Inventory of the C. M. Silva & Son Correspondence

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: C. M. Silva & Son
Title: C. M. Silva & Son Correspondence
Date (inclusive): 1874-1886
Extent: 1.4 linear feet
Abstract: Charles M. Silva (1823-1894) and his son Edward B. Silva (1854-1952) operated C.M. Silva & Son, a nursery specializing in fruit trees and plants, in Newcastle, California. This collection contains 135 letters written to C. M. Silva & Son from 1874-1879. Also included is one volume of outgoing correspondence from July to December 1886. The correspondence discusses growing fruit trees and plants, orders for their fruit and plant stock, shipping procedures, the quality of their products, and account debits and credits.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-417
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Biography

Charles M. Silva (1823-1894) was a native of Richmond County, New York who moved to California in 1849. A resident of Newastle, California from 1864 to 1894, Silva first planted several fruit trees and strawberry vines there in 1868. He was one of the first to discover the adaptability of Newcastle's soil for growing fruit trees and plants and became one of the pioneers of the fruit and nursery business in Placer County. Silva and his son, Edward, operated a nursery, C.M. Silva & Son, in Newcastle.
In 1870, the Silvas had about ten acres under cultivation, and although their fruit trees had not matured, they received approximately nine hundred dollars per acre each year from different kinds of berries. They marketed five tons of strawberries in 1870, averaging twenty cents per pound. They shipped thirty thousand dollars worth of fruit in 1874 and the business had doubled annually for the preceeding four years. In 1875, they had thirty acres planted in fruit trees and strawberries.
Charles Silva had three children: Edward Burton Silva (February 16, 1854-April 24, 1952), Jennie Culver (July 17, 1858-April 27, 1941) and Elizabeth Oldham (September 7, 1860-June 14, 1948). He passed away on November 7, 1894.
Sources:
Gittings, Samuel Evans. The foundations of Placer County horticulture, 1850-1900. Auburn, CA: Placer County Historical Society, 1996.
Lardner, William Branson. History of Placer and Nevada counties, California: with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the counties who have been identified with their growth and development from the early days to the present. Los Angeles, Calif. : Historic Record Company, 1924.
Obituary of Charles M. Silva. Placer Republican, November 9, 1894.

Scope and Content

The collection contains 135 incoming letters to C.M. Silva & Son from 1874-1879. One volume of outgoing letters from July to December 1886 is also included.
Correspondents include other nurserymen such as J. Capps and Sons of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, McKinley Brothers of Los Angeles, John Rock of San Jose, and Shinn's Nurseries of Alameda County and fruit and produce merchants such as M.T. Brewer of Sacramento and Hixson, Justi and Co. of San Francisco, among others. Also present are three letters from Edward Payson Roe, a novelist and cultivator of small fruits. The correspondence discusses growing fruit trees and plants, orders for Silva's products, shipping procedures, the quality of Silva's products, and account debits and credits.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in two series: Incoming and Outgoing.

Related Material

The Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection (O-009) contains price lists and descriptive circulars from C.M. Silva & Son from 1878-1887.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
C.M. Silva & Son
Silva, Charles M., 1823-1894
Silva, Edward B., 1854-1952
Rock, John, 1836-1904
Roe, Edward Payson, 1838-1888
Shinn's Nurseries
J. Capps and Sons
Newcastle (Calif.)--History
Nurseries (Horticulture)--California
Nursery growers
Strawberries--California

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed this collection and created and encoded this finding aid.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], C. M. Silva & Son Correspondence, D-417, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Incoming 1874-1879

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Box 1:1

J. Beman & Co. 1877 September 5

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Berriman, Thomas 1879 March 20

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Blowers, R.B. 1878 March 8

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Blowers, R.B. 1878 August 25

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M.T. Brewer and Co. 1876 June 24

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M.T. Brewer and Co. 1877 April 23

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M.T. Brewer and Co. 1878 November 29

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Brown, S.W. 1878 December 5

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Brown, S.W. 1879 April 11

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Burrel, E. undated

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J. Capps and Son 1874 October 15

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J. Capps and Son 1876 April 3

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J. Capps and Son 1876 July 28

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J. Capps and Son 1877 May 14

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J. Capps and Son 1877 September 6

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J. Capps and Son 1878 September 17

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J. Capps and Son 1878 October 22?

