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boxes 1-26

General incoming correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of individual or organization. Single letters are in miscellanies preceding each letter of the alphabet. Unidentified and incomplete letters are at the end of the file. A list of the more important correspondents follows the Key to Arrangement.
boxes 27-56

U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Letters received from members of the Survey, arranged alphabetically. A list of the more important correspondents, with indication of position, follows the list for the general correspondence.
boxes 57-58

Miscellaneous correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Some incoming correspondence has been grouped as follows: miscellaneous letters requesting aid in securing employment, references, etc. (2 folders); letters requesting information and maps, offering scientific objects for sale, expressing general interest in science, etc. (3 folders); letters offering information on various subjects - place names, shipwrecks, history, astronomy, geography, etc., and offering to give Davidson scientific objects (1 folder); letters requesting Davidson to lecture (1 folder); letters from consulates, legations and embassies relating to the Davidsons' trip around the world, 1875 (1 folder); letters and papers relating to the Paris Exposition, 1878, at which Davidson acted as chairman of the jury judging moving powers of machinery displayed there (1 folder); letters of condolence on the death of his son, George, 1900 (1 folder); letters from students and former students (1 folder).
boxes 59-63

Letters written by Davidson 1845-1911

Scope and Content Note

Primarily drafts of his outgoing letters. There are some original letters, however, for the earlier years, 1845-1871, written to members of his family and to his wife's family. The file is obviously incomplete since Davidson did not systematically save drafts or copies. Some of his incoming letters, however, bear notes indicating the nature of the replies.
Although there are copies or drafts of letters addressed to members of the Coast and Geodetic Survey in these files, most of the official correspondence was recorded in the letter books described below.
carton 1, boxes 66-69

Letterbooks, 33 volumes 1851-1895

Scope and Content Note

v. 1-32 contain drafts of letters written by Davidson to members of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, with occasional copies of letters written by the latter to Davidson. The last volume, v. 33, marked "Private: Special Letter Book of George Davidson," is a press copy letterbook, 1889-1895, containing personal, not professional, letters.

Additional Note

  • Carton 1: vols. 1-17
  • Box 66: vols. 18-22
  • Box 67: vols. 23-27
  • Box 68: vols. 28-32
  • Box 69: vol. 33
ctn. 1, vol. 1

1851-1854

ctn. 1, vol. 2

1854-1857

ctn. 1, vol. 3

1857-1859

ctn. 1, vol. 4

1859-1861

ctn. 1, vol. 5

1861-1862

ctn. 1, vol. 6

1862

ctn. 1, vol. 7

1862-1864

ctn. 1, vol. 8

1863-1864

ctn. 1, vol. 9

1864-1866

ctn. 1, vol. 10

1866-1867

ctn. 1, vol. 11

1867-1868

ctn. 1, vol. 12

1868-1869

ctn. 1, vol. 13

1869

ctn. 1, vol. 14

1869

ctn. 1, vol. 15

1869-1870

ctn. 1, vol. 16

1870

ctn. 1, vol. 17

1870-1871

box 66, vol. 18

1871

box 66, vol. 19

1871

box 66, vol. 20

1871-1872

box 66, vol. 21

1872

box 66, vol. 22

1872

box 67, vol. 23

1872

box 67, vol. 24

1872

box 67, vol. 25

1872-1873

box 67, vol. 26

1873

box 67, vol. 27

1873

box 68, vol. 28

1874

box 68, vol. 29

1874

box 68, vol. 30

1874-1875

box 68, vol. 31

1875-1876

box 68, vol. 32

1876

box 69, vol. 33

1889-1895

carton 3

Diaries, 62 volumes, 1845-1911

Scope and Content Note

Primarily pocket diaries; none for the years 1849-50, 1852-53, 1855, 1857, and 1910. The first volume, covering the years 1845-47, consists mainly of memoranda and accounts with only a few diary entries. Included also are partial transcripts (i.e. selected entries), and notes, made by Mrs. Elisabeth Gudde in her study of the diaries; Davidson's fair copy of the entries for May 15-18, 1894; and his annotated calendar for 1911.
carton 4

Personalia

carton 4

Biographical and autobiographical sketches, chronologies of major events in his life, sketches of his public services, etc. (3 folders)

carton 4

Autobiographical sketches written by Mrs. Davidson

carton 4

Certificates of election to scientific organizations, notices of awards bestowed on him, lists of memberships and awards, etc.

carton 4

Papers relating to his dismissal from the Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1895, and to his candidacy for the position of Survey Superintendent, 1897, including petitions and memorials, resolutions of various societies, clippings, etc. Most of the correspondence has been removed and placed in the general correspondence files, and a list of correspondents placed in the folder.

carton 4

Phrenological character readings for the Davidson family

carton 4

Passports

carton 4

Travel mementos

carton 4

Wills

carton 4

Commission as Regent of the University of California

carton 4

Marriage license and related papers

carton 4

Misc. material re the Davidson family

carton 4

Bibliographies and bibliographic notes

carton 4

Catalogue of his library; lists of books, etc.

carton 4

Notes on his public lectures; admission cards for lectures, etc.

carton 4

Address book

carton 4

Invitations

carton 4

School papers, circa 1842-1843; material relating to his Alma Mater, Central High School, Philadelphia

carton 4

Notes on his eye operation

carton 4

Miscellany

carton 5

Clippings re Davidson (4 folders)

carton 5

Obituary clippings

carton 5

Mrs. Davidson's letters describing their travels, 1874-75,as published in The Little Monitor and Parish Guide

carton 5

Financial statements - account with J. T. Boyd, 1856-1891

carton 5

Miscellaneous financial and legal papers

carton 5

Income tax statements, 1862-1868

carton 5

Account books, 5 volumes, 1847, 1858-circa 1862, 1861-1865, 1891-1892, 1893-1894

carton 5

Canceled checks

cartons 6-9

Manuscripts of his writings (published and unpublished)

Scope and Content Note

Primarily holograph manuscripts, with occasional typed copies. Arranged in the categories he used in his bibliography, List of the published Writings of George Davidson (copies of which are in carton 4 above): geodesy, astronomical, instruments, etc., miscellaneous, engineering, and geography and navigation. The manuscripts are arranged alphabetically within each category according to the titles appearing on the papers, some of which differ from the published version.
 

