1863-1866; working for the Western Pacific Railroad Company as a surveyor, 1863-1890; and ranch life in both Hayward and Redlands, California. There are also some materials by additional Hinckley family members in the collection.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff, circa mid-20th century. In 2019, Maggie Hughes created a finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.

    Related Materials

    Hinckley, George Stevens and Trask, F. E. Report on Municipal Water System for the City of Redlands, 1912 April 12. mssHM 40688.


    Materials are arranged by material type: letters, diaries and account books, and one bound volume.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Agriculture -- California
    Civil engineers -- California -- Archives
    Railroads -- Surveying -- California
    Ranchers -- California -- Archives
    Ranches -- California
    Surveyors -- California -- Archives
    California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Hayward (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Redlands (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
    Diaries -- California -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century
    Western Pacific Railroad Company
    Hinckley family