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Von Schmidt family papers, 1856-1925 (bulk 1873-1897).
BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.2; BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.3; BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.4; BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.5; ...
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Von Schmidt family papers, 1856-1925 (bulk 1873-1897)


Von Schmidt family., creator


Von Schmidt, A. W. (Alexis Waldemar), 1821-1906


Von Schmidt, Edward.


Von Schmidt, Alfred.


Leis, Edward.


Schmidt, Julius H. von.


Contains correspondence, logbooks, accounts, legal documents and biographical material. Correspondence to Edward von Schmidt is from his father Alexis von Schmidt offering advice and discussing business, his brother Alfred von Schmidt describing life on his vineyard near Fresno and from Edward Leis, an employee reporting purchases and work done on vessels in San Pedro. Correspondence to Alexis von Schmidt concerns business as surveyor. The logbooks include survey information collected by Alexis von Schmidt, and ships logs by Edward von Schmidt from 1873 to 1877. Accounts of Alexis von Schmidt including an account with his brother Julius von Schmidt. Legal documents for Alexis von Schmidt include land purchases in California, business partnerships, Canadian Patents for improvements to dredging machines and the distribution of his estate. The biographical information includes a Society of California Pioneers Memorial book for Alexis von Schmidt, information on blowing up of Blossom Rock, articles about Edward von Schmidt and Edward von Schmidt's school compositions including a description of the 1868 earthquake along the Hayward Fault.


1873 (issued)


Von Schmidt, A. W. (Alexis Waldemar) -- 1821-1906 -- Archives
Von Schmidt, Edward -- Archives
Schmidt, Julius H. von -- Archives
Von Schmidt family -- Archives
Good Templar (Schooner)
Modoc (Bark)
Three Brothers (Ship : 1875)
Ariel (Schooner)
Francis Palmer (Bark)
Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Water Works Company.
Surveying -- California -- History
Voyages and travels -- 19th century
Vineyards -- California -- Fresno County -- History
Ships -- California -- History -- 19th century
Water-supply -- California -- San Francisco
Sailors -- California
Real property -- California
Inventions -- History -- 19th century
Inventions -- California
Inventors -- United States
Earthquakes -- California -- Hayward
San Francisco Earthquake, Calif., 1868
California -- Surveys
Blossom Rock, San Francisco Bay
Blossom Rock, San Francisco Bay -- Pictorial works


Includes black and white photograph of Blossom Rock demolition crew with flier showing the blast.
Collection processed at folder level in 2003, 2007.
Von Schmidt family papers, BANC MSS 2003/315, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchases; in 2003-2007.
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2004.169)
Alexis von Schmidt, a Prussian, in 1849 came to Calif. He surveyed the border of Calif. in 1856, and again from 1873 to 1875, headed the team to blow up Blossom Rock in the San Francisco Bay and owned the Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Water Works Company. Alexis von Schmidt died May 26, 1906.
Edward von Schmidt, son of Alexis, was a sailor and engineer. Some of his early voyages were aboard the Good Templar, Modoc, Three Brothers, Ariel and the Francis Palmer.
In English.


Engineering drawings.

Physical Description:

3 boxes, 1 oversize box, 4 oversize folders and 8 volumes. (2.3 linear ft.)




BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.2
BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.3
BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.4
BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.5
BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.6
BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.7
BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.8
BANC MSS 2003/315 c box 1
BANC MSS 2003/315 c box 2
BANC MSS 2003/315 c box 3
BANC MSS 2003/315 c oversize folder 1, unit A
BANC MSS 2003/315 c oversize folder 2, unit A
BANC MSS 2003/315 c oversize folder 3, unit A
BANC MSS 2003/315 c oversize folder 4, unit A
BANC MSS 2003/315 c v.1
BANC MSS 2003/315 c OS Box 1
BANC MSS 2003/315 c