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Finding aid for the John McLaren Collection 1866-1965
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Series 1 Diaries, Day Books and Writings by McLaren, 1866-1917

Scope and Contents

The earliest material in the collection is his daybook of work done at Mavisbank, Scotland, 1866-1871. There are eleven volumes of daybooks detailing his work at Howard's El Cerrito estate and other work on the San Francisco peninsula, 1874-1886. Notes indicate plantings (locations, types, number and costs), Chinese and Irish labor, weather, and excursions to various sites.
Box 1, Folder 1

Diary of work done at Mavisbank, [1866-1871]

Box 1, Folder 2

Diary of My Journey from Liverpool to San Francisco, [1872-1873]

Box 1, Folder 3

Daily Journal, 1874

Box 1, Folder 4

Diary [and] [Trip from Scotland to the U.S., from Dundee to Lahore], 1876

Box 1, Folder 5

Daily Journal, 1877

Box 1, Folder 6

Daily Journal, 1878

Box 1, Folder 7

Cash book / journal, 1878-1879

Box 1, Folder 8

Daily Journal, 1879- [1880]

Box 1, Folder 9

Daily Journal, 1881

Box 1, Folder 10

Daily Journal, 1882

Box 1, Folder 11

Daily Journal, 1884

Box 1, Folder 12

Diary, 1885

Box 1, Folder 13

Daily Journal, 1886

Box 1, Folder 14

Notes of a Trip to Europe, 1892?

General Physical Description note: Forty-two pages written by Mclaren's wife, Jane, describing a tour taken by herself, John and son Donald (June-August 1892)of parks in the United States and Europe. Includes observations on the plantings of various parks, estates and open spaces. Includes photocopy.
creator: McLaren, Jane Mills
Box 1, Folder 15

Diary, 1912

Box 1, Folder 16

Trip to Sisson's, [c. 1915?]

Box 1, Folder 17

Notes on a trip to Killin with Mr. Dow, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 leaves
Box 1, Folder 18

Impressions of Superintendent McLaren's visit to parks of eastern states after adjournment of Park Superintendents Convention held in St. Louis, on September ninth, tenth and eleventh, [1917]

Box 2, Folder 1

John McLaren: manuscripts and typescripts,

Scope and Contents

Includes manuscripts of chapters for his Gardening in California, Landscape and Flower (1908), as well as notes on the reclamation of sand dunes.
 

The Effect of the Improvement of G. G. Park on the Value of Adjacent Land…: ms, undated

Physical Description: 6.0 leaves
 

Another Very important Element…: ts, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 leaves

General note

p.3-4.
 

Flowers in Month of January…: ms, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

From Drifting Sand Dune to Finished Park...: ms., 1909

Physical Description: 15 leaves and transcription.

General note

Portion of "Sand Reclamation," Chapter XXI in McLaren's Gardening in California: Landscape and Flower.
Box 2, Folder 2

Essays and lectures collected by John McLaren,

Scope and Contents

Includes a lecture given by Alice Brown Chittenden, flower painter and colleague of botanist Alice Eastwood; and an essay on Golden Gate Park (though attributed to Eastwood by McLaren's grand-daughter, it is not in Eastwood's hand).
 

Artificial Distribution: ms., undated

Physical Description: 7.0 leaves

General note

Signed, 'A. B. C.' – [Alice Brown Chittenden?]
 

Some Observation and a Little Theory from the West End: ms., undated

Physical Description: 3.0 leaves

General note

[by Alice Eastwood?]
 

These gates were to have been known…: ts., undated, c. 1902

Physical Description: 3.0 leaves

General note

Notes for a speech given by a sculptor, New York City.
 

