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Guide to the Samuel Franklin Leib Papers
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Series 1 Papers

 

Subseries 1 Stanford Correspondence 1889-1910

Arrangement

Letters are arranged alphabetically by author's last name. Where more than one letter from an individual is included, the letters are further arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries includes letters pertaining to Leib's association witht he Stanfords and his responsibilities as a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees. Major correspondents include David Starr Jordan, Charles Lathrop, George Crothers, John Branner, Timothy Hopkins, the Stanfords, and the Wilson and Wilson law firm of San Francisco. Topics discussed include finalizing the endowment and enfranchising the Board of Trustees; the Stanford amendment; the Ross affair; faculty appointments and salaries; water cases; and other trustee business.
Box 1, Folder 1

Abbott through Berner

Scope and Content Note

Abbott, Adams, Allardice, Angell, Arden, Berner
Box 1, Folder 2

Branner, J.C. 1900-1910

Scope and Content Note

The Branner correspondence covers the following topics: Branner's geological research, local liquor laws, University tax status, establishment of an on-campus public grade school, water rights and lawsuits, establishment of an on-campus University cemetery.
Box 1, Folder 3

Brooke through Cooksey

Scope and Content Note

Brooke, Brown, Bullock, Butler, Caldwell, Carnegie Foundation, Caton, Clark, Clement, Cooksey
Box 1, Folder 4

Crothers, George E. 1899-1910

Scope and Content Note

The Crothers correspondence covers the following topics: campaign for passage of the Stanford Amendment, arrangements for finalizing the endowment, Stanford Alumni Association business and interests, determination of University's legal status and Board of Trustee's corporate identity, composition and duties of the Board of Trustees, various aspects of University budgeting and financial affairs.
Box 1, Folder 5

Cutter through Hodges

Scope and Content Note

Cutter, Cubberley, W.H. Davis, Horace Davis, Dillman, Dodge, Donaldson, Duniway, Dyer, Eaton, Farrand, Felton, Field, Fischer, Gardner, Gilbert, Godbold, Gorbusier, Gray, Greeves, Halman, Rabey, Harrison, Hawthorne, Hayne, Herrin, Hess, Hodges
Box 1, Folder 6

Hopkins, Timothy, through Jenkins

Scope and Content Note

Howard, Hull, Jenkins. The Hopkins correspondence covers the following topics: (1894-1910) social and business meetings of the Board of Trustees, near-campus liquor sales, proposed town-to-campus railroad line, medical school's financial difficulties, campus arboretum.
Box 1, Folder 7

Jordan, David Starr 1891-1902

Scope and Content Note

The Jordan correspondence covers the following topics: professorial appointments, choices of lecturers, invitations to campus formal events, visit of McKinley, library acquisitions, establishment of on-campus public grade school, salaries, Ross Affair, campaign for passage of Stanford Amendment, University fees, water supply, arrangements for finalization of endowment, campus workmen's wages, departure of group of promising young Law School faculty.
Box 1, Folder 8

Jordan, David Starr 1903-1910

Scope and Content Note

The Jordan correspondence covers the following topics: liquor question near campus, campus trolley line, formal observations and events, establishment of on-campus public grade school, salary appropriations, invalid students, Palo Alto hospital and sanitarium, typhoid fever epidemic on campus, Student Guild, trade unions controversy> Atkinson-Snodgrass controversy (bicycle rules and regulations), Luther Burbank, automobiles on campus, dances on campus, Professor Ross affair, death of Jane Stanford, Professor Goebel's affair, student discipline, selection of church organist, Medical School facility, Rev. Dr. Brown's nomination for chaplaincy, Forum Club, Faculty Club. [Letters from Dr. Jordan which do not include direct references to Stanford subjects are included in personal correspondence, cf. Box 3 , Folder 5 ]
Box 1, Folder 9

Judge through Kirke

Scope and Content Note

Judge, Kellogg, Kirk, Kirk, Kirke
Box 1, Folder 10

Lathrop, Charles G. 1894-1902

Scope and Content Note

The Lathrop correspondence covers the following topics: Board of Trustees meeting scheduling, deeds to Stanford lands, campaign for passage of Stanford Amendment, water questions (pumps, wells, lawsuits), Lathrop's power of attorney for Jane L. Stanford, Metropolitan Trust Company lawsuit against estate of Jane L. Stanford, University investments, on-campus horse stabling, on-campus light and power generation, establishment of on-campus public grade school, University band, Professor Ross Affair, on-campus sewage disposal system, Professor Loser's "locomobile" affair, professorial salaries, on-campus telephone service, rental of campus facilities, incorporation of Board of Trustees, Jane L. Stanford's personal property taxes, local labor disputes, law library, gift acquisitions, Palo Alto Stock Farm, miscellaneous physical plant problems and policies.
Box 2, Folder 1

