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Guide to the The Papers of Robert Whitaker
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: The Papers of Robert Whitaker
    Dates: 1885-1918
    Bulk Dates: 1901-1917
    Identification: M000006
    Physical Description: 1.25
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Sutro Library, California State Library
    1630 Holloway Avenue
    5th floor
    San Francisco, CA, 94132-4030
    URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/about/sutro_main.html
    Email: sutro@library.ca.gov
    Phone: 415-469-6100

    Administrative History:

    Robert Whitaker was a pastor, pacificist, political acitivist, and writer. He was born in 1863 in Padiham, Lancashire, England, and died in Los Gatos, CA in 1944. In 1869 he moved with his family to the United States. After attending Andover Newton Theological School, Whitaker served as a missionary in Mexico from 1887-1888. He went on to hold several pastorates in the western United States including Oakland, CA, Seattle, WA, and Los Gatos, CA.
    Whitaker was heavily involved in Socialist and Labor organizations and was acquainted with other agitators such as Eugene Debs, Upton Sinclair, Jack London, and Fanny Bixby Spencer. He spent considerable energy agitating for Socialist causes and to this end founded several presses such The Progressive Publishing Company, U.F.I. Press, and Whitaker and Ray, Co.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Personal Name:

    Whitaker, Robert, 1863-1944.

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    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Processed by Sutro library staff.

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please email

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research. Please page materials three business days in advance of your visit by email:

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Robert Whitaker Papers, 1885-1918, M000006, Sutro Library, California State Library, San Francisco, Calif.

    Related Materials:

    Collection of Robert W. Whitaker, 2003-11-01. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.
    Information about related materials is available at http://pdf.oac.cdlib.org/pdf/gtu/whitaker.pdf

    Arrangement of Materials:

    The collection has been divided into six series: Series I. Nonfiction; Series II. Fiction; Series III. Lectures and Sermon Outlines; Series IV. Flyers; Series V. Periodicals; Series VI. Poetry/Verse,

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains sermon outlines, fiction and nonfiction essays, articles, flyers, and poetry.