Guide to the William Alvord Papers, [ca. 1874-1904]

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Guide to the William Alvord Papers, [ca. 1874-1904]

Collection number: BANC MSS 77/46 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1977
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: William Alvord Papers,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1874-1904]
Collection Number: BANC MSS 77/46 c
Creator: Alvord, William, 1833-1904
Extent: Number of container: 1 box
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: California business man, banker, mayor of San Francisco. Correspondence; autographs; badges and invitations relating to memorial services for U.S. Grant and William McKinley.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Alvord papers, BANC MSS 77/46 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

William Alvord (1833-1904) was a prominent California businessman, at one time president of the Bank of California, trustee of the College of California, and mayor of San Francisco.
This collection, presented to The Bancroft Library by Mrs. B. H. Skillings in August 1976, consists mainly of letters written to Alvord, many of them letters of introduction or of thanks for hospitality or gifts received. Also included is memorabilia relating to Ulysses S. Grant, 1885, and to President William McKinley in 1901.

Key To Arrangement


Letter written by Alvord, Mar. 2, 1897, introducing Albert T. Spotts to Leland Stanford.

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Alvord, arranged alphabetically by correspondent or organization, then chronologically within each folder. A partial list of the major correspondents follows the report. A miscellany of unlisted letters, arranged alphabetically, is at the end of the files of correspondence.

Ulysses S. Grant memorabilia

Scope and Content Note

Ribbon and program for memorial services, 1885

William McKinley memorabilia

Scope and Content Note

Ribbon for reception, May 14, 1901.

Material re memorial services in San Francisco, Sept. 19, 1901

Miscellaneous items

Scope and Content Note

Including genealogical information on the Alvord family prepared by Mrs. B. H. Skillings.

Partial List of Correspondents


Alvord, Benjamin

See Davis, Charles Henry


Alvord, William, 1833-1904


Letter, Mar. 2, 1897, introducing Albert T. Spotts to Leland Stanford.

See also Phillippo, Sir George


Ames, Frederick Lothrop, 1835-1893


Letter, Mar. 21, 1882


Baker Sir Samuel White, 1821-1893


Letter, June 26, 1881?. Two calling cards also included.


Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902


3 letters, Nov. 13, 1880 and n. d.


Bryce, James, 1838-1922


2 letters, Dec. 15, 1889 and n. d.


Canby, William Marriott, 1831-1904


2 letters, 1894-1897


Carnarvon, Almina, Countess


2 letters, Mar. 24, [1903]


Carnarvon, George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, fifth Earl of, 1866-1923


Letter, Mar. 24, 1903


Churchill, Lord Randolph Henry Spencer, 1849-1895


2 letters, 1894. On version of letter of Aug. 15, copy of telegram from Lord Rothschild.


Coolbrith, Ina Donna, 1842-1928


Letter, Jan. 27, 1874


Cushing, William Barker, 1842-1874


Autograph only, n. d.


Davis, Charles Henry, 1845-1921


Letter, Oct. 16, 1874. Addressed to Benjamin Alvord, with note by Alvord, Oct. 21, 1874.


Dawson, Emma Frances, 1851-1926


Autograph, Dec. 1897


Deady, Matthew Paul, 1824-1893


Letter, Sept. 25, 1885


Devens, Charles, 1820-1891


Calling card, with note, n. d.


Dohrmann, F. W. D.


Letter, Dec. 13, 1898


Fernow, Bernhard Eduard, 1851-1923


Letter, Aug. 4, 1891


Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908


3 letters, 1875-1899


Gray, Asa, 1810-1888


7 letters, 1879-1888


Greely, Adolphus Washington, 1844-1935

See Longfellow National Memorial Association


Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886


Signed calling card, [Dec. 26, 1883]


Harrison, Benjamin, Pres. U. S., 1833-1901


Autograph, [Apr. 29, 1891]


Harrison, Caroline (Scott) (Mrs. Benjamin Harrison)


Letter, Apr. 27, 1891


Holden, Edward Singleton, 1846-1914


Letter, July 28, 1889. Calling card also included.


Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894


Letter, Oct. 29, 1861, to Mr. Whittier.


Howison, George Holmes, 1834-1916


Letter, Dec. 9, 1903


Jackson, Helen Maria (Fiske) Hunt, 1831-1885


Letter, July 12, 1882


Kalakaua, David, King of Hawaii, 1836-1891


Letter, April 12, 1887


King, Charles, 1844-1933


Letter, Dec. 23, 1898


Kip, William Ingraham, 1811-1895


Letter, Feb. 10, 1873


Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882


Letter, Apr. 2, 1872


Longfellow National Memorial Association


Letter, Jan. 23, 1899, by Adolphus Washington Greely.


McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1852


letters, [1864?]-1885. 1864 letter to C. A. Whittier re death of John Sedgwick.


Meehan, Thomas, 1826-1901


Letter, Jan. 7, 1880


Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925


Letter, Aug. 28, 1890


Miller, John Franklin, 1831-1886


Signature only, n. d.


Newcomb, Simon, 1835-1909


Letter, Apr. 20, 1898


Otis, Elwell Stephen, 1838-1909


2 letters, 1899-1900


Pendleton, George Hunt, 1825-1889


Signature only, n. d.


Perkins, George Clement, 1839-1923


Letter, Aug. 7, 1906, to Albert T. Spotts.


Phelan, James Duval, 1861-1930


Unsigned invitation, n. y. as mayor of San Francisco


Phillippo, Sir George


Letter, May 5, 1887. Draft of Alvord's reply at end of letter.


Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl, 1847-1929


Letter, Oct. 27, 1883


Rosebery, Hannah (Rothschild) Primrose, Countess of, d. 1890


Letter, Oct. 17, 1883


Rothschild, Edouard de


Letter, May 3l, 1890


Rothschild (N. M.) & Sons


2 letters, 1883-1894


Sargent, Charles Sprague, 1841-1927


6 letters, 1881-1904. Visiting card also included.


Sawyer, Lorenzo, 1820-1891


Letter, Feb. 24, 1875


Sherman, John, 1823-1900


Letter, May 26, 1885


Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891


Calling card, n. d.


Wilmerding, J. C.


Letter, Feb. 1893, re the proposed Wilmerding School of Industrial Arts.