Geodesy

carton 6

[Comments on method used in Coast Survey for the determination of the difference of longitude between any two places]. 1871

carton 6

[Introduction to fourth edition of Directory of the Pacific Coast. . .

carton 6

The lengths of the Los Angeles and Yolo Base Lines with remarks upon the apparatus and methods employed; with related papers

carton 6

The magnetic variation at San Francisco

carton 6

[Notes on triangulation and reconnaissance]

carton 6

[Portion of a report on the trigonometrical survey in India]

carton 6

[Report to the International Geodetic Association]. 1889

carton 6

Spectrum phenomena observed in heliotrope signals

carton 6

Standard Geodetic Data. Read before the California Academy of Sciences, Oct. 18, 1886

carton 6

The United States Coast and Geodetic Survey upon the Pacific Coast

carton 6

Variation of the geographical latitude; with related papers. See also letter, Oct. 23, 1893 from S. C. Chancellor to Davidson.

 

Astronomical

carton 6

The apparent projection of stars upon the bright limb of the moon at occultation and similar phenomena; and related papers

carton 6

[Astronomical notes]

carton 6

Comets

carton 6

Field catalogue of 1060 time stars. Mean places for. 1885

carton 6

Field catalogue of transit stars. April 15, 1874

carton 6

General plan of observatory telegraphic connections

carton 6

The midnight sun

carton 6

Notes on comets - 18th century

carton 6

Notes of occultation

carton 6

The opposition of Mars. The determination of the earth's distance from the sun by the parallax of Mars

carton 6

The partial solar eclipse of Oct. 9, 1893

carton 6

Recent astronomical research

carton 6

The reported missing and variable stars

carton 6

Rotation of the earth

carton 6

Spectrum appearance of Venus, July 17, 1877

carton 6

Suggestions of a cosmical cause for the great climatic changes upon the earth. "Read at meeting of October 7, 1872"

carton 6

Suggestions for the increase of number of stars in the American ephemeris

carton 6

Total solar eclipse of Jan. 1, 1889

carton 6

Transit of Mercury 1891 and 1881

carton 6

Transit of Venus

carton 6

The transit of Venus, 1874

carton 6

Transit of Venus. New Mexico

carton 6

Why does the moon appear copper colored during a total eclipse

 

Instruments, etc.

carton 6

"Correction for run of microscopes"

carton 6

Geodetic instruments of precision at the Paris Exposition and in European workshops

carton 6

Instruments of precision. Read before the California Academy of Sciences, Nov. 5, 1877

carton 6

Measure of the irregularity in one turn of the micrometer screw; and the value of each turn. March 23, 1893

carton 6

Mechanical defects in micrometers. 1876

carton 6

New break circuit chronometer

carton 6

New problems in mensuration

carton 6

The prototypes of the standard metre and kilogramme. 1889

 

Miscellaneous

carton 6

Report of the examination of weights and Balances, Branch Mint of the United States, San Francisco . . .

carton 6

Upon the general laws affecting the results of spiral levellings

carton 6

Activities of nature

carton 6

[Alaska gold rush]

carton 6

The Beaufort Wind Scale and its conversion into velocity; with related papers

carton 6

[Comments on an old almanac]

carton 6

[Comments on education for women]

carton 6

[Essay on education]

carton 6

Events leading to the acquisition of California

carton 6

Examination of the Carson footprints. 1883

carton 6

[Experiences with American Indians]

carton 6

The Four Gospels in Syriac from the Sinactic Palimpsest . . .

carton 6

In the matter of the proposed statute to Robert Dale Owen

carton 6

Magnetic ores

carton 6

Memoranda re Runic stone found at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; with related papers

carton 6

[Memoranda on the fur seal controversy, ]. 1892-1893

carton 6

Notes on spearheads and harpoons in whales and sea lions

carton 6

[Opinion of David Starr Jordan's article, "The study of Impressionist Physics," in the Popular Science Monthly]

carton 6

[Opinion on proposed system for numbering houses in Contra Costa County] 1890

carton 6

The origin and meaning of the name California; with related papers

carton 6

The origin and meaning of the name California; with related papers.

carton 6

Pacific Commercial Museum

carton 6

[Plan for monuments recognizing early explorers]

carton 6

A problem in computing interest, Oct. 18, 1894

carton 6

Published writings of George Davidson for University of California, Oct. 30, 1898

carton 6

The raising of the flag at Monterey, July 7, 1846: events and incidents leading thereto; with related papers

carton 6

San Francisco Bar

carton 6

[Science and the University]

carton 6

A Scientific Christmas

carton 6

Scientific explorations by the United States

carton 6

The scientific explorations of the United States

carton 6

Some incidents relating to the seizure of Monterey in ; with relatedpapers. 1846

carton 6

[U.S. ocean commerce]

 

Engineering

carton 7

[Account of two visits to the San Mateo Dam Site]. 1887 July 18 and 28

carton 7

The crucial tests of a good harbor for commerce or for refuge

carton 7

The engineering services of George Davidson, United States during the Civil War

carton 7

Examination and report of the lines of defense of Philadelphia . . .

carton 7

The head or regulating sluices of the canal

carton 7

Lectures on irrigation before the legislature of California

carton 7

Notes on San Pedro breakwater

carton 7

[Portion of a report on San Francisco waterfront; with related papers]

carton 7

[Report on essential points involved in an effective system of sewerage for San Francisco] with related notes

carton 7

[Report on Philadelphia water supply]

carton 7

Report on sewerage of San Francisco, April 25, 1886

carton 7

[Report to Farmers Canal Company of Merced on proposed location of canal for irrigation]. 1877

carton 7

Report upon subject of a harbor of refuge on the coast north of San Francisco. Requested by Board of Engineers, U.S. A.. 1880 April 20

carton 7

[Reports on piers]

carton 7

The San Luis Rey River irrigation project; with related papers.

