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Guide to the Baldwin & Howell Records
SFH 17  
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Description
This collection documents the business dealings of Baldwin & Howell--a firm which specialized in realty, insurance, property management, leasing, loans, insurance, and appraisal. The records in the collection span the years between 1891 to 1974, but the bulk of the collection contains material from the 1890s to the 1940s. These records provide insight into the residential housing developments of which the Baldwin & Howell Company was a part, documenting the origins of many contemporary San Francisco, Bay Area, and Northern California neighborhoods.
Background
The real estate firm of Archibald S. Baldwin (1858-1924) and Josiah R. Howell (1868-1916) was one of the most important residential development companies in San Francisco and the Bay Area between 1890 and 1940. Baldwin & Howell was instrumental in the development of such San Francisco neighborhoods as Westwood Park, Forest Hills, Presidio Terrace, Balboa Park, the Richmond / Sunset, Forest Hill, West Portal, and St. Francis Wood. The company was particularly active in the development of the western portions of San Francisco during the first quarter of the 20th century.
Extent
7 cubic ft. (7 boxes), 1 map folder
Restrictions
Copyright has been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items and the copyright.
Availability
Collection is open for research.