Series 1 of the Bendel Family Papers contains diaries, correspondence
and biographical material pertaining to various members of three generations of
the Bendel and Handley families (1861-1963). Through Rudolph Bendel, Sr.'s
journals, these Papers are also a source for study of American maritime
activities in the Pacific during the first two decades of the twentieth
century. In Winifred Bendel Lombardi's Honolulu letters to her mother one gains
an insider's glimpse of political life in Hawaii at the dawn of statehood.
Series 2 contains drafts and notes generated by Winifred Handley Bendel in the
course of her activities as a local historian and author in the City of Fremont
and in Washington Township, Alameda County (Calif.). Series 3 contains minutes,
reports and other documents pertaining to the affairs of the Fremont city
The Bendel Family lived for some one hundred years in Alameda County,
California. The first generation were prosperous merchants with a strong
interest in military affairs. In the second generation, two sons pursued
military careers. The younger of these two, Roland Bendel, created most of the
papers in this collection. His son, Roland Jr. became a US Naval aviator.
Collection is open for research.