Series 2 Correspondence, 1888-1941

Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged chronologically, though the folder listing is alphabetical by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

One folder of incoming correspondence reflects McLaren's activities as Superintendent of Parks in San Francisco (ten letters have McLaren's replies) and as advisor to various individuals and organizations elsewhere in California. Correspondents of note include horticulturist Kate O. Sessions, writer Ednah R. Aiken, Stanford University trustee and Bohemian Club president Vanderlynn Stow, and Harry Lauder, Scotland's famed entertainer. There is one folder of correspondence of McLaren's granddaughter, Martha Jane "Matie" Daniels.
Box 2, Folder 3

John McLaren correspondence received, 1888-1941

 

Aiken, Ednah, 1909

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Balfour, Guthrie & Co., June 26, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Brown, Thomas W. (Ministry of Agriculture, Cairo), February 8, 1921

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Campbell, Alma, Marchioness of Breadalbane , March 29, 1899

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Cobb, Ralph (+ reply), December 1939

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Crooks, Herbert W. (San Fernando Valley Press), February 9, 1909

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Daingerfield, Wm. R., April 7, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Dolenz, Antonia (+ reply), December 20, 1940

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Dow, Jas. J. (Bohemian Grove), October 2, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Drieger, W. J., January 12

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Drieger, W. J., January 18

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Eaton, Howard (Eaton's Ranch, Wolf, Wyoming), March 25, 1918

Physical Description: 2.0 leaves
 

Eaton, Howard , [1918?]

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Finlayson, Thomas (to Mrs. Jane McLaren), October 2, 1920

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Friedman, Florence (Vis.Valley Comm.Center) (+reply), February 26, 1941

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Gadbois, J. P. (Departement des Parcs, Montreal), May 7, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Garoutte, Eudora (California State Library), February 1, 1909

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Goodspeed, T. H. (UC Berkeley), March 19, 1940

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Hallweger, George (Camp Curry), September 5, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Herbert L. Schmitz Co., May 22, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Hickey, Joseph R. (S.F. Liberty Loan Committee), October 6, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Hill & Whyte, Solicitors, April 6, 1900

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Hill & Whyte, Solicitors, December 31, 1901

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Hoffmann, F. J. (California Redwood Park Commission), November 13, 1917

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

House of Friendship, San Francisco, October 8, [1918]

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Jung, C., July 3, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Koster, F[rederick] J. (S. F. Chamber of Commerce), February 21, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Kusche, J[ohn] A[ugust], February 18, 1918

Physical Description: 4.0 leaves
 

Lauder, Harry, November 25, 1941

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Lighting Service Committee, City and Co. of S.F., August 30, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Lyser, Abigail S., February 21, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Magrane, A[ndrew] F., October 21, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Mayor's Office, San Francisco, April 24, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

McBryde, Warren H., September 6, 1934

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

McLean, L[aughlan] M., January 9, 1888

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

McSheehy, James B. (S.F. Board of Supervisors), April 18, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Meyer, Henry G. (Daniel Meyer), January 19, 1905

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Morrison's Academy, Crieff, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 leaves
 

Murdo MacKenzie (St. Andrew's Society), November 8, 1930

Physical Description: 3.0 leaves
 

Newman, O. W. (State Commission of Horticulture), June 21, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Phelan, James D., 1927

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Presidio of San Francisco, January 10, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Reeve, C[hristopher] C., December 6, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

S. P. Townsend & Co., November 4, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

San Francisco Riding School, April 18, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

San Francisco Riding School, January 12, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Sanjines, C., August 24, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Sargent, B. V. (Automobile Owners' Rental Assn.), May 31, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Scheepers, John, February 19, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Schramm, W. M. (to Mayor James Rolph), February 22, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Schwartzlose, Noah, July 22, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Scott, Francis Seymour, January 18, 1918

Physical Description: 2.0 leaves
 

Scotti, Francois, February 26, 1918

Physical Description: 2.0 leaves
 

Sessions, Kate O., April 11, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Sessions, Kate O., October 20, 1918

