Guide to the William Green Eggleston Papers, ca. 1891-1937

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Guide to the William Green Eggleston Papers, ca, 1891-1937

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 474

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University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: William Green Eggleston papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1891-1937
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 474
Creator: Eggleston, William Green, 1859-1937
Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 5 cartons
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: Papers relating primarily to Eggleston's interests in single tax, direct legislation and other political and economic reform movements. Included are letters written to him and by him; manuscripts of his articles, essays and speeches; notes; reprints of his articles, pamphlets collected by him, clippings, and other materials.
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], William Green Eggleston papers, BANC MSS C-B 474, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Material

Title: Arthur Dupuy Eggleston papers,
Date: 1935-1941,
Container: BANC MSS C-B 475

Scope and Content

Although William Green Eggleston studied medicine and earned a medical degree, he spent most of his life writing, first editing medical journals and later engaging in newspaper work in Illinois and in Montana. About 1913 he moved to California, settling in Oakland. He served, for a time, as editor of the Star, published in San Francisco by James H. Barry, and also devoted considerable time, as an independent editorial writer, to his interests in single tax, home rule taxation, direct legislation, and other political and economic reforms.
His papers, which relate primarily to these interests, were given to the Bancroft Library by his widow in December 1959. Covering the period 1891 to 1937, they consist of letters written to him and by him; manuscripts of his essays, speeches and articles; notes; reprints of his articles, pamphlets collected by him, and clippings. Two volumes of the newspaper known as The Press (Helena, Montana, 1902-1904), of which Eggleston was editor, were removed for separate cataloging.
Mrs. Eggleston also gave the papers of her son, Arthur, to the library at the same time. They comprise the collection C-B 475.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Letters written to Eggleston.


Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization, with a miscellany of single letters at the beginning and a folder of unidentified letters at the end. A list of the more important correspondents follows the Key.

Box 2

Letters written by him, 1891-1936.


Arranged chronologically. Letters for the period 1891- 1913 are originals, written to his wife and family. Most of the letters thereafter are drafts or carbons, addressed to friends, relatives and associates in various reform movements. Undated and incomplete letters are at the end of the file.

Box 3

Eggleston-Stokes family correspondence.


Letters written to Eggleston by his wife, Blanche (Stokes) Eggleston; his sons, Arthur, Richard and William; his niece, Elizabeth; his brother, Joseph; his father and his mother-in-law; and miscellaneous correspondence of various members of the two families.

Carton 1

Manuscripts of Eggleston's essays, speeches and articles.




Material relating to the Oakland Public Library.


Reports, memoranda, etc., collected while serving as a Board member.

Carton 2 & 3

Pamphlets, reprints, clippings, etc. (unsorted)

Carton 4 & 5

Clippings (unsorted)

List of Major Correspondents


Correspondence Miscellany (single letters)


Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926


Letter, Mar. 15, 1922.


Carter, Thomas Henry, 1854-1911


Letter, Apr. 13, 1906.


Dixon, Joseph Moore, 1867-1934


Letter, Feb. 15, 1907.


Hichborn, Franklin, 1869-


Letter, Apr. 16, 1936.


Kent, William, 1864-1928


Letter, Dec. 12, 1907.


Walsh, Thomas James, 1859-1933


Letter, Sept. 24, 1931.


Barry, James Henry, 1856-1927


3 letters, 1910-1913. One is a copy, addressed to Daniel Kiefer.


Briggs, George A.


21 letters, 1924-1936 & n. d. Most of them relate to various reform movements.


Churchill, Winston, 1871-1947


2 letters, 1906-1915.


Deland, Margaret Wade (Campbell) 1857-1945


2 letters, 1906-1917.


Fels, Joseph, 1854-1914


2 letters, 1911-1913.


Fisher, Charles W.


2 letters, 1934-1936. Written while a member of the California Assembly.


Heney, Francis Joseph, 1859-1937


2 letters, 1908-1909. One is addressed to the Berkeley Charter Club; the other is a typed copy.


Kiefer, Daniel, 1856-1923


11 letters, 1908-1914. Some are copies.


La Follette, Robert Marion, 1855-1925


3 letters, 1904-1908.


Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918


2 letters, 1910.


Phillips, David Graham, 1867-1911


2 letters, 1906.


Post, Alice Thacher [Mrs. Louis F. Post]


2 letters, 1910-1932.


Post, Louis Freeland, 1849-1928


10 letters, 1910-1927.


Ralston, Jackson Harvey, 1857-1945


17 letters, 1910-1936. One is a copy of a letter addressed to A. C. Pleydell.


Steffens, Lincoln, 1866-1936


2 letters, 1910. Typed copies, addressed to Daniel Kiefer.


U'Ren, William S.


5 letters, 1910-1916. Concerned primarily with reform movement in Oregon. Four are typed copies. Included also is a questionnaire on Oregon's initiative and referendum amendment completed by U'Ren.


White, John Zenas, 1854-


11 letters, 1909-1935.


Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924


2 letters, 1911-1913. One written while governor of New Jersey; one written for him while president by his secretary, Joseph P. Tumulty.