Finding Aid to the Kearney Ranch Records, 1873-1949

The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Kearney Ranch Records, 1873-1949

Collection number: BANC MSS C-G 63

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Date Completed:
2014
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2014 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Kearney Ranch records
Date (inclusive): 1873-1949
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-G 63
Creator: Kearney Ranch
Extent: 100 volumes, 12 cartons, 4 boxes, 12 oversize boxes, 4 cardfile boxes circa 35 linear feet
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The records include account books for the Fruit Vale Improvement Company; records of the Easterby Rancho; records of the Kearney Vineyard Syndicate; labor and crop reports; financial statements; inventories; general accounts; and records relating to the Federal Trade Commission and its anti-trust actions concerning the California Associated Raisin Company (later called Sun-Maid Raisin Growers).
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

Information for Researchers

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kearney Ranch Records, BANC MSS C-G 63, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Related Material

Kearney Vineyard Company papers, 1903-1948 (bulk 1940-1948). BANC MSS C-G 64
M. Theo Kearney papers, 1865-1906. BANC MSS C-G 77

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Kearney, M. Theo.
Kearney Ranch-Archives
Sun Maid Growers of California.
Agriculture-California-History.
Raisin industry-California-History.
Easterby Rancho (Calif.)
Fresno County (Calif.)-History.
Fruit Vale Estate (Calif.)

Administrative Information

Transferred to The Bancroft Library in 1949.

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Processing Information

Processed at the container level in 2014.

Biography/Organization History

Martin Theodore Kearney died on May 26, 1906, in his stateroom aboard the Cunard liner Caronia, alone, as he had lived in the Victorian mansion adjacent to his vast Kearney Vineyard property. Kearney was considered the strong man of the raisin industry, and one of the largest producers of raisins in California. His origins are obscure, although it is known that he lived in Boston from 1865 to 1867, and in San Francisco after January 1, 1870. He was known as a real estate broker and was a partner of W.C. Chapman, a speculator in Fresno County lands. In 1877 he was agent for the Bank of California in the sale of the Easterby Rancho in Fresno, and in 1880 purchased N.K Masten's share therein -- probably Kearney's start in the ranching and vineyard business. He acquired the Fruit Vale estate also, and later a controlling interest in the Fresno Vineyard Company. He played an important role in the California Raisin Growers Association and maintained important social connections in San Francisco. The Kearney Fruit Vale ranch was an estate of 5400 acres, including alfalfa, vineyards, citrus trees, packing facilities, and a large house. The property was bequeathed to the Regents of the University of California by Mr. Kearney in 1906 and was administered by the University of California until 1948.

Scope and Content Note

The records include account books for the Fruit Vale Improvement Company; records of the Easterby Rancho; records of the Kearney Vineyard Syndicate; labor and crop reports; financial statements; inventories; general accounts; and records relating to the Federal Trade Commission and its anti-trust actions concerning the California Associated Raisin Company (later called Sun-Maid Raisin Growers).

Container Listing

volumes 1-2

Capital Account Ledger 1898-1901

volumes 3-4

Capital Account Ledger 1907-1908

volumes 5-14

Capital Account Ledger 1910-1920

volume 15

Capital Account Ledger 1922-1930

volumes 16-17

Kearney Vineyard Syndicate ledgers 1900-1902

volume 18

Kearney Vineyard Syndicate statistical report 1902-1915

volume 19

Store daybook 1902-1903

volume 20

Store ledger 1903

volume 21

Cash books 1900-1901

volumes 22-29

Cash books 1908-1931

volumes 30-32

Time books 1904-1910

volumes 33-37

Time books 1916-1937

volumes 38-42

Daily labor reports 1913-1918

volumes 43-44

Daily labor reports 1924-1931

volumes 45-47

Monthly labor reports 1907-1911

volumes 48-51

Monthly labor reports 1918-1930

volume 52

Journal 1900-1902

volume 53

Journal 1904

volumes 54-77

Journals 1906-1931

volume 78

Cost ledger 1907-1912

volume 79

Cost ledger 1912-1932

volume 82

Stock certificate book (blank) undated

volume 83

Correspondence and reports- from Office of the Regents undated

volumes 84-95

Kearney Vineyard Syndicate- minutes and by-laws

volumes 96-98

Ledgers of accounts 1940-1949

volume 99

Transfer binder, personal accounts 1943-1946

volume 100

Inventories 1945-1947

carton 1

Correspondence

carton 2

Correspondence

carton 2

Kearney Vineyard- Report and Closing Documents

carton 2

Ledger Book sheets

carton 3

Ledger Book sheets

oversize-box 10

Ledger Book sheets 1901

oversize-box 1

Loose leaf record sheets 1931-1935

Scope and Content Note

  • Store Distribution ledger sheets (1932-1933)
  • Checks Issued ledger sheets (1931-1935)
  • Labor Distribution ledger sheets (1931-1933)
oversize-box 2

