Finding aid to the R. W. Waterman papers, 1886-1924, undated, MS 4128

Finding aid prepared by Tierney Haupt
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
(415) 357-1848

Title: R. W. Waterman papers
Date: 1886-1924, undated
Collection Identifier: MS 4128
Creator: Waterman, R. W. (Robert Whitney), 1826-1891.
Extent: 5 boxes (2.7 linear feet)
Contributing Institution: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
(415) 357-1848
Location of Materials: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Consists of the papers of R. W. Waterman, including ephemera and women’s suffrage newspapers. Materials date from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Includes ephemera related to fraternal organizations and clubs within California. The types of ephemera in the collection include: invitations, programs, tickets, dance cards, menus, business cards, and newspaper clippings. Also includes women's suffrage newspapers collected after Waterman's death.


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], R. W. Waterman papers, MS 4128, California Historical Society.

Related Collections

Waterman, Robert Whitney, MS 2263
Waterman scrapbook, MS 5005

System of Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series: 1) Correspondence and real estate records; 2) Ephemera; 3) Newspapers and newspaper clippings; and 4) Official proclamations.

Processing Information

Processed by Tierney Haupt in 2011.

Biographical Information

Robert Whitney Waterman was born in Fairfield, New York, on December 15, 1826, and, as a boy, moved to Illinois with his older brothers after their father’s death. He worked as a storekeeper and farmer there. After hearing of gold, Waterman traveled to California in 1850 to try mining but was unsuccessful and returned to Illinois two years later. In Wilmington, Illinois, he became highly involved in the Republican Party and, in 1856, he was one of the state’s two delegates to the Republican National Convention. The other was Abraham Lincoln. In 1873, Waterman moved to California with his family, eventually settling in San Bernardino. Waterman became extremely successful in the mining industry and also owned large tracts of land. In 1886 he ran on the Republican ticket for the office of lieutenant governor and was elected along with a Democratic governor. Upon the governor’s death in September 1887, Waterman assumed the office and held it until January of 1891. In failing health, he died of pneumonia on April 12, 1891.

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers from R. W. Waterman, including ephemera, newspapers and clippings, correspondence, and real estate records. Types of ephemera include business cards, invitations, dance cards, menus, programs, tickets, and brochures. Some of these pertain to clubs and fraternal organizations in California, including the Native Sons of the Golden West, the Grand Army of the Republic, and the Elks. Much of the ephemera dates from Waterman’s time as lieutenant governor and governor of California (1886-1891).
The R. W. Waterman papers also include a significant collection of women’s suffrage newspapers, dated from 1911-1913, primarily consisting of The Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News, but also including The Woman Citizen and the In Woman’s World section of the San Francisco Call. These newspapers were collected after Waterman's death.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Business cards.
Dance cards.
Fraternal organizations--California.
Waterman, R. W. (Robert Whitney), 1826-1891.


Sources consulted for biographical note:
"Ex-Gov. Waterman," The Morning Call, 13 April 1891.
"Governor's Gallery," State of California,, retrieved 27 June 2011.
"Waterman Dead," San Francisco Chronicle, 13 April 1891.


Series 1:  Correspondence and real estate records 1880-1897

Physical Description: 1.0 folder; 1 volume
Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1880-1897

Box 1, Folder 2

Land and mine sale contracts ledger 1886-1892


Series 2:  Ephemera 1886-1924

Physical Description: 18 folders
Box 1, Folder 3

Business cards

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

A. Edgar Osborne, M.D., Ph.D., Superintendent, Home for Feeble Minded Children undated


Mark L. Mcleard, guardian, Yosemite Valley undated


Léon L. Rey 1923-1924


F. H. Ross, the Ross stables, Santa Cruz undated


Tillicums undated

Physical Description: 2.0 items

Native Sons of the Golden West 1888, undated

Physical Description: 27.0 items

Native Daughters of the Golden West undated

Physical Description: 9.0 items
Box 1, Folder 4

California and Nevada Railroad prospectus and map undated

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Box 1, Folder 5

Dance cards

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Sixth grand complementary hop given by Miller brothers 1888 August 8


