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Guide to the George Kenyon Fitch Papers, 1826-1906
BANC MSS C-B 761  
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Box 1

Letters written to George K. Fitch, ca. 1850-1904

Scope and Content Note

Chiefly concerning the Call and the Bulletin, political matters and railroads. Single letters have been placed in one folder; several letters from any one correspondent in separate folders. Cards have been placed in the manuscripts catalog for correspondents of note.

Letters written by Fitch, ca. 1869-1902

Scope and Content Note

Chiefly drafts and copies. Arranged chronologically.

Letters written to Loring Pickering

Scope and Content Note

Two letters from J. W. Pratt, 1889, and from Stephen M. White, 1892.

Letters written to Mrs. George K. Fitch and to Virginia Fitch

Scope and Content Note

Include letter written by James D. Phelan, 1929.

Letter written by Virginia Fitch, 1940, presenting the Fitch Collection to the University of California.


Extracts from correspondence of James W. Simonton concerning the San Francisco Bulletin, 1860-1861.

Scope and Content Note

Include portions of letters written to Fitch, Dr. Tuthill and others. Extract from Simonton's power of attorney, Dec. 26, 1861, also.

Letter, Daniel Cleveland to J. Ross Browne, July 27, 1868, concerning the Chinese in California.


Letter (copy) from David D. Colton to C. P. Huntington, Dec. 1, 1875.


Letter (copy) from [Philip Gleason?] Galpin to John O. Davenport, 1894.


Biographical sketches of Fitch written by George D. Squires [some on film].


Fitch's account book with the London and San Francisco Bank Limited, 1869-1880.


Fitch's notes on Golden Gate Park in San Francisco


Invitations, programs, etc.


Legal and financial papers pertaining to the Sacramento Times and Transcript

Scope and Content Note

Included are the following: Articles of agreement, Mar. 18, 1850 between George K. Fitch, Samuel C. Upham, H.S. Warren, J.M. Julian, and T. Russell; two promissory notes, Gilbert C. Weld to Samuel C. Upham and to Fitch, both dated June 29, 1850; note by S.C. Upham, June 13, 1850, re sale of his interest in the Transcript to G.C. Weld; promissory note, Sept. 28, 1850, Fitch, as administrator of the estate of G.C. Weld, to Fitch; receipt, signed by W. T. Yeomans, Jan. 19, 1852, for money received from G. K. Fitch.

Articles of agreement, June 25, 1852 - Placer Times and Transcript, San Francisco

Scope and Content Note

Signed by G.K. Fitch, L. Pickering and others.

Exhibits (mainly financial statements) in litigation

Scope and Content Note

(Fitch vs. DeYoung?) involving the San Francisco Bulletin and the Call. Included also is a letter from the attorneys for Fitch to Messrs. Lloyd and Wood, May 6, 1887.

Proceedings before Judge McKenna, Nov. 26, 1894, in re sale of the Bulletin and the Call.


Certified copies of four deeds, bound together as follows:


1. Sebastian Keyser to Edward A. Farwell;


2. Edward A. Farwell to Chapman and Warbass;


3. John Bidwell to Chapman and Warbass;


4. Farwell and Bidwell to Chapman and Warbass. All filed for record Oct. 27, 1860... Butte Co.


Miscellaneous papers concerning the San Francisco water supply

Scope and Content Note

Include the following: Communication to the Board of Supervisors, San Francisco by Milo Hoadley, Mar. 7, 1870 which incorporates report of George Davidson of the U. S. Coast Survey report, "The water storage reservoirs of San Francisco. A comparison with those of other American cities" -unidentified, incomplete and undated; an untitled report on the Spring Valley Water Co. with note: "To Mr. Fitch From J. F. Saip"; a report on San Francisco water supply in the form of letter to the editor -unsigned and undated.

A review of Sketches of Leading and Representative Men of San Francisco

Scope and Content Note

From the San Francisco Bulletin?

"Ought the Park To be Mutilated"

Scope and Content Note

Article appearing in the Bulletin? Handwriting unidentified.

Article on the election of John F. Miller

Scope and Content Note

With note by G. K. Fitch, Jan. 15, 1881.

