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Guide to the Baldwin & Howell Records
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Series I. Office Files, 1891-1968

Physical Description: 1 cubic ft. plus 5 bound ledgers.

Scope and Content

Series I: Office Files 1891-1968 is comprised of Baldwin & Howell's office files and contains company histories, minutes of board of director meetings, financial ledgers and business correspondence, stock certificates, and other information related to the firm's overall business dealings.


This series is divided into subseries by company functions, area of activity, and thereafter chronologically.

Subseries A:  General Office Files ca.1912-1960

Physical Description: 1 cubic ft. plus 6 scrapbooks
Box/Folder 1:1

Philip Paschel articles on real estate development, ca. 1917

Box/Folder 1:2

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1912, 1950-1953

Box/Folder 1:3

Correspondence, Business Documents, and Ephemera, 1910-1948

Box/Folder 1:4

Baldwin & Howell History, 1936, ca. 1950s

Box/Folder 1:5

Bay Bridge, 1926-ca. 1930


Subseries B:  Financial Records 1897-1939

Physical Description: 9 folders plus 13 ledgers

Part 1: Taxes, 1917-1925

Box/Folder 1:6

Taxes 1917-1918

Box/Folder 1:7

Taxes 1919-1925

Box/Folder 1:8

Taxes 1922-1923

Box/Folder 1:9

Taxes 1924-1925

Box/Folder 2:1

Tax Returns and Financial Ledgers from Trust & Kleinsorge Ice Cream and Candy Store 728 K Street and 917-919 6th Street Sacramento, CA; 1750 Mission Street San Francisco, 1919-1925


Part 2: Auctions, Property Sales, and Appaisals 1897-1929

Box/Ledger 1:11

Record of Sales Baldwin & Howell, Jan. 1, 1897-Dec. 1902

Scope and Content Note

Contains property description, purchaser, price, and address.
Box/Ledger 1:12

Auction Sales Baldwin & Howell, March 25, 1909-1923

Scope and Content Note

Contains lot, block, address, price, deposit, and name of purchaser, remarks, and information on Dingee Park, Redwood City; and Sutro Estate Auction.
Box/Ledger 1:13

Appraisement and Estimates Ledger, Renting and Leasing Propositions, June 1911-Aug 5, 1922

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and materials relating to activity and building-level descriptions of appraised worth of a property.
Box/Ledger 1:14

Appraisals?Properties of the California Transit Company and Pickwick Corporation Value as of June 10, 1929 June 10, 1929

Scope and Content Note

Includes land all over California, with sketch maps.

Part 3: Stock 1908-1949

Box/Folder 1:15

Stock Share Dealings, 1908-1939

Box/Folder 1:16

Stock Shares, 1908-1948

Box/Ledger 1:17

Stockton Development Company Stock Certificates, 1910-1924

Box/Ledger 1:18

Residential Development Company of San Francisco Stock Certificates, 1912-1949

Box/Ledger 1:19

Residential Development Company of San Francisco Assessment Book Baldwin & Howell, July-August, 1913

Box/Ledger 2:2

Residential Development Company of San Francisco Stock Certificates 1-100, 1911-1915

Box/Ledger 2:3

Residential Development Company of San Francisco Stock Certificates 101-200, 1915-1933

Box/Ledger 2:4

Residential Development Company of San Francisco Stock Certificates, 101-200, undated

Box/Ledger 1:20

Residential Development Company of San Francisco Dividend Book, April 1928-March 1930

Box/Folder 1:21

Copeck Oil Company, 1915

Scope and Content Note

Stock certificates and correspondence relating to Baldwin & Howell's interest in Copeck Oil Company.

Part 4: Cash Book 1923-1924

Ledger 1:22

Cash Book, 1923-1924


Subseries C: Legal Records 1929-1933

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box/Folder 1:23

Court, Estate, and Probate Records, 1929-1933


Series II: Project Files, 1894-1974

Physical Description: 8 files, 9 ledgers

Scope and Content

Series II: Project Files, 1894-1974 is comprised of financial ledgers, correspondence, and other materials relating to distinct development projects in which Baldwin & Howell was involved. These range from the purchase and appraisal of single buildings to the construction and sale of entire housing tracts.


This series is broken into subseries and arranged by size of property, geographical proximity to San Francisco, and thereafter chronologically: Subseries A: Buildings (San Francisco); Subseries B: Blocks (San Francisco); Subseries C: Developments (San Francisco); Subseries D: Developments (Peninsula); Subseries E: Developments (Northern California)

Subseries A: Buildings (San Francisco) ca. 1910s-1947

Physical Description: 4 folders
Box/Folder 3:1

1958 Vallejo Street, 1934

Box/Folder 3:2

Alexander Building announcement and Owl Drug Company lease in building announcement, undated

Box/Folder 3:3

Russ Building, investment in the Russ Building Company, Annual Reports of Russ Building Company, Correspondence Relating to, 1926-1944

