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Guide to the Mason-McDuffie Co. Records, 1904-1983
BANC MSS 89/12 c  
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Correspondence, promotional literature, ledgers, deeds, job files, architectural records, real estate journals, company newsletters, and other materials.
Joseph J. Mason, the founder of what was to become Mason-McDuffie Co., was born in London in 1844. In 1869, he emigrated to California in search of better financial opportunities, as did many of his contemporaries. In 1887, he moved his family from their home in San Francisco to Berkeley in order to open his real estate and insurance business. He also assisted in the growth of the city of Berkeley; among other activities, he helped to found the community's water department.
Containers: 27 cartons, 105 volumes [some housed in Cartons 28-33], and 56 oversize folders Linear feet: ca. 59.25
Copyright has been retained by Mason-McDuffie Co., and by Mason-McDuffie Co. successor entities. Single reference photocopies may be made.
Access to correspondence, minutes, financial records, and legal records less than 20 years old requires the written permission of a Partner or former Partner of Mason-McDuffie Co.