Guide to the Edgar A. Luce Papers, ca. 1908-1938

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Guide to the Edgar A. Luce Papers, ca. 1908-1938

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 1031

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1965-1967
Encoded by:
Charlotte Gerstein
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Edgar A. Luce Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1908-1938
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1031
Origination: Luce, Edgar Augustine, 1881-1958?
Extent: Number of containers: 2 volumes, 1 portfolio, and 1 microfilm reel
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: Pt. I: letters and scrapbooks relating primarily to his interests in reform government, the Lincoln-Roosevelt League, and the Progressive Party and to his campaigns for public office. (Portfolio, 2 v.)

Pt. II - On film only: two scrapbooks of clippings, ca. 1920-1926, relating to campaign for re-election as superior court judge, San Diego Co., and a few letters.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edgar A. Luce papers, BANC MSS C-B 1031, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


Edgar Augustine Luce -lawyer, judge and prominent figure in San Diego politics -served as deputy city attorney and city prosecutor of San Diego, 1909-1910, as member of the state senate, 1914-1918, and as superior judge, San Diego County, 1919-1925. Thereafter he returned to private practice.

Scope and Content

The papers in Part I of the collection, which were given to The Bancroft Library by Luce's son Edgar A. Luce, Jr., in June 1965, consist mainly of letters and scrapbooks, ca. 1908-1938, reflecting his interest in reform government, the Lincoln-Roosevelt League, and the Progressive Party, and relating to his campaigns for office. The papers in Part II, mainly scrapbooks pertaining to his campaigns for superior court judgeship, were loaned for filming by the Judge's widow, Mrs. Carma Luce, who retains the originals.

Key to Arrangement

portfolio Portfolio

Part I (Also on microfilm)


Letters written by Luce, arranged chronologically; and letters to Luce, arranged alphabetically. A list of the more important correspondents follows.


Benedict, H. Stanley


Letter, Nov. 16, 1912


California. Railroad Commission

See Thelen, Max.


Earl, Edwin T.

See Lissner, Meyer


Eshleman, John Morton


2 letters, 1908


Evans, Samuel C.


5 letters, 1912


Gates, Lee C.


Letter, Nov. 8, 1911. Enclosure: copy of letter, Oct. 14, 1911, from William Allen White.


Heney, Francis Joseph


12 letters, 1908-1914


Howe, E. F.


Letter, Nov. 10, 1912


Irwin, Wallace


Letter, Mar. 17, 1912


Johnson, Hiram Warren


10 letters, 1910-1938. Some written for him, while governor, by his secretary, Alexander McCabe.


Lissner, Meyer


14 letters, 1908-1912. Enclosure to letter of Nov. 20, 1912: letter from E. T. Sari, Nov. 19, 1912.


Smith, Sylvester C.


3 letters, 1912


Steffens, Lincoln, 1866-1936


3 letters, 1908 & n. d.


Stimson, Marshall, 1876-


Letter, May 19, 1908


Swing, Philip David, 1884-


Letter, Apr. 29, 1912


Thelen, Max, 1880-


6 letters, 1908-1912. Some written while member of state Railroad Commission.


Troy, Edward P. E.


Letter, Feb. 12, 1912


White, William Allen, 1868-1944

See Gates, Lee C.


Wilde, Louis J.


2 letters, 1911


Works, John Downey, 1847-1928


5 letters, 1905-1912

volume v. 1 & 2

Scrapbooks of clippings, and political campaign materials, ca. 1906-1918 (Also on microfilm)

microfilm FILM ONLY

Part II


Jones, Herbert C.


Letter, Apr. 10, 1930


Jenney, Ralph E.


Letter, June 10, 1937


Copy of letter written by Luce, Sept. 16, 1938, to editor of Stanford Review, containing brief autobiographical data


Release of mortgage to Edgar A. Luce, June 3, 1926


Two scrapbooks of clippings re the Judge's re-election campaigns, ca. 1920-26.