Guide to the Percy Vincent Long Papers, 1905-1938

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Guide to the Percy Vincent Long Papers, 1905-1938

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 518

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Percy Vincent Long Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1905-1938
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 518
Creator: Long, Percy Vincent, 1870-1953
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box and 1 oversize folder
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: Letters; MSS, tear sheets and reprints of his writings, many of which relate to governmental matters; material re Coolidge-Dawes Republican League of California; personalia; clippings, including obituaries. A few papers re the Juvenile Probation Committee in San Francisco.
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], Percy Vincent Long Papers, BANC MSS C-B 518, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Long's papers were given to The Bancroft Library in 1954 by his daughter, Mrs. Raymond Ehrhardt.

Biographical Sketch

Percy Vincent Long was born in Sonora, California, March 26, 1870. He studied law independently and was admitted to the California bar in 1892 and to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1905. In 1903 he was elected City Attorney of San Francisco, a position which he held almost continuously until 1918. He then became assistant general counsel for the National Board of Fire Underwriters. From about 1938 until shortly before his death in 1953, he was the senior member of the San Francisco law firm of Long and Levit.

Scope and Content

Long's Papers relate mainly to his activities in the Republican Party and to his booklet The Story of the Constitution. A few concern his work as a member of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Committee.

Key to Arrangement

box Box

Letters written by Long, 1924-1938

Scope and Content Note

Mainly typed carbons relating to his booklet The Story of the Constitution. Letter (original), Aug. 14, 1924, concerns the Coolidge-Dawes Republican League of California.

Letters written to Long

Additional Note

Arranged alphabetically. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key to Arrangement. Unlisted letters are in a Miscellany at the beginning of the file. Relate to his booklet The Story of the Constitution & the Coolidge-Dawes Republican League of California.

Coolidge-Dawes Republican League of California

Scope and Content Note

Plans (copies) for permanent organization, miscellaneous information re the Republican Party & the 1924 election.

Juvenile Probation Committee

Scope and Content Note

Copies of reports of several units of the S.F. Probation Department, 1937; extract (copy) from Charter of City & County of San Francisco re juvenile courts.

Long's Writings

Scope and Content Note

Typed copies, tear sheets, reprints, arranged alphabetically.

American Bill of Right. 1945.


The Consolidated City and County Government of San Francisco. 1916.


The Making of the Constitution. 1935.


Memorandum [re death of Judge Frank A. Dunne]. 1952.


Radio talk [re Proposition No. 2]. 1939.


The Relationship of Municipalities to Public Service Corporations. 1909.


The San Francisco Charter. 1945.


The Spirit of the Constitution. 1938.

Additional Note


The Story of the Constitution. 1936.


World Peace and World Justice. 1945.



Scope and Content Note

Biographical data; review of his booklet The Story of the Constitution; certificate designating Long a delegate at a meeting of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1922.


Scope and Content Note

Obituaries, etc.
oversize Portfolio (Oversize)

Certificates (duplicate) of qualification as an attorney of the United States Supreme Court, 1905; certificate of election to the office of City Attorney, San Francisco, 1913.

Partial List of Correspondents


Anderson, Alden, 1867-1944


Letter, Sept. 11, 1936

Additional Note

Written to Ray Decker.

Belgrano, Frank Nicholas, Jr., 1895-


Letter, June 4, 1936


Bohemian Club, San Francisco


Letter, Feb. 15, 1937


Bonstin, Elmer W.


3 letters, 1936 & n.d.


Brenner, James Emmet, 1889-


Letter, Jan. 4, 1938


California. University. President


Letter, Sept. 2, 1936

Additional Note

Written by Robert Gordon Sproul.

California. University, Berkeley. Library


Letter, Sept. 3, 1936

Additional Note

Written by Harold L. Leupp, Librarian.

Coghlan, John P., 1876-


Letter, Mar. 22, 1954

Additional Note

Written to R. L. Phelps. Re Phelps' collecting material about Long for The Bancroft Library.

Collins, Richard E., 1873-


Letter, Aug. 20, 1924


Doyle, Cornelius James, 1871-


Letter, June 17, 1936


Emery, James Augustan, 1876-


Letter, July 20, 1936

Additional Note

Written for him by his secretary.

Esberg, Milton Herman, 1875-1939


Memorandum, [1924]


Hart, Henry Hersch, 1886-


Letter, July 14, 1936

Additional Note

Transmits copy of letter from L. K. Underhill.

Homan, Frank A., 1875-


Letter, Aug. 13, 1937

Additional Note

Writing as Mayor of Fresno, transmitting invitation to speak at the Fresno Rotary Club on Sept. 20. Long's reply is on verso.

Ingram, Thomas, 1869-


Letter, Aug. 17, 1924

Additional Note

Written while California State Senator.

Johnston, James A., 1874-1954


Letter, Nov. 9, 1937


Knox, William Franklin, 1874-1944


Letter, June 20, 1936


Lichtenstein, Joy, 1873-


Letter, May 28, 1936


Lillick, Ira S., 1877-


Letter, June 23, 1937


McCamant, Wallace, 1867-


Letter, Feb. 7, 1938


Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco


Letter, Oct. 22, 1936

Additional Note

Written by J. H. Wood, Secretary.

Native Sons of the Golden West


Letter, June 10, 1936

Additional Note

Written by J. T. Regan, Grand Secretary.

Ransom, William Lynn, 1883-


Letter, June 15, 1936

Additional Note

Written while President, American Bar Association.

Republican Party. California. Placer County. Central Committee


Letter, Aug. 18, 1924

Additional Note

Written by B. A. Cassidy.

Requa, Mark Lawrence, 1865-1937


5 memoranda, 1924


San Francisco Retailers' Protective Association


Letter, Sept. 21, 1924

Additional Note

Written by W. S. Pierce & E. E. Pfaeffle.

Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-1975

See California. University. President


Teague, Charles Collins, 1873-1950


Letter, Aug. 28, 1924

Additional Note

Written to M. L. Requa.

Women's Civic Club of Oakland


3 letters, 1937

Additional Note

Written by Mrs. A. Dunaway, Program Chairman. Re his speaking at their meeting on Sept. 24. With these: Club Program for Sept.