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Guide to the Samuel F. B. (Samuel Finley Brown) Morse Papers, 1911-1969 JL016
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  • Title: Samuel F. B. (Samuel Finley Brown) Morse Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: JL016
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 42.5 Linear feet (4 cartons + 12 volumes)
    Date (inclusive): 1911-1969
    Abstract: Contains personal correspondence of Samuel Morse, correspondence of the Pacific Improvement Company relating to liquidation of the company, and a report (12 v.) prepared for the Pacific Improvement Company in 1916, titled, "Iron, Steel, Coal & Coke on the Pacific Coast." Also includes annual reports of the Pacific Improvement Company.
    creator: Morse, Samuel F. B. (Samuel Finley Brown), 1886-1969


    1885 July 18 Born in Newton, Mass.
    1903 Graduated from Phillips Andover Academy.
    1907 Graduated from Yale University.
    1907 - 1910 Manager of a land developnent project for John Nays Haanonci in California.
    1910 - 1915 Manager of Crocker-Huffman Land & Water Co., Merced, Ca.
    1915 - 1919 Secretory and General. Manager of Pacific Improvement Company, liquidation proceedings dragged on and S.F.B. Morse retained this position until 1967.
    1919 - 1969 Organizer, President, part owner (with Herbert Fleishacker) and later Cflairman of the Board of Del Monte Properties Co.
    1916 - 1956 Senior Director of Crocker 1st National Bank.
    1916 - 1956 Other Positions : Advisory Council of Crocker-Anglo National Bank, U. S. Loaning Corp., As5ociate Fellow of Morse College, Yale University.
    1916 - 1966 Clubs : Links, Racquet and Tennis (New York), Pacific-Union, Burlingame Country, Cypress Point (Calif.).
    1966 Awarded LL.D by University of California.
    1969, May 11 Died in Pebble Beach, Calif.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection (JL 16) itself consists of four large boxes of correspondence and twelve bound volumes of a report that Morse had made for the Pacifi� Improvement ~ompaiiy just after his appointment (1915-1916). The report is entitled: "Iron, Steel, Coal ~c Coke on the Pacific Coast." The~ffrat two boxes of correspondence are M0rse ~s own personal files for the years 1923 (Box #1) and 1927 (Box #2). The last box con ama Morse' a copies of Pacific Improvement ~omp~.ny correspondence (1930-1969) relating to the final liquidation of the Company, of which Stanford University became a 2E 0/0 owner by inheritance.. Other owners were the University of California at Berkeley (50 %) and the Crocker Estate (25 %).


    S.F.B. Morse (1886-1969) was the great grandson and namesake of the inventor of the telegraph. Though his family was from Boston, he moved out to San Francisco, almost immediately after his graduation from Yale (where he was captain of the football team) in 1907. He became associated with the Crockers and after making a success of the Crocker-Hoffman Land and Water Company, which he managed, he was subsequently offered a position managing the Pacific Improvement Company in 1915. Since the heirs of the original owners of Southern Pacific (Stanford, Crocker, Hopkins, Huntington) had sold out the Railroad they were also interested in liquidating the Pacific Improvement Co., which had originally been the construction company for the railroad and had since become a holding company for many various concerns. The liquidation became Morse's job and he expedited about 90 percent of that task in his first five years on the job. However, the remainder of the job dragged on until 1967, almost fifty years later. Morse's most triumphant personal deal was buying Pacific Improvement Co. land on the Monterey Peninsula himself. The company that he formed of it in 1919, Del Monte Properties, became his pet and very profitable project because he developed that land into tremendously valuable resort and private real estate (i.e. Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, etc.).

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Crocker Estate to the Jackson Library of Business in 1970. Transferred to the Department of Special Collections in 1979. The 2nd accession is a gift of Mary Morse Shaw, 1999.

    Preferred Citation

    Samuel F. B. (Samuel Finley Brown) Morse Papers. JL016. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Publication Rights

    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 contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.



    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Del Monte Properties Co.
    Morse, Samuel F. B. (Samuel Finley Brown), 1886-1969
    Pacific Improvement Company.
    Shoup, Paul, 1874-1946
    Stanford University
    Sterling, J. E. Wallace (John Ewart Wallace), 1906-
    Tresidder, Donald Bertrand, 1894-1948
    University of California, Berkeley.
    Wilbur, Ray L. (Ray Lyman), 1875-1949
    Holding Companies--California.
    Hotel management--California.
    Monterey Peninsula (Calif.)
    Real estate development--California.