Guide to the Pacific Slope Manuscripts M0153

Processed by Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Patricia White
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1997 ; revised 2022
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Pacific Slope Manuscripts
Identifier/Call Number: M0153
Identifier/Call Number: 467
Physical Description: 3 Linear Feet (4 boxes. 3 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): 1832-1953
Abstract: Manuscripts, documents, transcriptions, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera related to the history of the American West.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Varied sources.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pacific Slope Manuscripts, M0153, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Contents

This collection pertains to the history of the Pacific Slope from 1832 until 1953. Included are notes, manuscripts, and typescripts on the founding and development of the California Mission system; letters, legal documents, and manuscripts dealing with early land claims, businesses, and legal cases; letters on political issues in California in the 1890s; family letters (1850s); historical biographies; manuscripts on Oregon history by Samuel J. Parker (1893); business correspondence; and materials on the San Francisco Reform Movement (1909-1910), the Society of California Pioneers, the Committee of Vigilance, the San Francisco Fire Department, and the Savage Mining Company (1864-1891). Also included are newsclipping scrapbooks (1870-1872) and maps of Oregon territory (1838) and the Whitman Trail (1834-1847).

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

California -- History -- 1850-1950.
California missions
Oregon -- History.

box 1, folder 1a

Briggs, Ella 154939


1. Postcard from bank asking to examine bankbook, 1898 June 27. 154941

box 1, folder 1

Cherington, Reed B. - California Missions 154921


1. "Who's Who in California Mission History." Notebook. 154937


2. "The Present Condition of the Missions." Typescript and summary of a talk, 1925 Ocotober 20 154935


3. "Commandante Rivera." Typescript, 3 pp. 154933


4. "How the Pueblo Church Obtained Its Bell." Carbon and typescript. 154931


5. "The Founder of the California Missions, the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of His Birth." Typed draft and typescript. 154929


6. The story of Missions, etc. Notes, holograph. 154927


7. "Regulations for mission." Typescript. 154925


8. Misc. holograph notes. 154923

box 1, folder 2

Cherington, Reed B. - California Missions 154905


1. "Founding the Missions." Holograph and typed lecture notes. 154919


2. "In a Mission Garden." Printed poem by Clarence Urmy. 154917


3. Clipping on Mission Lecture series. 154915


4. "The Decline of the Missions." Typed lecture notes. 154913


5. Miscellaneous holograph notes. 154911


6. Notes - holograph, partially bound notebook. 154909


7. Life of Father Junipero Serra. Holograph notes from work by Fr. Francis Palou. 154907

box 1, folder 3

Cherington, Reed B. - California Missions 154891


1. List, holograph of names and subjects regarding missions. 154903


2. "Mission Life." Bound lecture notes, typed. 154901


3. Lecture notes - holograph on cards. 154899


4. Play program for Mission Play. 154897


5. "Mission of the Holy Cross." Printed poem. 154895


6. Map of Monterey County, showing ranches, etc. 154893

box 3

Cherington, Reed B. Notecards on California missions. 154777

box 3

Cherington, Reed B. Notecards on T. O. Larkin Part I. 154775

box 3

Cherington, Reed B. Notecards on T. O. Larkin Part II. 154773

box 1, folder 3a

Corbett, Failing and Company 154885


1. A. L. S. from Randmann, Nielson and Co., 1873 October 24 154889


2. A. L. S. from John Skinner, 1875 May 14. 154887

box 1, folder 4

Doyle, John T. 154873


1. Typescript biography (a reminiscence) of George Gordon, signed. 154883


1a. E. W. F. Sloan to George Gordon. A. L. S. 1865 October 16 re: San Francisquito and Rinconada claims, etc. 154881


1b. George Gordon to E. W. Sloan. Letter press 1865 October 16 and statement re: land dispute with Seal. 154879


2. Bound volume. The Pious Fund Case. Printed material and manuscript notes. 154877


3. Legal document re: The Pious Fund Case. 154875

box 1, folder 5

Evans, Joseph J. 154859


1. Printed invitation to reception for Pres. and Mrs. Harrison, 1891 April 27. 154871


2. Carles N. Felton. T. L. S. to Joseph J. Evans, 1892 February 27. 154869


3. John T. Cutting. T. L (signature stamp) to Joseph J. Evans, 1892 April 13. (With misc. printed invitations, speeches, circulars and announcements). 154867


4. D. M. Burns, secretary Republican State Central Committee. A. L. S., 1894 July 26. (With clips on Evans and other San Franciscans, Calif. Republican Party, business affairs, social, etc. San Franciso and Los Gatos). 154865


5. Morton C. Allen. A. N. S. to Joseph J. Evans, 1892 March 13. N. D. to Roks. 154863


6. W. H. Chamberlain. Tel. to Joseph J. Evans, 1892 May 7. (Expense account, W. J. Kennedy (Bear Club), A. N. S. 1892 April 13. Clips re: Grand Jury duty 1893). 154861

box 2, folder 6

Felton, Charles N. 154855


Scrapbook 154857

Scope and Contents note

This volume contains obituaries and newsclippings pertaining to relations with Hawaiian trade, sugar industry problems, Chinese question and anti-Chinese legislation, activities in Congress, A. N. "M" to [Felton B. Elkins], silver question, wine legislation, tariffs and free trade, plant blights, and public lands, ca. 1886-1914.
box 2, folder 7