Physical Description: 3.0 leaves
 

Shearer, Frank (Park Department, Los Angeles), January 3, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Shebley, W. H. (Fish and Game Commission), April 19, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Shebley, W. H. (Fish and Game Commission), April 20, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Shebley, W. H. (Fish and Game Commission), January 17, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Shebley, W. H. (Fish and Game Commission), March 1, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Sherman School, San Francisco (+ reply), May 16, 1940

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Sierra Auto Supply Company, June 26, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Silveria, J. F. (+ reply), April 9, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Simon, H. M. (Fillmore Club), February 16, 1918

 

Sinsheimer, May (S.F. War Camp Community Service), September 23, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Skutt, Gilbert L. (Park Dept., Los Angeles) (+ reply), April 18, 1940

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Sleesman, C. C. (Board of Health, Bayonne, NJ), February 23, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Slosson, Dorothy (Sunset Branch, SFPL), April 15, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Smart, Gordon S. (San Francisco Model Yacht Club), February 21, 1918

 

Society of American Florists, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Spring Valley School, San Francisco (+ reply), May 15, 1940

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Sproul, Robert G. (to John L. McNab), February 6, 1940

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stocking, Leonard (Agnews State Hospital), December 11, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Nellie, [1895?]

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, V., March 21, 1895

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Vanderlynn (Stanford University), January 14, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Vanderlynn (to Edgar W. Stow), November 16, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Vanderlynn (+ reply), September 10, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Vanderlynn (Stanford University), April 25, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Vanderlynn (Stanford University), January 3, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Vanderlynn (Stanford University), May 13, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Vanderlynn (Stanford University), May 6, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Vanderlynn (Stanford University), October 5, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Stow, Vanderlynn, February 6, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Sutliffe, Mrs. E. C. [Mary], [1918?]

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Sutro, Rose, October 25, 1938

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Tetrazzini, Luisa, March 22, 1914

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Tevis, H. L., August 10, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Tevis, H. L., October 3, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Thane, A. C., Mrs., June 3, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Tibbitts, H. C. (Greenwich St. Improvement Assoc.), February 12, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Tobin, John P., Reverend (St. Cecelia's Church), February 12, 1918

Physical Description: 2.0 leaves
 

Tobin, John P., Reverend, March 3, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Turner, Frank I. (Exposition Preservation League), June 25, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Turner, George C. (Boys and Girls Aid Society of CA), August 28, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Vanderbilt, Newell F. (+ reply), March 18, 1941

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Walsingham, F. G. (Ministry of Agriculture, Cairo), May 7, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Williams, R. H. (to E. O. McCormick), April 13, 1918

Physical Description: 2.0 leaves
 

Wilson, W. F. (Hotel Ramona), November 17, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Wirth, Theodore (+ reply), December 18, 1939

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Wismer, E[inar], May 14, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Woolsey, Ella L., July 6, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Wragge, Clement L., May 28, 1918

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
Box 2, Folder 4

John McLaren correspondence sent, 1894-1940

 

Hill and [Whyte], Solicitors, April 15, 1894

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Dibble, Oliver, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

[Mill family? "I am grateful to you…"], undated

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Wismer, Hother, December 20, 1939

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Spencer, Mrs. Eldridge T., April 12, 1940

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
Box 2, Folder 5

Postcards, 1907-1908

General note

Fourteen postcards, Including eight addressed to Andrew and Bessie McNair, from John Reid, Annie Reid, Jeanie Reid, and Jessie---.
Box 2, Folder 6

Matie McLaren Daniels correspondence, 1923-1965

 

Series 3 Writings about John McLaren, 1921-1941

Box 2, Folder 7

Parks & Recreation, Vol. XXIV, No. 8, John McLaren Issue, April 1941

Box 2, Folder 7

Margaret Geddes, John McLaren: A Sketch,

Physical Description: 2.0 photocopies
Box 2, Folder 7

John L. McNab, John McLaren… Tribute Delivered Extemporaneously Before the St. Andrew's Society of San Francisco on December 6, 1939,

Box 2, Folder 7

Uncle John McLaren by Frank J. Taylor, St. Andrew's Society of San Francisco, 1939

