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Guide to the Elbert P. Jones papers, 1846-1852
BANC MSS C-B 464  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Brief Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Elbert P. Jones Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1846-1852
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 464
    Creator: Jones, Elbert P., 1814?-1852
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder
    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: Relate mainly to his activities in San Francisco as lawyer, businessman, proprietor of the Portsmouth House, property owner, and member of the town council. Included are letters; accounts; contracts for street and property improvements; deeds; and petitions and other papers submitted to the council.
    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], Elbert P. Jones papers, BANC MSS C-B 464, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Brief Biographical Sketch

    Elbert P. Jones came overland to San Francisco from Kentucky in 1846. He was a lawyer, and in addition to his practice he became active in business and municipal affairs. Late in 1846 he became proprietor of the Portsmouth House. From January to April 1847, he served as editor of the California Star. He also owned many town lots and built several buildings, including a store and warehouse at the foot of Washington Street where he conducted his mercantile business.
    In September 1847, Jones was elected to the town council and served briefly as secretary. Early in 1851, he and his wife, Sarah Kittleman, of the Mormon colony, returned east. Jones died in 1852 and was buried in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Scope and Content

    The papers, which are in two boxes and an oversize portfolio, reflect Jones' extensive operations in real estate and his activities as a council member and businessman. They were purchased from various dealers in 1933, 1954, 1958 and 1960.