Finding aid of the Theodore Chauncey Boyd Papers C057733

Finding aid prepared by C. Miller & Kelsey Fox
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849
September 16, 2011

Title: Boyd, Theodore Chauncey Papers
Identifier/Call Number: C057733
Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 folder (2 pages handwritten)
Date: 1933
Abstract: A letter from Flora Stuart Boyd, daughter of Theodore Chauncey Boyd, to the Society of California Pioneers. She remarks about the two paintings her father dontated to the society and his acomplishment of improving the San Francisco city seal, for which he received 100 dollars.

Scope and Contents note

Flora Stuart Boyd writes on December 12, 1933 from the Balfour Hotel at 326 O’Farrell St. in San Francisco to an unknown addressee at a society about her father, Theodore Chauncy Boyd. The letter explains that Boyd arrived in California in 1854, having previously worked in New York City, where he was well known. The letter mentions a Mr. Avery of the Bulletin. The writer explains that her mother presented the society with two of Theodore Chauncy Boyd’s paintings, Saturday Night on Kearny St. and Sunday Afternoon at Poodirard’s Gardens, the subject of which is a Mr. Poodirard. In addition, she states that three letters of thanks he received were destroyed in the 1906 fire.


Donor and acquisition date unknown.

Biographical note

Theodore Chauncy Boyd was born in New York in 1830. He worked as a designer, wood engraver, watercolorist, and stockbroker. He arrived in San Francisco in 1854 and set up a studio at Clay and Montgomery streets. He designed and engraved the Seal of San Francisco and had exhibitions at the Mechanic’s Institute Fair in 1871 and the SFAA in 1873. He died in 1902. (Hughes. Artists in California, 1786-1940, c.2002)

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions on access

Existence and Location of Originals note

The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107

Preferred Citation note

Theodore Chauncy Boyd Letters, The Society of California Pioneers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Boyd, Flora Stuart
Boyd, Theodore Chauncey
Artists--California--San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco (Calif.)