carton 7

[A series of papers read before the California Academy of Sciences on irrigation in India]

carton 7

Reports on irrigation

carton 7

[Series of papers on irrigation and reclamation in India, Egypt . . .]

carton 7

Sewerage problem of San Francisco

carton 7

Submarine cables; with related material

carton 7

Sub-marine valleys in the Pacific Coast of the United States

carton 7

The Suez Canal

carton 7

Temperature of air and water from Dec. 1, 1877 to Dec. 31, 1881, Sausalito Tidal Station

carton 7

The temperature of the water of the Golden Gate

 

Geography and navigation

carton 7

Abrasions of the Northwest Coast of America

carton 7

Account of the First Ascent of the Volcano Mak£shin on the Island of Unalaska, in the Aleutian Chain

carton 7

Bays and anchorages in the Aleutian Islands . . .

carton 7

Cabrillo, Ferrelo, Drake, Viscaino, Costans¢ - in the approaches to San Francisco Bay

carton 7

A Century of Discovery in the United States

carton 7

Coast Climate of Alaska

carton 7

Coast Pilot Material [notes]

carton 7

The Colonization of California and the Founding of San Francisco

carton 7

Currents and Tides

carton 7

Currents of the North Pacific

carton 8

The Discovery of Humboldt Bay

carton 8

The Discovery of San Diego Bay

carton 8

The Discovery of San Francisco Bay and the History of San Francisco, with related material (3 folders)

carton 8

Dr. Cook never reached the summit of Mt. McKinley; Why did Dr. Cook leave his records in Greenland?

carton 8

The Early Explorations of the Russians in the North pacific; their Discoveries and Occupation of the Lands discovered; Intention to Control the North Pacific

carton 8

Early Spanish Voyages of Discovery on the Coast of California

carton 8

Examination . . . Ulloa, Cabrillo, Ferrelo, Drake, Vizcaino

carton 8

An Examination of Some of the Early Voyages of Discovery on the Northwest Coast of America

carton 8

An Examination of Some of the Early Voyages of Discovery and Exploration on the Northwest Coast of America, 1539-1603 (2 folders)

carton 8

Explanation of an Indian map of the rivers, lakes, trails and mountains from the Chilkaht to the Yukon . . .

carton 8

Explanation of some cases of "Reported Breakers" at sea

carton 8

Falkland Islands or Malouine Isles

carton 8

Forestry of California

carton 8

Francis Drake on the Northwest Coast of America . . . (4 folders)

carton 9

[Glaciers of Alaska]

carton 9

The Growth of Great Commercial Centres

carton 9

The History of the Volcano Joanna Bogostova in the Bering Sea

carton 9

Identification of Francis Drake's Anchorage on the Coast of California in the year 1579 (3 folders)

carton 9

[Incomplete paper on Alaska]

carton 9

[India]

carton 9

Introduction to Gustav Niebaum's translation of The Discoveries of the Norsemen on the Northeast Coast of America

carton 9

Lists of navigators who discovered various ports of California, of Spanish officials important in California history, etc.

carton 9

The loss of the San Augustin

carton 9

The Mastery of the Pacific

carton 9

Memoranda of some early landmarks on the NW coast of America from San Diego to the Strait of Fuca

carton 9

Memorandum concerning the "Flat Globe"

carton 9

Memorandum upon the relation of Plover Island to Wrangel Land

carton 9

Mount Sinai - illustrated

carton 9

[Notes on California geography]

carton 9

[Papers on ocean currents off the Pacific Coast]

carton 9

Past History of California

carton 9

Prominent objects visible from Tamalpais

carton 9

Recommendation for Fog Signal on North Farallones

carton 9

[Report on relative merits of Port Orford and Port Trinidad]

carton 9

[San Francisco Earthquake, 1906].

carton 9

San Sebastian

carton 9

Some physical, climactic and geological features of Southeast Alaska. The glaciers of the Chilkaht, Chilkoot and Taiya Valleys

carton 9

[Studies on Prince William Sound and Volcano Miranda]

carton 9

A study of the Entrance to the Fuca Strait

carton 9

There is no International Date Line

carton 9

The Tracks and Landfalls of Bering and Chirikof on the Northwest Coast of America

carton 9

Traveling around the world: "Losing a day - Gaining a day"

carton 9

Travelogue to the Geysers in California

carton 9

What one sees about the Bay of San Francisco

carton 9

Why Spain got Action in 1767-1769.

carton 9

Winds far above the Surface of the Earth

carton 9

Wrangell Land: Arctic Ocean

carton 9

Manuscripts of his speeches

Scope and Content Note

Primarily holograph manuscripts (4 folders)
cartons 10-11

Notebooks

Scope and Content Note

Most of the notebooks contain observations and computations made by Davidson and/or other members of the Coast and Geodetic Survey field parties in the course of triangulation surveys, latitude and longitude determinations, astronomical determinations, etc. They have been numbered 1-85 (except for a few unidentified volumes) and are listed herein according to the information which appears on the covers. Notebooks 1-13 contain Davidson's notes on the geographical reconnaissance of Alaska and the probable resources of the territory.
notebook 1-7

"Private Journal to Russian America. 1867-1868

notebook 8-10

"Russian America. Description of the Coast." 1868

notebook 11

"Alaska Notes" [These were originally numbered by Davidson, 1-12; no.4 is missing].