Lathrop, Charles G. (1903-1909) through Lawton

Scope and Content Note

The Lathrop correspondence covers the following topics: arrangements for finalization of Stanford endowment, several on-going water rights suits, reports from the management of Vina Ranch, smaller issues under consideration by the Board of Trustees.
Box 2, Folder 2

Outgoing Letters 1900-1908

Scope and Content Note

The Leib outgoing correspondence covers the following topics: campus water system, campaign for passage of the Stanford Amendment, management of Vina Ranch, Metropolitan Trust Company lawsuit, numerous legal discussions regarding finalization of endowment and other Trustee matters. Primary addressees are: Charles G. Lathrop, David S. Jordan, George E. Crothers, and the Wilson and Wilson law firm of San Francisco.
Box 2, Folder 3

Leiter through Sotz

Scope and Content Note

Leiter, Lusk, McMahill, Maddock, Marx, Maurer, Miller, Miscellaneous University form notes, Moore, Mynick, Nash, Newton, Nickel, Niles, O'Neil, Palo Alto Stock Farm, Pardee, Pease, Peterson, Phelan, Piefer, Pitts, Pomeroy, Ponce, Poole, Quinlan, Ramsey, Renner, Rhodes, Scott, Sewall, Shaw, Sheehan, Shepard, Shortridge, Shoup, D. R. Smith, E.H. Smith, Sotz
Box 2, Folder 4

Stanford, Leland and Jane L. 1889-1903

Scope and Content Note

The Stanfords' correspondence includes: five letters from Leland Stanford discussing pre-University judicial questions but establishing basis of the Stanford-Leib acquaintance which led to Leib's association with the University; and, thirty communications from Jane L. Stanford (letters, notes, and telegrams) concerning the University budget, campaign for passage of the Stanford Amendment, Board meetings in the Stanford home, water cases, and the Professor Ross Affair. Some of these communications are signed by Mrs. Stanford, most are both written and signed by her personal secretary.
Box 2, Folder 5

Stillman through Tweed

Scope and Content Note

Stillman, Stratton, Sturtevant, Suzzallo, Treat, Tweed
Box 2, Folder 6

Vina Ranch through Wilke

Scope and Content Note

Vina Ranch, Wells, Whaley, Wilbur, Williams, Wilke
Box 2, Folder 7

Wilson and Wilson Law Firm of San Francisco 1898-1908

Scope and Content Note

The Wilson and Wilson correspondence covers the following topics: various water cases and lawsuits, taxation cases, disposal of Jane L. Stanford's bonds, lawsuits arising from near-campus liquor sales question, suits against the Stanford estate, execution of Jane L. Stanford's will.
Box 2, Folder 8

Woods through Wright

Scope and Content Note

Woods, Woodworth, Wooster, C.F. Wright, Eli Wright
 

Subseries 2 Personal Correspondence 1885-1910

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains letters pertaining to Leib's personal and family life. Included are 140 letters from naturalist Luther Burbank, a close personal friend of Leib's.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged alphabetically by author's last name. Where more than one letter from an individual is included, the letters are further arranged chronologically.

Processing/Project Information

The Luther Burbank correspondence has been included in this category despite its preoccupation with fruit and agriculture. This was done to isolate these particularly interesting letters from the mixed-author, strictly-chronological system used in the fruit and agriculture portion of the collection. This was also done because of the extremely warm and friendly tone of the correspondence, which alone qualifies these letters for inclusion in "personal correspondence."
Box 3, Folder 1

A through Bright

Scope and Content Note

Alexander, Allman, American Legion of Honor, Archer, "M. B.", Bartlett, Benso, Bowden, Branner, Breyfogle, Bright
Box 3, Folder 2

Burbank, Luther 1896-1902

Scope and Content Note

The Burbank correspondence covers the following topics: grafts and plant specimens exchanged between Burbank and Leib, arrangements for exchange visits to each other's farm, arrangements for Burbank's series of lectures at Stanford and for the attendant honorarium, discussions of horticultural and family incidents and problems.
Box 3, Folder 3

Burbank, Luther 1903-1910

Scope and Content Note

The Burbank correspondence covers the following topics: results of ongoing experiments and research, new ideas in several branches of horticulture, exchange of family news, discussions of each other's health and tendency to overwork. [Note: This file also includes copies of Leib's outgoing letters, some incomplete, written to Burbank during 1905.]
Box 3, Folder 4

C through G

Scope and Content Note

Campbell, Carthill, "Carnival of Roses" Executive Committee [including letters from committee under former title: "Executive Committee to Prepare a Reception for the President"], Chapin, Combe, Cosmos Club, Croke, Crosby, "D.", Dabney, Davis, deCroy, deG---, Dickey, Driscoll, Eberhard, Gilliland [general agent for Thomas Alva Edison], Emlay, Farrand, Fauley, Ferbos, First Ward Improvement Club, Fischer, Fox, Gardner, Gates, Gausline, Gillet, Gould
Box 3, Folder 5

