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Finding Aid to the Western Sugar Refinery Records, 1871-1949
BANC MSS C-G 126  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Western Sugar Refinery records
    Date (inclusive): 1871-1949
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-G 126
    Creators : Western Sugar Refinery
    Extent: Number of containers: 28 boxes; 9 cartons, 1 oversize box, 10 oversize folders Linear feet: 22.6
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Western Sugar Refinery Records, BANC MSS C-G 126, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    "From Memory's Files; Episodes in the Life of a Western Sugar Refinery Employee," 1937, BANC MSS C-D 5042.
    Dan Gutleben Papers, BANC MSS C-R 30
    California Sugar Refinery......, F862.55 C35
    Spreckels Financial Records, 1880-1844, BANC MSS C-G 190
    Spreckels Sugar Beet Bulletin, HD9101 S 68
    San Francisco Industrial Views Including Western Sugar Refinery photographs, BANC PIC 1999.065-PIC

    Separated Material

    Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library. Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Spreckels, Claus, 1828-1908
    Spreckels family
    Western Sugar Refinery
    California Sugar Refinery
    Sugar factories--California
    Sugar trade--California
    Sugar--Manufacture and refining
    San Francisco (Calif.)--History

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Western Sugar Refinery Records was/were given to The Bancroft Library by C. E. Schink and Dan Gutleben on 1952.


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the container level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by E. Stephens in 2004.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Western Sugar Refinery Records, 1871-1949, contain letter books, technical reports, shift superintendent's reports and other material related to Claus Spreckels' sugar operations in San Francisco. Formed as the California Sugar Refining Company in 1867 at 8th and Brannan in San Francisco, the refinery processed sugar cane from Hawaii and elsewhere. In 1881 Spreckels expanded the business, building a second refinery on Potrero Point. He called the new refinery the Western Sugar Refinery.
    Arranged hierarchically in rough chronological order. Contains letter books of general correspondence with managers and superintendents, mechanical reports, raw sugar cargo lists, polarization, technical statements, and shift superintendent's logs. Oversize folders contain drawings and plans of refinery and machinery.