Loose leaf record sheets 1931-1935

Scope and Content Note

  • Journal ledger sheets (1931-1935)
  • Cash Receipts ledger sheets (1932-1935)
oversize-box 3

Loose leaf record sheets 1932-1937

Scope and Content Note

Labor Distribution ledger sheets
oversize-box 4

Loose leaf record sheets 1935-1938

Scope and Content Note

  • Cash Receipts ledger sheets (1935-1937)
  • Checks Issued ledger sheets (1935-1938)
  • Journal ledger sheets (1935-1938)
oversize-box 5

Loose leaf record sheets 1937-1941

Scope and Content Note

  • Labor Distribution ledger sheets (1938-1941)
  • Cash Receipts ledger sheets (1937-1938)
oversize-box 6

Loose leaf record sheets 1933-1944

Scope and Content Note

  • Labor Distribution ledger sheets (1933-1935)
  • Checks Issued ledger sheets (1938-1944)
oversize-box 7

Loose leaf record sheets 1937-1940

Scope and Content Note

Labor Distribution ledger sheets
oversize-box 8

Loose leaf record sheets 1938-1944

Scope and Content Note

  • Journal ledger sheets
  • Cash Receipts ledger sheets
oversize-box 9

Loose leaf record sheets 1938-1944

Scope and Content Note

  • Labor Distribution ledger sheets (1941-1944)
  • Payroll (1938-1944)
carton 3

Kearney Vineyard- Reports 1928-1942

carton 3

Double F Ranch- Reports 1937-1942

carton 3

Kearney Vineyard- Expense and Income Reports 1930-1933

carton 4

Kearney Vineyard- Expense and Income Reports 1922-1929

carton 4

Double F Ranch 1940-1942

boxes 1-2

Kearney Vineyard- Inventories 1924-1944

cardfile-boxes 1-4

Notebooks

box 3

Notebooks

carton 4

Notebooks

carton 4

Kearney Vineyard Notebooks 1901, 1908-1911, 1932

carton 4

Deeds

carton 4

Legal Documents 1886-1891

carton 4

Property Records 1877-1896

carton 5

Property Records 1889-1899

carton 5

Monarch Vineyard Company- Articles of Incorporation 1895

carton 5

Kearney Vineyard- Financial documents 1905, 1910

carton 5

Promotional materials circa 1900

carton 5

Fresno County literature 1873-1893

carton 5

Insurance Certificates 1900-1902

carton 5

Kearney Vineyard Company 1903-1906

carton 5

California State Automobile Association- maps undated

carton 5

Newspaper clippings 1918-1920

carton 5

Receipts 1923-1943

carton 6

Receipts 1927-1946

carton 6

Sales Tax Reports 1931-1943

carton 6

Irrigation Tax Bills 1929-1932

carton 7

Receipts 1934-1944

carton 7

Account ledgers undated

carton 7

Crop Reports 1928-1939

carton 8

Crop Reports 1918-1940

carton 9

Crop Reports 1915-1939

carton 9

Oil House Reports 1940-1944

carton 9

Cotton Gin Reports 1925-1928

box 4

Crop Reports 1928-1939

carton 10

Small unnumbered volumes

Scope and Content Note

  • Easterby Rancho Company cash book and ledger, 1879-1892 (2 volumes)
  • Crop Reports, 1910-1914, 1916-1938 (7 volumes)
  • Labor Charges, 1935-1942 (1 volume)
  • General Accounts, 1929-1943 (3 volumes)
  • Lumber, 1916-1924 (1 volume)
  • Report on Land Use, 1929-1934 (1 volume)
  • Daybook, 1909-1910 (1 volume)
oversize-box 11

Insurance Policy Register

carton 11

Small unnumbered volumes

Scope and Content Note

  • Trial balances, 1928-1942 (8 volumes)
  • Stock Report, 1908-1912 (1 volume)
  • Cashbook, 1904-1905 (1 volume
  • Salesbook, 1900 (1 volume)
carton 12

Fruitvale Improvement Company 1892-1895

Scope and Content Note

  • Cashbook, 1894-1895 (1 volume)
  • Ledgers, 1892-1895 (3 volumes)
  • Statement Book, 1892-1895(1 volume)
oversize-box 11

Fruitvale Improvement Company Ledger 1892-1895

volume 104

Fruitvale Improvement Company Cashbook 1892-1895

box 4

Miscellaneous

oversize-box 10

Miscellaneous