Copies of newspaper articles concerning C. P. Huntington and Charles Crocker.

Scope and Content Note

Handwriting unidentified.

Citizens Non Partisan Party

Scope and Content Note

Excerpts from convention proceedings, 1896?
Box 2

Newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Concerning the following: Municipal problems; San Francisco Bulletin --printers strike, 1870 and 1886; San Francisco Chronicle.
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Newspaper clippings and magazine articles

Scope and Content Note

Concerning the following: San Francisco municipal politics and Non-Partisan Party; California history; Spring Valley Water Co.; California journalism; San Francisco municipal problems (Water-front, Sewers, Golden Gate Park and Dupont St. frauds); Southern Pacific Railroad; miscellaneous clippings.
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Newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Concerning the following: Fitch vs. De Young libel suit; San Francisco earthquake and fire, 1906; Kissane clippings; George K. Fitch (obituaries); San Francisco Bulletin.
volume vol 1

Scrapbook of clippings

Scope and Content Note

Includes clippings of Fitch's letter to the Cleveland Herald, 1849; clippings from early California newspapers; and photographs of Fitch. Pasted inside the front cover are announcement of wedding to Clara V. Duvall, Apr. 21, 1857, receipted bill signed Fitch Upham & Co.
volume vol 2

Scrapbook of clippings

Scope and Content Note

Include clippings on mining, taken from early California newspapers.
volume vol 3

Scrapbook of clippings

Scope and Content Note

Include clippings on the Fitch vs. De Young libel suit and on railroads.
volume vol 4

Testimonial of Regard to George K. Fitch.

Scope and Content Note

Resolutions adopted at a meeting of the Bulletin Chapel, Jan. 16, 1895. Bound in leather; illuminated pages.

List of correspondents


Bartlett, Washington, 1824-1887


Letter, April 5, 1887. Offering Fitch appointment to the Board of Regents, University of California.


Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925


Letter, April 30, 1904.


Cleveland, Daniel, 1838-


Letter to J. Ross Browne, July 27, 1868. 46 p. A.L.S.? 25 cm. Concerning the Chinese in California.


Colton, David Douty, 1832-1878


Letter to Collis P. Huntington, Dec. 1, 1875. Copy.


Evans, Taliesin


Letter, Jan. 9, 1895.


Ewer, Sophie M.C.


Letter, Dec. 4, 1883. Concerning Ferdinand C. Ewer.


[Fitch, Clara (Duvall)]


Letter, n.d. Incomplete.


Galpin, Philip Gleason, 1830-


Letter, Dec. 4, 1887. Also, copy of letter to John O. Davenport, May 31, 1894, concerning sale of the San Francisco Bulletin.


Kemble, E.W.


Letter, Sept. 24, 1882. Concerning his father, Edward Cleveland Kemble.


Perkins, George Clement, 1839-1923


Letter, Nov. 27, 1880. Offering Fitch appointment to the Board of Regents, University of California.


Phelan, James Duval, 1861-1930


Letter to Virginia Fitch, Oct. 9, 1929.


Pickering, Loring, 1812-


Letters, 1865-1877 (7).


San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway Co.


Letter, March 23, 1895. Form letter from Claus Spreckels, president, and Alexander Mackie, secretary, concerning meeting of the subscribers to the capital stock.


Simonton, James William, 1823-1882


Letters, 1865-1873 (5). One letter undated. Included is a letter, July 9, 1865, addressed to William C. Ralston. Among letters written by Fitch are several addressed to Simonton.


Sneath, Richard George, 1826-


Letter, Oct. 21, 1888.


Squires, George De Forrest, 1855-


Letter, Nov. 29, 1895.


Upham, Samuel Curtis, 1819-1885


Letter, Mar. 25, 1850.


Vassault, Ferdinand


Letter, Sept. 14, 1879. Enclosure: list of passengers who arrived by steamer, Oregon, at San Francisco, Sept. 18, 1849.


White, Stephen Mallory, 1853-1901


Letters, 1892-1898 (3). Also, letter, Nov. 22, 1892, addressed to Loring Pickering with enclosure: copy of White's letter to T. Carl Spelling, Nov. 22, 1892.