Finding Aid to the William A. Scott Papers, 1830-1885

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Guide to the William A. Scott Papers, 1830-1885

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 360

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: William A. Scott Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1830-1885
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 360
Creator: Scott, W. A. (William Anderson), 1813-1885
Extent: Number of containers: 11 boxes, 4 oversize folders Linear feet: 4.6 Number of microfilm reels: 6
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence; church records; diaries, mainly of European trips; accounts; clippings re the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856; manuscripts of articles and sermons. Mainly concerning the Presbyterian church in California, Louisiana and New York.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William A. Scott papers, BANC MSS C-B 360, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856
Presbyterian Church--California--History
Presbyterian Church--Louisiana--History
Presbyterian Church--New York--History
Diaries

Biography

William Anderson Scott was born on January 31, 1813 and received a license to preach when he was seventeen. He later attended Cumberland College, took his degree at Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Presbytery of Louisiana and Arkansas; he was elected president of the Seminary at Nashville and served as pastor at the Hermitage Church on the estate of Andrew Jackson.
Dr. Scott was called to San Francisco in 1854 to organize the Calvary Presbyterian Church, which grew into one of the largest congregations in the city. When the Civil War came, his southern sympathies brought him into conflict with members of his congregation, and he left California to travel abroad. On his return to the United States, he accepted a temporary post in New York City. In 1870 he answered another call to San Francisco where he organized and edited the Pacific Expositor, helped found San Francisco City College and the San Francisco Theological Seminary at San Anselmo, and wrote several religious books.

Scope and Content

The papers were acquired through Mrs. S. L. Abbott and other members of the Scott family, 1944-1963. A few items were given by Rev. Drury and by UCLA at various times.
The collection includes correspondence with leading clergymen and politicians during the nineteenth century; account books and diaries, many pertaining to Scott's trips abroad and to the Holy Land; church records with official documents relating to his various pastorates; printed items, including some of Scott's published works and clippings about W. A. Scott, some concerning his relations with the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856.
The correspondence and diaries are also available on microfilm.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Scott, William Anderson, 1813-1885

 

Outgoing correspondence, 1835-1883

Box 2

Incoming correspondence, A-L

Box 3

Incoming correspondence, M-Z

Box 4

Scott, Anne (Nicholson)

 

Outgoing, 1846-1885

 

Incoming, A-Z

 

Letters from children to parents and to each other, arranged alphabetically by author

 

Scott, William Anderson

 

Accounts, 1868-1884

 

Miscellaneous legal papers, 1825-1869

 

Diplomas and certificates, 1833-1884

 

Passports, 1846-1868

 

Miscellaneous - calling cards, etc.

Box 5

Scott, William Anderson, 1813-1885

 

Biographical material concerning W. A. Scott and his family.

 

Drafts of writings and sermons

Box 6

Material re churches in which Scott served, grouped by church.

 

Notes and Ms. texts for the study of Hebrew, Arabic, Egyptian, etc.

Box 7

Clippings, roughly sorted, mainly concerning Scott.

Box 8, Oversize drawer A, Folders 1-4

Clippings re San Francisco Committee of Vigilance, 1856 (unsorted)

Box 9, Vol. 1

Diary, 1832

Vol. 2

Diary, 1832

Vol. 3

Diary, 1834

Vol. 4

Diary, 1835

Vol. 5

Diary, 1842

Vol. 6

Journal and notebook, 1842

Vol. 7

Diary, 1843

Vol. 8

Diary, 1844. Contains accounts, roster of letters written, etc.

Vol. 9

Literary journal, 1839-1845 (Record of reading, letter writing and sermons)

Vol. 10

Travel diary, 1846

Vol. 11

Travel diary, 1850

Vol. 12

Travel diary, 1850-1851

Vol. 13

Travel diary, 1851

Vol. 14

Travel diary, 1850-1851. With copies of letters written.

Vol. 15

Notes on trip, 1851, with drafts of letters and travel tips.

Vol. 16

Travel diary, 1851

Vol. 17

Travel diary, 1851

Vol. 18

Journal and notebook, 1836-1852

Vol. 19

Items of my circuit riding, life and some others down to 1870. 1830-1870 (Mainly 1830)

Vol. 20

Visiting book, letters sent, accounts, 1852, with at end some accounts, 1857-1858, kept by Mrs. Scott.

Vol. 21

Letters, expenditures, 1854-1860

Box 10, Vol. 22

Account book, 1860-1868. Contains a few notes on his travels, addresses and list of letters written.

Vol. 23

Accounts 1870-1878. At end, list of marriages, 1870

Vol. 24

Account book, 1879-1884

Vol. 25

Account with Brown and Clark, 1884-1885

Vol. 26

Inventory of wedding gifts, ca. 1870?

