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Finding Aid for the Copies of William Heath Davis Manuscripts Holdings in the California State Library, Sacramento, ca. 1840-1909
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  • Biography
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  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Copies of William Heath Davis Manuscripts Holdings in the California State Library, Sacramento,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1840-1909
    Collection number: 104
    Creator: Davis, William Heath, 1822-1909
    Extent: 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: William Heath Davis (1822-1909) was a merchant in San Francisco, a real estate developer in San Diego, and an author. The collection consists of 2 reels of 35mm. positive microfilm of correspondence and other material related to Davis' business in Northern California.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Copies of William Heath Davis Manuscripts Holdings in the California State Library, Sacramento (Collection 104). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232927 

    Biography

    William Heath Kanaka Bill Davis was born in Hawaii in 1822, the grandson of a Polynesian princess; accompanied his stepfather on voyages to Alaska, and when he was ten, to California; learned merchandizing from his uncle Nathan Spear, a wealthy merchant with stores in San Francisco and Monterey; operated store in San Francisco, served briefly on the town council, and became a millionaire by age 28; invested in 160 acre waterfront property, now located between Front Street and Broadway in San Diego; sent for six prefabricated buildings from Portland, Maine in 1849 and built a wharf and warehouse called New Town; however it did not attract sufficient business, and became known as Davis' Folly; Davis wrote Sixty Years in California (1889) and Seventy-Five Years in California (published posthumously in 1929); he died in 1909.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of 2 reels of 35mm. positive microfilm of correspondence and other material related to merchant William Heath Davis' business in Northern California.
    Original papers held at the California State Library, Sacramento.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Davis, William Heath, 1822-1909--Archives.
    Merchants--California--Archival resources.
    Microfilms.

    Related Material

    William Heath Davis Papers (Collection 2041). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.