Finding aid of the Charles P. Kimball Papers, 1840-1920 C058684

Finding aid prepared by Michael Lange
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849

Title: Kimball, Charles P. Papers, 1840-1920
Identifier/Call Number: C058684
Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
Language of Material: English
Container: B001619
Container: C058684
Physical Description: 7.0 folders (See Container List)
Date (inclusive): 1840-1920
Abstract: This collection of Kimball documents includes: house papers from residences on Howard Street, a journal of daily life from 1840, a journal of daily life from 1851-1873, citizenship paperwork, a tenant’s agreement form, a deed from Harvey T.(?) Brown and Eugene Cazalis to Charles P. Kimball, real estate tax forms, handwritten drafts of newspaper articles, newspaper clippings, an extract from Kimball’s diary regarding the first San Francisco Directory, Kimball Family Newspapers, sketches of Howard Street property, calling cards with the names Rebecca M. Kimball and Mrs. Chas. P. Kimball, a relief fund certificate for one thousand dollars made out to Rebecca Kimball from 1883, a journal of daily life from 1847 to 1857 (some entries out of order), a map of Maine and surrounding area, a letter dated 1850 from F. Gleason to Kimball regarding the sale of 50, 25 and 12.5 cent books, and a handwritten note entitled “A Home made [sic] Valentine written in Maine, I think, and sent to Chas. P. Kimball about 1850.”

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions on acess

Preferred Citation note

Charles P. Kimball Papers, 1840-1920. The Society of California Pioneers.


Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

Biographical/Historical note

Charles P. Kimball was born 07/11/1821 in Bangor, Maine. His journey to California took place aboard the “Boston” and arrived in San Francisco 07/06/1849. In San Francisco he ran a ship “The Noisy Carrier Publishing Hall”, located on the Long Wharf in San Francisco, which had the largest variety of out of town papers in the city. He became a member of the Vigilance Committee, The Society of California Pioneers, the Mechanics' Institute, and Yerba Buena Lodge, No. 15, I.O.O.F.. He was also the owner of "The Noisy Carrier Book and Stationery Co." He was the publisher of the first San Francisco Directory in 1850.

Container List

Folder 1: Early Journal Handwritten journal (01/01/1840 to 03/09/1840) – Daily entries regarding daily life and farming activities in Bangor, Maine. 12/13/1848 - Citizenship paperwork from Bangor, Maine. Typewritten extracts from the Diary of Charles Kimball (01/24/1850-11/14/1850) regarding the publication of the 1st San Francisco Directory. 1882: Tenants Agreement. Envelope (undated) from "Coldwell, Cornwell & Banker. Real Estate and Insurance. 57 Sutter Street San Francisco".
Folder 2: Housing Papers 04/29/1862: Deed to Delaware Avenue Property. Sketches of House on Howard Street, between 25th street and Cypress Alley, by George F. Stahle (12/1907). 1887 – 1909: Real Estate Tax Receipts.
Folder 3: Family Papers Handwritten drafts of Newspaper Articles (2), entitled: “School” and “The Nickel”. 3 copies of the Kimball Family News, 1897 (1) & 1898 (2). Pencil sketch titled "A Winter Bouquet", signed "LCK". Cardboard replica of the Charles A. Coffin medal from 1925. Ward Brothers (Columbus, Ohio) advertising card (undated). Yosemite paper "Tourist" advertising card (undated).
Folder 4: Rebecca Kimball Papers 11/23/1883: Relief Fund Certificate for $1,000. upon the death of her mother, Isabel Kimball. 01/16/1920: Certificate of membership in the Commonwealth of Atascadero, California. 2 Name Cards: "Miss Rebecca M. Kimball 2922 1/2 Howard Street" and "Mrs. Chas. P. Kimball 2912 Howard Street San Francisco". Festival Ticket: "Handel and Haydn Society - Gilmore Festival Concert" Nov. 11-14, no year given.
Folder 5: Volume 6 of Journal Journal Includes: 05/28/1851-11/23/1873. Daily Life, Business interests and dealings. Newspaper articles (mostly fromthe 1910's regarding World War I, specifically about Belgium).
Folder 6: Volume 5 of Journal Journal Includes: 01/27/1847-05/15/1857. Notes on his daily activities notes on the weather and on news of his friends and relatives. Entries in San Francisco detail mining activities and daily life. Continuation of efforts to publish the first San Francisco Directory. 12/31/1848: Entry in journal describes agreement to go to California. 01/25/1849: Entry on ship rules on the 1st day of sailing. 07/06/1849: Details on arrival in San Francisco. 12/10/1849: Peddling license for City of San Francisco.
Folder 7: Maine Papers "Map of the Varmouth S.S. Co. Limited" - map of New England showing railroad routes, undated. Letter dated 09/07/1850 from F. Gleason (Tremont St., Boston) to Kimball regarding the sale of 50, 25 and 12.5 cent books. Handwritten note entitled “A Home made Valentine written in Maine, I think, and sent to Chas. P. Kimball about 1850".

Existence and Location of Originals note

The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107

Related Archival Materials note

C001655 - Charles Kimball certificate of membership in Committee of Vigilance, no. 1021. C004543 - Rebecca Kimball Scrapbook. C005453 - Kimball ledger from 1851. C005454 - Kimball ledger from 1858. C005456 - Kimball real estate ledger. C058060 - Charles Kimball Correspondence. C058611 - Rebecca Kimball Scrapbook vol. 1. C058612 - Rebecca Kimball Scrapbook vol. 2. C058640 - Rebecca Kimball Scrapbook. C058647 - Rebecca Kimball Scrapbook. C058703 - Rebecca Kimball Scrapbook. C058764 - Charles Kimball Diary vol. 1 (01/1839-12/1842). C058765 - Charles Kimball Diary vol. 2 (12/1844-08/1845). C058766 - Charles Kimball Diary vol. 3. C058767 - Charles Kimball Diary vol. 4 (06/1846-01/1848). C058897 - Charles Kimball Manuscript Collection, 1846-1908. C058898 - Rebecca Kimball Papers. C005384 - Original 1850 edition of San Francisco City Directory, signed by Charles Kimball. Charles Kimball Bio File.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Kimball, Charles P. (Charles Proctor), 1821-1894
Kimball, Rebecca
Mines and mineral resources
Overland journeys to the Pacific