Vol. 27

Theological commonplace book, ca. 1840

Vol. 28

Record of marriages, 1837-1854 (Baptisms also recorded)

Vol. 29

Marriage record, Calif., 1854-1859

Vol. 30

Marriage records & items of St. John's Church, 1870-1882. Includes some records of services performed in New York, 1863-1866.

Vol. 31

Address book, register of visitors, 1856-1871

Box 11

Printed items, mainly articles and books by W. A. Scott.

Partial List of Correspondents

 

A - Miscellany

 

Alexander, Samuel Davies, 1819-1894

 

Letter, Feb. 11, 1870

 

Alexander, Archibald 1772-1851

 

5 letters, 1833-1845

 

Alexander, James Waddel, 1804-1859

 

7 letters, 1845-1872

 

Alexander, Joseph Addison, 1809-1860

 

2 letters, 1837-1851

 

B - Miscellany

 

Bagby, Arthur Pendleton, 1794-1858

 

Letter, Apr. 26, 1844

 

Baird, Henry Martyn, 1832-1906

See letter of James Baird in B - Miscellany

 

Bancroft, Albert Little, 1841-1914

 

Letter, Feb. 15, 1864

 

Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918

 

Letter, Nov. 25, 1882

 

Barnes, Albert, 1798-1870

 

Letter, Nov. 3, 1845

 

Beals, Henry Channing

 

Letter, Oct. 19, 1869

 

Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson, 1800-1871

 

Letter, Mar. 6, 1857

 

Burrowes, George, 1811-

 

Letter, Sept. 30, 1861

 

Bacon, Leonard, 1802-1881

 

2 letters, 1849-1852

 

Baird, Robert, 1798-1863

 

3 letters, 1845-1850

 

Beard, Richard, 1799-1880

 

2 letters, 1848-1879. 1848 letter includes autobiographical sketch.

 

Bowman, Samuel M., d. 1885

 

2 letters, 1856-1865

 

Brumby, Richard Trapier, 1804-1875

 

3 letters, 1841-1843

 

C - Miscellany

 

Cairns, John, 1819-1885

 

Letter, Nov. 19, 1881

 

Casserly, Eugene, 1820-1883

 

Letter, Jan. 3, 1865

 

Cullum, George Washington, 1809-1892

 

Letter, Mar. 25, 1851

 

Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866

 

4 letters, 1853-1858

 

Coon, Henry Perrin, 1822-1884

 

2 letters, 1869

 

Crosby, Howard, 1826-1891

 

4 letters, 1872-1880

 

D - Miscellany

 

Deems, Charles Force, 1820-

 

Letter, Oct. 18, 1881

 

Drum, Richard Coulter, 1825-

 

Letter, Dec. 31, 1880

 

Dwight, Harrison Gray Otis, 1803-1862

 

Letter, May 17, 1851

 

G - Miscellany

 

Garrison, William Re Tallack, 1834-1882

 

Letter, June 4, 1877

 

Gibbons, Henry, 1840-1911

 

Letter, Nov. 2, 1878

 

Green, William Henry, 1825-1900

 

3 letters, 1870-1875

 

H - Miscellany

 

Hall, John, 1829-1898

 

Letter, Apr. 15, 1880

 

Hall, William Whitney, 1810-1876

 

Letter, Mar. 31, 1875

 

Harper & Bros.

 

Letter, May 10, 1853

 

Hearst, Phoebe (Apperson), 1842-1919

 

Letter of condolence to Mrs. Scott, Feb. 25, 1885. Box 4

 

Hennen, Alfred, 1786-1870

 

Letter, June 15, 1844. See also letter appended to his wife's letter of May 16, 1857

 

Hennen Ann M. (Mrs. Alfred Hennen)

 

Letter, May 16, 1857

 

Hobhouse, Edmund, 1817-1904

 

Letter, May 5, 1851

 

Haight, Henry Huntley, 1825-1878

 

4 letters, 1861-1872. 1869 letter written as Governor of California, concerning the University of California.

 

Hamilton, James, 1814-1867

 

10 letters, 1861-1863

 

Hodge, Charles, 1797-1878

 

2 letters, 1858-1865

 

Hoge, Moses Drury, 1819-1899

 

5 letters, 1850-1867

 

J - Miscellany

 

Jacobus, Melancthon William, 1816-1876

 

Letter, Jan. 1, 1857

 

Jackson, Andrew, Pres. U.S., 1767-1845

 

3 letters, 1840-1841

 

Jackson, Sarah (York), 1806-1877

 

2 letters, 1869.