notebook 12

"Memoranda for the Eclipse Expedition to Alaska." 1869

notebook 13

"Expedition to Alaska; Letters & Description . . ." 1869

notebook 14

"Private Notes; Details of Magnetic Observations & Experiments 1850"

notebook 15-16

"Geodetic Miscellany of Work. Mt. Diablo, Cal. ." 1876

notebook 17

"Yukon River. Compass courses from St. Michaels to Fort Yukon in by J. J. Major assistant to Lieut Raymond U.S. Engineers, Copied 1895." 1868 June-July

notebook 18

"Chronometer Trip from Cape Flattery to Port Townsend." 1852 July

notebook 19

"Field Signal Book 1859-60"

notebook 20-22

"Miscellanea. No.1", "Miscellanea, no. 2", "Miscellanea. no. 3." 1862 May-June

notebook 23

"Experiment Book. From Aug. 16 1866 at Cape Henry Va. to Sept. 2, 1866"

notebook  24

"Expedition 1866. Experiments & notes"

notebook 25

" 1867 . . . Darien"

notebook 26

"Chilkaht Pillars. Sketches along Coast." 1869-1870

notebook 27

"San Francisco . . . to La Mesa." 1871

notebook 28

"Observations from San Francisco to Guaymas and back. D. Walker." 1872 Sept.

notebook  29

"Rough notes. Stations and Verdi work 1872 . . ."

notebook 30

"Washington. Venus Expts." May/74

notebook 31-32

[Observations, India, Mar.-Apr. 1875]

notebook 33-35

"Awards at Paris Exposition ." 1878

notebook 36

" 1882. Memoranda. Transit of Venus"

notebook 37

[Paris Exposition 1878 and International Geodetic Conference 1889]

notebook 38

[San Diego Triangulation. Rock Mission Bay]

notebook 39

"Bering & Chirikof. Distribution of pamphlet"

notebook 40-46

"Meteorological Records 1859-70 - Kept on board U.S.C.S. Brig R. H. Fauntleroy - Washington Territory"

notebook 47

"Meteorological Journal No. 11" [San Diego, Calif. ]. 1863-1865

notebook 48

"Meteorological 1870" [Dominguez Hill]

notebook 49

"Journal of Meteorological Observations at Cape Mendocino Light House 1872-73"

notebook 50

"Meteorological Observations, Astoria Tidal Station ." 1872-1873

notebook 51

"Meteorological Observations Lassen's Peak." 1879

notebook 52

"Meteorological Record Lassen's Butte." undated

notebook 53

"Astronomical Observations" [Unalaska and other stations]. 1871-1872

notebook 54

[Astronomical Observations, Crescent City, Calif. July 1871]

notebook 55

"Barometrical Observations at Station Verdi, Nevada ." 1872 June-July

notebook 56

"Absolute Magnetic Declination Station Seattle." 1871

notebook 57

"Horizontal Intensity vibrations. Santa Barbara 1869, San Buenaventura 1869, Dominguez Hill 1870, Seattle W. T. 1871" 1869, 1870, 1871

notebook 58

"Magnetic Dip. Santa Barbara 1869, San Buenaventura 1869, Dominguez Hill 1870, Seattle W. T, 1871, Verdi, Nevada 1872"

notebook 59

"Tide observations on Saco, Maine from May 8th 1866. . ." 1866 May 8

notebook 60

"Tidal Observations . . . Station Philadelphia . . . Station Red Bank N. J. 1861. Station at Delaware City, Del . . . 1861." 1861

notebook 61

"Observations of Horizontal Angles. Station Ocean Beach & Bay Beach Bodega Bay Sonoma Co. California . . ." 1860

notebook 62

"Geodetic Miscellany. Stations in Santa Barbara Channel. Determ. of Mountains etc. Vertical angles." 1869-1870

notebook 63

"Observations of Horizontal Angles . . . Mission Santa Barbara." 1870

notebook 64

"Triangulation Mount Lola Sierra Nevada, Daily journal occupation commencing May 19/79 ending July 31. Triangulation Round Top. Commencing Aug. 1 ending Aug. 22/79"

notebook  65

"Latitude Stay. Reduced to epoch 1900.0. 1894"

notebook 66

"Bodega. Secondary Triangulation. Bodega Bay. California." 1860

notebook 67-75

[Journals of deep sea soundings]. 1872-1874

notebook 76

"Telegraphic difference of Longitude between Nagasaki and Tokei, Japan . . . December 1874. January 1875"

notebook 77

"Star Factors for Deviation, Level & Collimation"

notebook 78-79

"Computation of the star factors A. B. C. . . ."

notebook 80

"Azimuth Notes."

notebook 81

"Base measurement. Extracts from the volume of Field Record of the Atlanta Base by Asst. C. O. Routelle." Oct. 1878

notebook 82

[Notebook containing observations on turns of the micrometer screw]

notebook 83

"Tabulation of Results of Obs. for Testing the graduation and determinating the Instrumental Constants of 20' inch Theod. No 5." 1876-1878

notebook 84

[Notebook containing observations on bars used at Yolo Base]

notebook 85

"Memoranda about the Base Bars Nos. 1 & 2, and the Field Standard Bar No. 2, and the Comparators III and IV." 1888

cartons 12-13

Lecture notes

Scope and Content Note

Notes relating to his geography course, The Currents and Winds of the Pacific Ocean, taught at the University of California, 1898-1905. The course covered the "geography, productions and commerce of the countries bordering the Pacific Ocean and contiguous waters; the highways of commerce; the great canals; the great river and lake systems of the world; the geography of raw products; tides; submarine telegraph cables; and the colonial systems of the world.
The first four folders in Carton 12 contain general material including notes on the object and scope of the course and examination questions. The rest of the material is arranged alphabetically according to Davidson's subject designations.
carton 12

Notes on the object and scope of the course

carton 12

Examination questions

carton 12

Suggestions

carton 12

Notebook with bibliographic references

carton 12

Africa

carton 12

Alaska

carton 12

Areas; Subsidies to foreign ships; Tobacco, etc.

