Preliminary Inventory of the Charles Beach Boothe papers

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca J. Mead
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
© 1999
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6003
hoover-library-archives@stanford.edu


Title: Charles Beach Boothe papers
Date (inclusive): 1850-1976
Collection Number: 65006
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes (1.2 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, and clippings relating to the involvement of C. B. Boothe, Homer Lea, and other Americans, with Sun Yat-sen and other Chinese, in schemes to overthrow the Chinese Imperial Government, 1908-1911, and to Laurence Boothe, son of C. B. Boothe, 1905-1976. Includes a mounted photograph of Sun Yat-sen, 1910; printed copies of two books by Homer Lea, The Vermilion Pencil, and The Valor of Ignorance; and photocopies of mortality registers of Sacramento, California, 1850-1851.
Creator: Boothe, Charles Beach, 1851-1913
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Access

Box 1 closed; use copies available in Box 2. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1965.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Beach Boothe papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

American businessman.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Correspondence, memoranda, and clippings relating to the involvement of C. B. Boothe, Homer Lea, and other Americans, with Sun Yat-sen and other Chinese, in schemes to overthrow the Chinese Imperial Government, 1908-1911, and to Laurence Boothe, son of C. B. Boothe, 1905-1976. Includes a mounted photograph of Sun Yat-sen, 1910; printed copies of two books by Homer Lea, The Vermilion Pencil, and The Valor of Ignorance; and photocopies of mortality registers of Sacramento, California, 1850-1851.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Americans -- China
United States -- Foreign relations
China -- History -- Xuantong, 1908-1912
Sun, Yat-sen, 1866-1925
Lea, Homer, 1876-1912

 

Correspondence 1908-1911

Scope and Contents note

Holograph and typescript correspondence and telegrams, including some carbon copies, relating to a plot to overthrow the Imperial Chinese Government. The originals, located in Box 1, are closed; photocopies in Box 2 are available for research use.
 

Between C. B. Boothe and Dr. Yung Wing

box 2, folder 1

1. Wing to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1908 October 9

box 2, folder 1

2. Wing to Boothe (3 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1908 October 21

box 2, folder 1

3. Wing to Boothe and Homer Lea (4 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1908 December 5

box 2, folder 1

4. Wing to Boothe (4 pp., manuscript, two small double sheets) 1908 December 6

box 2, folder 1

5. Wing to Boothe (3 pp., typed, on three sheets of stationery of the Rotary File and Machine Co., Brooklyn, NY) 1908 December 14

box 2, folder 1

6. Boothe to Wing (3 pp., typed, carbon copy, three sheets) 1908 December 28

box 2, folder 1

7. Wing to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, large double sheet) 1909 January 4

box 2, folder 1

8. Wing to Boothe and Homer Lea (6 pp., manuscript, three small double sheets) 1909 January 16

box 2, folder 1

9. Boothe to Wing (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, one large sheet) 1909 January 16

box 2, folder 1

10. Wing to Boothe (4 pp., manuscript, four large sheets) 1909 January 25

box 2, folder 1

11. Boothe to Wing (1 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1909 February 2

box 2, folder 1

12. Boothe to Wing (1 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1909 February 13

box 2, folder 1

13. Wing to Boothe (5 pp., manuscript, five large sheets) 1909 February 19

box 2, folder 1

14. Wing to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, two large sheets; and 1 p. postscript, manuscript, small double sheet) 1909 February 22

box 2, folder 1

15. Boothe to Wing (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet; and 1 p. postscript, manuscript, small double sheet) 1909 March 6

box 2, folder 1

16. Wing to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, large double sheet) 1909 June 5

box 2, folder 1

17. Boothe to Wing (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, one sheet) 1909 June 11

box 2, folder 1

18. Wing to Boothe (4 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1909 September 14

box 2, folder 1

19. Boothe to Wing (3 pp., typed, carbon copy, two large sheets) 1909 October 2

box 2, folder 1

20. Wing to Boothe (4 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1909 October 20

box 2, folder 1

21. Boothe to Wing (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1909 December 23

box 2, folder 1

22. Wing to Boothe and Homer Lea (2 pp., manuscript, large double sheet), with enclosure: copy of letter from Wing to Sun Yat Sen dated February 16, 1910 (2 pp., manuscript, copy, on two very flimsy sheets of paper, damaged) 1910 March 4

box 2, folder 1

23. Wing to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, large double sheet) 1910 March 16

box 2, folder 1

24. Wing to Boothe (1 p., manuscript, large sheet), with enclosure: "A plan to negotiate a loan" (4 pp., manuscript, four large sheets) 1910 March 28

box 2, folder 1

25. Wing to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1910 May 26

box 2, folder 1

26. Wing to Mr. and Mrs. Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, large double sheet) 1910 November 10

 