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J. Capps and Son undated

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Carville, Matthew 1878 April 24

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Case, A.B. 1877 October 15

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Clark, E.P. 1877 February 21

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Coghill, A.J. 1877 July 28

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Cooper, A.J. 1878 December 10

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Co-operative Nursery and Fruit Company of Los Angeles County 1878 December 8

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A.H. Cummings and Co. 1877 June 7

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Downing, Charles 1877 June 20

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H.M. Engle and Son 1877 April 14

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H.M. Engle and Son 1877 May 31

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H.M. Engle and Son 1877 October 3

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Fenton, Ellen 1878 April 11

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W.L. Ferris Jr. and Co. 1876 November 28

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W.L. Ferris Jr. and Co. 1877 January 8

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W.L. Ferris and Co. undated

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Ferris, Minard and Co. undated

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Fox, Bernard 1878 April 24

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Fox, Bernard 1878 June 6

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Gardner, C.C.? 1879 May 26

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Box 1:38

Gillet, Felix? 1878 April 20

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Hallenbach, G.W. 1879 February 27

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A. Hance and Son 1874

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A. Hance and Son 1878 May 20

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A. Hance and Son 1879 September 19

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Haynes, E. undated

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Hines, J.W. 1878 August 25

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1878 July 11

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1878 August 22

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1878 August 26

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1878 August 31

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1878 September 17

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1878 October 1

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1878 October 11

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1878 December 23

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1879 April 9

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Hixson, Justi and Co. 1879 June 6

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Howe and Hall 1875 June 17

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Howe and Hall 1876 June 23

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Howe and Hall 1878 September 2

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Johnson and Sugden 1877 May 25

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Kesler, C.W. 1878 April 25

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Lolor, Charles P. 1877 August 31

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Loomis, Harry 1879 March 31

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McKinley Bros. 1878 March 18

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McKinley Bros. 1878 April 2

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McKinley Bros. 1878 April 6

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McKinley Bros. 1878 April 29

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McKinley Bros. 1878 November 8

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McKinley Bros. 1878 December 20

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McKinley Bros. 1879 January 27

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W. McRay and Sons 1876 February 14

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Nyland, V. 1877 November 9

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Ogier, A.M. 1878 June 8

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Ogier, A.M. 1878 August 14

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Ohlandt, N. 1879 February 14

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Orange Judd Company Publishers 1878 October 4

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Richter, J. 1877 April 18

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Rock, John 1876 December 22

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Rock, John 1877 January 25

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Rock, John 1877 April 13

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Rock, John 1877 May 16

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Rock, John 1877 June 11

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Rock, John 1877 September 20

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Rock, John 1878 January 10

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Rock, John 1878 June 14

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Rock, John 1878 September 10

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Rock, John 1878 November 5

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Roe, E.P. 1878 February 25

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Roe, E.P. 1878 September 9

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Roe, E.P. 1878 September 14

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Box 1:89

San Francisco Journal of Commerce 1878 August 27

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Shinn's Nurseries 1876 September 12

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Shinn's Nurseries 1876 November 15

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Shinn's Nurseries 1876 December 13

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Shinn's Nurseries 1876 December 19

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Shinn's Nurseries 1876 December 25

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Shinn's Nurseries 1877 February 14

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Shinn's Nurseries 1877 April 12

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Shinn's Nurseries 1877 May 18

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Shinn's Nurseries 1877 September 14

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Shinn's Nurseries 1877 October 25

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Shinn's Nurseries 1877 November 22

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Shinn's Nurseries 1877 December 22

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Shinn's Nurseries 1878 January 14

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Shinn's Nurseries 1878 May 21

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Shinn's Nurseries 1878 August 1

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Shinn's Nurseries 1878 September 12

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Shinn's Nurseries 1878 November 7

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Shinn's Nurseries 1878 November 20

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Shinn's Nurseries 1878 November 25

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Box 1:109

Shinn's Nurseries 1878

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Shinn's Nurseries 1879 May 24

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Shinn's Nurseries 1879 June 28

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Box 1:112

Sibley, W.E. 1878 April 1

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Sibley, W.E. 1878 August 9

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Sibley, W.E. 1878 December 19

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Box 1:115

Sisson, Wallace and Co. 1878 November 1

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Somers, William 1878 February 14

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Smith, James F. 1878 January 4

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Somers, William 1878 April 3

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Somers, William undated

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Warren, Col. 1878 November 14

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Warren, Col. 1878 November 18

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Warren, Col. 1879 March 6

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Warren, Col. 1879 May 20

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West, W.B. 1877 December 18

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West, W.B. 1878 January 8

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West, W.B. 1878 January 14

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West, W.B. 1878 February 9

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Box 1:128

West, W.B. 1878 December 9

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Box 1:129

C.W. Westbrook's Nurseries and Fruit Farm 1878 October 4

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Whitney, John 1877 March 5

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C.G. Wickersham and Co. 1879 April 12

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Williams, E. and J.C. 1878 April 14

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Williams, E. and J.C. 1878 April 10

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Wright, W.G. 1878 March 31

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Unidentified 1878 April 8

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Box 1:136

Unidentified 1878 October 8

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Wrapped Volume 1

Series 2 Outgoing 1886 July 26-December 18

Physical Description: 1 volume

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