Guide to the John Tracy Gaffey Papers, 1884-1934

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Guide to the John Tracy Gaffey Papers, 1884-1934

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 552

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: John Tracy Gaffey papers,
Date (inclusive): 1884-1934
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 552
Creator: Gaffey, John Tracy, 1859-
Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Materials relate mainly to activities in the Democratic party; Los Angeles civic organizations, including the Free Harbor League and the Federated Tax Reduction Leagues of Los Angeles County; business interests in Los Angeles, Texas, and Mexico.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Tracy Gaffey papers, BANC MSS C-B 552, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The papers were purchased from Mrs. Margaret (Gaffey) Mel in February 1954.

Scope and Content

John Tracy Gaffey was born in Ireland in 1859. He came to San Francisco about 1867 and moved to Los Angeles in 1882. He served as collector of customs, supreme court clerk and member of the city council. He was also active in numerous civic and political organizations including the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee, Federated Tax Reduction Leagues of Los Angeles County, and the Free Harbor League. His business interests included mining investments in Mexico, Texas oil, and real estate holdings.
A key to arrangement follows.

Box 1

Letters written by Gaffey, 1886-1933

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Mainly Copies relating to business and politics. A letterpress copy book for 1892 concerns a lawsuit in Mexico.
Box 1-2

Letters written to Gaffey, 1884-1934

Scope and Content Note

Mainly concern business and politics. Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization, with a single letter miscellany (4 folders) at the heginning of the file. A partial list of correspondents follows the key to arrangement.
Box 3

Papers relating to the free harbor contest, land and taxes in Los Angeles area; notes on California history; a few legal papers, invoices, and receipts; miscellany.


A-Z Miscellany


Arick, Rufus E., d. 1890


Letter, Aug. 11, 1886


Arizona and Colorado Railroad


Letter, May 3, 1904. Written by Epes Randolph, president.


California. Controller's Dept.


Letter, Apr. 8, 1933. Written by Ray L. Riley.


California Southern Raiiroad Company


Letter, Aug. 4, 1886. Written by Fred T. Perris, chief engineer.


Canfield, Robert B., 1843-


Letter, July 10, 1885


Carrillo, Juan José


Letter, Jan. 1, 1893


Chandler, Harry, 1864-1944


Letter, July 22, 1933


Cope, Walter Burton, 1861-


Letter, Sept. 27, 1893


Davis, Edward J., 1844-


Letter, Nov. 2, 1892


Dawson's Book Shop


Letter, Oct. 24, 1934. Signed by Charles Yale, general manager. Concerning possible purchase of Gaffey's letters.


Democratic Party. California. Los Angeles County. Central Committee


Letter, Mar. 22, 1933.


Demster, Charles W.


Letter, Jan. 7, 1933. Written while member of California legislature.


Dodge, John Mason, 1853-


Letter, Jan. 15, 1893


Edmundson, Jesse I.


Letter, Oct. 16, 1893. Written as editor of the Banning Herald.


Ellis, Asa, d. 1890


Letter, July 8, 1885


Farley, James Aloysius, 1888-


Letter, Feb. 21, 1933. Written as bonorary chairman, Electoral Colleges of the United States, 37th Presidential Election.


Gaffey, Thomas W. [brother]


Letter, Feb. 15, 1893


Gaffey, William V. [brother]


Letter, June 6, 1885


Hearst, George, 1820-1891


Letter, July 7, 1886. Written while member of U. S. Congress.


Henshaw, Frederick William, 1858-1929


Letter, Mar. 6, 1902


Hudner, John I., 1855-


Letter, Oct. 24, 1892


Johnson, Hiram Warren, 1866-1945


Letter to Daniel Carrington Imboden, Jan. 26, 1933


Los Angeles. Board of Harbor Commissioners


Letter, June 23, 1933. Written by Charles T. Leeds, chairman.


Board of Economic Survey of tbe Port of Los Angeles. Los Angeles. Chamber of Commerce


Letter, Dec. 8, 1933. Signed by Arthur G. Arnoll, secretary and general manager.


Los Angeles. Dept. of Water and Power


Letter, Apr. 28, 1933. Enclosures: salaries of executives.


McAdoo, William Gibbs, 1863-1941


Copy of letter to Mrs. Harriet B. Greene, Mar. 8, 1934.Written by his secretary.


McGrath, John Joseph, 1872-1951


Letter, Dec. 2, 1932


McKinstry, Elisha Williams, 1825-1901


Letter, June 12, 1885


McPike, Henry H., d. 1940


Letter, Mar. 19, 1932


Maslin, Edwin Wesley, 1834-


Letter, Apr. 11, 1890


Maslin, S. Prentiss


Letter, Apr. 8, 1890. Written while secretary to Gov. Waterman.


Miller, Frank Augustus, 1857-1935


Letter, Aug. 12, 1893


Moffitt, Frank J., d. 1904


Letter, Mar. 18, 1885


Montgomery, Zachariah, 1825-1900


Letter, June 24, 1885


Morrow, William W., 1843-1929


Letter, Aug. 12, 1885


San Pedro (Calif.) Tax Reduction League


Letter, Apr. 20, 1933. Resignation of directors.