carton 12

Australia (5 folders)

carton 12

Bering Sea; Reindeer; Natives

carton 12

Climate and rainfall

carton 12

Colonial systems

carton 12

Colonies

carton 12

Comparison of North and South America

carton 12

Costa Rica

carton 12

Cuba

carton 12

Distances: across pacific Ocean, etc.

carton 12

Expansion

carton 12

Formosa

carton 12

Great Canals of the World

carton 12

Growth of great Commercial centers

carton 12

Guadalupe Island

carton 12

Guatemala (2 folders)

carton 12

Hawaii (3 folders)

carton 12

Inshore eddy current

carton 12

Irrigation and arid lands: forestry

carton 12

Japan (3 folders)

carton 12

Ladrones and Philippines (2 folders)

carton 12

Map drawing and map reading

carton 12

Maps and charts: methods of projection

carton 12

Mastery of the pacific

carton 13

Mexico (5 folders)

carton 13

Midway Island

carton 13

Netherland Indies (5 folders)

carton 13

Netherlands

carton 13

New Zealand

carton 13

Nicaragua (5 folders)

carton 13

Nicaragua Canal

carton 13

Notes for Review

carton 13

Panama Canal

carton 13

Paumotu or Low Islands

carton 13

Philippines (12 folders)

carton 13

Points on earth below the level of the sea

carton 13

Raw products

carton 13

Salvador

carton 13

Samoa

carton 13

Straits Settlement

carton 13

Tasmania

carton 13

Tides

carton 13

Turks and Armenians

carton 13

Typhoons

carton 14

Computations

Scope and Content Note

Primarily work sheets and notes concerned with astronomical, topographical, triangulation and magnetic operations. Unarranged.
carton 14

Notes, drawings, reports, etc., relating to various scientific instruments (4 folders)

See also oversize

cartons 15-18

Subject files

Scope and Content Note

Notes, reports, clippings, speeches, articles, etc., relating to various subjects, people and organizations. Letters have been removed in most cases and placed in the correspondence files, with references noted on the subject folders.
carton 15

Agassiz, Louis - Ms. of lecture delivered by him before the California Academy of Sciences, Sept. 1872; clippings; material re memorials

carton 15

Alaska - notes on Alaska history, Indians, geography, etc.; tracings, maps and charts; clippings; meteorological data; reports; reprints of articles, etc. (5 folders)

carton 15

Alaska, Boundary - Notes and clippings

carton 15

Alaska, Glaciers - Notes

carton 15

Amundsen, Roald - Notes re his expedition, 1905-1906, to the Arctic; clippings; copies of two letters written by him from King William's Land, 1904-1905; material re banquet honoring him

carton 15

Astronomy - Misc. notes and reports on eclipses, comets, meteors, transit of Jupiter, transit of Venus, etc.

carton 15

Bache, Alexander D. - Draft and related notes of Davidson's reminiscences

carton 15

Bacon and Shakespeare - Notes, clippings, etc., re theory that Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays; Davidson's analysis of some of the cipher books (2 folders)

carton 15

Bancroft Library - Draft of Davidson's opinion re sale of the Library to the University of California; clipping

carton 15

Baranoff, Alexander A. - Notes taken from a biography

carton 15

Bear Valley Land and Water Co. - Copies of reports submitted by James S. Black, designing engineer, to Board of Directors. 1889

carton 15

Bogoslov - Notes, clippings, photographs, reports, etc., re the volcanic island in the Aleutians

carton 15

Boomerangs - Notes

carton 15

Botany - Notes

carton 15

Cables - Notes on cables for the Bering Sea; report on submarine cable lines connecting military posts in harbor of San Francisco; statistics on Atlantic cables

carton 15

Calendar - Notes on what year constituted the beginning of the 20th century

carton 15

California - Notes on origin of the name

carton 15

California. State Earthquake Investigation Commission - Copies of reports written for the Commission on effects of the 1906 earthquake; some copies of letters written to and among its members

carton 15

California. University - Clippings; acknowledgments of gifts; recommendations of Regents on salary schedules, ; draft of Davidson's memo on methods of administration; draft of resolution proposing Davidson as regent; list of regents with information on terms of office; meteorological synopses for students' observatory; miscellaneous reports of various departments; invitations, notices, etc.. 1881

carton 15

California. University. Regents - Form letters re meetings

carton 15

California. University. Student records for geography classes, including lists of students, a few enrollment cards and photocopies of course reports

carton 16

California. University. College of Commerce - articles, announcements, drafts of Davidson's reports, memos re departmental needs, book lists, draft of curriculum, notes on geography courses at other universities, correspondence with libraries over the world to obtain copies of publications on geography and commerce, Davidson's drawings and plans for chart cases, etc. (3 folders)

carton 16

California Academy of Sciences - Lists of officers, constitution and by-laws, reports of the treasurer and of special committees, election tickets, subscription lists, lists of nominees for office, proposed amendments to the constitution, material relating to the dissension over management, 1886-88, miscellaneous receipts, drafts of Davidson's annual addresses and reports, etc. (3 folders)

carton 16

California Historical Society - Lists of members

carton 16

California History - Notes

carton 16

California-Nevada Boundary Survey - Notes, clippings, triangulation reports and sketches, printed copies of reports of state surveyor general, 1890, and of George H., Goddard, 1855, copies of letters and reports relating to 1873 survey by A. W. Von Schmidt, etc. (2 folders)

carton 16

California-Oregon Boundary - Extracts from field notes of Daniel G. Major, U.S. astronomer and surveyor

carton 16

California Water and Forest Association - Drafts of report of first meeting of committee on surveys and records, circa Dec. 1899

carton 16

Carson Footprints - Davidson's notebook with sketches and notes

carton 16

Civil War - Maps and miscellaneous circulars

carton 16

Colorado River - Early Passage - Letters from early residents of Arizona Territory re James White's journey through the great canyon of the River on a raft; clippings, notes, copy of a report from C. C. Parry, UPRR survey geologist, to president of the company giving an account of White's passage

carton 16

Commercial Museums - Prospectus and by-laws for pacific Commercial Museum; clippings, notes, material relating to other commercial museums

carton 16

Currents - Notes and clippings re ocean currents and tides, sketch map showing the set of the Davidson current, drafts of reports, etc.

