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Guide to the President Benjamin Harrison's tour of the Pacific Coast : photographs and ephemera, 1891-1987
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901. Pacific Coast tour photographs and ephemera,
    Date (inclusive): 1891-1987
    Collection number: M0643
    Creator: Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901
    Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Abstract: President Harrison's speech-making tour in 1891 was, at that time, the longest journey ever undertaken by any President while in office. The 9,232 mile rail trip lasted one month and three days. The trip was partly planned and largely financed by the former Governor of California, Leland Stanford. The pioneer railroad builder had invite d the President to his ranch in Palo Alto to discuss a professorship at the newly built Stanford University and to participate in the dedication of that institution. Included in the Presidential party were First Lady Caroline Harrison, her secretary and niece Mrs. Dimmick, Russell B. Harrison and his wife, Mary McKee (the Harrison's daughter), Carter B. Harrsion and his wife, Postmaster General John Wanamaker, Secretary of Agriculture Jeremiah McClain Rusk, and Marshall Dan Ransdell.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    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.


    Purchased, 1993.

    Preferred Citation:

    President Benjamin Harrison's tour to the Pacific Coast : photographs and ephemera. M0643. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased, 1993.

    Scope and Content

    Collections largely consists of photographs taken during the tour, some of which are arranged in an album; subjects include the visit to Stanford University, San Francisco, Monterey, Sacramento, Salem (Oregon), the Presidential train and its crew, the Presidential party, and crowd scenes at various depots. Other items include the printed itinerary, a presentation copy of Harison's published speeches from the tour, "Through the south and west with the President," miscellaneous research clippings on the tour and the Harrison family, 1959-87, and the wedding booklet of Marthena S. Harrison and Harry A. Williams, 1912.

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Harrison, Caroline Lavinia Scott, 1832-1892.
    Harrison, Carter B.
    Harrison, Russell B. (Russell Benjamin), 1854-1936.
    Rusk, Jeremiah McClain.
    Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893.
    Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905.
    Wanamaker, John, 1838-1922.
    Stanford University--History.
    Presidents--United States.