Stanislaus county ladies 1888 August 15


El Capitan Hotel grand ball 1888 February 1


Grand Army of the Republic 1889 February 14


Order of dances printed on ribbon 1891 February 20

Box 1, Folders 6-7

Invitations 1887-1893, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

111th anniversary of American Independence 1887 July 4


University of California meeting of regents 1887 June 20


Miller Brothers 1888 August 14


J.S. Taylor birthday party 1888 July 10


El Dorado County Pioneers reunion in Placerville 1888 May 25


Eagle Club Thanksgiving reception, San Francisco 1888 November 27


Bar of San Bernardino County 1888 January 21


Mr. and Mrs. Hadley, San Diego 1888 January 31


National Guard of California, reception, San Jose 1888 July 23


San Diego City Guard, National Guard of California, 7th anniversary banquet 1888 October 12


California Delegation to the National Republican Convention, banner presentation 1888 September 21


Nationals 1888 December 21


Amateur Journalists of California meeting 1888 September 1


Stanislaus County Ladies Association, social reception, Santa Cruz 1888 August 15


Ball, Hotel del Coronado 1888 June 23


Cuyamaca Club reception, San Diego 1888 August 14


Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Marx's daughter Bertha to Mr. Albert Ancker, Los Angles, reception in San Bernardino 1888 January 18


Congregational Church, Sacramento, New England dinners 1888 December 3


National Guard of California, Oakland, 28th anniversary party 1888 November 28


Italian Military Company drill and ball 1888 October 30


Veterans of the Mexican War, banquet, San Francisco 1888 September 14


Native Sons of the Golden West, Festival of the Pacific Turn Bezirk 1888


Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Summer, masquerade undated


Republican State Club of California, Republican parade undated


Young Men's Institute, Chico branch, installation of officers undated


Union Iron Works, Launch of the "Charleston," first steel cruiser built on Pacific coast undated


Robert M. McLean, M.D., dean of faculty undated


C.L. Goddard, A.M.D.D.S., dean of faculty undated


The Eagle Club to candidates of the Republican municipal ticket, San Francisco undated


Republican State Central Committee, dinner for M.A. Estee 1889 September 11


California State Senate and Assembly, memorial session in memory of late Governor Washington Bartlett 1889 February 1


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Steffens, wedding anniversary party 1889 January 15


Committee of Centennial Celebration of George Washington's inauguration, opening of exhibition of historical portraits and relics, New York City 1889 April 17


Republican Club of New York City, dinner in commemoration of Lincoln's birthday 1889 February 12


Ancient Order of Foresters, Sacramento court, party


Inaugural Ball, Hotel Vendome 1889 March 1


Grand Army of the Republic, celebration of Lincoln's birthday 1889 February 12


Washington Association, centennial of inauguration of George Washington 1889 April 25


Centennial celebration of Washington's inauguration 1889 April 30


Military Order, Loyal Legion U.S., Commandery of the State of California 1890 May 2


Governor H. H. Markham, legislature, and state officers, inaugural ball 1891 January 9


Union Iron Works, launch of armored coast line battleship "Oregon" 1893 October 26


Union Iron Works, launch of "El Primero" undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Menus 1886-1888, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

San Bernardino Bar Association, banquet 1888 January 21


Occidental Christmas Menu 1886

Physical Description: 2.0 items

Palace Hotel, R. W. Waterman 1888 February 22


Palace Hotel, Mrs. R.W. Waterman 1888 February 22


Handwritten menu undated


Alumni Association of the University of California, Berkeley 1886 June 30


Citizens of Sacramento to R.W. Waterman 1888 February 16


"Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot" card and menu 1889 January 31

Box 1, Folder 9

Official Bulletin of the National Educational Association of the United States 1888

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Box 2, Folder 1

Political and elections material

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Blanch Morse campaign brochure, county superintendent of schools undated


Nathan C. Coghlan campaign card, Republican nominee for state senator, San Francisco 1916


Joseph E.F.(Eddie) Marron campaign card, assemblyman undated


City of Berkeley Resolution No. 3659 - N.S., review of upcoming ballot propositions 1914 August 27


Vote yes on proposition 43 card, "Let The Dead Rest, Repeal Cemetery Ordinance" undated


Campaign card for supervisors: Burns, Caglieri, Connolly, Deasy, Nelson, Nolan, Power undated


Sydney M. van Wyck, Jr. campaign brochure, Democratic candidate for governor 1914


F.W. Hamilton, secretary of the Harrison and Morton Club, note of appreciation to Waterman regarding support for Republican party 1888 December 2


Ribbon from Headquarters of Harrison and Morton Club, Deadwood, Dakota, congratulations on electing Harrison to the U.S. presidency 1888

