Guide to the Meyer Family Papers SC0187

Jenny Johnson
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064


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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)


Papers Series 1 1850-1971

box 1

Abstract of Title to a portion of Block 148, Oakland, for Borel & Co. [bound], 1822-1903

box 1

Abstract of Title and Certificate of Search to part of 50 Vara lot #264. Made at the request of C.H.S. Meyer [bound], 22 January 1847-1898

box 1

Abstract of Title and Certificate of Search to part of 50 Vara lot #897. Made at the request of C.H.S. Meyer [bound], 1850-1903

box 2

Deed to Elkhorn Ranch [bound], 1852-1905

box 2

Abstract of Title - Eugene Avy Tract [bound], 1900

box 2, folder 1

Loose items from Avy Tract Abstract of Title, undated

box 2

Abstract of Title - Rancho De Las Pulgas [bound], 1904

box 2, folder 2

Rancho De Las Pulgas Maps, undated

box 2

Property of J. Henry Meyer - J. Henry Meyer vs. John Freuler - Estate of Antoine Borel [bound], 1915-1916

box 2

J. Henry Meyer - Oceano Ranch - Deed description and plat of the Coleman Tract in lots 123, 125 & 126 [bound], 1915

box 2, folder 3

Building Permits, Landscaping/Pool Expenses, 1952, 1958, undated

box 3, folder 1

Stock Certificates - J.H. Meyer & Co. [bound], 1916

box 3, folder 2

Cost of Securities - J. Henry Meyer [bound], 1916-1922

box 4, folder 1

Maps & Drawings of J.H. Meyer's Elkhorn property in Monterey County, undated

box 4, folder 2

Drawings for cow barn and milk house, 1916

box 5, folder 1

Handwritten history about Charles H. T. Meyer, undated

box 5, folder 2

Handwritten history about Marguerite Julia Meyer, undated

box 5, folder 3

Stanford University Commencement Program, 1905

box 5, folder 4

Stanford University Diploma - Alice Marie Meyer, 1905

box 5, folder 5

Stanford University Diploma - Charles Hillegass Meyer, 1917

box 5, folder 6

Red Cross France Certificate & Correspondence - J. Henry Meyer, 1917, 1919

box 5, folder 7

Prayer Card for Madame Louise Meyer, 1937

box 5, folder 8

Bookplate - Bertha Berner, undated

box 5, folder 9

Correspondence (Miscellaneous), undated

box 5, folder 10

Correspondence - J. Henry Meyer to Antoine Borel re Earthquake, 1906

box 5, folder 11

Correspondence - Between J. E. Wallace Sterling & Alice Meyer Buck re Meyer Library, 1966

box 5, folder 12

Handwritten remembrance, "Story of Ralph [K. Davies]," by Louise Davies, circa 1971

box 5, folder 13

Memorial Service for Ralph K. Davies, 1971

box 5, folder 14

"Reminisces of Alice Meyer Buck," by Dorothy Lennon, undated

box 5, folder 15

Clippings, 1955-1976

box 6, folder 1

Memorial Resolution - J. Henry Meyer - California Street Cable Railroad Company, undated

box 6, folder 2

Memorial Resolution - J. Henry Meyer - California Central Creameries, 1921

box 6, folder 3

Memorial Resolution - J. Henry Meyer - Wells Fargo, 1921

box 6, folder 4

Memorial Resolution - J. Henry Meyer - Coast Counties Gas & Electric, 1921

box 6, folder 5

Memorial Resolution - J. Henry Meyer - Spring Valley Water Company, 1921

box 6, folder 6

Invitation to Congressional Country Club - J. Henry Meyer, 1922

box 7, folder 1

Certificate - Frank Eugene Buck - In Appreciation - Mills College Trustee, 1946-1950

box 7, folder 2

Retirement Resolution - Frank Eugene Buck - Golden State Company, 1948

box 7, folder 3

Miscellaneous Resolutions - Frank Eugene Buck:


Tamarack Mutual Co., 1949


Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Co., 1949

box 7, folder 4

Photograph Album - Frank Eugene Buck - Dedication of Pacific Gas & Electric Pittsburg Steam Plant, 1954

box 7, folder 5

Memorial Resolution - Frank Eugene Buck - Pacific Gas & Electric, 1959

box 7, folder 6

Memorial Resolution - Frank Eugene Buck - Bank of California, 1959

box 8, folder 1

Certificate of Appreciation - Frank and Alice Buck - PA Medical Research Foundation, undated

box 8, folder 2

Memorial Resolution - Eugenie Meyer - Wells Fargo, 1918

box 8, folder 3

J. Henry Meyer:


Certificate - American Field Service in France, undated


Memorial Resolution - Bankers' Investment Company, undated


Memorial Resolution - Union Trust Company, 1921

box 9

Photograph Album - Stanford University & other, undated

box 9

Photograph Album - Vacation, undated

box 9

Photograph Album - Vacation, undated

box 9

Photograph Album - Vacation, undated

box 10, folder 1

J. Henry Meyer, undated

box 10, folder 2

J. Henry Meyer & Mrs. Eugenie Hillegass Meyer, 1878, undated

box 10, folder 3

Mrs. Eugenie Hillegass Meyer, undated

box 10, folder 4

Mrs. Eugenie Hillegass Meyer & baby, undated

box 10, folder 5

Eugenie Olga Meyer & Alice Meyer, undated

box 10, folder 6

Eugenie Olga, Alice Meyer, and Charles Hillegass Meyer, undated

box 10, folder 7

Charles Hillegass Meyer, October 1894, undated

box 10, folder 8

Charles Hillegass Meyer, undated

box 10, folder 9

Charles Hillegass Meyer, November 1896

box 10, folder 10

Charles Hillegass Meyer, November 1896

box 10, folder 11

Charles Hillegass Meyer, undated

box 10, folder 12

Alice Meyer Buck, undated

box 10, folder 13

Alice Meyer Buck, undated

box 10, folder 14

Alice Meyer Buck with Jade Pieces donated to Stanford Museum [including appraisals], circa 1978

