Guide to the Archibald J. Treat Papers

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Call Number: SC0511
Creator: Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904
Creator: Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893.
Creator: Treat, Archibald J. (Archibald Jennings), 1864-1949.
Title: Archibald J. Treat papers
Dates: 1883-1961
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
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Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

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[Identification of item], Archibald J. Treat Papers, SC 511, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.


Archibald J. Treat was employed by the Central Pacific Rail Road in 1879 as an office boy and telegraph operator. He worked his way up to become secretary to Stephen T. Gage, who was assistant to Leland Stanford when Stanford was president of the CPRR. Treat also studied law while working for CPRR and was admitted to the California Bar in 1897. During the construction of Stanford University, Treat took photographs of the work in progress that were regularly sent to Leland Stanford to keep him informed.


These papers pertain largely to Treat's association with Leland Stanford and the history of the University, and include correspondence, a notebook, his typescript reminiscences, and two letters by his daughter Laura Treat pertaining to her father.
Correspondents include Alice Hays, Timothy Hopkins, Herbert Hoover, David Starr Jordan, John B. McCarthy, Herbert C. Nash, and Burt Worthington. Subjects include the Stanford Mausoleum, Treat's photographs, business matters, and Eadweard Muybridge. These papers were originally included with the Leland Stanford papers, but have now been catalogued separately.

Access Terms

Hays, Alice Newman.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Hopkins, Timothy, 1859-1937.
Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
McCarthy, John B.
Nash, Herbert C. (Herbert Charles), 1857-1902
Stanford University -- General subdivision--History.;
Worthington, Burt.

Collection Contents

Folder 1

Outgoing letters, 1894, 1936-1941


to Wellington re the S.P. office and Chas. Stetson Wheeler 1894 Nov 14


to Howard C. Tibbitts re Muybridge's experiment photographing horses at Palo Alto, John D. Isaacs, Muybridge's suit, Stanford's loss of the S.P.presidency, Timothy Hopkins, photographing sites for the University 1936 Jan 20


to H. Hoover introducing himself and his reminiscences of the Stanfords 1937 Aug 5


to J. H. Mitchell on Jordan's autobiography, Clark's biography of Stanford, Elliott's history, his photos of campus, and possible Indian grave site on campus 1937Aug 31


to Alice Hays answering questions on Gustavus Hall, E. Narjot and the mausoleum 1941 Feb 20


to Alice Hays answering question about a "terrace" 1941 Mar 8


to Alice Hays with more on the image in question 1941 Mar 24

Folder 2

Hays, Alice, letters, re: questions on Gustavus Hall, the Mausoleum, and one of Treat's photographs 1937, 1941;

Folder 3

Hopkins, letters, 1892-1894


M. K. Hopkins (Mrs. Timothy?): 1893 Dec 16 and 20


Timothy Hopkins: on Art Association, photographs he's bought 1892 Aug 8


Timothy Hopkins: on various slides he wanted 1894 May 25,

Folder 4

Hoover, Herbert, letter, 1937

Folder 5

Jordan, David Starr, letter, re postponing a lecture 1894,

Folder 6

McCarthy, John B, letters, Senator Stanford has received the photographs 1887-1888;

Folder 7

Nash, Herbert C., letters, 1886-1891


photographs received and admired 1886 Sep 24


on Nash's property transactions, Treat's difficulty with Ferguson, the Stanfords' appreciation of his photographs 1888 Jan 30


on Treat's exhibit, political appointments (?) 1888 Dec 23


Stanfords in Canada, other personal news 1890 Jan 7


Treat's sister visited, returning to California early March, President [Harrison] will probably visit there as guest of Stanford 1891 Feb 10

Folder 8

Olmsted, Frederick and Coolidge, Charles, letters


Olmsted: received the photographs 11/24/1886


Coolidge: received the photographs 1/26/1888

Folder 9

Worthington, Burt, letters, 1887


can't leave Sacramento because Mr. Stevens needs him 6/10/1887


on his ambitions 6/18/1887

Folder 10

Notebook, partly in shorthand; includes short list of photographs taken 1883-1885,

Folder 11

Treat, "The Stanfords and their Golden Key," 1937

Physical Description: (2 ts copies)
Folder 12

Letters by Laura Treat, (A. Treat's daughter), 1952, 1961