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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Meyer Family papers
    creator: Buck, Alice Meyer
    creator: Meyer family.
    Identifier/Call Number: SC0187
    Physical Description: 3.5 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1850-1971
    Physical Description: no content


    Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Meyer Family papers, SC 187. Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.

    Biography / Administrative History

    A native Californian, J. Henry Meyer was a successful San Francisco businessman. He was an executive, a banker, and served on the boards of many companies including Wells Fargo Bank, the Spring Valley Water Company, and the California Street Cable Railroad Company. In 1878 he married Eugenie Hillegass of Berkeley. Together they had three children: Eugenie Olga, Alice, and Charles. Alice graduated from Stanford University in 1905 with a degree in English. Charles also received his degree from Stanford University in chemical engineering in 1917.
    The Meyers were generous supporters of Stanford University. J. Henry Meyer donated funds towards the Lane Medical Library building and endowed library book funds. Meyer's daughters Eugenie and Alice, along with Alice's husband Frank E. Buck continued his tradition of generous support to Stanford University. They established an endowed professorship in the Graduate School of Business, donated a collection of valuable Western Americana from Mr. Meyer's library, and established the J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library. The Meyer-Buck House was built in 1920 and later willed to Stanford by Meyer's daughters.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Series I includes memorial resolutions, correspondence, and documents pertaining to Meyer family properties and business interests such as deeds, abstracts of title, and stock certificates. There are also many Meyer family photographs including studio portraits, candid shots of family and friends taken at the Meyer/Buck estate, and several shots of Frank E. Buck's jade collection donated by Alice Meyer Buck to the Stanford Museum (Cantor Arts Center) in 1978. Series II consists of drawings of the Meyer-Buck estate.


    The collection is arranged in two series:
    SERIES I - Papers
    SERIES II - Meyer-Buck Estate Drawings

    Separated Materials

    Newspapers Discarded: San Francisco Chronicle, 12 September 1955; San Francisco Examiner, 12 September 1955; San Jose News, 3 April 1975 (pp. 5-6); San Jose News, 5 April 1975 (pp. 1-2).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    architectural drawings (visual works)
    Buck family.
    Buck, Alice Meyer
    Buck, Frank E.
    Meyer family.
    Buck, Alice Meyer
    Myers family.
    Meyer, J. Henry (John Henry)
    Meyer, J. Henry (John Henry)
    Meyer family.
    Buck, Frank E. (Frank Eugene)