H through L

Scope and Content Note

Harkins, Harper, Hatch, Hoskins, Hughes, Hyland, Ingram, Irons, James, Johnson, Johnston, D.S. Jordan [personal correspondence pertaining to travel plans, dinner parties, other social events not directly pertinent to Stanford business], Lampskin, Latimer, Earl Leib, Frank Leib, W.W. Leib, Leuzem, Lewis, The Lincoln Farm Association, The Lincoln Monument League, Linda Vista Golf Club, Lorigan
Box 3, Folder 6

M

Scope and Content Note

McCann, McPherson, McVeigh, Maloney, Marmolejo, Martin, Mauk, Mitchell Motor Car Company, Charles Moore, L.P. Moore, Moorhead, Mulvema, Murgotten, Mynick
Box 3, Folder 7

N through S

Scope and Content Note

Newton, Ohio Society of Santa Clara County, Ortley, Paine, Parisian Dyeing Works, Payne, Peters, Ranken, Reed, Rutherford, Sainte Claire Club, Santa Clara College, Santa Clara County Lawyers, Seismological Society of America, Smith and Pressinger Clothiers, Snyder, Sontheimer, Stephens, Stone, Stump, Sullivan, Swift
Box 3, Folder 8

T through Z

Scope and Content Note

Thomas, Thorne, Trescony, Uncle Remus' Magazine, Unitarian Club, Vanmeter, Villegas, Waldteufel, Welch, Wickson, Wingate, Wright, Young
 

Subseries 3 Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1883-1919

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists of letters pertaining to Leib's fruit and other farm interests.

Arrangement

The letters in this subseries are arranged chronologically
Box 4, Folder 1

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1883-1887

Box 4, Folder 2

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1888

Box 4, Folder 3

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1889 Jan-Aug

Box 4, Folder 4

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1889 Sep-Dec

Box 4, Folder 5

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1890

Box 4, Folder 6

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1891

Box 5, Folder 1

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1892

Box 5, Folder 2

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1893

Box 5, Folder 3

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1894

Box 5, Folder 4

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1895-1899

Box 5, Folder 5

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1900-1901

Box 5, Folder 6

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1902-1904

Box 5, Folder 7

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1905-1907

Box 5, Folder 8

Fruit and Agriculture Correspondence 1908-1919

 

Subseries 4 Legal and Business Correspondence 1881-1920

Scope and Content Note

This subseries includes letters pertaining to Leib's San Jose law practice and local business interests.

Arrangement

The letters in this subseries are arranged chronologically by year only.
Box 6, Folder 1

Legal and Business Correspondence 1881

Box 6, Folder 2-3

Legal and Business Correspondence 1882

Box 6, Folder 4-5

Legal and Business Correspondence 1883

Box 6, Folder 6-7

Legal and Business Correspondence 1885

Box 6, Folder 8-9

Legal and Business Correspondence 1886

Box 6, Folder 10-11

Legal and Business Correspondence 1888

Box 6, Folder 12-13

Legal and Business Correspondence 1889

Box 6, Folder 14-16

Legal and Business Correspondence 1890

Box 7, Folder 1-2

Legal and Business Correspondence 1891

Box 7, Folder 3-4

Legal and Business Correspondence 1892

Box 7, Folder 5-6

Legal and Business Correspondence 1893

Box 7, Folder 7

Legal and Business Correspondence 1894

Box 7, Folder 8

Legal and Business Correspondence 1895

Box 7, Folder 9

Legal and Business Correspondence 1896

Box 7, Folder 10

Legal and Business Correspondence 1897

Box 7, Folder 11-12

Legal and Business Correspondence 1898

Box 7, Folder 13-14

Legal and Business Correspondence 1899

Box 7, Folder 15-17

Legal and Business Correspondence 1900

Box 8, Folder 1

Legal and Business Correspondence 1901

Box 8, Folder 2

Legal and Business Correspondence 1902

Box 8, Folder 3

Legal and Business Correspondence 1903

Box 8, Folder 4-5

Legal and Business Correspondence 1904

Box 8, Folder 6-7

Legal and Business Correspondence 1905

Box 8, Folder 8-9

Legal and Business Correspondence 1906

Box 8, Folder 10

Legal and Business Correspondence 1907

Box 8, Folder 11

Legal and Business Correspondence 1908

Box 8, Folder 12

Legal and Business Correspondence 1909

Box 8, Folder 13-15

Legal and Business Correspondence 1910

Box 8, Folder 16

Legal and Business Correspondence 1911-1928

 

Subseries 5 Legal and Business Records

Scope and Content Note

The records in this subseries, including bills, receipts, and cancelled checks, are selected samples, chosen on the basis of their representative value, general interest, and state of preservation.

