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Guide to the James Deitrick Papers, 1900-1918
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical Note
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Deitrick Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1918
    Collection number: Special Collections M0140
    Creator: Deitrick, James.
    Extent: .5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    None.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] James Deitrick Papers, M0140, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Content

    This material spans the period from 1900 - 1918 with the bulk from 1914 through 1917. There are also a number of undated items. The collection consists of letters, a Protocol, bills, extracts from a diary, copies of contracts, powers of attorney and other legal papers, misc. financial papers and notes, various lists, clips and printed material, brochures, telegrams and cables, form letters, postcards, memos, notes and drafts, sketches, autographs, calling cards and maps.
    The subject matter pertains almost exclusively to business in Russia, China, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States. This includes construction of railroads, development of mining and agricultural lands and resources, sale of farm equipment, and war material. A few items touch on political affairs, particularly the correspondence with Sun Yat-sen, H. C. Stuart, Herbert Hoover and the Nathan Hale volunteers. See also M 92 and the partial index following the container list.

    Biographical Note

    JAMES DEITRICK
    1864 --born in [UNK]. Sterling, Kentucky; son of Philip K. and Aletha Elizabeth (Martin) D.
      --educated at the State University of Kentucky
    1876 --railway telegraph operator
    1880 --train dispatcher
    1884 --railway superintendent
    1892 --Southern Pacific Co. railway superintendent in California
      --Santa Fe, location engineer in construction dept.
      --confidential agent for Alan Manvel, Pres. of Santa Fe
    1894 --agent for Brice and Morgan (or Brice Syndicate?)
    1898 - 1904 --work in Mongolia
    1899 --compiled and published Mongolian-English Dictionary
    1908 --in fibre business
    1909 --m. Violet Telkes of New York
    1911 - 1916 --agent for Sun Yat-sen
    1912 --president Central Railway and Navigation Co., a Central American concern with office in Paris
    1913 --president European-American Finance and Development Co.
    1914 --Consulting Engineers of Railroads and Mines
      --United States and Nicaragua Company
      --Compania de la Luz-Y-Los Angeles Mines
    1914 - 1916 --legal agent for C. L. Best Gas Traction Co. and Lewis Motor Truck Co.
    1915 --sales representative for Wellman, Peck and Co., wholesale grocers
      --agent for Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co. in Russia, China and Japan
      --fiscal agent for Imperial Russian government
      --agent for The Russell and Company James Rees and Sons Company Fuel Savers Gas Stoves Mfg. Co.
      --president and director Chinese-American Plantation Co.
    1916 --representative of Peters, White and Co. for importing potash.
    1916 - 1917 --promotional work in Mexico and the United States
    Deitrick was a capitalist, an engineer, location, construction and contractor of railways in America, China and Siberia. He was also president of the Chinese Construction Co. His death date is unknown although he is known to have been dead by fall, 1932.

    Note

    inserts to Index

    Additional Information

    PARTIAL INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS AND SUBJECTS

    (Numbers refer to folders)
    Agriculture, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11.
    Airplanes, 9, 10, 14,
    Alaska, 2, 4.
    Albion, Calif., 2.
    Arizona, 9, 10.
    Baja California, 9, 10.
    Barbour, William, 1.
    Beal, C. N., 5, 9.
    Best, C. L., Gas Traction Company, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9.
    Boisse, Jean, 1.
    Boone Trail, 9.
    Burke, John, 3.
    California, 2, 5.
    Cantu, Esteban, 9, 10.
    Carleton, Mark Alfred, 3.
    Chamberlain, George Earle, 3, 8.
    Chilton, William Edwin, 1.
    China, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 13.
    Chinese-American Plantation Company, 8, 9, 11.
    Chinese Nationalist League of America, 9, 10.
    Clay, 9, 11.
    Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, 5, 6, 9.
    Cotton, 10.
    Emerson-Brantingham Implement Company, 3, 5.
    Ermolof, Alexis Sergius, 4
    Evermann, Barton Warren, 10.

    INDEX - 2

    Goeke, John Henry, 1, 3.
    Gordon, Sloane, 9, 10.
    Gould, Frank Horace, 10.
    Hughes, Frederic Sumner, 10.
    Hughitt, Marvin, 9.
    Januszewski, Z., 8.
    Japan, 2, 5.
    Lansing, Robert, 9.
    Lawton, H., 10.
    Manganese, 9, 10.
    Marye, George Thomas, 7, 8.
    Mexican sisal, 9.
    Mexico, 9, 10, 11.
    Mongolia, 1, 4, 13.
    Murphy, J. S., 3.
    Mustain, Samuel J., 10.
    Nathan Hale Volunteers, 10.
    Natomas Consolidated of California, 2.
    Netherlands Farms Company, 2.
    Nicaragua, 1, 2.
    Nicaragua Timber and Fruit Lands Company, 1.
    North Dakota, agriculture, 3, 11.
    O'Gorman, James A., 1, 2.
    Petrograd, Russia, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
    Polkhovski, Joseph, 5, 8.
    Potash, 9, 11.

