Register of the Hodghead (Beverly L.) Speeches & Other Papers, 1894-1910

Processed by Daryl Morrison; revised by Don Walker; machine-readable finding aid created by Don Walker
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University Library, University of the Pacific
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University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Register of the Hodghead (Beverly L.) Speeches & Other Papers, 1894-1910

Collection number: Mss146

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
  • URL:
Processed by:
Daryl Morrison; revised by Don Walker
Date Completed:
1994; 1998
Encoded by:
Don Walker
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Hodghead (Beverly L.) Speeches & Other Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1894-1910
Collection number: Mss146
Creator: Beverly Eckles Hodghead
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hodghead (Beverly L.) Speeches & Other Papers, Mss146, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


Mr. Beverly Lacy Hodghead (1865-1928)was mayor of Berkeley(Calif.) from 1909 to 1911. An attorney and politically active Progressive Democrat, Hodghead was instrumental in the development a new charter for the city of Berkeley (1909). Berkeley's city charter, based on that of Galveston, Texas, promoted government as a sound business operation with knowledgeable commissioners, rather than one of partisan politics where city positions are given out as favors. Changes included: a primary election in which all nominations were made by non-partisan petition; a small council with each councilman elected at-large and serving as a commissioner of a department; and, ultimate veto power to the people through the initiative, referendum or recall.
Beverly Hodghead was educated at the University of California and at Hastings College of Law, San Francisco (1891). He was admitted to the California bar in that year and began practice in San Francisco. Active in many legal and political organizations and endeavors throughout his life, Hodghead was Vice President of the Board of Freeholders, Berkeley; President of the League of California Municipalities (1910-1911); Chairman of the arrangements committee for the meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco (August 1922); Master of Ceremonies at the Commonwealth Club banquet for Chief Justice Taft and Lord Shaw (1922); and representative for the California Bar Association at the American Law Institute, Washington (1924).

Scope and Content

The Beverly Hodghead papers consist primarily of about forty speeches. The majority of these are devoted to explaining the Berkeley city charter. Other speeches consider the roles of citizens in support of municipal government, the annexation of Berkeley by Oakland and the creation of a dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley to provide a water source for San Francisco.






-Who Was Who in America, vol. 1, 1897-1942, p. 573.


-Letter from Beverly Hodghead (son or daughter of Beverly Lacy Hodghead), 10/22/75 describing father's career






a)-Newcastle (Del.), Nov. 1894.....1


b)-"South African Question," in debate with J.D. Galloway at Mr. Webb's House, Mar. 1899.....10


c)-"Is Mammon King?" in debate with Seth Mann, Offnight Club, 12-12-00.....44


d)-"Webster's View of the Constitution,"Offnight Club,8-26-03.....59


e)-Letter to David A. Duff, Wautaga, Washington Co., 6-1-06.....85


f)-"Christmas," Hillside Club, Dec. 17, 1906.....95


g)-"Revenue and Taxation," Offnight Club, 4-29-08.....105


h)-"The Berkeley Charter," Chamber of Commerce, 1-12-09.....124


i)-"Life and Character of General Robert E. Lee," Daughters of Confederacy, 1-19-09.....129


j)-Re-Union and Dinner of the Freeholders, 2-15-09.....139


k)-"Civic Work of Commonwealth Club," Commonwealth Club, Unitarian Club, 2-23-09.....145


l)-Opening Meeting of Campaign for Mayor, Armory Hall,3-27-09.....152


m)-Campaign for Mayor, Hillside Club, 4-10-09.....161


n)-Campaign for Mayor, D.K.E. House, 4-14-09.....173


o)-Before the Conference Committee, Town Hall,4-26-09.....181


p)-Campaign For Mayor, Armory Hall, 4-28-09.....185


q)-Speech on Assuming Office of Mayor, 7-1-09.....191


r)-Young Men's Christian Association, 9-9-09.....198


s)-"The General Features of the Berkeley Charter," Santa Cruz, 9-21-09.....203


t)-Speech at Reception for President Taft at Berkeley,10-5-09.....221


u)-Address Before Town and Gown Club, Oct 1909.....227


v)-To the Charity Workers, Unity Hall, 11-19-09.....242-245




a)-"The Relation Between the Work of Local Improvement Clubs and the City Council," Claremont Improvement Club, 1-13-10.....1


b)-Eastside Improvement Club, Tennis Clubhouse,1-21-10.....9


c)-"Man as a Factor in Society," College Avenue Church, 1-27-10.....19


d)-"Functions of Municipal Government," Berkeley Unitarian Church, 2-13-10.....25


e)-"The Teacher's Responsibility to the State," Berkeley Teachers' Assn., 2-25-10.....38


f)-"Berkeley Charter," Alameda Chamber of Commerce, 3-3-10.....51


g)-"Eight Months of the New Charter," Berkeley, Unitarian Club, 3-10-10.....62


h)-To the Students of the University, Berkeley, 4-8-10.....99


i)-To the Grand Army of the Republic, 4-19-10.....107


j)-To the Civic Club of Sacramento, 4-28/30-10.....115


k)-"Remarks on the Hetch Hetchy Water Question Before the Department of Interior," Washington, D.C., 5-25-10.....141


l)-Interview on Return from Washington on Hetch Hetchy Hearing in May 1910.....148


m)-"Berkeley Form of Municipal Charter," Stockton,6-4-10.....152


n)-Annual Report and Message of the Mayor to the Council of the City of Berkeley, 7-1-10.....179


o)-"Proposed Annexation to Oakland," Uno Rink, 8-25-10.....217


p)-"Proposed Annexation," Teachers Association,8-30-10.....229


q)-"Will Annexation to Oakland Reduce Taxes?," 9-8-10.....232


r)-"Proposed Annexation," Presbyterian Church, 9-13-10.....243-248