Scott, Chalmers, 1845-


Letter, Apr. 17, 1893


Silent, Charles, 1843-1919


Letter, Mar. 10, 1893


Smith, Alphonso B., 1839?-


Letter, 1886


Spreckels, Rudolph, 1872-1958


Letter, June 29, 1892


Tebbetts, George Parrish, 1827-


Letter, Aug. 11, 1886


U. S. Custom House, Los Angeles


Letter, July 20, 1904. Written by Charles J. W. Sjoberg, collector.


U. S. Custom House, San Francisco


Letter, June 17, 1902. Written by F. S. Stratton, collector.


Vischer, Edward, 1808-1878


Letter to John Temple, Mar. 19, 1860


White, Stephen Mallory, 1853-1901


Telegram, May 18, 1890


Wise, John H., 1829-


Letter, Dec. 28, 1893


Wyncherley, George


Letter, Mar. 6, 1929. Signed George Wyncherley Kirkman.


Boruck, Marcus Derckheim, 1833 or 4-1895


2 letters, 1890


California. Surveyor General's Office


2 letters, 1885-1886. Written by H. I. Willey.


Cannon, Marion, 1834-1920


2 letters, 1885-1893


Clunie, Thomas Jefferson, 1852-1903


6 letters, 1890. Written while member of U. S Congress.


Couts, Cave Johnson, 1856-1943


6 letters, 1892-1902


Democratic Party. California. State Central Committee


6 letters, 1892-1932. Written mainly by Max Popper.


Egan, Richard


3 letters, 1885-1893


English, William D.


4 letters, 1885-1893


Flowers, Montaville, 1868-1934

see Los Angeles County. Taxpayers Central Committee


Gaffey, Joseph V. [nephew]


16 letters, 1932-1933. Mainly concerning politics.


Gates, R. Woodland


2 letters, 1893-1901


Geary, Thomas J., 1854-1929


2 letters, 1892-1893


Harkness, Frederick


9 letters, 1888-1901


Harvey, John Downey, 1859?-


20 letters, 1893-1902


Heney, Ben


2 letters, 1893


Heney, Francis Joseph, 1859-1937


2 letters, 1893


Henley, Barclay, 1843-1914


2 letters, 1885-1886. Written while member of U. S. Congress.


Hicks, John A.


4 letters, 1885-1886


Higgins, M. R.


5 letters, 1892. Written as private secretary to Gov. Markham.


Imboden, Daniel Carrington, 1893-

see Johnson, Hiram Warren


John N. Garner for President Committee


2 letters, 1932


Kelly, James V.


12 letters, 1886-1893


Kirkman, George Wyncherley

see Wyncherley, George


Leake, William S.


7 letters, 1884-1893


Loop, Theodore Murray, 1832-


3 letters, 1883


Los Angeles. Public Library.


3 letters, 1928-1934. Relate to Gaffey's private library.


Los Angeles County. Taxpayers Central Committee


4 letters, 1933. Written by Montaville Flowers.


Lydig, Phillip M.


17 letters, 1901-1903


Lynn, George W.


2 letters, 1932


McCarthy, Elmanson Avery


3 letters, 1900


Mackintosh, Enrique G.


8 letters, 1901-1902. In Spanish.


Martin, Peter D.


24 letters, 1900-190[3?]


Martin, Walter S., 1873-


7 letters, 1901


Nipper Oil Company of Texas


11 letters, 1902


Omaña, Enrique


14 letters, 1889-1892. In Spanish.


O'Melveny, Henry William, 1859-1941


2 letters, 1889-1891


Oothout, William


5 letters, 1901& n.d.


Patton, George Smith, 1856-1927


2 letters, 1893-1916


Patton, Henry, William, 1856-


3 letters, 1893


Peck, George Huntington, 1856-


4 letters, 1892-1933


Perris, Fred T., 1837?-

see California Southern Railroad Company


Plaisted, Mark R., 1867-


2 letters, 1893


Popper, Max, d. 1914

see Democratic Party. California. State Central Committee


Pueschel, E. A.


2 letters, 1892


Radcliff, W. R.


2 letters, 1885


Ramish, Adolph, 1862-


2 letters, 1892-1893


Randolph, Epes, d. 1921

see Arizona and Colorado Raiiroad


Rawls, John T.


9 letters, 1932-1933. Written while member of California legislature.


Sepulveda, Ignacio, 1842-


17 letters, 1888-1909


Sherman, Moses Hazeltine, 1853-1932


2 letters, 1929


Sjoberg, Charles J. W.

see U. S Custom House, Los Angeles


Stratton, Frederick Smith, 1859-1915

see U. S Custom House, San Francisco


Tarpey, Michael Francis, 1848-1925


9 letters, 1885-1901


Temple, John

see Vischer, Edward


Thomas, Benjamin Franklin, 1846-


4 letters, 1885


Tully, Pleasant Britton, 1829-1897


2 letters, 1884-1885


Valle, Reginaldo Francisco del, 1854-1938


2 letters, 1885-1893


Welburn, O. M.


3 letters, 1893 & n.d.


White, William Francis, 1816-1890


4 letters, 1885


Willey, H. I.

see California. Surveyor General's Office