Miscellaneous collection of correspondence, ephemera, poetry, with small amounts of clippings, personal and business documents,
speech notes, and a photographic montage of Villa Montalvo. Most of the collection spans Phelan's terms as Mayor and Senator,
including the years in between.
Phelan was the son of a pioneer California banker. He was elected as a reform mayor of San Francisco, serving 1897-1902. He
was then elected to the U. S. Senate and served from 1915 to 1921. A Democrat and a supporter of Woodrow Wilson generally,
he also advocated for the exclusion of "Orientals." A patron of the arts, his home at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California
served as a hub for writers and artists. Many of these are represented in the correspondence.
(0.56 cubic feet)
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