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Guide to the Leland Stanford Papers
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  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0033A
    Creator: Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893.
    Title: Leland Stanford papers
    Dates: 1841-1897
    Physical Description: 5 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Custodial History

    Gifts of Jane Lathrop Stanford, Thomas Welton Stanford, David Starr Jordan, Helen Stanford Canfield, David H. Canfield, and others; also includes purchases.

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research.

    Ownership & Copyright

    The materials are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item] Leland Stanford Papers (SC0033A). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Leland Stanford was born March 9, 1824 in Watervliet Township, New York. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1848 and married Jane Lathrop in 1850. In 1852, Stanford moved to California where he first worked as a storekeeper in Mother Lode mining camps and later became a successful Sacramento businessman. Stanford was a leader in organizing the Republican party in California and was elected governor in 1861 at the age of 37. Early in the 1860s, Stanford joined with three other Sacramento merchants--Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, and Collis P. Huntington--in the building of the Central Pacific Railroad. In 1885, Leland and Jane founded Leland Stanford Jr. University in memory of their son. Stanford died June 21, 1893 during his second term as United States Senator.


    Correspondence, telegrams; business, legal, financial, and official papers; speeches, journals, and newsclippings; and other materials relating to the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad, Stanford's political career, business and financial interests, and the founding and construction of Stanford University.

    Access Terms

    Central Pacific Railroad Company
    Cesnola, Luigi Parma di, 1832-1904.
    Coolidge, Charles Allerton, 1858-1936.
    Goodrich Quarries..
    Gordan, George.
    Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901
    Hopkins, Mark.
    Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900.
    Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
    Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904
    Nash, Herbert C.
    Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903
    Sawyer, Lorenzo.
    Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge.
    Sloss, Leon.
    Southern Pacific Company
    Stanford, Josiah Winslow, 1864-1937.
    Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893.
    Vrooman, Henry.
    Walker, Francis Amasa,, 1840-1897.
    Warm Springs Ranch (Calif.).
    White, Andrew Dickson,, 1832-1918.
    Capitalists and financiers.
    Universities and colleges--Administration.
    Universities and colleges--Finance.
    Vina Ranch (Calif.)