Register of the Smith/Bacon Family Collection, 1821-1947

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Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University Library, University of the Pacific
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Register of the Smith/Bacon Family Collection, 1821-1947

Collection number: Mss20

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Smith/Bacon Family Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1821-1947
Collection number: Mss20
Creator: Julian Smith Bacon
Extent: 1 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Smith/Bacon Family Collection, Mss20, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


Julian Smith Bacon gathered the materials of this collection, which is primarily associated with his grandfather, Peter Smith, younger brother Jedediah Strong Smith, during the 1920s. Peter Smith was a trader on the Santa Fe Trail with his brother when the latter was killed by Comanches (1831). Later, Peter was one of the Executors of Jedediah Smith's will.
Using these family oral and written histories and traditions, Julian Smith Bacon sparked renewed interest in Jedediah Smith and the fur trade era through speeches, pageants and the dedication of historic markers. Julian Smith Bacon, Jr., son of Julian Smith Bacon, gave the materials to Holt-Atherton Special Collections in 1975.

Scope and Content

Although consisting primarily of newspaper and magazine clippings, this collection also contains copies of Smith Family wills, accounts, correspondence and other materials including several pictures of family members and friends.

Box Box 1

Jed Smith Biographical Materials

Folder Folder 1.1

Smith Family genealogy

Folder Folder 1.2

Jed Smith estate papers. Photo-copy of court costs, 1821. Discharge photo-copy of Patrick Glass, poll-book, for Ohio, 1821.

Folder Folder 1.3

Six page manifesto of Jedediah Smith (copy) dated July 11, 1831 from records in Mexican Archives, State of New Mexico, in Spanish.

Folder Folder 1.4

Account book of Peter Smith; photo-copies of accounts of Walter L. Smith and Jospeh Yarrer, W.L. Smith and Ralph Smith, accounts of Jed S. Smith, Dr. J.G. V. Simmons, Alexander Rice.

Folder Folder 1.5

Correspondence of Smith Family, 1877-1923.

Folder Folder 1.6

Correspondence of Smith Family, 1926-1927.

Folder Folder 1.7

Correspondence of Smith Family, 1928-1954.

folder Folder 1.8

Correspondence of Smith Family, 1970s; 1990s

Folder Folder 1.9

Notes on life of Jed S. Smith; Excerpts from papers on fur trade and Smith


-Zenas Leonard, 1839.


-History of San Francisco


-History of California


-Obituary of Jed Smith in Illinois Magazine, June 1832


-Boy's Book of Indian Warriors, by C.G.


-American Fur Trade in the Far West


-Capt. H. M. Chittenden, 1902

Folder Folder 1.9

Anonymous article on Jed S. Smith [ms.; missing end of paper]

Folder Folder 1.10

Miscellaneous manuscripts, with remarks by George Thurmon.

Folder Folder 1.11

Memorabilia: cards of Miss Evelyn Smith, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lyman, Josie E. M. Smith. Program of dedication of Smith Monument, 1924.

Folder Folder 1.12

Newspaper Clippings (1920s) [14 items]

Folder Folder 1.13

Newspaper and Magazine clippings (1930s) [6 items]

Folder Folder 1.14

Newspaper clippings dealing with dedication of Jed Smith Monument, 1939

Folder Folder 1.15

Magazine and News clippings: "Classmate," November 1947

folder Folder 1.16

Magazine and News clippings (1920s)

Box Box 2

Publications; Pictures of Jed Smith & his family

Folder Folder 2.1

Historical Society of California Annual Publication, 1900

Folder Folder 2.2

Historical Society of California Annual Publication, 1901

Folder Folder 2.3

Historical Society of California Annual Publication, 1905

Folder Folder 2.4

Historical Society of California Annual Publication, 1926

Folder Folder 2.5

"The American Mercury" September 1926

Folder Folder 2.6

Miscellaneous papers [incl. letter from San Diego Attorney Troy Tuggle re: Smith pistol and letters re: watch]

Folder Folder 2.7

Inventory of material donated to Jedediah Smith Society by Julian Smith Bacon, Jr.

Folder Folder 2.8

Paintings and Drawings of Jedediah Smith


Fredrick Remington Lithograph


Don Prechtel Painting


George Mathis Painting


R Haynes Drawing


Harvey Dunn Painting


Jack White drawing of Smith fighting a bear


Sketch “by friend” from memory



Folder Folder 2.9

Photographs and Lithographs of Peter Smith


Tintype of Peter Smith (frame removed)




Cabinet card, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Folder Folder 2.10

Photographs of Smith Family

Folder Folder 2.11

Photographs of Bacon, Simons, Thummell and Jones families


Tintype of Evelyn Smith Bacon and Linda Smith Thummell, 1875


Photograph of Evelyn Smith Bacon


Silhouette of Dr. J. G. V. Simmons


Julian Smith Bacon

Folder Folder 2.12

Other Smith Related Images


Patrick Glass


Alexander Rice


Map of Ohio (pre-1846) was “map of west”


Artist’s rendition of Johnny Appleseed


Photographs of Jedediah Smith's pistol and holster (see Holt-Atherton’s Main photograph collection under “Firearms”)

Folder Folder 2.13

Object collection


Smith’s Shaving Mirror (Julian Smith Bacon donation)


Two snuff boxes “belonging to Jedediah Smith” (Julian Smith Bacon donation)


Two “Handcarved pocketbooks given to Peter Smith by Jedediah Smith” (Julian Smith Bacon donation)


“Jedediah Smith Watch” originally thought to belong to Smith. See Spring 2004 Castor Canadensis (Fred Kramer donation)


I.Wilson Knife (No documentation. Most likely donated by the family of Evelyn Bacon)


Victor Issa “A Welcome Sight” bronze statue (“Jed Smith Society” donation)