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Finding Aid to the Allen Lawrence Chickering Papers, 1937-1957 MS 371
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Description
Correspondence, news clippings, ephemera, printed materials, and other documents pertaining to the discovery, investigation, and custody of Drake's Plate of Brasse, found in Marin County in 1937, which carried an inscription declaring Sir Francis Drake's claim of the land on behalf of the English monarch; together with some general correspondence of the California Historical Society and its publication, California Historical Society Quarterly (1947-1956). Chickering organized subscriptions to finance acquisition of the plate and was involved in the controversy regarding its authenticity. Includes metallurgists' reports, with photographic plates, concerning related archaeological study and objects found in the vicinity of the plate's discovery.
Background
Chickering was president of California Historical Society in 1937 when the supposed Drake "Plate of Brasse" was found. He organized subscriptions to finance its acquisition and was involved in the controversy regarding its authenticity. He was also in touch with the later archaeological work carried out in Marin County.
Extent
Extent: 2 boxes
(1.0 linear feet)
Restrictions
Copyright has been assigned to California Historical Society. Materials in these collections are protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) and may not be used without permission of California Historical Society. Use may be restricted by terms of CHS gift or purchase agreements, privacy and publicity rights, licensing terms, and trademarks. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Availability
Collection is open for research.