Box 2, Folders 2-4


Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Republican State Central Committee of California program and menu 1889 September 16


National Guard Officers' Association banquet for R. W. Waterman 1890 December 27


Commonwealth Club of California, "Beautification of San Francisco" undated


Governor Waterman's staff, banquet for the Waterman and friends, San Francisco, California 1889 February 22


Harrison and Morton Banquet in honor of Leland Stanford, U.S. Senator, and Republican representatives elect, San Francisco, California 1888 November 24


Governor Bartlett Memorial Concert, Sacramento 1887 September 18


Waterman banquet undated


Inauguration of Horace Davis as president of the University of California 1888 March 23


Sentiments, banquet in honor of Washington's birthday for Waterman and friends 1889 February 22


Commencement exercises, University of California Medical Department undated


Commencement exercises, University of California College of Dentistry undated


Commencement exercises, California College of Pharmacy 1887 November 8


Commencement exercises, California College of Pharmacy 1888 November 20


Native Sons of the Golden West, Grand Sacred Concert, Santa Cruz 1888 September 9


Mechanics' Institute Industrial Exhibition opening exercises 1888 August 7


Ladies Night Dirigo Club 1888 December 21


Native Sons of the Golden West, souvenir to guest of Oakland Parlor No. 50, Santa Cruz 1888 September 10


Inauguration service at Trinity Church undated


Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco banquet, table diagram 1890 May 6


San Bernardino Bar banquet 1888 January 21


Native Sons of the Golden West, Headquarters of Oakland Parlor No. 50, Santa Cruz, California 1888

Box 2, Folder 5

Sea Mosses from Santa Cruz, California scrapbook undated

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Box 2, Folder 6

Souvenir of the Unveiling of Marshall Monument booklet of historical sketches of Placerville and Coloma 1890 May 3

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Box 2, Folder 7


Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Central California Citrus Fair, San Jose 1888


Grand Opera House literary exercises 1890 September 9


Sharon Quarters for Children, opening day at Golden Gate Park 1888 December 15


Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Golden Gate lodge no. 6, carnival and bal masque 1888 November 28


California Pioneers, California Admission Day 1888


Central Street Railway Company trial trip 1888 November 20


Pajaro Valley Agricultural Association 1888


California State Fair 1888


Native Sons of the Golden West grand promenade concert, tableaux, and grand ball 1890


Mechanics' Institute Industrial Exhibition, San Francisco 1888 August


Native Sons of the Golden West literary exercises of Admission Day celebration 1890 September 9


Grand Army of the Republic reception banquet undated


Pioneer Social Club 1888 December 7


Pioneer Social Club 1889 January 18


Lady Friends of the 1st Artillery Regiment, social party to purchase new regulation colors 1888 January 18


California State Fair, California State Agricultural Society 1888

Box 2, Folder 8

Travel brochures

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Shasta Resorts, Southern Pacific Railroad, things to do, hotels, railroad rates undated


Los Angeles City and County, California; includes maps, photos, and economic data 1902

Box 2, Folder 9

The Woman's Congress of the Pacific Coast programs 1894-1898

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Box 2, Folder 10

By-laws of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union after 1891

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Box 2, Folder 11


Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Card, Catherine Phillips to Miss Martin undated


Arcadian Springs mineral water Christmas advertisement from Hall, Luhrs, and Company undated


Arcadian mineral water, letter accompanying case of water, from Hall, Luhrs, and Company to Waterman 1888 December


St. Francis Welfare League booklet 1912-1913


Happy new year card from Colonel M.H. Hechs undated


Chamber of commerce annual banquet, ribbon for guest 1890 May 6


Card reading "Gov. R. Waterman" with picture of lighthouse and a painted wishbone attached undated


Tan card with brown edges, reading "Governor Waterman" 1889 January 11


"Badges" envelope from senate chamber, California, 27th session. undated


Envelope labeled "Gov. R.W. Waterman" undated


Envelope from Occidental Hotel, San Francisco undated


Article entitled "Reminiscences" by Edward Alden; page torn from The Telegraph Age, pages 413-414 undated


Marriage announcement of Emaroy Richardson and Frank L. Gray, Stockton, California


Card from Jennie Bassett to the governor of California regarding Kate B. Sherwood Camp, Daughters of Veterans, San Jose, California


