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Guide to the Donohoe Kelly & Co. Records, 1863-1917 JL002
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  • Title: Donohoe Kelly & Co. Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: JL002
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 84.0 Linear feet
    Date: 1863-1917
    creator: Donohoe Kelly & Co.

    Materials withdrawn from the collection

    Duplicates; cancelled checks; statements from various banks (recorded in statement books); deposit slips (sampled); telegram memos (sampled); account envelopes (sampled); clearing house proofs, checks, memos (sampled).

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of a relatively small percentage of loose material and a much larger percentage of bound volumes.
    The loose material includes a variety of general business papers. Of particular interest are those dealing with Donohoe, Ralston and Company in Liquidation, which cover a four year period (1863-1867) of evaluation and recapitulation of the old company. Much of the other material consists of correspondence, notes, etc. to the bank regarding individual and company accounts. This is quite routine business, but presents an interesting cross section of the way routine affairs were conducted in banking sixty and seventy years ago.
    Letters of credit, insurance policies, and business papers relating to income tax, semi-annual reports, balance sheets and statements comprise the remainder of the loose material.
    The volumes include either complete or near-complete series of general cash books, blotters, checks and deposits volumes, draft stubs, collection journals, and balance sheets in bound groups, as well as statements and remittance records from other banks.
    General ledger vouchers, for which there are no ledgers, are included at the end of the collection, and are left in their original bundles, arranged chronologically by month and year.
    The records of the Donohoe, Kelly Banking Company certainly will be of interest to anyone with a desire to know a lot about banking practices in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

    Historical Note

    The Donohoe, Kelly Banking Company was a large private banking company formed in the second half of the nineteenth century, and flourishing until 1929 when it transferred its business to the Bank of America of California, later the Bank of America, National Trust and Savings Association. The company was established in 1861 by Joseph A. Donohoe, Eugene Kelly and W.C. Ralston as Donohoe, Ralston and Company, and Eugene Kelly and Company was later organized to represent the company in the East.
    In 1864 Ralston left the company and subsequently was instrumental in establishing the Bank of California, while Donohoe, Ralston and Company became Donohoe, Kelly and Company in the same year. John W. Flood and Howard Havens joined Donohoe and Kelly in 1876 with no alteration in the title. In 1891 this private banking firm was incorporated under the State laws of California as the Donohoe, Kelly Banking Company and remained so until 1929.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Donohoe Kelly & Co. Records, JL002, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Gift of Joseph A. Donohoe, Jr. to the Jackson Library of Business in 1951. Transferred to the Department of Special Collections in 1979.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Access Restrictions