Finding Aid to the Western Sugar Refinery Records, 1871-1949

Finding Aid written by Bancroft Library staff
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Finding Aid to the Western Sugar Refinery Records, 1871-1949

Collection Number: BANC MSS C-G 126

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California Funding for processing this collection was provided by Douthit Fund
Finding Aid Written By:
Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
February 2007
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Western Sugar Refinery records
Date (inclusive): 1871-1949
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-G 126
Creators : Western Sugar Refinery
Extent: Number of containers: 28 boxes; 9 cartons, 1 oversize box, 10 oversize folders Linear feet: 22.6
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract:
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Western Sugar Refinery Records, BANC MSS C-G 126, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Related Collections

"From Memory's Files; Episodes in the Life of a Western Sugar Refinery Employee," 1937, BANC MSS C-D 5042.
Dan Gutleben Papers, BANC MSS C-R 30
California Sugar Refinery......, F862.55 C35
Spreckels Financial Records, 1880-1844, BANC MSS C-G 190
Spreckels Sugar Beet Bulletin, HD9101 S 68
San Francisco Industrial Views Including Western Sugar Refinery photographs, BANC PIC 1999.065-PIC

Separated Material

Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library. Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Spreckels, Claus, 1828-1908
Spreckels family
Western Sugar Refinery
California Sugar Refinery
Sugar factories--California
Sugar trade--California
Sugar--Manufacture and refining
San Francisco (Calif.)--History

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Western Sugar Refinery Records was/were given to The Bancroft Library by C. E. Schink and Dan Gutleben on 1952.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the container level.

Processing Information

Processed by E. Stephens in 2004.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Western Sugar Refinery Records, 1871-1949, contain letter books, technical reports, shift superintendent's reports and other material related to Claus Spreckels' sugar operations in San Francisco. Formed as the California Sugar Refining Company in 1867 at 8th and Brannan in San Francisco, the refinery processed sugar cane from Hawaii and elsewhere. In 1881 Spreckels expanded the business, building a second refinery on Potrero Point. He called the new refinery the Western Sugar Refinery.
Arranged hierarchically in rough chronological order. Contains letter books of general correspondence with managers and superintendents, mechanical reports, raw sugar cargo lists, polarization, technical statements, and shift superintendent's logs. Oversize folders contain drawings and plans of refinery and machinery.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Watson, Charles (manager?) 1882-1889

Box 2, Folder 1

Sprague, R. H. (manager), letter book 1891-1894

Box 2, Folder 2-3

Rothmaler, Oswald (manager), letter books 1895-1897

Box 3, Folder 1

Rothmaler, Oswald 1899

Box 3, Folder 1

Spreckels, Richard, vol. 3 (Superintendent, then manager) 1900-1904

Box 3, Folder 2-4

Spreckels, Richard 1900-1909

Box 4, Folder 1-2

Spreckels, Richard 1907-1917

Box 20, Folder 1-4

General office correspondence 1904-1916

Oversize Box 1, Folder 1

Refinery statement book 1909-1912

Box 1, Folder 2

Insertions 1908-1911

 

Murray, W. E. (Chief engineer)

Box 21

Letter book 1901-1907

Box 22

Letter books (2 Vols.) 1908-1909

Box 23

Letter books (3 Vols.) 1910-1913

Box 24

Letter books (2 Vols.) 1913-1915

Box 25

Letter books (2 Vols.) 1915-1917

Box 5, Folder 1

Equipment diagram book 1889-1893

Box 5, Folder 2-3

Mechanical equipment and miscellaneous 1899-1917

Box 5, Folder 4-6

Western Refinery building plans, refinery equipment and operation 1916

Box 5, Folder 7-8

Sugar refinery specs 1917-1921

Box 26

Raw Sugar Cargos, 6 books 1896-1906

Box 6, Folder 1-2

Statements of Raw Sugar Melted (Vols. 1-2) 1891-1899

Oversize Box 1, Folder 2

Statements of "Dry Substance" melted (vol. 3) 1899-1902

Box 27

Statement of "Dry Substance" melted (vol. 4) 1902-1906

Box 22, Folder 1

Statement of Raw Sugar melted (vol. 5) 1907-1909

Box 7, Folder 1-4

California Sugar Company, Polarization (4 Vols.) 1882-1891

Box 8, Folder 1-3

Western Sugar Refinery Company, Polarization books 1891-1895

Box 9, Folder 1-3

Polizaration books 1896-1910

Carton 1, Folder 1-32

Technical statements 1912-1923

Carton 2, Folder 1-30

Technical statements 1924-1945

Carton 3, Folder 1-3

Technical statements 1945-1948

Box 28

Shift Superintendent's log book 1906-1907

Carton 3, Folder 4-21

Superintendent's daily report 1925-1927

Boxes 11-19

Shift Superintendent's report books 1916-1929

Carton 4, Folder 1-20

Shift Superintendent's reports 1927-1930

Carton 5, Folder 1-20

Shift Superintendent's reports 1930-1934

Carton 6, Folder 1-21

Shift Superintendent's reports 1934-1938

Carton 7, Folder 1-23

Shift Superintendent's reports 1938-1942

Carton 8, Folder 1-22

Shift Superintendent's reports 1942-1946

Carton 9, Folder 1-23

Shift Superintendent's reports 1946-1951

Box 1, Folder 4

Cost data report 1935

Box 1, Folder 5

Highlights of refinery operation from 1916 circa 1937

Box 10, Folder 1-8

Yearly data for #2 Pine Street (C. J. Moroney) and Western Sugar Refinery (J. O. Ziebolz) circa 1950

Oversize Box 1, Folder 3

[California Sugar Refinery?] Wage book 1871-1875

Box 1, Folder 3

California Sugar Refinery, clippings 1881

Oversize Drawer C, Folder 1-9

California Sugar Refinery, S. S. Hepworth and Co. drawings for buildings and machinery undated

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 1

Box Brands for Sea Island Cane Sugar undated