Series 3:  Newspapers and newspaper clippings 1891-1913

Physical Description: 3 oversize boxes
Box 5, Folder 1

Assorted newspaper clippings

Physical Description: 1.0 oversize folder

Letter regarding cats sent to Governor Waterman by I.A. Hall undated


Article from when steamer "Corona" ran aground in San Pedro harbor 1893


Article on childless marriages 30 July 1894


Page from San Diego Union, Sunday morning 1891 May 10


Magazine picture of three children in ocean by C. M. Burd undated


Cover of Saturday Evening Post, featuring illustration of female baby holding sign "Votes for Women"; Cream of Wheat advertisement on reverse. 1911 December 30


Page from S.F. Call, including stocks and want ads 1911 October 4


Page entitled 275 Select Autograph Album Mottoes and 200 Riddles and Conundrums undated


Editorial page of Oakland Enquirer 1912 October 22

Box 5, Folder 1

Waterman obituaries 1891 April 13

Physical Description: 1.0 oversize folder

Scope and Contents

Contains two obituaries of R.W. Waterman from San Francisco Call and San Francisco Chronicle.
Box 5, Folder 3

The Woman Citizen 1912 February

Physical Description: 1.0 oversize folder
Box 3, Folders 1-5, Box 4, Folders 1-3

The Woman's Journal and Suffrage News 1911-1913

Physical Description: 8.0 oversize folders

Scope and Contents

Includes the following issues:
Vol. XLII, no. 46 (1911 November 25); XLII, no. 46 (1911 December 2);
Vol. XLIII, no. 8 (1912 February 24); Vol. XLIII, no. 24 (1912 June 15); Vol. XLIII, no. 28 (1912 July 13); Vol. XLIII, no. 30 (1912 July 27); Vol. XLIII, no. 30 [sic] (1912 August 3); Vol. XLIII, no. 32 (1912 August 17); Vol. XLIII, no. 33 (1912 August 24); Vol. XLIII, no. 35 (1912 September 7); Vol. XLIII, no. 37 (1912 September 21); Vol. XLIII, no. 39 (1912 October 5); Vol. XLIII, no. 42 (1912 October 26); Vol. XLIII, no. 48 (1912 December 7); Vol. XLIII, no. 49 (1912 December 14); Vol. XLIII, no. 51 (1912 December 21); Vol. XLIII, no. 52 (1912 December 28);
Vol. XLIV, no. 1 (1913 January 4); Vol. XLIV, no. 2 (1913 January 11); Vol. XLIV, no. 3 (1913 January 18); Vol. XLIV, no. 4 (1913 January 25); Vol. XLIV, no. 5 (1913 February 1); Vol. XLIV, no. 6 (1913 February 8); Vol. XLIV, no. 7 (1913 February 15); Vol. XLIV, no. 8 (1913 February 22); Vol. XLIV, no. 9 (1913 March 1); Vol. XLIV, no. 10 (1913 March 8); Vol. XLIV, no. 11 (1913 March 15); Vol. XLIV, no. 12 (1913 March 22); Vol. XLIV, no. 13 (1913 March 29); Vol. XLIV, no. 14 (1913 April 5); Vol. XLIV, no. 15 (1913 April 12); Vol. XLIV, no. 16 (1913 April 19); Vol. XLIV, no. 17 (1913 April 26); Vol. XLIV, no. 18 (1913 May 3); Vol. XLIV, no. 19 (1913 May 10); Vol. XLIV, no. 20 (1913 May 17); Vol. XLIV, no. 21 (1913 May 24); Vol. XLIV, no. 22 (1913 May 31); Vol. XLIV, no. 23 (1913 June 7); Vol. XLIV, no. 24 (1913 June 14); Vol. XLIV, no. 37 (1913 September 13); Vol. XLIV, no. 38 (1913 September 20); Vol. XLIV, no. 39 (1913 September 27); Vol. XLIV, no. 41 (1913 October 11); Vol. XLIV, no. 42 (1913 October 18).
Also includes index to Vol. XLIII (1912).
Box 5, Folder 4

In Woman's World section of San Francisco Call 1911

Physical Description: 1.0 oversize folder

Scope and Contents

Includes the following issues: 28 September 1911; 1 October 1911; 4 October 1911; 4 October 1911.

Series 4:  Official proclamations 1889

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 10

Proclamation of the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as a holiday 1889 March 30

Physical Description: 1.0 folder