Leib Family Financial Records

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History San Jose Research Library
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Leib Family Financial Records
Dates: 1881-1908
Collection Number: 2018-5
Creator/Collector: Leib, Samuel F., 1848-1924 Leib, Lida C., (Campbell Grissom), d. 1929
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Repository: History San Jose Research Library
San Jose, California 95112
Abstract: Receipts and invoices generated by the Samuel and Lida Leib family for household and business expenses between 1881 and 1908. This is a related collection to the Leib Family Collecton (1979-171) also at History San Jose.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Leib Family Financial Records. History San Jose Research Library

Acquisition Information

This set of Leib papers was donated in 2018. It had been purchased at an estate sale by the donor.

Biography/Administrative History

Samuel Franklin Leib (1848-1924) was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, to Joseph and Clarissa Leib. He had two brothers. He was educated in law in Michigan and came West to join the law practice of the celebrated attorney Delphine Delmas. He died of pneumonia in San Jose, December 26, 1924, at the age of 76.

Scope and Content of Collection

Samuel Leib family financial records, the bulk of which are receipts and invoices from local businesses in San Jose for household and business expenses between 1881 and 1908. The receipts have been sorted chronologically, then alphabetically, by business. In addition, the records include two ledgers: Law Offices of S. F. Leib "Abstract Account" (1893-1898) and an unidentified accounting ledger (1872-1880); and a small assortment of stock certificates. As a whole, the papers provide a snapshot of the local San Jose business community, as well as insight into one family's expenses in the late 19th century. A set of Leib family correspondence was also included in the papers purchased by the donor, but these were acquired by Stanford University.

Indexing Terms

Business records
Cost and standard of living
Nineteenth century
San Jose (Calif.)
Santa Clara County (Calif.)