Finding Aid to the Gump family papers, 1871-1990, bulk 1920-1970

Finding Aid written by Sibba Hartunian
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
© 2013
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Gump family papers, 1871-1990, bulk 1920-1970

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2013/156

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Sibba Hartunian
Date Completed:
August 2013
© 2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Gump family papers
Date (inclusive): 1871-1990,
Date (bulk): bulk 1920-1970
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2013/156
Creators: Gump family
Extent: Number of containers: 4 cartons, 2 oversize boxes, 1 box, 1 volume, and 1 oversize folder (Linear feet: 6.4)
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Abstract: Papers of the Gump family of San Francisco, consisting of family correspondence and other personal documents as well as some Gump's Department Store correspondence and business records.
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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gump family papers, BANC MSS 2013/156, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gump family--Archives
Gump, Richard, 1906-1989
Gump, Albert Livingston, 1869-1947
Gump, Peter, b. 1931
Gump, Robert Livingston, 1903-1981
Gump's (Department store)
Gump's (Department store)--Catalogs
Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band
Department stores--California--San Francisco
Jews, German--California--San Francisco
Jewish businesspeople--California--San Francisco
Jewish families--California--San Francisco
Business records--California--San Francisco.
Family papers--California--San Francisco.
Phonograph records
Sheet music

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Gump family papers were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Marilyn Gump in 2013.


No future additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Sibba Hartunian in 2013.

Biographical Information

After buying out his brother in-law’s mirror and frame shop in 1861, immigrants Solomon Gump and his brother Gustav founded the S and G Gump Company. They remained owners of the shop until Solomon’s son, Abraham Livingston (widely referred to as A.L.), took over at the turn of the century. When the 1906 earthquake demolished the store, A.L. was forced to start anew. It was this event and his love for far Eastern design that made Gump’s the high-end, San Francisco attraction it came to be. The launch of their catalog in the 1950s made their store nationally recognizable as their goods were now accessible across the country. Following his father, A.L.’s, death in 1947, Richard Gump took control and became president of the company until he retired and sold the store in 1975. Two years later, he began communicating with UC Berkeley about donating his property on the island of Moorea. As of the official signing in 1981, the property became the Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station. The Bancroft Library conducted an oral history with Richard Gump in 1989.

Scope and Content of Collection

While a portion of the Gump Family Papers collection includes correspondence and documents related to the S and G Gump Company, the majority of the collection is comprised of Gump family papers. The business papers make up the first series. They consist of financial documents and promotional material (including catalogs) as well as less formal correspondence and memos, documenting the ways in which the business was run. The business papers also document the Gumps’ real estate business and work in Honolulu. Although a majority of the correspondence centers around the Gumps’ store, it also includes World War II related correspondence and business correspondence with William Randolph Hearst. Most business records are from the 20th century. The second, larger series is dedicated to family papers, which also includes correspondence, financial documents, and other family papers. These papers document the Gumps’ charitable involvement, family dynamics, and other aspects of their personal lives. A subseries is dedicated to Richard Gump, as his personal papers are a large portion of the series. The Richard Gump series exhibits his more creative pursuits; much of the material is related to his band, the Guckenheimer Sour-Kraut band and his Polynesian Symphony. Other family members with a significant presence in the collection include Abraham Livingston Gump, his son Robert Gump, and Richard’s son Peter Gump.

Container List


Series 1:  Business, 1871-1990

Physical Description: carton 1; carton 4, folder 1-11; oversize folder 1

Subseries 1.1:  Correspondence, 1892-1968

Physical Description: carton 1, folder 1-18

Subseries 1.2:  Administrative and financial, 1871-1976

Physical Description: carton 4, folder 1-11; volume 1
Carton 4, Folder 1

Gump Company bylaws, 1947

Carton 4, Folder 2

Gump Company Notarial records, 1952-1976

Carton 4, Folder 3-4

Gump Company meeting minutes, 1922-1933, 1941-1947

Carton 4, Folder 5

Gump Company Los Angeles real estate, 1935

Carton 4, Folder 6

Gump Company purchase orders, 1946

Volume 1

Receipt book, 1860-1864

Carton 4, Folder 7

Store ledger, 1906

Carton 4, Folder 8

Gump Realty Company ledger, 1911-1925

Carton 4, Folder 9

Gump Realty Company meeting minutes, 1911-1941

Carton 4, Folder 10

Gump Realty Company property appraisals, 1941

Carton 4, Folder 11

Other financial documents, 1871-1959


Subseries 1.3:  Other business records, 1895-1990

Physical Description: carton 1, folder 19-31, oversize folder 1
Carton 1, Folder 19-27

Catalogs, 1957-1990, undated

Carton 1, Folder 28, Oversize Folder 1

Advertisements, 1895-1962

Carton 1, Folder 29

Clippings, 1928-1949

Carton 1, Folder 30

Assorted promotional materials, 1949-1973

Carton 1, Folder 31, Oversize Folder 1

Miscelleneous business documents, 1914-1968


Series 2:  Family, 1906-1984

Physical Description: carton 2-3; carton 4, folder 12; box 1; oversize folder 1; oversize box 1-2

Subseries 2.1:  Correspondence and invitations, 1920-1977

Physical Description: carton 2; carton 3, folder 1-18

Subseries 2.2:  Financial, 1925-1954

Physical Description: carton 3, folder 19; carton 4, folder 1; oversize folder 1
Carton 3, Folder 19, Oversize Folder 1

Personal financial documents, 1925-1954

Carton 4, Folder 12

Robert Gump ledger, 1934-1936


Subseries 2.3:  Richard Gump, 1922-1984

Physical Description: carton 3, folder 20-35; box 1; oversize box 1-2; oversize folder 1
Carton 3, Folder 20-22, Oversize Folder 1

Personal documents, 1922-1964

Carton 3, Folder 23

Donation receipts, 1949-1955

Box 1, Folder 1-10, Oversize Folder 1

Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band, 1950-1984

Oversize Box 2

Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band audio materials, 1956-1958

Box 1, Folder 11-12

Other music, 1939-1965, undated

Oversize Box 1-2

Other music audio materials and sheet music, 1941-1976

Carton 3, Folder 24, Oversize Folder 1

Marin Golf Club, 1958-1966

Carton 3, Folder 25-27

Lake Merced Golf Club, 1944-1958


Subseries 2.4:  Other family papers, 1944-1958

Physical Description: carton 3, folder 28-35; oversize folder 1
Carton 3, Folder 28

Albert Livingston Gump, 1906-1963

Carton 3, Folder 29-30

Robert Gump, undated

Carton 3, Folder 31

Peter Gump, 1946-1955

Carton 3, Folder 32, Oversize Folder 1

Legal documents, 1904-1937

Carton 3, Folder 33

Russia trip, 1959-1970

Carton 3, Folder 34

Nancy Reagan gift to governors and other Reagan-related documents, 1968-1977

Carton 3, Folder 35

Miscellaneous family papers, 1928-1958