Guide to the Warring Wilkinson Papers, [ca. 1875-1911]

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Guide to the Warring Wilkinson Papers, [ca. 1875-1911]

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 815

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1961
Encoded by:
Charlotte Gerstein
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Warring Wilkinson Papers,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1875-1911]
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 815
Creator: Wilkinson, Warring, 1834-1918
Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 2 cartons, 1 oversize folder
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence, MSS of articles and speeches, reports, accounts, notebooks, clippings, and periodicals containing articles by and about him, relating primarily to his career as principal of the California Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind, Berkeley, California.

Also included: papers relating to his estate and letters of condolence addressed to his daughter.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Warring Wilkinson papers, BANC MSS C-B 815, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

This collection of papers was given to the Library in March 1961 by Wilkinson's son-in-law, Professor Leon Richardson. They consist of correspondence, manuscripts of articles and speeches, reports, accounts, notebooks, clippings, some student material, periodicals containing articles by and about him, papers relating to his estate, and letters of condolence addressed to his daughter.


Warring Wilkinson, educator and head of the California Institution for the Deaf and the Blind at Berkeley, California, for over 40 years, was born in Charlton, New York, May 25, 1834, and educated at Union College. He began his educational work with the deaf in 1858, after graduation, at the New York Institution for the Deaf. In 1865 he accepted the offer as principal of the California School for the Deaf and the Blind, a private institution founded in San Francisco in 1860 by Mrs. Frances Augusta Clark. He soon succeeded in securing state support for the school and then, also, a new location. Berkeley was chosen as the site, and in 1869 the school was moved across the Bay, where it became one of the best known in the country. In 1909, his eye sight failing, he retired, and the Board of Directors made him Principal Emeritus. He died on April 7, 1918.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Letters written to Wilkinson

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization, with a miscellany of single letters preceding the rest of the file. A list of the more important correspondents follows the Key. Some miscellaneous letters have been grouped by subject, as indicated below, in Box 2.
Box 2

Letters of congratulation on 40th anniversary as director of the Institution, 1905


Letters of congratulation from the pupils of the Institution


Letters re the proposed "Institution Extension," 1905


General letters of inquiry about the school


Miscellaneous letters from students


Miscellaneous letters requesting employment at the school

Boxes 2-3

Letters written by WiIkinson, 1875-1904

Scope and Content Note

Primarily letters addressed to his wife, daughter and his son-in-law, Leon Richardson. Arranged chronologically, with undated letters at the end.

See also letterpress copybook in Carton 1
Carton 1

Letterpress copybook, Apr. 1907-Aug. 1910

Scope and Content Note

Primarily copies of business letters written on behalf of the Institution and in relation to his own business affairs.

Articles and speeches re education of the blind and the deaf

Scope and Content Note

Holograph and typescript copies

Graduation addresses, speeches to pupils of the Institution

Scope and Content Note

Holograph and typescript copies

Speeches (4 folders)

Scope and Content Note

Holograph, typescript and printed copies. Include papers prepared for the Berkeley Club and the Chit-Chat Club.

Sermons on biblical texts


Statement concerning Douglas Tilden


Papers relative to trip to Europe, 1891-1892, to study institutions for education of the blind and the deaf. Include letter of credit, passport, letters of introduction, etc.


California Institution for the Deaf and Blind: names of trustees, resolutions of Directors, etc.


California Institution for the Deaf and Blind: printed reports

Scope and Content Note

Included are biannual reports for 1899-1900 and 1909-1910; Proceedings of Joint Committee to Investigate the Affairs of Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Asylum, 1864; Institution Extension: Extract from the Twenty-Sixth Report of the California Institution; Biographical Statistics of Pupils of the Institution . . . Who Have Entered College

Reports on visits to schools for deaf and blind, Wisconsin, 1901


Compositions by students


Autobiographical sketches written by students and former students


Miscellaneous bills and receipts


Account book


Miscellaneous notes


Invitations, programs, Christmas cards, etc.


Miscellaneous notebooks, address book, etc. (2 folders)

Carton 2

Periodicals containing articles by Wilkinson


Periodicals containing articles re Wilkinson






Scrapbook of clippings and some photographs


Berkeley Club Memorial tribute to Wilkinson


Letters of condolence addressed to Maud (Wilkinson) Richardson, 1918


Papers relating to Wilkinson's estate


Miscellaneous reports and publications



oversize Oversize

Honorary degree from the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, May 8, 1889

Partial Index to Correspondence


Miscellany (single letters)


Bartlett, William C., Mar. 7, 1897


Berkeley Club, Oct. 30, 1914. From Cornelius B. Bradley, secretary.


Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902, Aug. 26, 1880


Blaisdell, Nathaniel, Oct. 1, 1917


California. Controller, Apr. 8, 1909


Crocker, Charles Frederick, 1854-1897, Dec. 1, 1896


Dohrmann, Fred W., Mar. 30, 1903


Dougherty, W. J., Feb. 4, 1903. Writing as member of the State Assembly Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds.


Gillett, Philip Goode, 1833-, Nov. 24, 1887


Hague, James Duncan, 1836-1908, Mar. 2, 1902


McClatchy, Charles Kenny, 1858-1936, Oct. 30, 1902


McClatchy, Valentine Stuart, 1857-1938, Nov. 7, 1902


McLean, John Knox, 1834-1914, Mar. 9, 1897


Moffitt, James Kennedy, 1866 ?-1955, Apr. 18, 1911


Moses, Bernard, 1846-1930, May 30, 1901. Concerning his work with the United States Philippine Commission.


Olney, Warren, 1841-1921, June 5, 1909


Reid, William Thomas, 1843-1922, n.d.


Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891, Apr. 20, 1884. Typed copy.


Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927, Aug. 9, 1909


Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?


4 letters, 1895


Brown, Elmer Ellsworth, 1861-


4 letters, 1906-1907. Writing as U.S. Commissioner of Education.


Dewey, John


2 letters, 1903-1904


Fay, Edward Allen, 1843-1923


3 letters, 1897-1901


Foote, W. W.


5 letters, 1895-1898


Gallaudet, Edward Miner, 1837-1917


4 letters, 1895-1917


Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908


2 letters, n.d.


Howison, George Holmes, 1834-1916


6 letters, 1895-1916. One is addressed to John K. McLean.


Hubbard, Gardiner Greene, 1822-1897


2 letters, 1895


Nye, Alfred Bourne, 1853-1913


8 letters, 1903-1911


Pardee, George Cooper, 1857-1941


4 letters, 1904-1906. Two are addressed to A. J. Ralson.


Perkins, George Clement, 1839-1923


2 letters, 1902-1908


Perry, Newel Lewis, 1873-1961


31 letters, 1888-1905


Tilden, Douglas, 1860-1935


2 letters, 1895-1905


Tryon, James Rufus, 1837-1912


7 letters, 1897-1901