Guide to the Henry Hiram Ellis Papers, 1861-1898

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Guide to the Henry Hiram Ellis Papers, 1861-1898

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 653

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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© 1997

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Henry Hiram Ellis Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1861-1898
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 653
Origination: Ellis, Henry Hiram, 1829-1909
Extent: Number of containers: 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: Mainly correspondence to Ellis as Chief of Police, San Francisco. Also miscellaneous papers, invitations, programs and tickets.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry Hiram Ellis Papers, BANC MSS C-B 653, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

This collection, assembled by T. W. Norris, consists mainly of correspondence to Ellis as Chief of Police of San Francisco. It also contains some miscellaneous papers, invitations, tickets and programs. The arrangement is chronological. An alphabetical listing of principal correspondents follows.


Henry Hiram Ellis came to California in 1849 from Maine, was a gold miner and captain of several vessels before coming to San Francisco as policeman in 1855. He worked his way up in the Police Force and was elected chief of Police in 1875.

Partial List of Correspondents


Alameda County, Calif.


District Attorney

See Glascock, John Ragland


Sheriff's Office

See Morse, Henry N.

folder Folder 21

Baldwin, Elias Jackson, 1828-1909


Mar. 4, 1877

folder Folders 13, 15

Bryant, Andrew Jackson, 1831-1888


1876. Written as Mayor of San Francisco.

folder Folder 4

Budd, Joseph H., 1822-1902


Mar. 28, 1872

folder Folder 1

Burke, Martin J.


Oct. 10, 1862. To Clancey John Dempster, written as Chief of Police, S.F., recommending Henry H. Ellis.

folder Folder 3

Burnett, Peter Hardeman, 1807-1895


Sept. 20, 1871

folder Folder 23

Coleman, William Tell, 1824-1893


July 27, 1877. Written and signed in his behalf as President, Committee of Safety, by D. J. Murphy, concerning a meeting of Longshoremen.

folder Folder 23a

Davis, Horace, 1831-1916


Aug. 6, 1877

folder Folder 16

Glascock, John Ragland, 1845-


July 27, 1876. Written as District Attorney, Alameda County.

folder Folders 17, 25

Hallidie, Andrew Smith, 1836-1900


1876-1877. Written as President, Mechanics Institute, concerning the Eleventh and Twelfth Industrial Exhibitions.

folder Folder 5

Highton, Henry E., 1836-


Aug. 27, 1873. Written as counsel for F. Swarszchild.

folder Folder 26

Johnson, James Augustus, 1829-1896


Oct. 9, 1877


Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco

See Hallidie, Andrew Smith

folder Folders 2, 12

Morse, Henry N., 1835-


1870-1876. Written as Sheriff, Alameda County.

folder Folder 20

Noyes, S. W.


Feb. 23, 1877. Concerning embezzlement in Salinas.


San Francisco. Committee of Safety, 1877

See Coleman, William Tell


San Francisco. Fire Dept.

See Scannell, David


San Francisco. Police Dept.

See Burke, Martin J.

folder Folder 9

Scannell, David, 1820-1893


Dec. 14, 1785. Written as Chief Engineer, San Francisco Fire Dept., introducing James L. Hill.

folder Folder 8

Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893


Nov. 22, 1875

folder Folder 10

Stevenson, Jonathan Drake, 1800-1894


Jan. 31, 1876