Finding Aid to the Louise Taber Family Papers

Lara Michels and Malayna Chang (student processing assistant)
The Bancroft Library
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
Title: Louise Taber family papers
Creator: Taber, Louise, 1884-1946
Creator: Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912
Creator: Taber, Charles Austin Mendell, 1824-1911
Creator: Taber (Family : Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912)
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 96/59 c
Physical Description: 9.25 linear feet (7 cartons, 4 oversize boxes)
Date (inclusive): approximately 1859-1942
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.
Language of Material: English .

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Louise Taber family papers were gifted to The Bancroft Library by Ruth McLean Cuneo, via her daughter Doris Maslach, on July 24, 1995.

Biographical / Historical

Louise Taber was born in 1884 in Oakland to Isaiah West and Annie Taber. Beginning in 1915, Louise Taber worked for the Examiner and, later, the Chronicle, writing sketches of early San Francisco. In the mid-1920s, she began a series of radio programs, including "California Memories" and "Gold Rush Days. " She died in 1946.

Processing Information

Processed by Lara Michels and Bancroft student processing assistant Malayna Chang in 2023.

Content Description

Principally materials relating to Louise Taber including transcripts of her radio broadcasts, correspondence and scrapbooks regarding opera, theater and her career in radio and as an author of San Francisco histories. Also contains diaries (1859, 1885) and other papers of her father, I.W. Taber, as well as of her uncle, C.A.M. Taber, a geologist.

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Taber, Louise, 1884-1946 -- Archives
Families -- San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
Opera--California--San Francisco
Radio programs
Radio scripts

Carton 1

Louise Taber radio show scripts 1925-1935

Carton 2

Louise Taber radio show scripts 1935-1940

Carton 3

Louise Taber radio show scripts 1940-1943 undated

Carton 4, Folder 1-5

Louise Taber radio show scripts undated

Carton 4, Folder 6-9

Louise Taber opera scrapbooks 1898-1902

Carton 4, Folder 10-11

Louise Taber opera scrapbooks, loose materials 1898-1902

Carton 4, Folder 12-17

Louise Taber scrapbooks on her radio shows 1936-1942

oversize_box 3

Louise Taber (or Taber family) scrapbook on dramatic and musical arts approximately 1875

oversize_box 4

Louise Taber scrapbook (with some materials on Taber's 1911 book The Flame) approximately 1910-1911

Carton 5, Folder 1-17

Louise Taber correspondence approximately 1906-1946 undated

Carton 5, Folder 18-28

Louise Taber assorted printed and other materials approximately 1895-1946

Carton 6

Lousie Taber opera song books approximately 1890-1925

Carton 7

Louise Taber opera song books approximately 1890-1925

oversize_box 1

Louise Taber opera song books approximately 1890-1925

oversize_box 2

Louise Taber opera song books approximately 1895-1925

Carton 5, Folder 29

Louise Taber photographs 1920-1945

Scope and Contents

Also includes one cabinet card photograph of Susie Loring (daughter of Frank Loring).
Carton 5, Folder 30

Charles Austin Mendell Taber publications and biographical fact sheet 1882-1905

Carton 5, Folder 31

Isaiah West Taber notebook diaries 1859 1885

Carton 5, Folder 32

Isaiah West Taber assorted documents 1871-1876

Carton 5, Folder 33

Isaiah West Taber obituary 1912

Carton 5, Folder 34

Taber Studios booklets approximately 1900-1903

Carton 5, Folder 35

Isaiah West Taber Southern Exposition (Louisville, KY) medal 1884

Carton 5, Folder 36

Issue of Table Talk magazine with article on I.W. Taber 1896

Carton 5, Folder 37

Isaiah West Taber letters to G.F. Winslow (photocopies) 1906-1911

Carton 5, Folder 38

Isaiah West Taber assorted documents 1882-1905