Guide to the Harry C. Peterson Papers

Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2011 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0107
Creator: Peterson, Harry C.
Title: Harry C. Peterson papers
Dates: 1879-1936
Physical Description: 1.75 Linear feet
Summary: Includes administrative and personal correspondence, 1888-1936; reports, statistics, acquisition records, exhibit captions, and publications of the Stanford Museum, 1894-1917; and research materials compiled by Peterson on the Gold Spike (ceremonial spike used to connect the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads), Stanford history, and Peter Coutts, including an original letter by Coutts, 1879. Peterson's major correspondent was David Hewes and there is some printed material on Hewes in the collection. Also includes copies of his newspaper column "The Story of Stanford University," 1919.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Harry C. Peterson Papers (SC0107). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Peterson, born in Iowa in 1876, was curator of the Stanford Museum from 1900-1917; after leaving Stanford, he directed the Sutter's Fort Museum in Sacramento.

Description of the Collection

Collection includes administrative and personal correspondence, 1888-1936; reports, statistics, acquisition records, exhibit captions, and publications of the Stanford Museum, 1894-1917; glass slides of Stanford images probably used to illustrate talks; and research materials compiled by Peterson on the Gold Spike (ceremonial spike used to connect the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads), Stanford history, and Peter Coutts, including an original letter by Coutts, 1879. Peterson's major correspondent was David Hewes and there is some printed material on Hewes in the collection. Also includes copies of his newspaper column "The Story of Stanford University," 1919.

Access Terms

Coutts, Peter.
Hewes, David.
Peterson, Harry C.
Stanford University--History.
Stanford University--Museums..
Gold Spike.
Museums.


Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1888-1901

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1902-1904

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1905-1906

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1907-909

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1910-1912

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1913-1914

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1915-1917

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1918-1931

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1932-1936

Box 1, Folder 10

Stanford Museum: annual reports, 1902, 1910-17

Box 1, Folder 11

Stanford Museum: attendance statistics (1894-1917); other business papers

Box 1, Folder 12

Stanford Museum: daily account of acquisitions, May 1900-Feb. 1901

Box 1, Folder 13

Stanford Museum: guidebooks, rules for visitors, donor cards, and other publications

Box 1, Folder 14

Stanford Museum: articles and clippings about the Museum

Box 1, Folder 15

Stanford Museum: miscellaneous (notes for arrangement of exhibits, loan forms, notes on acquisitions)

Box 1, Folder 16

Stanford Museum: gifts of David Hewes

Box 1, Folder 17

Stanford Museum: lace collection

Box 1, Folder 18

Stanford Museum: requisition forms, 1909-13

Box 2, Folder 1

Stanford Museum: early California history collection (captions)

Box 2, Folder 2

Stanford Museum: Japanese collection (captions, etc.)

Box 2, Folder 3

Stanford Museum: painting and fine arts collections (captions)

Box 2, Folder 4

Stanford Museum: Egyptian collection (captions)

Box 2, Folder 5

Stanford Museum: Stanford family collection (captions)

Box 2, Folder 6

Stanford Museum: collections, miscellaneous (captions)

Box 2, Folder 7

Stanford Museum: notes on arrangement of exhibits

Box 2, Folder 8

David Hewes and the Gold Spike (notes taken by Peterson from Mr. Hewes’ account

Box 2, Folder 9

David Hewes: printed material about (obituary, booklet on the David Hewes building, magazine articles)

Box 2, Folder 10

List of photographs, CPPR stereos and views of Stanford University [possibly photos taken or owned by H.C.P.]

Box 2, Folder 11

Mosaics, material about (collected by H.C.P.)

Box 2, Folder 12

Peter Coutts: research notes and original material about (includes April 4, 1879 Coutts original letter, signed)

Box 2, Folder 13

Stanford Historical Association

Box 2, Folder 14

Museum: catalog lists

Box 3

“The Story of Stanford University,” copies from microfilm of Peterson’s newspaper column, bound volume (2 copies)

Box OS

“The Story of Stanford University,” bound [original clippings?]