Box 2, Folder 8

Poetry,

Physical Description: 12.0 leaves
Box 2, Folder 9

Matie McLaren Daniels writings,

 

Before 1887 in San Francisco…:ts, undated

Physical Description: 14.0 leaves
 

On the Howard Estate 1872-1887: ts, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Park Lodge, Golden Gate Park: ts, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 leaves
 

The Blacksmith: ms, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

My Christmas Tree (The Olympian), December 1921

Physical Description: 1.0 leaf
 

Series 4 Awards and Certificates, 1904-1943

Box 3, Folder 1

Souvenir to John McLaren: [presented by] the Citizens of the State of California, Represented by His Excellency… San Francisco, June 2, 1904

Physical Description: 1.0 oversize items
Box 2, Folder 10

Certificate of appointment, San Francisco Division, State Council of Defense of California, November 11, 1918

Box 2, Folder 10

Certificate, Royal Horticultural Society, 1930

Box 2, Folder 10

Proclamation, John McLaren Day by Office of the Mayor, San Francisco, 1963

Box 2, Folder 11

Testimonial book, To John McLaren, Our Honorary Member… American Institute of Park Executives, Philadelphia, 1939

Box 2, Folder 10

Award letter, George Robert White Medal of Honor, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 1924

Box 2, Folder 12

In Memoriam: John McLaren (Senate Resolution, California Legislature, Fifty-fifth Session) 1943

 

Series 5 News Clippings and Scrapbooks, 1887-1943

Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks of news clippings relating to Golden Gate Park (circa 1887-1910) appear to have been compiled by John McLaren, with scrapbooks focusing on McLaren's career (1935-1943) continued by his granddaughter. Daniels appears to have disassembled some of her grandfather's scrapbooks to create new ones, with the intent of writing a biography. As a result, some clippings and photographs collected by McLaren and by his granddaughter have been comingled. Her notes can be found on various items, and there are portions of drafts of the biography.
Box 2, Folder 13

Book I of newspaper clippings about Golden Gate Park, 1894-

Box 2, Folder 14

Book II of newspaper clippings about Golden Gate Park, 1887-

Box 2, Folder 15

Newspaper clippings relating to John McLaren and Golden Gate Park

Box 2, Folder 16

Scrapbook [created by Matie McLaren Daniels?], 1935-1943

Box 3, Folder 2

Scrapbook created by Matie McLaren Daniels,

General note

Includes her nine-page typescript "Recollection of an Era: John McLaren and the Construction of Golden Gate Park."
 

Series 6 Photographs, c.1860-1940

Scope and Contents

Photographs include 19th century McLaren family portraits taken in Scotland, an album of Gabriel Moulin photographs of Golden Gate Park, photographs of other San Francisco parks and completed landscaping projects, and two views of the Howard estate. Three albums of photographs of Golden Gate Park were worked into the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection; as the albums were not identified "McLaren," their provenance has been lost, as has the provenance of four folders of loose photographs depicting early Golden Gate Park. Also, one folder of photographs of locations outside of San Francisco was incorporated into the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection's "California Places" section. Cartes-de-visite of the McLaren family (circa 1860-1873) were probably removed from the album in Box 5.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Digital reproductions of 35 photographs in Box 7 are available for viewing through the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection database by doing a subject search on John McLaren Collection , or by clicking "view online item" links in this guide.
Box 4, Folder 1

Cartes-de-visite, McLaren family, circa 1860-1873

 

[Family portrait, McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: A. Donald, Dundee.

 

Yours truly, Robert McLaren. Photographer: Buel’s Gallery, Pittsfield.

 

[Man’s portrait, standing, McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: Cramb Brothers, Glasgow.

 

Katherine McDougall McLaren mother of John. [McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: G. Smart, Stirling.

 

[Woman’s portrait, McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: A. Stewart, Aberfeldy.