carton 16

Darien Canal - Maps for the proposed interoceanic canal, copies of Davidson's contract for the Isthmus Survey, accounts for the survey, clippings, notes on methods of the survey and on previous exploration of the area (2 folders)

carton 16

Debris Question - Draft of proposal for a commission to examine effects of debris on rivers and bays in the state, clippings re Davidson's testimony before state assembly's committee on the question

carton 16

Directory of the Pacific Coast - Miscellaneous notes

carton 16

Drake, Sir Francis - Notes

carton 17

Drakes Bay - Notes on Davidson's researches, sketch maps (3 folders)

carton 17

Earthquakes and volcanoes - material relating to earthquakes in San Francisco and on earthquakes at sea, clippings notes, reports of the Seismological Society of America, etc. (4 folders)

carton 17

"Ewing" mutiny - Extracts from log of U.S. Schooner "Ewing", ; Davidson's notes; copies of letters re the affair. 1849

carton 17

Freemasons - Notices of meetings, form letters, certificates of membership

carton 17

Geodetic Conference, 1894, Washington, D. C. - Copies of committee reports, minutes of meetings

carton 17

Geographic Society of the Pacific - Notices of meetings, lists of officers, form letters, resolutions, constitution and by-laws, copy of report of committee appointed to consider merits of Nicaragua inter-oceanic ship canal

carton 17

Geography - Notes, bibliographical references, sources of geographical research, etc. (2 folders)

carton 17

Goat Island - Clipping and invitation re pending bill, to grant Goat Island to railroad companies. 1872

carton 17

Indian languages - Notes, comparative vocabulary of Spuch-a-latz tribe of Tchim-cha-an people, N. W. Coast of America, Fort Simpson, recorded by Davidson, 1867

carton 17

International Boundary Commission, to consider boundary line between U.S. and Mexico, 1891 - Note, and copies of letters from Superintendent of the Coast and Geodetic Survey

carton 17

International Date Line - Clippings, notes, memoranda, maps and tabulations

carton 17

International Geodetic Association Meeting, Paris, 1889 - Instructions; reports; miscellaneous letters re meetings, transportation, introductions, etc.; programs (2 folders) 1889

carton 17

International Geographical Congresses - Form announcements. 1892-1904

carton 17

Irrigation - Notes, clippings, list of Davidson's services in field of irrigation, draft of his suggestions for improvements of questionnaire on irrigation prepared for 12th census

carton 17

Japan - Transit of Venus, 1874 - Miscellaneous letters from members of other delegations, Davidson's notes, passport through Japan, telegrams re exchange of signals, astronomical observations, estimates of expenses

carton 17

"Jeannette" Relics - Printed report of the special committee of the Geographical Society of the Pacific, appointed to report on the genuineness of the relics, May 1896, and extract of review of the report from German newspapers

carton 17

Lick Observatory - Notes re Davidson's meetings with James Lick, clippings, report written by Charles H. Rockwell on the appointment of Edward S. Holden as astronomer, material re difficulties over directorship, copies of deed of gift, report to trustees of James Lick Trust by S. W. Burnham; draft of article for the Alta California, etc. (2 folders). 1873 Oct. 21

carton 17

Limantour Claim - Davidson's memorandum on his testimony as witness for the government on authenticity of seals, statement of J. S. Hittell re Limantour's claim, clippings, copy of "The Official Argument against the Limantour Claim," publications re forgery

carton 17

Lower California - Notes on climate, rainfall, etc., and copy of Smithsonian Institution report on geology and natural history

carton 17

Magnetic Observatory - Sketches and plans

carton 18

Mathematics - Notes

carton 18

Moqui Indians of Arizona - Notes on names given to the Indians

carton 18

Mount St. Elias - Notes, draft of report by John E. McGrath, Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1894

carton 18

Mountains - Elevations - Provisional list of mountains and their elevations in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, prepared by Davidson; notes, clippings, miscellaneous articles and publications, etc. (2 folders)

carton 18

National Academy of Sciences - Form letters on nomination of individuals to membership, printed copy of president's address. 1895

carton 18

Nehalem Wax - Clippings, notes and snapshots re bees wax found along the Oregon Coast near Nehalem

carton 18

Nicaragua Canal - Draft of report by Davidson on commercial and political importance of the canal to the U.S., memorial of the Geographical Society of the Pacific for the construction of the canal. 1892

carton 18

Paris Exposition, 1878 - Form letters

carton 18

Philadelphia and Reading Rail Road Case--Davidson's notes on the case which involved charge of discriminatory rates

carton 18

Pious Fund - Bibliographic note on the Senate document dealing with the fund

carton 18

Place names - Notes, draft of Davidson's report to the Sierra Club on changing name from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Tacoma, clippings, etc. (3 folders)

carton 18

Projection of Stars upon the Moon - Reviews and comments on Davidson's paper on the subject, notes on solar eclipses, etc.

carton 18

Rainfall - Statistics, miscellaneous correspondence, charts, clippings, relating to rainfall readings at particular stations

carton 18

Redding, Benjamin B. - Eulogy in Davidson's hand

carton 18

San Francisco - Notes on areas of anchorage

carton 18

San Francisco. Presidio - Two tracings made by Davidson of the ground plan of the Presidio, made by Edward Vischer, copies of letter from M. G. Vallejo to Vischer, 1878, notes on the Presidio. 1820

carton 18

San Francisco Bay: Portol  Expedition - Notes

carton 18

San Francisco Harbor - Reports on dangers to navigation at the entrance to the harbor, copies of correspondence re improvement of the harbor, sketch of the harbor, clippings, etc.

