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Guide to the Blake Family Papers, 1881-1962
BANC MSS C-B 903  
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  • Brief Family History
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Blake Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1881-1962
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 903
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes, 1 carton, and 1 portfolio
    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: Mainly correspondence of Anita Day (Symmes) Blake relating to the family ranch in Napa County and to her interest in horticulture. A few letters, mss. of writings, notebooks and clippings also concern Anson S. Blake, her husband, Edwin T. Blake and other members of the Blake, Stiles and Symmes families.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Blake Family papers, BANC MSS C-B 903, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Brief Family History

    Anson Blake was born in San Francisco in 1870. In 1891 he was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and became secretary of the Oakland Paving Company owned by his father Charles T. Blake. From 1897, the year of his father's death, to 1913 he was president of the company and from 1904 until his retirement, he also served as president of Blake Brothers Company. In 1894 he married Anita Day Symmes, daughter of a prominent San Francisco merchant and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, class of 1894. Their first home, located on Piedmont near Bancroft, was razed in the early 1920's in order to build the California Memorial Stadium. They then built a home on Rincon Road which they deeded to the University of California in 1957 and which is now the residence of the University president. The Blakes were interested in the University all of their lives. Mr. Blake's association with Stiles Hall (a gift from his grandmother) spanned more than fifty years. He received an honorary LL.D. degree in 1958, the year before his death. Anita Blake died in 1962.

    Scope and Content

    The Blake Family papers were a gift to The Bancroft Library in 1963 and 1964 from the Blake estate with additions in 1965 from Sherman D. Thacher. They relate mainly to Mrs. Blake and to her interest in horticulture. Some concern Anson Blake and other members of the Blake, Stiles and Symmes families. Anson Blake's Papers were given to the California Historical Society. Photographs have been removed to the library's pictorial collection.
    A key to arrangement and partial list of correspondents follows.