 

Jane Mill McLaren. [McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: W. K. Munro, Edinburgh.

 

[Woman’s portrait, McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: Wm. Towert, Edinburgh.

 

[Woman’s portrait, McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: G. Smart, Stirling.

 

[Woman’s portrait, McLaren Family Album].Photographer: J. Jamieson, Edinburgh.

 

[Woman with child standing on chair]. Photographer unknown.

 

Isabella Mill [McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: J. Abbot, Dundee.

 

[Woman, seated, McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: A. Donald, Dundee.

 

[Two men behind and two women, McLaren Family Album]. Photographer unknown.

 

[Woman standing, McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: George F. Roger, Dundee.

 

[Man seated, McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: W. K. Munro, Edinburgh.

 

[John McLaren? McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: Houseworth, San Francisco.

 

Katherine and Donald McLaren, parents of John McLaren. [McLaren Family Album]. Photographer: John Henderson, Stirling.

Box 4, Folder 2

[Structure on grounds of El Cerrito, estate of W. D. M. Howard, San Mateo], undated

Box 4, Folder 3

View of Uyeno; Wisteria; Maple Garden at Takinogawa near Tokyo [3 prints] undated

Box 4, Folder 4

St. Andrew’s Society of S. F., Oct. 8, 1940

Box 4, Folder 5

Presenting the [Colors] to Returned Regiment from Boer War [2 prints]

Box 4, Folder 6

[Bust of John McLaren. Baccari, photographer]

Box 4, Folder 7

[The Howard Estate, El Cerrito, San Mateo], circa 1880

Box 5

[McLaren Family Photograph Album] [52 prints]

Physical Description: 1.0 album
Box 6

[Golden Gate Park]. [44 prints]

Physical Description: 1.0 box
creator: Moulin , Gabriel, 1872-1945
Box 7, Folder 1

Districts. Haight-Ashbury

 

Buena Vista Hill, [after 1910]

Box 7, Folder 2

Hospitals. San Francisco General (old)

 

Garden at San Francisco City and County Hospital, undated

Box 7, Folder 3

Hotels. Fairmont (interiors)

 

Flower show at the Fairmont Hotel, [1912]

Box 7, Folder 4

Parks. Alamo Square

Box 7, Folder 5

Parks. Balboa

Box 7, Folder 6

Parks. Columbia Square

Box 7, Folder 7

Parks. Dolores

Box 7, Folder 8

Parks. Duboce

Box 7, Folder 9

Parks. Franklin Square

Box 7, Folder 10

Parks. Garfield Square

Box 7, Folder 11

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Aerial Views

 

Aerial view of Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, undated

Box 7, Folder 12

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Big Rec.

Box 7, Folder 13

Parks. Golden Gate Park. De Young Museum (early)

Box 7, Folder 14

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Horse Stalls

 

Bougainvillea on horse stall in Golden Gate Park, undated

Box 7, Folder 15

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Kezar Stadium (site)

Box 7, Folder 16

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Lakes. Middle

 

Middle Lake in Golden Gate Park, [after 1910]

 

Middle Lake in Golden Gate Park, undated

 

Middle Lake in Golden Gate Park, [after 1910]

 

Middle Lake in Golden Gate Park, [after 1910]

Box 7, Folder 17

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Lakes. Spreckels

 

Ducks and model yachts on Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, undated

Box 7, Folder 18

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Lakes. Unknown

 

A lake view in Golden Gate Park, undated

 

Pond with bamboo growing on the margin, undated

 

Unidentified lake in Golden Gate Park, undated

 

Unidentified lake in Golden Gate Park, undated

Box 7, Folder 19

Parks. Golden Gate Park. May Day

 

Children at a May Day celebration in Golden Gate Park, undated

Box 7, Folder 20

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Monuments. Ball Player

Box 7, Folder 21

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Monuments. Francis Scott Key

Box 7, Folder 22

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Monuments. Garfield

Box 7, Folder 23

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Monuments. Grant

 