Arrangement

The records in this subseries are arranged chronologically by year only.
Box 8, Folder 17

Selected Samples of Legal and Business Records (bills, receipts, cancelled checks, etc.) 1883-1892

Box 8, Folder 18

Selected Samples of Legal and Business Records (bills, receipts, cancelled checks, etc.) 1893-1895

Box 8, Folder 19

Selected Samples of Legal and Business Records (bills, receipts, cancelled checks, etc.) 1896-1899

Box 8, Folder 20

Selected Samples of Legal and Business Records (bills, receipts, cancelled checks, etc.) 1900-1906

Box 8, Folder 21

Selected Samples of Legal and Business Records (bills, receipts, cancelled checks, etc.) 1907-1908

Box 8, Folder 22

Selected Samples of Legal and Business Records (bills, receipts, cancelled checks, etc.) 1909-1920

 

Subseries 6 Oversize Legal and Business Records

Box 9, Folder 1

Deeds, titles, contracts; and hand-written notes

Processing/Project Information

The materials contained in this folder are rather poorly preserved, particularly when compared to the condition of the rest of the collection.
Box 9, Folder 2

Journal containing day-by-day account of an oil expedition conducted under Leib's auspices in the Bakersfield area of the San Joaquin Valley 1900 Apr 13-1901 Nov 30

Scope and Content Note

The journal was apparently (judging by the name in the fly-leaf) kept by a George H. Eldridge of the United States Geological Survey. It appears to represent an expedition of both scientific and businessinvestment interest.
 

Subseries 7 Additional Correspondence and Business Records

Scope and Content Note

The contents of this subseries were added to the collection in May 1976. They include Stanford correspondence, personal correspondence, fruit and agriculture correspondence, and legal and business correspondence. Of particular interest in this subseries is Leib's correspondence with Sarah Winchester (box 10, folders 4 and 5) , and with Luther Burbank and his publisher, Binner, from July 1907, to August 1908 (box 10, folder 2).
Box 10, Folder 1

Stanford correspondence 1905 Nov 1-1906 Apr 1

Box 10, Folder 2

Personal correspondence 1905 Nov 1-1906 Apr 1

Scope and Content Note

Also includes correspondence with Luther Burbank and his publisher, Binner, 1907 Jul-1908 Aug
Box 10, Folder 3

Fruit and agriculture correspondence 1905 Nov 1-1906 Apr 1

Box 10, Folder 4

Legal and business correspondence 1905 Nov 1-1905 Dec 31

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Sarah Winchester
Box 10, Folder 5

Legal and business correspondence 1906 Jan 1-1906 Mar 1

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Sarah Winchester
Box 10, Folder 6

Miscellaneous business records (receipts, bills, etc.)

 

Accession ARCH-2002-317 Additional Papers

 

Subseries 1 Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

Mabury family, estate matters 1903

Box 1, Folder 2

Burbank, Luther 1905

Box 1, Folder 3

Dawson, E. L. (California Fruit Growers Association) 1905

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence re fruit business, A-J 1905

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence re fruit business, K-W 1905

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence general, A-C 1905

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with John Casper Branner and from Clarke & Clarke re estate of John Rock.
Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence general, D-G 1905

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Joseph E. Donaldson re his California citizenship as it relates to attending Stanford and with John W. Gwilt re estate of John Rock.
Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence general, H-K 1905

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Hayes Apperson Company re purchasing automobile.
Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence general, L-M 1905

Scope and Content Note

Includes outgoing letter to Geo. W. Scott re Farmers Union and correspondence with Mayfield Board of Trade re direct road to Stanford campus.
Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence general, N-S 1905

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Pope Manufacture Company re purchasing automobile.
Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence general, T-W 1905

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Sherman D. Thacher of Thacher School re Leib's son leaving school and issue of accreditation, and with S. L. Winchester re sale of land.
 

Subseries 2 Miscellaneous Papers

Box 1, Folder 12

Golden Gate Packing Company accounts 1905

Box 1, Folder 13

Record of loans 1905

Box 1, Folder 14

Notebook on law undated

 

Subseries 3 Savings Bank of San Diego County Failure

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence of S. F. Leib 1896-1902

Box 1, Folder 16

Account books, Hiram Mabury with Bryant Howard 1885-1888

Box 1, Folder 17

Letters to Hiram Mabury from San Diego bank 1884-1890

Box 1, Folder 18

Letters to Hiram Mabury from San Diego bank 1891

Box 1, Folder 19

Letters to Hiram Mabury from San Diego bank 1893

Box 1, Folder 20

Letters to Hiram Mabury from San Diego bank 1896, 1902

Box 1, Folder 21

Clippings 1895-1897

Box 2

Legal documents, primarily regarding the failure of the Savings Bank of San Diego County. 1888-1902