Between C. B. Boothe and W. W. Allen

box 2, folder 2

27. Boothe to Allen (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, two large sheets) 1908 November 18

box 2, folder 2

28. Allen to Boothe (2 pp., typed, two large sheets), with enclosure: Century Code Co. circular letter to C. B. Boothe and Co. (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1908 November 19

box 2, folder 2

29. Allen to Boothe (2 pp., typed, two large sheets) 1908 November 25

box 2, folder 2

30. Allen to Boothe (2 pp., typed, two large sheets) 1908 December 7

box 2, folder 2

31. Boothe to Allen (1 p., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1908 December 23

box 2, folder 2

32. Boothe to Allen (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, two large sheets) 1908 December 28

box 2, folder 2

33. Boothe to Allen (1 p., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1909 January 2

box 2, folder 2

34. Allen to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1909 January 4

box 2, folder 2

35. Allen to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1909 January 6

Scope and Contents note

Letter incorrectly headed Jan. 6, 1908
box 2, folder 2

36. Allen to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1909 January 11

box 2, folder 2

37. Allen to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1909 January 12

Scope and Contents note

Enclosure mentioned in letter not present in file
box 2, folder 2

38. Allen to Boothe (2 pp., typed, two large sheets) 1909 January 21

box 2, folder 2

39. Boothe to Allen (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1909 January 25

box 2, folder 2

40. Allen to Boothe (3 pp., typed, three large sheets) 1909 January 29

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper column glued to first sheet
box 2, folder 2

41. Allen to Boothe (2 pp., typed, two large sheets) 1909 February 1

box 2, folder 2

42. Boothe to Allen (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet), with enclosures: "Officials in Sequence" and "Principal Reform Societies" (2 pp., typed, carbon copies, two large sheets) 1909 February 3

box 2, folder 2

43. Boothe to Allen (3 pp., typed, carbon copy, two large sheets) 1909 February 3

box 2, folder 2

44. Allen to Boothe (5 pp., manuscript, five long sheets) 1909 February 6

box 2, folder 2

45. Allen to Boothe (1 p., manuscript, large sheet) 1909 February 6

box 2, folder 2

46. Allen to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1909 February 10

Scope and Contents note

Enclosure mentioned in letter not present
box 2, folder 2

47. Allen to Boothe (1 p., manuscript, small double sheet) 1909 February 11

box 2, folder 2

48. Boothe to Allen (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1909 February 12

box 2, folder 2

49. Allen to Boothe (2 pp., typed, two large sheets) 1909 February 13

box 2, folder 2

50. Allen to Boothe (1 p., typed, one large sheet) 1909 March 1

Scope and Contents note

Clippings mentioned not present
box 2, folder 2

51. Allen to Boothe (1 p., typed, one large sheet) 1909 March 19

Scope and Contents note

Enclosed clippings mentioned in letter not present
box 2, folder 2

52. Allen to Boothe (2 pp., typed, two large sheets) 1910 March 14

box 2, folder 2

53. Allen to Boothe (3 pp., typed, three large sheets) 1910 March 31

box 2, folder 2

54. Allen to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1910 April 4

box 2, folder 2

55. Allen to Boothe (1 p., night letter, typed, small sheet) 1910 July 12

box 2, folder 2

56. Boothe to Allen (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1910 July 19

box 2, folder 2

57. Allen to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, single small sheet) 1910 July 23

 