See also Letter of Aug. 3, ca. 1840, to Mrs. Scott, Box 4

 

K - Miscellany

 

Kalisch, Isidor, 1816-1886

 

Letter, Jan. 23, 1878

 

Krebs, John Michael 1804-1867

 

2 letters, 1849-1850

 

L - Miscellany

 

Lenox, James, 1800-1880

 

Letter, ca. 1850

 

Lindsley, Philip, 1786-1855

 

Letter, Aug. 9, 1842

 

Leyburn, John, 1814-

 

2 letters, 1857-1867

 

Loomis, Gustavus, 1789-1872

 

8 letters, 1832-1845

 

Lowrie, Walter, 1784-1868

 

2 letters, 1849-1853

 

M - Miscellany

 

McGill, Alexander Taggart, 1807-

 

Letter, Mar. 8, 1859

 

Montgomery, Zachariah, 1825-1900

 

Letter, Feb. 9, 1882

 

Manly, Basil, 1798-1868

 

2 letters, 1844-1847

 

Murray, Nicholas, 1802-1861

 

5 letters, 1845-1858

 

Musgrove, George Washington, 1804-1882

 

6 letters, 1856-1857

 

N - Miscellany

 

Nevin, Alfred, 1816-1890

 

Letter, Sept. 4, 1883

 

P - Miscellany

 

Perkins, Elisha Henry, 1850-1931

 

Letter, May 24, 1878

 

Prime, Edward Dorr Griffin, 1814-1891

 

Letter, Apr. 27, 1872

 

Palmer, Benjamin Morgan, 1818-1902

 

4 letters, 1872-1881.

See also 2 letters, 1885, to Mrs. Scott in Box 4.

 

Patton, Francis Landey, 1843-1932

 

2 letters, 1869-1870

 

Plumer, William Swan, 1802-1880

 

5 letters, 1850-1867

 

Prime, Samuel Irenaeus, 1812-1885

 

2 letters, 1872-1874

 

Prime, William Cowper, 1825-1905

 

2 letters, 1869-1876

 

R - Miscellany

 

Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875

 

Letter, Sept. 14, 1873

 

Randolph (Anson D. F.) & Co.

 

4 letters, 1879-1884

 

Robinson, Stuart, 1814-1881

 

3 letters, 1862-1879

 

S - Miscellany

 

San Francisco, Mercantile Library Association

 

Letter, Dec. 20, 1855

 

Shedd, William Greenough Thayer, 1820-1894

 

Letter, May 4, 1869

 

Silliman, Benjamin, 1816-1885

 

Letter, Mar. 13, 1845

 

Skinner, Thomas Harvey, 1820-1892

 

Letter, June 20, 1867

 

Smith, Andrew D.

 

Letter, Feb. 5, 1881

 

Speer, William, 1822-1904

 

Letter, July 29, 1885. See also letter, May 4, 1885 to Mrs. Scott, Box 4

 

Stanton, Edwin McMaster, 1814-1869

 

Letter, Dec. 27, 1858

 

Stone, Charles Pomeroy, 1824-1887

 

Letter, Jan. 25, 1885, enclosed in letter of Robert N. Scott, Feb. 10, 1885, Box 4

 

Sumner, Charles Allen, 1835-1903

 

Letter, July 16, 1873

 

Schenck, William Edward, 1819-1904

 

4 letters, 1869-1878

 

Scott, Ann (Nicholson), 1811-1888 (Mrs. William Anderson Scott)

 

24 letters, 1846-1885, Box 4

 

Selby, Thomas Henry, 1820-1875

 

2 letters, 1869-1870

 

Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891

 

2 letters, 1856-1865. 1856 letter restricted until publication of Clifford M. Drury's book (12/19/63 GPH letter)

 

Smyth, Thomas, 1808-1873

 

10 letters, 1844-1865

 

Sprague, William Buel, 1795-1876

 

7 letters, 1853-1856

 

Stuart, Robert Leighton, 1806-1882

 

3 letters, 1880

 

T - Miscellany

 

Thomson, William McClure, 1806-1894

 

Letter, Dec. 26, 1850

 

Torre, Pablo della

 

Letter, Dec. 29, 1856

 

Van Dyke, Henry Jackson, 1822-

 

3 letters, 1869-1885.

See also letter of Jan. 19, 1885 to Mrs. Scott, Box 4

 

Van Rensselaer, Cortlandt, 1808-1860

 

9 letters, 1855-1860

 

W - Miscellany

 

Weller, John B., 1812-1875

 

Letter, Mar. 15, 1857

 

Wells, S. T.

 

Letter, Mar. 26, 1863

 

Whitton, Abel

 

Letter, Sept. 15, 1856

 

Woodbridge, Sylvester

 

Letter, Mar. 10, 1879

 

Woodrow, James, 1828-1907

 

Letter, Aug. 15, 1867

 

Wilson, John Leighton, 1809-1886

 

2 letters, 1872?-1877