Guide to the Pacific Slope Manuscripts, 1832-1953

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Guide to the Pacific Slope Manuscripts, 1832-1953

Collection number: M0153

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Pacific Slope Manuscripts,
Date (inclusive): 1832-1953
Collection number: Special Collections M0153
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


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Preferred Citation:

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

Scope and Contents Note:

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; political cartoons; 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).


Box no. 1, Folder 1a

Briggs, Ella


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

Box no. 1, Folder 1

Cherington, Reed B. - California Missions


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


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


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


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


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


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


7. "Regulations for mission." Typescript.


8. Misc. holograph notes.

Box no. 1, Folder 2

Cherington, Reed B. - California Missions


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


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


3. Clipping on Mission Lecture series.


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


5. Miscellaneous holograph notes.


6. Notes - holograph, partially bound notebook.


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

Box no. 1, Folder 3

Cherington, Reed B. - California Missions


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


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


3. Lecture notes - holograph on cards.


4. Play program for Mission Play.


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


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

Box no. 1, Folder 3a

Corbett, Failing and Company


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


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

Box no. 1, Folder 4

Doyle, John T.


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


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


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


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


3. Legal document re: The Pious Fund Case.

Box no. 1, Folder 5

Evans, Joseph J.


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


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


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


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).


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


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).

Box no. 2, Folder 6

Felton, Charles N.



Scope and Content 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 no. 2, Folder 7

Jones, Louise Coffin


1. Political cartoons

Box no. 2, Folder 8

Leland, Joseph W. and G. W. Leland


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


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

Map-case Map case, Folder 8a

Martindale, Dr. John Howard


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

Box no. 2, Folder 9

McCormick, Rodney - John York


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

Scope and Content 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. Xerox of typescript belonging to James H. Snell.
Box no. 2, Folder 10

Oregon History


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

Scope and Content 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 no. 2, Folder 11

Pease, Vera Jane


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

Box no. 2, Folder 12

San Francisco Browning Society


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


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

Box no. 2, Folder 13

San Francisco Reform Movement


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


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


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


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

Box no. 2, Folder 14

Stevenson, E. A.


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

Box no. 2, Folder 15

Townsend Manuscript

Scope and Content 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

Miscelleanous Items


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


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


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


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

Box no. 3

Cherington, Reed B. Notecards on California missions.

Box no. 4

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

Box no. 5

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

Box no. 6, Folder 17

Finney, S. J.


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


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

Box no. 6, Folder 18

Savage Mining Company


1. Thirteen deeds, 1864-1891.


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

Map-case Map case, Folder 19

Parker Maps


1. Western United States Whitman Trail 1834-1847.


2. Oregon Territory 1838