Between C. B. Boothe and Sun Yat-sen

box 2, folder 3

58. Sun Yat-sen statement concerning appointment of Boothe as foreign financial agent for Fed. Assc. of China (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1910 March 14

box 2, folder 3

59. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1910 March 21

box 2, folder 3

60. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (1 p., manuscript, large sheet, Liberty News letterhead) 1910 April 5

box 2, folder 3

61. Boothe to Sun Yat-sen (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1910 May 12

box 2, folder 3

62. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (1 p., manuscript, large sheet, Liberty News letterhead) 1910 May 24

box 2, folder 3

63. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, two large sheets) 1910 June 22

box 2, folder 3

64. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (1 p., typed, carbon copy, large sheet, typed copy of preceding letter) 1910 June 22

box 2, folder 3

65. Boothe to Sun Yat-sen (1 p., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1910 June 25

box 2, folder 3

66. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, two small sheets; and 1p. postscript, manuscript, one small sheet) 1910 July 15

box 2, folder 3

67. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (3 pp., manuscript, three large sheets; and 1/2 p. post-script, manuscript, 1/2 large sheet) 1910 September 4

box 2, folder 3

68. Boothe to Sun Yat-sen (1 p., manuscript, telegram, small sheet) 1910 September 26

box 2, folder 3

69. Boothe to Sun Yat-sen (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1910 September 26

box 2, folder 3

70. Boothe to Sun Yat-sen (1 p., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1910 October 21

box 2, folder 3

71. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (3 pp., manuscript, three small sheets) 1910 November 8

box 2, folder 3

72. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (3 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1910 December 16

box 2, folder 3

73. Sun Yat-sen to Boothe (2 pp., manuscript, two small sheets) 1911 March 6

box 2, folder 3

74. Boothe to Sun Yat-sen (1 p., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1911 April 13

 

Between C. B. Boothe and Homer Lea

box 2, folder 4

75. Lea to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1908 April 7

box 2, folder 4

76. Lea to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1908 August 26

box 2, folder 4

77. Boothe to Lea (1 p., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1908 September 11

box 2, folder 4

78. Lea to Boothe (2 pp., typed, two large sheets) 1908 September 21

box 2, folder 4

79. Lea to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1908 October 5

box 2, folder 4

80. Lea to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1908 November 17

box 2, folder 4

81. Lea to Boothe (1 p., typed night letter, small sheet) 1910 June 21

box 2, folder 4

82. Lea to Boothe (3 pp., manuscript, small double sheet) 1910 June 26

box 2, folder 4

83. Lea to Boothe (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1910 September 25

box 2, folder 4

83.a. Code undated

Scope and Contents

Alphanumerical "code" written on note paper from the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company of London and Edinburgh. It is not known if this code relates to a specific letter.
box 2, folder 4

38.b. Promissory note for one hundred dollars issued by the Chinese Revolutionary Goverment 1906 January 1

 

Between C. B. Boothe and Charles B. Hill

box 2, folder 5

84. Boothe to Hill (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1911 January 12

box 2, folder 5

85. Hill to Boothe (2 pp., typed, two large sheets) 1911 March 3

 

Of C. B. Boothe with various persons

box 2, folder 6

86. Boothe to Kang Yu Wei (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, large sheet) 1909 June 14

box 2, folder 6

87. T. Schneider to Boothe (1 p., typed, telegram, small sheet) 1910 June 21

 

Letters of Yung Wing to Homer Lea

box 2, folder 7

88. Wing to Homer Lea (2 pp., manuscript, two large sheets) 1908 December 4

 

Letters of Sun Yat-sen to Homer Lea

box 2, folder 8

89. Sun Yat-sen to Lea (1 p., manuscript, small sheet) 1910 February 24

box 2, folder 8

90. Sun Yat-sen to Lea (3 pp., typed copy, two large sheets) 1910 April

box 2, folder 8

91. Sun Yat-sen to Lea (3 pp., manuscript, three large sheets; and 1 p. postscript, manuscript, one large sheet) 1910 September 5

 

Homer Lea's estimate of a revolution in China and letter to W. W. Allen

box 2, folder 9

92. Homer Lea's estimate (4 pp., manuscript, three small sheets, torn) 1909 Summer

box 2, folder 9

93. Lea to Allen (1 p., typed, large sheet) 1910 June 13

 

Non-printed documents 1905-1910

Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous documents, including plans, lists, memoranda, financial proposals, letters, and an invitation and a declaration signed by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, relating to a plot to overthrow the Imperial Chinese Government.
box 2, folder 10