carton 18

San Francisco history - Notes

carton 18

Santa Monica Harbor - Annotated copy of Congressional Record. 1896 May

carton 18

Seismological Society of America - Copy of annual report of the president written by Davidson, March 1908

carton 18

Sewerage and Sanitation - Notes, clippings, reports, miscellaneous letters from citizens in various communities re sewerage problems

carton 18

Ship and sailing - Description of Coast and Geodetic steamer "Blake", list of old clipper ships, clippings, extracts from log of Capt. Lindquist in Bering Sea, 1902

carton 18

Sinaitic Four Gospels - Notes

carton 18

Spanish Archives - Copies of circular letter protesting against proposed transfer to Washington, D. C., clippings, notes, copies of letters re proposed transfer, etc.

carton 18

Spanish navigators - Notes

carton 18

Submarine valleys of Lower California - Notes

carton 18

Telegraph - Copy of an unsigned memo incorporating a programme for telegraphic longitude determinations across the continent, notes, sketches, map of U.S. cables and telegraph lines, Seattle to Sitka. 1869

carton 18

Temperature - Pacific Coast - Tracings showing temperatures along the coast from San Francisco to Mexico and from San Francisco to Juan de Fuca Strait

carton 18

Topographical Survey of California - Printed circular on a proposed survey, proof sheets for discussion on a topographical map.. 1892 Dec.

carton 18

Typhoons - Notes

carton 18

U.S. Mint, San Francisco - Notes relating to Davidson's examination of the coin and bullion weights and balances

carton 18

U.S. Naval Observatory - Circulars and clippings re organization and location of the Observatory, Davidson's notes, drafts of his replies to questionnaire re organization and functions of the Observatory

carton 18

Volcanoes: The Kuril Islands, Kamchatka - Notes

carton 18

Water Supply - Reports and clippings re water supply of San Francisco, Hetch Hetchy, Tahoe, use of Merced River for irrigation, water supply for Philadelphia; notes, etc. (2 folders)

carton 18

Whitney Survey - Papers re claim of Julius Bien, lithographer, against California for work done for the geological survey, draft of Davidson's statement advocating continuance of the survey, copy of legislative bills re transfer of survey material, etc.

carton 18

Wilkes Antarctic Expedition - Davidson's comments on talks with Lt. James Alden who was with Wilkes

carton 18

Wrecks - Notes, clippings, list of wrecks in Golden Gate, material re currents and Japanese ship wrecks, etc. (2 folders). 1875-1884

cartons 19-21

Subject files - Coast and Geodetic Survey

carton 19

Annual reports, progress reports, etc. - Primarily copies of the reports submitted by assistants and aids to the Superintendent 1871-1888

carton 19

Civil War - Material relating to the activities of the Coast Survey during the War, particularly in the defense of Philadelphia. In a separate folder is Davidson's notebook relating to the latter.

carton 19

Mt. Conness Triangulation - Monthly reports of field party, receipts for services, bills, etc.. 1890

carton 19

Monthly reports of field party - Boundary survey near Needles. 1893

carton 19

Yolo Base Line - Memoranda, notes and printed copy of the Survey report on the methods and results

carton 19

Latitudes: Reconnaissance. 1852-1853

carton 19

Reports and memoranda (mainly drafts) written by Davidson on Survey matters (3 folders)

carton 19

Clippings, articles, U.S. documents, etc.

carton 19

Reports, memoranda, etc. (printed and manuscript) relating to proposed reorganizations, reductions, and appointments

carton 19

Memorial resolutions, biographical sketches, obituaries

carton 19

Examination questions for Survey aids

carton 20

Abstracts of work done, circa 1852-1854

carton 20

Estimates for field expenses. 1886-1895

carton 20

Miscellaneous estimates

carton 20

Account books, 3 volumes, 1850-1851, 1854-1855, 1864

carton 20

Miscellaneous accounts (4 folders)

carton 20

Inventories

carton 20

Papers relating to the brig "R. H. Fauntleroy" - Account book, photographs, inventories of instruments and books aboard, list of crew, etc.. 1856

carton 20

Papers relating to the schooner "Humboldt" - Inventories and receipts

carton 21

Log of the U.S.S, "Tuscarora." 1874

carton 21

Notebook of T. J. Lowry

carton 21

Capt. Hewitt's sketches and notes - coast of Kamschatka

carton 21

Meteorological Records - Sausalito and Sacramento

carton 21

Charts of the Pleiades - occultations

carton 21

Maps charts and sketches

carton 21

Mississippi River Commission - Copies of letters written by members of the Commission, photographs (3 folders)

carton 21

Notes on light houses, buoys, dangers to navigations

carton 21

Notices to Mariners: Pacific Coast, issued by the Survey; Hydrographic Notices from the U.S. Hydrographic Office

carton 21

Miscellaneous Survey and Treasury Department circulars

carton 21

Notices to Mariners from Office of Light-House Board

carton 21

Miscellany (3 folders)

carton 22

Photographs - Transferred to Pictorial Collections - 1946.008

carton 23

Sketches for Coast Pilot of California, Oregon and Washington, with photolithic plates

See also Oversize 5

carton 24

Sketches and maps: transferred to pictorial collection

carton 25

Miscellaneous transcripts and translations

Scope and Content Note

Transcripts and/or translations of reports and documents dealing with a wide variety of subjects - explorations of Spanish navigators, Alaska, geographic names in the area of Washington Sound, Spanish missionaries in California, etc. Prepared for, presented to or acquired by Davidson in the course of his researches. Included are: a copy of Indian nomenclature of Oregon and Washington by George Gibbs; transcript of Pedro Font's diary; transcript and translation of Miguel Constans¢'s diary; and translations of letters written by Juan Crespi and Joseph Francisco de Ortega.
carton 25

Miscellaneous reports and papers

Scope and Content Note

Most of them presented to Davidson by the authors. Included are: Portions of Gustave Niebaum's translation of The Norsemen in North America; Henry D. Woolfe's notes on an Arctic journey; The Gulf of California & Hernando Cortez by J. J. Warner; The Early Inhabitants of America by T. E. Slevin; Lt. Abercrombie's report on his journey on the Copper River, Alaska, 1889; W. A. Goodyear's account of his trip to Oregon, 1872; Charles D. Gibbes' Communication to the California Academy of Sciences with Meteorological Observations in 1862-63
carton 26-27

Clippings

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by subject in envelopes, as follows:
 

Arranged by subject in envelopes, as follows:

 

Alaska

 

Astronomy

 

American History

 

Antiquities

 

Bible

 

Biographical sketches, obituaries, etc.