box 10, folder 15

Meyer-Buck Estate & other properties, undated

box 10, folder 16

Meyer-Buck Estate & other properties, undated

box 10, folder 17

Flowers, Landscaping [including slides and negatives], undated

box 10, folder 18

Meyer/Buck Family - miscellaneous gatherings, undated

box 10, folder 19

Meyer/Buck Family - miscellaneous, mostly vacation, undated

box 10, folder 20

Unidentified, undated

box 11

Framed Photographs, undated

box 12

Framed Photographs, undated

box 13

16mm color film "Mr. F. Buck's Home," April 1955

box 13

Leica storage box with 18 rolls of negatives from a trip:


Roll 1 NG, 10 January 1936


Roll 2 Ship, 20 January 1936


Roll 3 Rio, undated


Roll 4 Rio, St. Helena, 29 January 1936


Roll 5 Capetown, undated


Roll 6 Victoria Falls, 10 February 1936


Roll 7 Krueger Park, 12 February 1936


Roll 8 Madagascar, undated


Roll 9 Ceylon, undated


Roll 10 Ceylon, India undated


Roll 11 Bali, undated


Roll 12 Bangkok, undated


Roll 13 Angkor (No. 1), undated


Roll 14 Angkor (No. 2), undated


Roll 15 Seychelles, Bombay, undated


Roll 16 Agra, undated


Roll 17 Delhi, undated


Roll 18 Benares, undated


Roll (Empty), undated


Roll (Possibly shot but not developed), undated


Meyer-Buck Estate Drawings Series 2

Scope and Contents

Drawings 1 through 39 are by Bakewell & Brown Architects, 1920, except where prefaced with PMC - Pacific Manufacturing Company. Drawing 40 is a survey of the residence grounds by D. Bromfield, 1908. Numbers 3, 5B, 13B, 17, 19, 21, and 22, have been flattened; the remainder are rolled. All of them are now in map case storage.
folder 1

Full size details of French windows (#503)

folder 2 a,b,c

Full size details of main stairs (#527)

folder 3

Three-quarter scale detail of main stairs (#106)

folder 4

PMC. Servants dining room pantry kitchen and butlers pantry cases (#15)

folder 5 a,b,c

Full size details of living room and dining room (#524)

folder 6 a,b,c

Full size detail of stair halls (#526)

folder 7

PMC. First and second floor frames (#2)

folder 8

PMC. Larder cases (#17)

folder 9 a,b,c

Full size detail of marble slab under toilet (#519)

folder 10

Full size detail of terrace balustrade (#521)

folder 11

Full size detail of mantel (#528)

folder 12

PMC. Library [full scale misc. details] (#21)

folder 13 a,b,c

Half full size detail interior of bay windows (#525)

folder 14

PMC. Living and dining room [full size details] (#23)

folder 15

Full size details of basement frames (#501)

folder 16 a,b,c

Full size detail of library (#522)

folder 17

PMC. Porch sash and louver frames (#3)

folder 18

PMC. Bay templet [sic] (#1)

folder 19

Full size detail of balconies (#508)

folder 20

Full size detail of double hung windows (#502)

folder 21

Full size detail of main cornice, servants' wing (#507)

folder 22

Spacing of balusters on terrace [partial plan of terrace] (#109)

folder 23 a,b,c

Mantel in bedroom no. 4 (#531)

folder 24

Full size details of vents in roof (#505)

folder 25

PMC. Balconys [sic], details (#5)

folder 26 a,b,c

Full size detail mantel in living room (#529)

folder 27

PMC. Main cornice (#4)

folder 28

Full size detail of main cornice (#506)

folder 29 a,b

Developed full size detail center panel of balcony, north elevation (#511)

folder 30 a,b

Developed side panels balcony, north elevation (#512)

folder 31 a,b

Full size detail large panels (occurs under windows) balcony, east elevation; also typical ironwork for small balconies second floor (#513)

folder 32 a,b

End panels for balcony, east elevation; small panels for balcony, east elevation (#514)

folder 33 a,b

Full size detail of bracket under main balcony (#515)

folder 34 a,b

Full size detail center panel of iron rail on bay windows (#509)

folder 35 a,b

Developed curved panels bay windows (#510)

folder 36

Full size detail of small curved bracket and guard rail for window in bedroom no. 1; also scale details of bracket spacing (#516)

folder 37

Full size detail of entrance vestibule (#520)

folder 38

PMC. Dormer frames (#7)

folder 39

PMC. Library, details (#20)

folder 40

Map of Residence Grounds of Henry Meyer, Menlo Park; surveyed by D. Bromfield, October 1908. (Van Dyke reproducible) [this is a negative format drawing]


Additional Papers Accession ARCH-2017-241

Box 1

Typescript about Meyer-Buck House, Mrs. Buck, Alice Buck, and Olga Meyer.