Guide to the California Bean Growers' Warehouse Corporation Records, 1918-1947 JL003

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, California, 94305-6064
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Title: California Bean Growers' Warehouse Corporation Records,
Identifier/Call Number: JL003
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.0 Linear feet
Date: 1918-1947
creator: California Bean Growers' Warehouse Corporation.

Scope and Content

The collection is listed in two series. The first consists of minute books, by laws, legal papers, correspondence, leases and account books of the California Bean Growers' Warehouse Corporation, covering the years of its existence, 1922-1947. The second series consists of minute books, by laws, administrative material and account books, also covering the years of its existence, 1918-1929.
The minute books are perhaps the most valuable source of information to anyone interested in a corporation of this kind. They cover, with few exceptions, the entire period of activity for both organizations, and include additional material of interest, along with the minutes of directors'and stockholders' meetings. The rest of the material seems quite complete and presents a clear picture of the entire operation of the California Bean Growers' Warehouse Corporation and Association.

Historical Note

The California Bean Growers' Warehouse Corporation was formed on September 23, 1922, with its principal office and place of business in San Francisco. From paragraph (i) of the Articles of Incorporation, “The primary purpose for the organization of this corporation is to pack, process, clean, store and warehouse the beans delivered to it by the California Bean Growers' Association, a California cooperative marketing association...” All directors were required to be stockholders of the Corporation as well as members of the Association, which was formed in 1918. The Association was dissolved in 1929 and the Corporation in 1947.
Much of the business of the Corporation centered around Pittsburg, a town in Contra Costa County, California, and the operation of warehouses, mill, wharf and fumigator.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] California Bean Growers' Warehouse Corporation Records, JL003, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


Transfer from Jackson Library of Business, 1979.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Access Restrictions






Box 1, Folder 1

Minutes Oct 1922-Feb 1927

Box 1, Folder 2

Minutes Feb 1928-Feb 1929

Box 1, Folder 3

Minutes May 1929-Jan 1947

Box 1, Folder 4

Minutes Feb 1947-Aug 1947

Box 1, Folder 5

By laws, articles of incorporation, stock permits 1922-1936

Box 1, Folder 6

Stockholders' meeting Feb 15, 1930

Box 2, Folder 7

Stock certificates 1922-1946

Box 2, Folder 8

Stock ledger and journal 1922-1939

Box 2, Folder 9

Consent to sale of assets 1928

Box 2, Folder 10

Stock transfers 1928-1946



Box 2, Folder 11

Assessment No. 2 1930





Box 2, Folder 12

Stockholder reports 1929-1949

Box 2, Folder 13

Dissolution procedures 1947-1949


Notices to stockholders


Stockholders' consent

Box 2, Folder 14

Directors' financial reports, 1928-1947

Box 2, Folder 15

Directors' correspondence, reports 1929-1947



Box 2, Folder 16

Taxes: Federal Income 1923-1935

Box 3, Folder 17

Taxes: Federal Income 1936-1947

Box 3, Folder 18

Taxes: State Corporation Franchise 1928-1945

Box 3, Folder 19

Taxes: Federal Capital Stock 1932-1945

Box 3, Folder 20

Taxes: Witholding and Social Security 1946-1947

Box 3, Folder 21

American Trust Company: loan, 1924-1947

Box 3, Folder 22

Bank statements 1928-1934

Box 3, Folder 23

Bank statements 1935-1942

Box 3, Folder 24

Bank statements 1943-1948

Box 3, Folder 25

Accounts and notes receivable, 1927-1930

Box 4

General ledger 1922-1947

Volume 5

General journal 1922-1947

Volume 6

Cash receipt record 1922-1947

Volume 7

Disbursement record 1922-1947



Box 8, Folder 26

Cardinalli and Paladini: lease and claim 1928-Aug 1930


Under name of Sea Food Packing Co.


Land at Pittsburg


Lease, correspondence, option

Box 8, Folder 27

Calif. Bean Growers' Warehouse Corporation -vs- Cardinalli and Paladini Sept 1930-1932


Violation of lease and option agreement of June 1930


Summary of case Complaint and answers Release March 1932

Box 8, Folder 28

Inquiries regarding property of Calif. Bean Growers' Warehouse Corp. 1929-1936

Box 8, Folder 29

Inquiries re: property of Calif. Bean Growers' Warehouse Corp. 1937-1946

Box 8, Folder 30

F.E. Booth & Co., Inc. 1930-1941


Lease on property at Pittsburg

Box 8, Folder 31

United Iron and Metal Co. 1932-1933


Correspondence re: Pittsburg property

Box 8, Folder 32

Pittsburg Canners, Inc. (J.H. Dempsey) 1933-1937





Box 8, Folder 33

California Scrap Iron Corporation 1933-1942





Box 8, Folder 34

United State of America 1941-1947


Memoranda re: lease on property


Public vouchers



Box 9, Folder 35

United State of America 1942-1947


Correspondence re: leases of Calif.


Bean Growers' Warehouse Corporation

Box 9, Folder 36

General deeds, leases, contracts 1922-1945

Box 9, Folder 37

Maps of property in Pittsburg (warehouse site), Suisun Bay, California



Box 9, Folder 38

Pittsburg plant analysis book, 1922-1923

Box 9, Folder 39

Building specifications 1922


Pittsburg warehouse, mill, wharf, fumigator

Box 9, Folder 40

Cahill Brothers 1922


Bidders' estimates






Notice of completion of work

Box 9, Folder 41

Bodison Manufacturing Company, 1922-1924


Contract-equipment for new plant at Pittsburg

Box 9, Folder 42

Building repairs 1930-1941


Invoices, statements



Box 9, Folder 43

Equipment sales 1928-1931





Box 9, Folder 44

Equipment sales 1932-1934


John R. Gray & Co. (J.J. Molloy); party to whom equipment consigned Bills of sale







Volume 10

Minute book (including membership list 1921, reports, charts) Feb 1921-August 1923

Volume 11

Minute book (including sales averages, lists of delinquent members) Sept 1923-Nov 1928

Box 12, Folder 45

Minute book Feb-May 1929

Box 12, Folder 46

By laws, articles of incorporation 1918-1921

Box 12, Folder 47

Original marketing agreement Bean crop agreement 1918-1919

Box 12, Folder 48

Agreements 1919-1923


Lewellyn Bean Co. 1919


Anglo-California Trust Co. 1919


Chatterton & Son 1920


Calif. Bean Growers' Warehouse Corp. 1922


R.B. Spilavo 1923

Box 12, Folder 49

Financial reports 1920-1928

Box 12, Folder 50

Cancelled notes 1922-1924

Box 12, Folder 51

Dissolution 1928-1929



Box 12, Folder 52

Membership certificates 1922

Volume 13

Members' account book 1917-1922

Volume 14

General Ledger 1921-1929

Volume 15

Journal 1924-1928

Volume 16

Cash receipts 1927-1929

Volume 17

Cash disbursements 1922-1927