    INDEX - 3

    Railroads, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11.
    Rohrer, A. L., 9.
    Ropp, Baron E., 6.
    Russell and Company, The, 7, 8, 9.
    Russian Empire, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13.
    Russian Land Reclamation Company Ltd., 6.
    Shuster, William Morgan, 8.
    Simon, Georges, 1.
    Skorniakoff, Eugene E., 5.
    Smedberg, C. Renwick, 9.
    Spurgeon, John J., 9.
    Stevens, John Franklin, 2.
    Storey, William Benson, 2.
    Stuart, Henry Clifford, 2, 3, 9.
    Sugar beet seeds, 8, 9.
    Sun, Yat-sen, 2, 3, 4.
    Telkes family, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
    Telkes de Kelenfold, Ernest, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
    Timber, 2, 5.
    Townsend, Charles Orrin, 8, 9.
    Trans-Siberian Railway, 4, 7, 11.
    Tumulty, Joseph Patrick, 8.
    Turkestan, 4, 13;
    East, 8, 13.
    Walsh, Thomas James, 2.
    War armaments and equipment, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.
    Webb, George T., 3, 9, 11.
    Wellman, Peck, and Company, 5.

    INDEX - 4

    Whales and whaling, 9, 10.
    White, Frederick W., 9.
    Winslow, Edward Delbert, 4.
    Wright, George Frederick, 2.
    Wu, T'ing-fang, 9.

    PARTIAL INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS & SUBJECTS

    (Numbers refer to folders)
    name or subject folder number
    Agmenlture 1-6, 9, 10, 11
    Alrpleures 9, 10
    Alaska 2, 4,
    Albion, Calif 2
    Baja Califomica 9, 10
    Beal, C. N. 5, 9
    Best, C. L., Gas [UNK] Company 2, 3 6, 7, 9
    Boisse, Jean 1
    Burke, John (1) 1859 - 1937 3
    Canter, Esteban 9, 10
    Calif General, Gov. of Lower 2, 5
    Carleton, Mark. Alfred 1866 - 1925 (1) Am. plant pathologist 3
    Chamberlain, George Earle 1854 - 1928 Am. politician 3, 8
    Chilton, William Edwin (1) 1858 - 1939 senator 1
    China - business in, agriculture, railroads, politics 1-4, 5, 8-10, 13 (map)
    Chinese - American Plantation Co. 8, 9, 11
    Chinese Nationalist League of America 9, 10
    Clay 9, 11
    Coefs' Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company 5, 6 9
    Cotton 10
    Emerson - Brantingham Implement Company 3, 5
    Ermolof, Alexis Sergius 4
    Evermann, Barton Warren 1853 - 1932 naturalist (1) 10
    Goeke, John Henry 1869 - 1930 lawyer 1, 3
    Gordon, Sloane 9, 10
    Gould, Frank Horace-lawyer 1856 - 1918 (1) 10
    Guns 5-7, 9
    Januszewski, Z. 8
    Japan 2, 5
    Lansing, Robert (1) 1864 - 1928 Am. lawyer & statesman 9
    Lawton, H. 10
    Manganese 9, 10
    Marye, George Thomas 1849 - 1933 ambassador 7, 8
    Mexican sisal 9,
    Mexico 9, 10, 11
    Mongolia 1, 4, 13 (map)
    Murphy, J. S. 3
    Mustain, Samuel J. 10
    Nathan Hale Volunteers 10
    Natomas Consolidated of California 2
    Netherlands Farms Company 2
    Nicaragua 1, 2
    Nicaragua Timber & Fruit Lands Co. 1
    North Dakota Agriculture 3, 11
    O'Gorman, James A. 1, 2
    Petrograol, Russia 3-8
    Polkhovski, Joseph 5, 8
    Potash 9, 11
    Railroads 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11
    Rohter, A. L. 9
    Ropp. Baren E. 6
    Russell & Co., The (E. C. Merwin) 7, 8, 9
    Russian Empire 1, 2-7, 10, 11, 13 (maps)
    Russian Land Reclamation Co. Ltd. 6
    Shuster, William Morgan 1877 - (1) Am. lawyer, financier & publish 8
    [UNK], George 1
    Skorniakoff Engene E. 6
    Smedberg, C. Renwick 9
    Storey, William Benson 1857-1940 [UNK] official 2
    [UNK], Henry Clifford 2, 3, 9
    Sugar beet seeds 8, 9
    Sun Yat-sen ([UNK], Wen & Chung [UNK] Shan) 1866-1925 Chinese statesman & revolutionary leader 2, 3, 4
    Telkes family 2, 4-10
    Telkes de Kelenfold, Béla 2
    Telkes de Kelenfold, Ernest [UNK]-10
    Tunber 2, 5
    Townsend, Charles [UNK] 1863 - 1937 pathologist 8, 9
    Trans-Siberian Railroad 4, 7, 11
    Tumulty, Joseph [UNK] (1) 1879- Am. lawyer, pvt. see to Woodrow Wilson 8
    Turkestan 4, 13(map)
    Turkestan, East 8, 13 (map)
    Walsh, Thomas James (1) 1759-1933 Am. lawyer & legislator 2
    Webb, George T. 3, 9, 11
    Wellman, Peek & Co. 5
    Whales & Whaling 9, 10
    White, Frederick W. (1) 1863 - 1937 chem. mfr. 9
    Winslow, Edward Delbert (1) 1858 - 1941 [UNK] gen. 4
    Wright, George Frederick 1838 - 1921 [UNK] 2
    Wu T'ing - fang (1) 1842 - 1922 Chinese diplomat 9
    Arizona 9, 10
    Barbour, William d. 1917 (1) 1
    Boone [UNK] 9
    Hughitt, Marvin 1837 - 1928 [UNK] official (1) 9
    Hughes, Frederic Sumner (1) 10
    Hindu [UNK] case (1) 10
    Stevens, John Franklin (1) 1870 - 1933 consulting [UNK] 2
    Spurgeon, John J. (1) 9
    Wilson, Homer 10
    Armaments 5-7, 9
    Ships 7, 10