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Guide to the Peter Coutts' Story Papers
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SCM0251
    Creator: Hanna, Paul Robert, 1902-1988.
    Title: Peter Coutts' Story papers
    Dates: 1900-1986
    Physical Description: 0.02 Linear feet (1 folder)
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Biographical/Historical note

    Jean-Baptiste Paulin Caperon (better known in California as Peter Coutts), was a successful French businessman, book collector and editor of the republican, anti-royalist paper, LA LIBERTE. Political disputes and health problems caused him to leave France and take up residence in California. In 1875 Caperon, now known as Peter Coutts, purchased 1,400 acres just north of Mayfield and named it Rancho Matadero. Coutts returned to Europe in 1880 to reclaim his confiscated estates and Rancho Matadero was sold to neighbor Leland Stanford.

    Scope and Contents note

    Collection consists mostly of clippings and published articles, with two unpublished papers: Geoffrey Bilson, "Peter Coutts - 'The Frenchman'" and Regina Kriss, "The influence and effects of French politics (1848-1880) on the life of Stanford's Frenchman, Peter Coutts," 1965.

    Access Terms

    Bilson, Geoffrey.
    Caperon, Jean-Baptiste Paulin.
    Coutts, P. J. F. (Peter J. F.)
    Hanna, John Paul
    Kriss, Regina.