Box/Folder 3:4

The White House? Post and Grant Streets, San Francisco, 1947


Subseries B: Blocks (San Francisco) ca. 1891-ca.1907

Physical Description: 4 ledgers
Ledger 3:5

Abstract of Title and List of Incumbrances on Block Bounded by Grove, Laguna, Ivy, Western Addition, (ca. 1894)

Ledger 3:6

Abstract of Title and List of Incumbrances on Block Bounded by Union, Front, Commerce, and Battery Streets Simpson & Miller Examiners of Deeds Searchers of Records, San Francisco January 5th 1891 Vol. 9, p. 62; January 5, 1891

Ledger 3:7

Sacramento and Presidio Property San Francisco, October 5, 1904

Scope and Content Note

Includes Sub.[Western Addition] Block No. 623 (Sacramento and Presidio) San Francisco, October 5, 1904 and documents and correspondence relating to the property.
Ledger 3:8

Commercial Block, California and Front Streets, San Francisco, ca.1907


Subseries C: Developments (San Francisco) 1911-1956

Physical Description: 5 ledgers, 1 folder
Ledger 3:9

Record of Sales Mission Terrace, San Francisco, 1911-1923

Scope and Content Note

Contains date, lot, block, purchaser, address, first payment, mortgage, financial terms of purchase, and the solicitor, date closed.
Ledger 3:10

Westwood Park, San Francisco, 1916

Ledger 3:11

Mission Terrace, San Francisco Correspondence, 1923

Folder 3:12

Diamond Heights, San Francisco Appraisal for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, 1955-1956

Ledger 4:1

Thomas Bros. Block Book of San Francisco Vol. 15: City Land, Columbia Heights, Hillcrest, Ingleside Terrace, Lake Geneva, Lake View, Mission Street, Ocean View Park, Railroad Homestead Association, Railroad Homestead Association 2, San Miguel City, West End undated

Ledger 4:2

Thomas Bros. Block Book of San Francisco Vol. 16: Excelsior, Crocker Amazon undated

Scope and Content Note

Ledger includes University Extension, University Mound, Visita[c]ion Valley, West End, and "Sunnyvale" (A southeastern San Francisco neighborhood; possibly in the Sunnyside or Bernal Heights districts).

Subseries D: Developments (Peninsula) 1916-1945

Physical Description: 1 ledger
Ledger 3:13

Appraisal as of December 10, 1916 of 525.4 Acres in Hillsborough San Mateo County, California Belonging to Provident Securities Company Appraised by Philip P. Paschel Harry C. Jenkins, April 20, 1945

Additional Note

Contains a fold-out fabric-backed map of lots.

Subseries E: Developments (Northern California) 1909-1930

Physical Description: 1 ledger
Box/Folder 3:14

Pullman Park?Richmond, California, 1909-1914

Box/Ledger 3:15

Buckingham Park?Clear Lake, California, 1930


Series III: Photographs, ca. 1905-1974 (Bulk 1910s-1920s)

Physical Description: 5 folders, 10 ledgers.

Scope and Content

Series III is comprised of photographs of various properties and residential developments with which Baldwin & Howell were involved. They document the construction and final states of various residences throughout San Francisco and Northern California.


This series is broken into subseries and arranged by size of property, geographical proximity to San Francisco, and thereafter chronologically and is comprised of: Subseries A: Company History Photographs; Subseries B: Buildings (San Francisco); and Subseries C: Residential Developments.

Subseries A: Company History Photographs 1906-1974

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box/Folder 5:1

Baldwin & Howell Company History Photos, 1906-1974


Subseries B: Buildings (San Francisco) ca.1890-ca.1920

Physical Description: 5 ledgers
Box/Ledger 5:3

MacDonough Building, Northeaster corner of Sutter and Grant Ave., MacDonald and Dean, architects undated

Box/Ledger 5:4

Northeast corner of 4th and Welsh Streets, December 1905

Box/Ledger 5:5

The Cluett Building, Northeast corner of Howard Street and Howard Court between 4th and 5th Streets MacDonald and Dean, Architects undated

Additional Note

Caption: "Kindly return to Baldwin & Howell 1692 Fillmore Street
Box/Ledger 6:1

Davis-Schonwasser Building, Macdonough Estate Company, Owner, ca. 1908

Scope and Content Note

With 25 photographs of the construction of the building at Sutter and Grant streets in 1908.
Box/Ledger 7:1

Sloane Building (San Francisco), 1908 Emma Rose, Owner; 1908

Scope and Content Note

29 photographs of the construction of the Mission Street building, 1908.

