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Ralston (William C.) Correspondence
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Existence and Location of Originals

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: William C. Ralston correspondence
    source: Brettville, Charles de
    Identifier/Call Number: M0217
    Identifier/Call Number: 931
    Physical Description: 4.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1870-1890

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Charles de Brettville, 1967.

    Biographical / Historical

    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.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Scope and Contents

    All letters are copies printed from microfilmed originals. 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. Collection also includes research notes, transcriptions, and material from other archives.

    Conditions Governing Use

    These materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

    Existence and Location of Originals

    Originals held by Bank of California at time of donation, now held by Bancroft Library at University of California Berkeley.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Banks and banking -- California
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- History.
    Brettville, Charles de
    Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875
    Bank of California