Guide to the Pierce Family Albums

UCSC OAC Unit
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Pierce Family Albums

Collection number: MS 208

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
UCSC OAC Unit
Date Completed:
November 2004
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2005 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Pierce Family albums
Dates: 1900-1918
Collection number: MS 208
Creator: Pierce, Walter S. family
Collection Size: 2 flats
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection contains one photograph album of the Walter S. Pierce family's life in San Francisco, one album of the family's summer camping expeditions in the Santa Cruz mountains, and one scrapbook documenting Edwin Pierce's 1904-06 summer adventures in Marin and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Also included are thirty seven loose photographs of the family's Grand Tour of Europe.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Piece Family albums. MS 208. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 1963.

Biography

Walter S. Pierce was born in Massachusetts in 1842. By 1880 he had moved to San Francisco with his first wife Lucille and was making his living as a music instructor. He prospered and by 1905 was the proprietor of the Walter S. Pierce Piano Manufacturing Company in San Francisco. His son, Edwin was born in 1891, and daughter Ruby was born in 1894. Upon the death of his first wife, he married Minnie E. Miller.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains one photograph album of the Walter S. Pierce family's life in San Francisco, one album of the family's summer camping expeditions in the Santa Cruz Mountains that includes a diary by Edwin Pierce of his activities with the 1915 Boys Club of San Francisco, and one scrapbook by Edwin Pierce of his 1904-1906 summer adventures in Marin and clippings of the 1906 earthquake ruins. Also included are thiry seven loose photographs of the family's Grand Tour of Europe.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Boys Club of San Francisco
Camping--California--Santa Cruz Mountains
San Francisco Earthquake, Calif., 1906
Pierce, Walter S. family--Archives
Pierce, Edwin


Collection Contents

box-folder 1:2, 2:2

Series 1. Photograph albums ca. 1900-1918

Physical Description: 2 albums

Scope and Content

This series contains photograph albums created by the Walter S. Pierce family. Most of the photographs are not captioned.
box-folder 2:2

San Francisco family album 1900-1913

Physical Description: Black leather album, 30 x 25 cm.

Note

This album contains photographs of the Pierce family and their daily life in San Francisco. Included are photographs of family members and friends, Santa Cruz beaches, Half Moon Bay, Mount Tamalpais, 1906 San Francisco earthquake ruins, Admission Day parades in San Francisco, and the Panama Pacific International Exposition.
box-folder 1:2

Family camping album 1904-1918

Physical Description: Black leather album, 30 x 25 cm.

Note

This album contains photographs of the Pierce family camping expeditions in the Santa Cruz mountains, as well as photographs and a diary by Edwin Pierce documenting his involvement with the 1915 Boys Club of San Francisco camping trips to Boulder Creek and Felton areas.
box-folder 1:1

Series 2. Scrapbook, 1904-1906

Physical Description: Paper bound notebook, 15 x 13 cm.

Scope and Content

This scrapbook is Edwin Pierce's diary of his summer adventures in Marin on Hilerita ranch staring in 1904, and also contains news clippings of the destruction caused by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
box-folder 2:1

Series 3. Photographs, ca. 1910-1920,

Physical Description: 1 folder, 37 photographs

Scope and Content

Thirty seven loose photographs of the Walter S. Pierce family's grand tour of Europe.