Ulysses S. Grant monument in Golden Gate Park, undated

Box 7, Folder 24

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Monuments. McKinley

 

William McKinley monument, Dec. 7, 1929

Box 7, Folder 25

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Music Concourse

 

Concert under way at the music concourse in Golden Gate Park, undated

Box 7, Folder 26

Parks. Golden Gate Park. General Views

 

Field in Golden gate Park, [after 1910]

 

Golden Gate Park, Dec. 7, 1929

Box 7, Folder 27

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Nurseries

Box 7, Folder 28

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Polo Field

 

Polo game being played at Golden Gate Park, undated

Box 7, Folder 29

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Pumping Station

Box 7, Folder 30

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Rhododendrons

 

Rhododendrons in Golden Gate Park, undated

 

Rhododendrons in Golden Gate Park, May 23, 1929

Box 7, Folder 31

Parks. Golden Gate Park. South Drive

Box 7, Folder 32

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Strawberry Hill

 

Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park, undated

 

Strawberry Lake in Golden Gate Park, undated

Box 7, Folder 33

Parks. Golden Gate Park. Trees, Shrubs

 

An unidentified shrub in Golden Gate Park, undated

 

Eucalyptus in Golden Gate Park, undated

 

Trees, shrubs and flowers off a path in Golden Gate Park, [after 1910]

 

An unidentified shrub in Golden Gate Park, undated

 

An unidentified shrub in Golden Gate Park, undated

 

Trees in Golden Gate Park, 1936

Box 7, Folder 34

Parks. Harding

Box 7, Folder 35

Parks. Holly Park

Box 7, Folder 36

Parks. Jefferson Square

Box 7, Folder 37

Parks. Lafayette Square

Box 7, Folder 38

Parks. Lobos

Box 7, Folder 39

Parks. Precita Park

Box 7, Folder 40

Parks. Washington Square

Box 7, Folder 41

Streets. Dolores

 

Dolores Street, [after 1010]

Box 7, Folder 42

Streets. Folsom

 

Park at the end of Folsom Street, undated

Box 7, Folder 43

Streets. Hayes

 

Hayes Street, near Pierce, [after 1910]

Box 7, Folder 44

Streets. Park Presidio Blvd.

 

Park Presidio Boulevard, [after 1910]

 

Series 7 Realia, 1905-1923

Physical Description: 7.0 items in two boxes.

Scope and Contents

A few personal effects of McLaren's comprise a small box of artifacts and one oversize box of silver plate.
Box 8

Copper printing plate, engraved Mrs. John McLaren,

Box 8

John McLaren's eyeglasses (one pair with lenses, one without),

Box 8

Baby bootie,

Box 8

Sporran,

Box 9

Shreve & Co. silver cup, 15", inscribed: Weavers, spiders come not here / Mrs. John McLaren from some friends in Bohemia Oct. 19th, 1915, October 19, 1915

Box 9

Shreve & Co. silver plate, 17", inscribed: Jane / Christmas 1905 / John, 1905

Box 9

Derby Co. silver cup, 13", inscribed: Presented to John McLaren at the California Fall Flower Show, San Francisco, Oct. 26, 1923 / Awarded by California Association of Nurserymen for Exceptional Contributions to Horticulture , October 26, 1923

Boxes 10-11

Series 8 Library, 1803-1934

Physical Description: 17.0 items in two boxes.

Scope and Contents

McLaren's library of gardening and landscape architecture includes imprints dating from 1803 to 1934; some volumes appear to have been collected before he came to the United States.
 

An anthography of the eucalypts. Russell Grimwade. Sydney: Angus & Robertson Ltd., 1920

 

Dreamthorp, with selections from 'Last leaves' . Alexander Smith and Hugh Walker. London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1934

General note

Front free endpaper inscribed: To John McLaren LL.D., from the Hawthorn Clan David Anderson.
 