 

Botany

 

Calendar

 

California. University

 

California Academy of Sciences

 

California History

 

Cook and Peary - North Pole Exploration

 

Commerce

 

Commercial Museum

 

Conness, Mt.

 

Currents

 

Darien Canal

 

Diablo, Mt.

 

Drake

 

Drake's Bay

 

Earthquakes, tidal waves, fires

 

Exploration

 

Finance and commerce

 

Geographical Notes

 

Girard College

 

Glaciers

 

Harbors

 

Hearst

 

Humboldt Bay

 

Irrigation, water works, etc.

 

Knots

 

Microscopical Society

 

Mining debris

 

Meteorology

 

Mineralogy

 

National Academy of Science

 

Navigation

 

Ocean temperature

 

Panama Canal

 

Poetry

 

Railroads

 

Rockwell, John [Series of articles in the Santa Barbara News]

 

San Francisco - History

 

Ships - Wrecks, etc.

 

Ships and sailing

 

Stanford University

 

U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

 

World History

 

Wrecks

carton 27, volume 3

Miscellaneous clippings; five scrapbooks of clippings: four in carton 27 and one shelved seperately as volume 3

carton 28-29

Printed material

Scope and Content Note

Most of the printed material was removed from the collection and cataloged separately. Extra cards were made for the Manuscripts Division and these are kept on file in the Division. The material left with the collection consists primarily of duplicate copies retained because of annotations, and Davidson's copies of various reports and magazines also retained because of annotations.
carton 28

Davidson publications and reprints

carton 29

Miscellaneous government reports, magazines, etc.

carton 30

Calling cards, etc. (box and two envelopes)

 

Papers of Ellinor (Fauntleroy) Davidson [Mrs. George Davidson]

carton 30

Letters written to various members of her family, primarily to her mother and her sister (one folder). Letters written to her husband are in Davidson's general correspondence files.

carton 30

Letters to her by members of the Fauntleroy family (one folder)

carton 30

Diary of Thomas Davidson, Jr, [George Davidson's brother], Partial transcript included. 1871

 

Papers of Ellinor C. Davidson [daughter]

carton 30

Letters written to her, arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization, with a miscellany of single letters, A-Z, preceding the rest of the folders.

Scope and Content Note

A list of the major correspondents follows the George Davidson correspondence lists.
carton 30

Snapshots

carton 30

Notes on her brother, Thomas

carton 30

Clippings - including some about Mt. Davidson Park

carton 30

Miscellany

Scope and Content Note

Includes a reprint of her article, "Notes on California Indian Shellmounds," prepared for the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of California; Henry Meade Bland's poem, "Davidson Park"; notes on the George Davidson Medal & Research Fund
carton 30

Papers of George F. Davidson [son]

Scope and Content Note

Include letters addressed to him by his mother and a few diary entries for January 1875. In the same volume as the diary is a record of his brother Thomas' expenditures, 1884-1887.
carton 30

Papers of Thomas D. Davidson [son]

Scope and Content Note

Letters written to him, including one from Marsden Manson and one from Charles G. Yale.
 

Papers of and relating to the Fauntleroy and Owen families

box 64

Papers of Robert H. Fauntleroy [Davidson's father-in-law] - a few letters, papers relating to patents (1 folder)

box 64

Papers relating to R. H. Fauntleroy - primarily biographical information (1 folder)

box 64

Papers of Jane Dale (Owen) Fauntleroy [Davidson's mother-in-law]

Scope and Content Note

A few letters, passport, a biographical sketch of her husband written for her children, manuscript of a series of articles on German castles written for a newspaper (1 folder)
box 64

Papers relating to her estate (1 folder)

box 64

Papers of and relating to Arthur Robert Fauntleroy - a few letters, biographical sketch, notes on his trip to Europe, etc. (1 folder)

box 64

Miscellaneous Fauntleroy family correspondence (1 folder)

box 64

Miscellaneous papers re Fauntleroy family

box 64

Miscellaneous papers re Owen family

box 64

Clippings re New Harmony and the Owen family

box 64

Printed pamphlets relating primarily to Owen family and the New Harmony experiment

oversize 1

Drawings and tracings of maps for The Glaciers of Alaska that are shown on Russian charts or mentioned in older narratives (San Francisco) 1904)

oversize 2

Maps and tracings primarily of Philadelphia and environs, probably used in connection with laying out and building fortifications for defense of Philadelphia during the Civil War

oversize 3

Oversize sketches and photographs; penmanship certificate

oversize 4

Miscellaneous charts, maps, tabulations, etc.

oversize 5

Coast Pilot views

oversize 6

Photographs, tracings, etc, of old charts and maps of the coast of Mexico and California

oversize 7

Surveys and charts of the Mississippi River made under the direction of the Mississippi River Commission; Davidson's hydrography of the River; related maps and charts

oversize 8

[Material found at a later date]

oversize 8

Drawings of instruments; charts; tabulations; sketch of a building for the California Academy of Science, 1883

 

Miscellaneous papers, gift of John Howell Boone, July 1980.

box 65

School notebook, kept while in Germany by E. H. Fauntleroy, on stereometry, analytical geometry, and geometry.. 1855-1858

box 65

Algebra notes kept by A. R. Fauntleroy. 1861

box 65

Reprints belonging to George Davidson.

box 65

Photograph of eclipse taken at Cayenne off the Spanish Main. 1889 Dec. 21-22