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Finding aid of the Faxon Dean Atherton Papers, 1863-1915
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Faxon Dean Atherton Papers, 1863-1915
    Dates: 1863-1915
    Collection Size: 1 folder
    Repository: The Society of California Pioneers.
    San Francisco, California 94107-1272
    Abstract: Collection of 3 items belonging to and pertaining to Faxon Dean Atherton (1815-1877).
    Physical location: Stored on-site at the Society of California Pioneers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open by appointment for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with The Society of California Pioneers. All requests for permission to reproduce or publish must be submitted in writing to the Librarian.

    Preferred Citation

    Faxon Dean Atherton Papers, 1863-1915. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Faxon Dean Atherton (b. 1815 -- d. 1877) was a successful business owner and landowner. He was born in Massachusetts and traveled to California during the gold rush. Besides being the owner of a large estate in San Mateo County, he was prominent in building railroads, banking and other various financial enterprises. He died in Fair Oaks (Atherton) in 1877, leaving a widow and seven children.


    1863/1915 Faxon Dean Atherton Papers, 1863-1915

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection consists of three items. A letter from James Duncan to F.D. Atherton dated February 28th, 1863 and posted from London. The letter mentions earlier days spent in Valparaiso, Chile, upcoming marriage of Prince of Wales to the Danish Princess Alexandra, a pending legal case concerning a lawsuit against Daniel Gibb and another business interest in a mine that Mr. Duncan was trying to sell. There is also a check addressed to F.D. Atherton for one hundred dollars drawn on a Bank of California check dated July 14, 1873. The last item is newspaper clipping dated 2/3/1915 about a cookbook written by Mrs. Norman McLaren. The recipes contained in the cookbook were collected by Mrs. McLaren beginning in the 1860's when she was a young person visiting the Athertons, Ralstons and Mills in California. The article discusses these early California social gatherings and specifically the Chilean recipes that she gathered through association with the Athertons.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Atherton, Faxon Dean, 1815-1877
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--History
    Fair Oaks (Calif.)
    Atherton (Calif.)