Edinburgh. Picturesque notes. Robert Louis Stevenson. London: Seeley & Co., 1895

General note

Front free endpaper inscribed: To John McLaren Christmas 1895 from Jas. McNab.
 

Farming for pleasure and profit. Third section. Tree-planting for ornamentation or profit, suitable to every soil and situation. Arthur Roland. London: Chapman and Hall, 1879

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Half-title inscribed: John McLaren San Mateo.
 

Forest culture and eucalyptus trees. Ellwood Cooper and Ferdinand von Mueller. San Francisco: Cubery & Company, 1876

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Front free endpaper inscribed: John McLaren San Mateo.
 

The forester; or, A practical treatise on the planting, rearing, and general management of forest-trees. James Brown. Edinburgh: W. Blackwood, 1871

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Front free endpaper inscribed: John McLaren from W. H. Howard San Mateo.
 

The fruit garden; a treatise intended to explain and illustrate the physiology of fruit trees, the theory and practice of all operations connected with the propagation, transplanting, pruning and training of orchard and garden trees, as standards, dwarfs, pyramids, espaliers, etc ... the laying out and arranging of different kinds of gardens ... Illustrated with upwards of 150 figures ... Patrick Barry. Rochester, N.Y.: s.n., 1863

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Front free endpaper inscribed: William A. Bowld January 1874.
 

Paxton's flower garden, Vol. 1. John Lindley and Joseph Paxton. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853

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Page 194 inscribed: J. McLaren.
 

Practical hints upon landscape gardening: with some remarks on domestic architecture as connected with scenery. William Sawrey Gilpin. London: T. Cadell, 1835

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Title page verso inscribed: John McLaren. Front paste-down inscribed: F. E. Fautsche. Title page inscribed: Geo. F. Silvester 317 Washington Street San Francisco.
 

Practical landscape gardening: with reference to the improvement of rural residences, giving the general principles of the art; with full directions for planting shade trees, shrubbery and flowers, and laying out grounds . G. M. Kern. Cincinnati: Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1855

 

The Psalms: frae Hebrew intil Scottis. Peter Hately Waddell. Edinburgh: J. Menzies & Co., 1891

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Front pastedown includes the signature of Peter McLaren with this note: Born in Edinburg, Scotland June 3 -1831. Came to Marietta, Ohio – March 31, 1855. Front free endpaper includes note: This book of Psalms presented and sent John McLaren of Golden Gate Park fame, San Francisco, California. By Flora C. McLaren, Marietta, Ohio. July 22, 1939.
 

A treatise on forming, improving, and managing country residences; and on the choice of situations appropriate to every class of purchasers ... Vol. 1. John Claudius Loudon. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1806

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Front free endpaper inscribed: John McLaren.
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Observations on the theory and practice of landscape gardening. Including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written; the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the respective arts . Humphry Repton. London: printed by T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803

 

The following titles await possible conservation treatments, and these volumes are not represented in the SFPL online catalog:

 

American estates and gardens. Barr Ferree. New York: Munn & Co., 1906

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Frontispiece reverse inscribed: John McLaren to Daniel McRorie Christmas 1909.
 

The fruits and fruit trees of America or, The culture propagation, and management, in the garden and orchard, of fruit trees generally; with descriptions of all the finest varieties of fruit, native and foreign, cultivated in this country. Andrew Jackson Downing. New York: J. Wiley, 1860

 

The gardener's assistant: practical and scientific: a guide to the formation and management of the kitchen, fruit, and flower gardens, and the cultivation of conservatory, green-house, and hot-stoves plants: with a copious calendar of gardening operations . Robert Thompson. London: Blackie, 1859

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Front free endpaper inscribed: John McLaren Blair Drummond 1866.
 

Annual report of the Board of Commissioners of the Central Park [1863]. New York (N.Y.). Board of Commissioners of the Central Park [New York: s.n.], Wm. C. Bryant & Co., 1863

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This issue is Sixth Annual Report, January 1863.