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Guide to the Spicer Family Papers, 1809-1913
BANC MSS Z-Z 135  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Spicer Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1809-1913
    Collection Number: BANC MSS Z-Z 135
    Creator: Spicer family
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes
    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: Miscellaneous business and personal papers, correspondence, letter books, and clippings, mostly relating to Brigadier General Peter W. Spicer (?-1834) and his son, John W. Spicer. An important part of the collection consists of correspondence and letters of recommendation assembled by General Spicer in his efforts to secure a federal appointment from President Andrew Jackson. A number of items, including warrants, commissions, and gold epaulets, relate to John W. Spicer's connection with the 7th Regiment of the New York National Guard. Papers relating to property owned in Illinois and Massachusetts also included.
    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], Spicer family papers, BANC MSS Z-Z 135, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    The Spicer family papers were given to The Bancroft Library by John Spicer Smith in 1953. Covering the period 1816-1887, they consist primarily of papers of Peter W. Spicer, a New York merchant and Brigadier General in the New York State Artillery, who eventually became a land office examiner in Illinois; and papers of his son, John W. Spicer. Most of Peter Spicer's papers relate to his efforts to secure a federal appointment from President Andrew Jackson and to his service in the New York State Artillery. John Spicer's papers relate primarily to his service in the New York State National Guard and to property owned in Illinois and Massachusetts.