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Guide to the William C. Ralston Correspondence, ca. 1870-1890
Special Collections M0217  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William C. Ralston Correspondence,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1870-1890
    Collection number: Special Collections M0217
    Creator: Ralston, William C.
    Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    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.


    Gift of Charles de Brettville 1967

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    [Identification of item] William C. Ralston Correspondence, M0217, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    William Chapman Ralston, born 12 June 1826 in Ohio, was a banker and steamship owner. In 1864 he helped organize the Bank of California and served as its first president. He died 27 August 1875.

    Scope and Content

    Summary: Letters primarily to Ralston, dealing with William W. Cargill of the Oriental Bank Corporation of London and Charles de Long, U.S. Envoy and Minister to Japan. Also included are letters asking for money or a position, thank you letters, letters of introduction, letters containing information on his Belmont home and stables, monetary matters, the Bank of California, mines, San Francisco industries, economic matters and conditions, and construction. The letters also show Ralston's influence in relation to both national and state legislation.