Finding Aid to the Silas H. Palmer business papers, MS 3297

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California Historical Society
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Title: Silas H. Palmer business papers
Date: 1906-1948
Collection Identifier: MS 3297
Creator: Palmer, Silas H.
Extent: 25 boxes (12.5 linear ft.)
Contributing Institution: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
(415) 357-1848
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Silas H. Palmer Records, MS 3297, California Historical Society.

Additional collection guides

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Scope and Content

Correspondence, billheads, invoices, bids, estimates, reports, contracts, receipts, financial accounts, and receipts of Palmer, relating to his construction jobs throughout Calif., both in partnership, primarily as part of Palmer & McBryde and of S.H. Palmer & J.P. Holland, Inc., and alone, mostly under the name S.H. Palmer Co., Ltd. Projects include several Calif. highways, particularly the Santa Monica Highway (1932-1934); dams, including the Spring Valley and the Calaveras Dams; stadiums, including Kezar Stadium, then known as Golden Gate Park Stadium, Stanford University Stadium, and the stadium at the University of California, Berkeley. Several railroad companies and power companies are also represented as clients. Also includes industrial accident reports and insurance contracts (1914-1934) and invoices for materials and equipment obtained at Livermore Yard.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog:
Palmer, Silas H.--Archives.
Palmer & McBryde.
S.H. Palmer & J.P. Holland, Inc.
S.H. Palmer Co., Ltd.
Contractors' operations--California.
Dams--Design and construction.
Roads--Design and construction.
Business records.
Financial records.