Subseries C: Residential Developments ca. 1900s-1940s

Physical Description: 8 ledgers, 1 folder

Part 1: Residential Developments (San Francisco) ca. 1905-1939

Box/Ledger 7:2

Presidio Terrace (San Francisco), ca. 1905-1915

Scope and Content Note

Album; 34 photographs of houses and neighborhood.
Box/Ledger 7:3

Estate of Adolph Sutro, Deceased. Appraised by A.S. Baldwin, March-April, 1910

Scope and Content Note

Album; 47 leaves printed on rectos only, plus 62 original silver photographs (5 of them fold-outs), of the vast real estate holdings of Adolph Sutro, mostly in San Francisco but a few outside.
Box/Ledger 5:6

Westwood Highlands undated

Scope and Content Note

94 photographs of residences, some under construction, and the land being cleared.
Box/Ledger 6:2

Westwood Park, undated

Scope and Content Note

With 83 photograph of residences, some under construction.
Box/Ledger 6:3

Westwood Park, undated

Scope and Content Note

With 23 photographs.
Box/Folder 6:4

World's Fair, San Francisco, 1939 Baldwin & Howell model home. 1939


Part 2: Residential Developments (Peninsula) ca. 1909-ca. 1930

Box/Ledger 7:4

Redwood City and Dingee Park, ca.1909

Scope and Content Note

Album; 35 photographs of newly built residences, also the 1909 auction of building sites conducted by Baldwin & Howell and the train station.
Box/Ledger 7:5

San Mateo, undated

Scope and Content Note

54 photographs of residences, etc., also the train station, with a map of Hayward Park, Subdivision Three.

Part 3: Residential Developments (Northern California) undated

Box/Ledger 5:2

Projects: undated

Scope and Content Note

66 small photographs of houses in Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco, with several typed pages describing the different types, also a blueprint.

Series IV: Maps, Building Plans, Oversize Ephemera, ca. 1910-1948

Physical Description: 1 folder, 7 maps, 3 oversized items.

Scope and Content

Series IV is made up of various maps of housing developments and properties that Baldwin & Howell owned or had business dealings regarding. In addition, this series contains the plan for the Insurance Exchange Building, on California Street at Liedesdorff. Another segment contains two Oversize ephemera items: a Baldwin & Howell poster parodying municipally owned railroads and George Thomas, Jr.'s certificate of election to the Governing Council of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.


This series is sub-divided by format into Subseries A: Maps; Subseries B: Building Plans; and Subseries C: Oversize Ephemera and arranged chronologically within these units.

Subseries A: Maps ca. 1900s-1940s

Physical Description: 1 folder, 7 maps.
Map Folder Drawer 1, Folder 1

Maps and Project Descriptions: Western San Francisco Neighborhoods, 1914, 1921


"Map of Forest Tract and San Miguel Ranch Showing Lands Owned by Estate of Adolph Sutro deceased with projected avenues throughout the same and referred to in the report of A.S. Baldwin May 1910. Map drawn and areas computed by John M. Punnett, Civil Engineer and Surveyor." 1910


"San Francisco's Water Front: Only 18 percent of San Francisco's Water Front is Now used?82 percent is Still Undeveloped" undated

Additional Note

Shows property owned by the state, property owned by state and improved with modern concrete work, property owned by state with wooden construction, what can be done by the state to improve the property then owned (primarily constructing piers and docks), and property then owned by the city.

"Map of Presidio Terrace Baldwin and Howell Agents 318 Kearney St. San Francisco Cal." ca. 1908

Additional Note

Annotated with lot buyers and selling price listed, including many prominent San Francisco residents

"Map of City of San Mateo Town of Burlingame and surrounding properties showing also public and private roads compiled by Davenport Bromfield C.E. 1906. Tracing made in office of W.C. Hammett, April 2nd, 1915." 1906-1915


"New Relief Map of San Francisco and Vicinity Harr Wagner Publising Co. 149 New Montgomery Street, S.F." Back: "City and County of San Francisco Main Office Baldwin & Howell" ca. 1900-1925

Additional Note

Annotated with July 1925 districts with populations.

"Map of the Major Part of the San Francisco Business District compiled and published by Thomas Bros. Compliments of Baldwin & Howell, Licensed Real Estate Brokers 318-324 Kearney Street Realtors, Insurance, Renting, Leasing, Loans, Insurance, Appraising, Subdivisions." undated


"Comparative data for Lake Merced Lands" ca. 1930s

Scope and Content Note

Map of subdivisions and acreages sold

Three Connected maps: M-4027, M-4028, M-2049 "State of California Department of Public Works San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge San Francisco Approach Property Maps Feb. 7, 1933" ca. 1930s

Scope and Content Note

Shows the impact of the Bay Bridge on Baldwin and Howell properties

Subseries B: Building Plan 1909

Physical Description: 1 connected oversize item

"Building plans for The Insurance Exchange, Southeast corner of California and Leidesdorff , Willis Polk & Co. Architects 1909" Published by Dakin Publishing Company March 29, 1913

Scope and Content Note

Several sheets of architectural plans for Insurance Exchange Building's basement, first, mezzanine and third floors.

Subseries C: Oversize Ephemera, 1901-1946

Physical Description: 2 oversize items

Poster: Political cartoon "The Street Railways Should be Owned and Operated by the City", 1901. Published by Baldwin & Howell undated

Scope and Content Note

Poster parodying municipally owned railways and mentioning Baldwin and Howell, McAfee Brothers, and other real estate companies and the Geary Street Electric Road.

George H. Thomas, Jr. Certificate of election to the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, 1946