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Finding aid of the Alfred De Witt Papers C058831
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note

  • Title: De Witt, Alfred Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: C058831
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder (1 item)
    Date: 1890
    Abstract: This folder contains 1 1890 letter of description from De Witt to an unknown person regarding the history and provenance of a watercolor sketch of the “San Francisco After the Fire” done by John Pendergrast in 1851.
    creator: De Witt, Alfred, 1818-1899

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Preferred Citation note

    Alfred De Witt Papers. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Donor

    Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

    Biographical/Historical note

    De Witt was born in New York City, NY in 1818 to Peter De Witt, a lawyer on Nassau Street. He was the clerk at Eli Hart & Co., a flour merchant, in 1837. During the Bread Riot of February 1837, De Witt single-handedly saved the firm’s records by carrying them to his father’s office (from Washington Street to Nassau Street, a journey of approximately 1 mile). In the 1840s he held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, but in 1848 he sailed for San Francisco on the steamer The Panama with a cargo of merchandise, arriving on September 23, 1848. He established the commission house De Witt & Harrison at 187 Sansome Street. He maintained several storefronts which sold, among other things, cement. He joined the Society of California Pioneers in 1853. Their store at California and Front Streets suffered nearly $3100 in damage after the October 21, 1868 earthquake. In 1854 he opened a branch in New York City which was later renamed De Witt, Kittle & Co. (After his retirement the firm changed to Kittle & Co., with offices located at 88 Wall St.) He died at his country estate in Staatsburg, NY in October 1899.

    Scope and Contents note

    This folder contains 1 1890 letter of description from De Witt to an unknown person regarding the history and provenance of a watercolor sketch of the “San Francisco After the Fire” done by John Pendergrast in 1851.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Art, American--California--San Francisco Bay Area--19th century.
    Fires in art
    Fires--California--San Francisco.