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James Helm Jacobs business ledgers.
BANC MSS 2014/205 v.1; BANC MSS 2014/205 v.2; BANC MSS 2014/205
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James Helm Jacobs business ledgers


Jacobs, James Helm, 1828-1896, creator, creator.


Two bound accounting ledgers. The earlier one has a spine title of "Harriman & Co., 1874" with entries dated 1874-1875 for wharf and lumber account expenses, and customers who are buying lumber. It is unclear if the spine title is the actual name of the business or a ledger that is being used for another entity. The later ledger, with a spine date "1880-1", appears to encompass several different aspects of James Jacob's businesses including wharf collections, a boarding house, cash account, accounts receivable for persons, including a cash account for Jacobs.


1874 (issued)


Jacobs, James Helm -- 1828-1896 -- Archives
Lumber trade -- California -- Berkeley


James Helm Jacobs business ledgers, BANC MSS 2014/205, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Judy Jo Beardslee; 20140620.
James Helm Jacobs was born in Denmark in 1828. In 1853, he arrived in Berkeley as a mariner and purchased 60 acres of waterfront property from Domingo Peralta. He built a wharf and ferry that brought grain, lumber, and people to San Francisco. Jacobs' lumber business grew to dominate and, in 1867, became Heywood and Jacobs Lumber, a firm that supplied lumber and materials to some of the earliest buildings in Berkeley including those of the University of California.
In English.


Account books.

Physical Description:

2 46 x 34 cm and 40 x 30 cm




BANC MSS 2014/205 v.1
BANC MSS 2014/205 v.2
BANC MSS 2014/205