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Guide to the Lillie Hitchcock Coit Collection, 1865-1880
Boxes 159-160  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Biography
  • Correspondents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lillie Hitchcock Coit Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1865-1880
    Box Number: Boxes 159-160
    Collector: Dressler, Albert, 1887-1960
    Extent: 2 boxes
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State 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], Lillie Hitchcock Coit Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Coit, Lillie Hitchcock, 1843-1929
    Fire fighters--California--San Francisco
    Coit, Howard


    Autograph book, clippings, correspondence, journal, photographs, poetry, scrapbook, sketches.


    Lillie Hitchcock Coit came to San Francisco with her parents in 1851. She became the mascot for the "Knickerbocker 5" fire fighters and in 1863 an honorary member of the company. One third of her fortune was left to the city of San Francisco, and using this money, Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill was constructed.


    Major Correspondents

    • Mowry, Sylvester

    Other Correspondents

    • Gwin, William McKendree, 1805-1885.
    • Hunter, Jane J.
    • Hitchcock, Charles M.
    • Reade, George
    • Stanley, Edward
    • Webb, Charles Henry, 1834-1905.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • Coit, Lillie Hitchcock: Scrapbook of clippings relating to San Francisco fire companies, Benjamin Coit, Charles M. Hitchcock, and poetry 1869-1888.

    Photographs to picture file

    • Daguerrotype
    • Ambrotype