Jones, Louise Coffin 154851


1. Political cartoons 154853

box 2, folder 8

Leland, Joseph W. and G. W. Leland 154845


1. J. W. Leland to "sister" from Brownsville, Texas, 1849 February 12, A. L. S. 154849


2. G. W. Leland to "Sister Eliza" from San Leandro, CA, 1856 October 2, A. L. S. 154847

map-case Map case, folder 8a

Martindale, Dr. John Howard 154841


1. Photographs, certificates, and other items pertaining to Martindale and his family, 1858-1923. 154843

box 2, folder 9

McCormick, Rodney - John York 154837


"A Short Short History of Grandfather York: Boyhood Recollection" 154839

Scope and Contents note

This history covers 1845 to 1870s and discusses his overland trip in 1845, Napa Valley, the gold rush, Bear Flag Rebellion, John York, David Hudson, Indians, Lake County, St. Helena, Chinese, and the railroad. Photoreproduction of typescript belonging to James H. Snell.
box 2, folder 10

Oregon History 154833


Handwritten, bound ms. by Samuel J. Parker, 1893. 154835

Scope and Contents note

This volume, entitled "The History of Oregon [Territory] in its connection with missions. Especially that of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions," pertains to the author's father Samuel Parker, founder of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions, between the years of 1832 and 1847. It includes copies of Parker's papers and letters and some copies of Whitman documents; originals noted as being in the archives of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions .
box 2, folder 11

Pease, Vera Jane 154811


1. Chas. [Smolowski] to Philipp H. Wheeler re watch patents, 1882 October 24, A. N. S. 154831


2. M. H. Hawks, sec. Chicago Open Board of Trade, introducing Phillip H. Wheeler, 1889, January 22, A. L. S. 154829


3. Otay Watch Company and Philip H. Wheeler, employment contract signed by R. D. Perry, Jas. H. Guion, P. H. Wheeler, and J. W. McCool, 1889, February 25, D. S. 154827


4. M. D. Hamilton, letter of recommendation of Wheeler, 1890 November 15, A. L. S. 154825


5. E. H. Miller, letter of recommendation of Wheeler, 1890 November 17, A. L. S. 154823


6. Incorporation of placer mining claims, H. P. McGuire, P. H. Wheeler, A. T. Large, and W. N. Wilbur, 1901 October 10 and 22, T. D. S. and A. D. S. 154821


7. Royal Arch Masons - release of Wheeler from membership in Ohio, 1903 November 9, D. S. (duplicate of 1897 original). 154819


8. R. L. Wilbur to E. E. Robinson re transmittal of above items, 1944 July 6, T. L. S. 154817


9. Letitia Black to [Mrs. Pease?] re pioneering in Colorado, 1946 December 18, A. L. S. 154815


10. Clipping on Nevada and California ghost towns, Alpha, Omega and Old Dobbins, n. d. 154813

box 2, folder 12

San Francisco Browning Society 154805


1. Helen MacKnight Doyle to Mrs. Sloss, 1952 January 28, T. L. S. 154809


2. Minutes of meeting, by Mabel M. [Elzas], 1953 October 2, A. D. S. 154807

box 2, folder 13

San Francisco Reform Movement 154795


1. & 2. Programs with menu for luncheon meeting of The Citizens' League of Justice, 1909 April 29. 154803


3. The Liberator Vol. II, No. 9, 1910 February 5. 154801


4. Printed circular letter and list of names, S. F. Women's Civic Club, 1910 June 28. 154799


5. Printed invitation, banquet in honor of Francis J. Heney, 1910 November 15. 154797

box 2, folder 14

Stevenson, E. A. 154791


1. A. L. S. to Horsley and Nash, 1857 September 17. 154793

box 2, folder 15

Townsend Manuscript 154789

Scope and Contents note

This volume consists of typescript copies of documents relating almost exclusively to the estates of Dr. John Townsend and his wife Elizabeth. The originals were loaned by Moses Schallenberger and copied by Katherine A. Chandler in 1898 as part of a history thesis. It covers the years 1846 to 1858 and includes a table of contents.
map-case Map case, folder 16

Stratton, A.W. & miscellaneous 154779


1. Diagram of a 15" diesel electric pipe line dredge, 1923 April. 154787


2. Society of California Pioneers Membership of Abram W. Stratton who arrived in California 1849 October 12, dated 1873 April 23 154785


3. Committee of Vigilance of San Francisco Membership of A. W. Stratton 154783


4. San Francisco Fire Department Membership of A. W. Stratton, 1855 March 5 154781

Box 4, folder 17

Finney, S. J. 154767


1. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings on the California legislature, 1870 February 17 to 1870 April 12. 154771


2. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings on the California legislature and drafts of some bills, 1872. 154769

Box 4, folder 18

Savage Mining Company 154761


1. Thirteen deeds, 1864-1891. 154765


2. Three court documents, 1867, 1869 and 1887. 154763

map-case Map case, folder 19

Parker Maps 154755


1. Western United States Whitman Trail 1834-1847. 154759


2. Oregon Territory 1838 154757