94. Yung Wing to heads of 4 Chinese political associations (2 pp., manuscript, large double sheet) and copy (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, two large sheets) undated

box 2, folder 10

95. List of influential personalities in China (2 pp., typed, two large sheets) undated

box 2, folder 10

96. A plan for the financing of the revolution in China (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, two large sheets) and memorandum of proposal (1 p., typed, one large sheets) 1909 January 21

box 2, folder 10

97. Revision no. 1 of the plan (2 pp., typed, carbon copy, two legal sheets) and Wants of China (1 p., typed, carbon copy, one legal sheet) 1909 January 27

box 2, folder 10

98. List of important Chinese, secret societies, foreign representatives in the U. S., U. S. representatives abroad, governmental organization, provinces, seaports (8 pp., typed, carbon copy, eight legal sheets) 1909 February 1

box 2, folder 10

99. Detailed plan on revolutionary forces within China, proposals for financial support of the revolution (3 pp., typed, carbon copy, three large sheets) 1910 March 12

box 2, folder 10

100. Memoranda on payments to carry out revolution in China (4 pp., typed, carbon copy, four large sheets) 1910 March 14

box 2, folder 13

Declaration of Boothe's appointment as Foreign Financial Agent for the Council of the Federal Association of China, signed by Sun Yat Sen 1910 March 14

 

Printed matter 1908-1966

Scope and Contents note

Clippings and printed articles relating to the plot to overthrow the Imperial Chinese Government.
 

Newspaper clippings

box 2, folder 11

101. New York Daily Herald article concerning negotiations between Tang Shao Yi and J. P. Morgan, others (8 1/2 column) 1909 January 24

box 2, folder 11

102. Times Literary Supplement article, "The Mastery of the Pacific" (1/2 page) 1909 December 17

box 2, folder 11

103. Article, "'General' Homer Lea" (8 clipping, 2 columns wide) undated

box 2, folder 11

104. Article, "S.S.S.? Cruiser Cincinnati leaves Vallejo for China" (10 1/2, 2 columns wide) November 16

 

Miscellaneous materials on Sun Yat-sen, Yung Wing, and on the Boothe papers

box 2, folder 12

105. Article, "American Christian, President of China" (photostat reproduction of one full page of Times-Democrat) 1912 January 28

box 2, folder 12

106. Article, "Yung Wing in America," reprint from Pacific Historical Review,Vol. XXXIV, No. 3, p. 265-87 (twelve sheets) 1965 August

box 2, folder 12

107. Article, "Americans' plot for Chinese revolt revealed," Los Angeles Times reprint (6 pp., large double sheet, one insert) 1966 October 13

 

Books by Homer Lea

box 4, folder 1

The Vermilion Pencil 1908

box 4, folder 1

The Valor of Ignorance 1909

 

Miscellany 1850-1973

Scope and Contents note

Printed article, clipping, envelopes, notes, and a duplicate copy of the letters previously described; correspondence and two photocopies of a mortality register kept by Earl S. Youman, an undertaker in Sacramento, California (grandfather of the donor, Mr. Laurence Boothe); and correspondence and miscellany relating to a trip to Taiwan by Mr. Laurence Boothe (includes correspondence with Sun Fo, son of Dr. Sun Yat-sen).
box 3, folder 1

Photocopies of original Boothe correspondence

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of original correspondence produced by Mr. Laurence Boothe.
box 3, folder 2

Boothe, Laurence and Sun, Fo correspondence 1966-1973

Scope and Contents note

Primarily correspondence and miscellany relating to a trip to Taiwan by Mr. Laurence Boothe.
box 3, folder 3

E. S. Youman's Mortality Register, Sacramento 1850-1852

Scope and Contents

Photocopied pages from mortality register, accompanied by correspondence between Lawrence Boothe and the California Historical Society regarding the donation made by Lawrence Booth of the mortality register (a volume of records kept at Sacramento, 1850-1852), correspondence with Stanford Libraries, and The Pacific Union Club. Also includes copy of The American Legion magazine (Volume 101, No. 6), December 1976, containing an article on Homer Lea.
box 3, folder 4

Envelopes and newspaper clipping 1910-1965

Scope and Contents

Includes a page from the newspaper Wah Kiu Yat Po, 1965 April 5, miscellaneous notes, and ten empty envelopes addressed to Charles B. Boothe and Homer Lea, dated 1910-1911.
box 3, folder 5

Newspaper clipping and notes undated

Scope and Contents note

Clipping in Chinese, accompanied by two place cards with annotations.
box 3, folder 6

Monograph on Homer Lea in Chinese undated

envelope A

Photograph of Sun Yat-sen and his son, Sun Fo, taken in Honolulu, and inscribed 1910