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Guide to the Joseph Mora Moss Papers, 1849-1867, and Dr. J. Mora Moss, III Papers, 1863-1915
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph Mora Moss Papers, and Dr. J. Mora Moss, III Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1849-1867,
    Date (inclusive): 1863-1915
    Box Number: 1148-1155
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State 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], Joseph Mora Moss Papers, and Dr. J. Mora Moss, III Papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Moss, Joseph Mora, 1809-1880.
    Moss, Joseph Mora, d. 1921
    Businessmen--California--San Francisco.
    Physicians--California--San Francisco.
    California State Telegraph Company.
    San Francisco Gas Company.
    Market Street Railway Company (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Sitka Ice Company.


    Business and personal papers of Joseph Mora Moss. The collection includes receipt, record and ledger books, photographs as well as papers of Dr. Joseph Mora Moss, III.


    Joseph Moravia Moss was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 1, 1809, the son of Samuel and Eleanor Titterway Mercer Moss. He arrived in California about 1850. He was a partner in the banking firm of Pioche and Bayerque until 1859. J. Mora Moss was the first vice-president and the third president of the San Francisco Gas Co. (later to become P.G.& E.) and a trustee of the Sacramento Valley Railroad Co. in the early 1860s. In the late 1860s, his business interests expanded to include the California State Telegraph Co., Market Street Railroad and the Sitka Ice Industry. He was a Regent for the University of California and one of the directors of the School for the Deaf and Blind. In 1867, he married his housekeeper, Julia Wood. On November 21, 1880, he died at his estate, Mosswood, in Oakland.
    Dr. Joseph Mora Moss, III was a San Francisco physician who served as Chief Medical Officer of the 12th District (California, Nevada and Arizona) of the Federal Board for Vocational Education. In 1919 he was promoted to Chief Associate Medical Officer of the Federal Board for Vocational Education in Washington, DC. He attained the rank of Major in the U.S. Army. His interest in art led him to become a lecturer on the subject. He died in Washington, DC on April 23, 1921.


    Major Correspondents

    • Borie, A. E.
    • Davison, E. F.
    • Haven, Howard
    • Ingersoll, E.
    • Meader, C. J.
    • Moss, Charlotte
    • Moss, John
    • Moss, Maria
    • Moss, Theodore
    • Robinson, L. L.
    • Schuchardt and Gebhard

    Other Correspondents

    • Babcock, H. S.
    • Bacon, H. D.
    • Bacon, Jacob
    • Barrett, William G.
    • Barry, Miss.
    • Beale, Thomas
    • Beggs, W. W.
    • Billings, F.
    • Booker, William L.
    • Butler, James
    • Caduc, P.
    • Campbell, George
    • Campbell, William
    • Campion, C. M.
    • Carpentier, Horace W.
    • Chiffern, E.
    • Clemson, Thomas Green, 1807-1888.
    • Coe, L. W.
    • Cogswell, H. D.
    • Cohen, Alfred A. (Alfred Andrew), 1829-1887.
    • Coleman
    • Cornwall, R. B.
    • Cowell, Henry.
    • Crane, H. F.
    • Crane, W. W., Jr.
    • Dana, L. L., Mrs.
    • Dana, N. I. J.
    • Dwinelle, John W.
    • Eastland, J.
    • Edwards, John.
    • Ellwanger & Barry
    • Enfs, F.
    • Fitz, Charles.
    • Fitzgerald, Oscar Penn, 1829-1911.
    • Fluit, James P.
    • Foulkes, Dupery.
    • Friedlander, J.
    • Fumhjelm, J.
    • Garboes, John R.
    • Gaven, D.
    • Greenhood, O.
    • Greenway, John.
    • Greer, Erskin.
    • Griffin, M. A.
    • Hagart, Henry S.
    • Hancock, Henry.
    • Harl, W.
    • Hartman, Isaac.
    • Haven, C. D.
    • Hawkins, Joseph.
    • Higgins, C. S.
    • Horn, B. C.
    • Huddart, R. L.
    • Hunter, William.
    • Inge, S. W.
    • Johnson, George C.
    • Kelly, J.
    • Laboude, J. C.
    • Lambert, John.
    • Latham, William B., Jr.
    • Lulop, B.
    • McCoy, W. W.
    • MacCrellish, F.
    • McLane, C. E.
    • McPherson, J. M.
    • McQuaid, J. A.
    • Mace, F.
    • Macomber, George A.
    • Magic, James.
    • Mallon, T. C.
    • Matson, Nath.
    • Meeker, David.
    • Mellus, Francis.
    • Mickle, Edward.
    • Miel, F. G.
    • Miller, E. I.
    • Miller and Houghton Co.
    • Mohun, Peter F.
    • Moore, H. H.
    • Moriarty, Mary.
    • Morrill, H., Mrs.
    • Moss, Delia F.
    • Moss, Emily N.
    • Moss, Henry N.
    • Moss, James.
    • Moss, Lucy B.
    • Moss, Maria.
    • Moss, Nellie M.
    • Murphy, William S.
    • Myers, J. R.
    • Nicholson, J. E.
    • Nixon, David W.
    • O'Donoughue, William K.
    • Ogden, R. L.
    • Oldmixon, George Scott.
    • Oldmixon, Corina.
    • Palmer, J. C.
    • Pauloff, N.
    • Peck, J. A.
    • Pettigrew, William J.
    • Phillips, Barnet, 1828-1905.
    • Phillips, Maria.
    • Pillsbury, E. S. (Evans Searle), b. 1839.
    • Pringle, Jas. Reid.
    • Purdon, James.
    • Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875.
    • Robinson, Lester Ludyah.
    • Robinson, Mary C.
    • Rogers, J. S.
    • Runyon, W. S.
    • Schmidt, Frederick C.
    • Shafter, J. M. M.
    • Sharp, Sol A.
    • Shearer, Arthur, Sr.
    • Silver, J. J.
    • Smiley, Thomas J.
    • Tappan and Starbuck.
    • Stout, C. H.
    • Strawbridge, George.
    • Telfair, Moody.
    • Thompson, J. D.
    • Tohle, M.
    • Tompkins, Edward.
    • Van Bruit, R.
    • Vinzent, Charles.
    • Wadsworth, William Romeo, b. 1807.
    • Waller and Moore
    • Warburton, Joseph.
    • Weissenburger and Scholoesser
    • West, John H.
    • Whitehead, J.
    • Wilkinson, Warring.
    • Wohler, Herman.
    • Wood, Julia Theresa.

    Material Transferred from the Collection

    • Account book #295

      Record book of imported commodities including newspaper clippings of current prices ca. the 1850s.
    • Certificates: In Textural file: Schools

      Foley, John. (Sacramento Public Schools, Primary Dept. diploma promoting John Foley to Intermediate Dept., April 27, 1866).