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Guide to the Robert Bradford Marshall papers, 1898-1949
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Part I

Box I:

Letters from Marshall, 1898-1930

Box II:

Letters from Marshall, 1931-1948

Box III:

Letters to Marshall, A-D

Box IV:

Letters to Marshall, E-P

Box V:

Letters to Marshall, R-Z

Box VI:

Marshall's writings:

Scope and Content Note

Notes, drafts, manuscripts; Report on national parks, Rocky Mountain National Park, San Luis Lakes, Sawtooth National Park; Marshall Plan; Our National Parks; California Highway Beautification Survey; "Are We Also Stupid?" and miscellaneous.
Box VII:

Marshall's writings:

Scope and Content Note

Notes, drafts, manuscripts; California State Planning Board special reports; California tours; a list of U.S. And state shield sign route numbers and mileages; Agriculture Development in California; Resources of California; Speeches; biographical data; California as I have seen it; John Muir.
Box VIII:

Memoranda from Marshall, 1909-1937

 

Memoranda to Marshall, 1915-1935

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Box IX:

California. Department of Public Works. Division of Water Resources. Minutes of consulting board, 1921-1922.

Scope and Content Note

(These contain statements from engineers and "promoters" in various parts of the state, discussing each area's particular water needs, problems and projects, and the means to solve them. The purpose of the board was to gather together this information to present to the state legislature in 1923. Include speeches by Robert Bradford Marshall, U.S. Webb, William Mulholland, J. C. Forkner, Dan Hadsell, U.S. Grant III, John E. Raker and many others.)
 

Synopsis of replies to circular letter sent out by J. C. Forkner, pros and cons of Marshall Plan as applied to various regional suggestions.

 

Copies of letters addressed to Forkner in answer to circular letter, relate to the water problems of the state.

Box X:

California. Department of Public Works. Division of Engineering and Irrigation. Bulletins. no. 4-6.

Scope and Content Note

Typed copies, marked in Marshall's handwriting.
Box XI:

California State Irrigation Association. Reports, 1921-1922.

Scope and Content Note

Partial lists and lists of members.
 

California Legislature: Report of Joint Committee Re Proposed Constitutional Amendments Concerning Water in California, 1927.

 

Yosemite National Park: Reports, 1891-1893, 1904, and miscellaneous material.

Box XII:

Drafts concerning legislation re Hetch-Hetchy, military mapping, state parks, highways, water, Yosemite; U.S. Department of the Interior press releases; U.S. Geological Survey expense accounts, miscellaneous maps, projections, tables, reports and surveys.

Box XIII:

Manuscript of Cora Keagle's Water in the Valley.

Box XIV:

Clippings, arranged according to subject:

 

Biographical

 

Central Valley Project, 1933-1950

 

Marshall Plan

 

Marshall as superintendent of National Parks

 

Mather Party, July 1915

 

Kettleman Oil Fields

 

National Parks--Conservation

 

National Park Superintendents' Association Convention, Mar. 1915

 

Mount Rainier, Marshall's State Senate candidacy.

Box XV:

Clippings, arranged according to subject:

 

Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Sequoia National Park, Yosemite and Hetch-Hetchy

 

American Legion

 

automobiles

 

editorials, cartoons

 

military mapping

 

California Missions

 

obituaries

 

Spreckels

 

water

 

Will Rogers

 

World War II

 

miscellaneous

 

scattered issues of the Annuitant

 

a few issues of the Lindsay Gazette.

scrapbook Scrapbooks:

v.1: 1913-1915--Poems, clippings, maps, problems inherent to map-making, Hetch-Hetchy, John Muir, Marshall Plan.

 

v.2: Reactions of the Press to Marshall Plan, 1919-1921, arranged according to counties, A-N.

 

v.3: Reactions of the Press to Marshall Plan, 1919-1921, arranged according to counties, O-Z.

 

v.4: Reactions of the Press to Marshall Plan, 1920-1921, arranged according to counties, A-Z.

volume volume:

Report to the Honorable the Secretary of the Interior of Commission appointed pursuant to act of Congress approved April 28, 1904, to investigate conditions and situations in Yosemite National Park, by Hiram Martin Chittenden, Frank Bond, and R. B. Marshall. Concerning boundaries and the possibility of making a good road to the park.

portfolio portfolio:

Partial list of reservoir sites in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 1921; California Highway Beautification Survey Progress Report, 1932; Estimates for landscaping and care of state highway parksides . . . 1929; Certificates.

Part II:

Box I:

Letters from Marshall to Myra Crow, fiancée, 1896, and to wife, 1897-1927, arranged chronologically, and a few letters to Evelyn Bradford Marshall, daughter, and Evelyn (Crow) Simmons, sister-in-law.

Box II:

Letters to Marshall from wife, 1898-1907, arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Letters from Almon Harris Thompson included with Mrs. Marshall's of July 29, Aug. 8, 1899. Letter of Sept. 18, 1906 refers to Mary Austin. Letter from Daisy Polk included with Mrs. Marshall's of July 23, 1907, has reference to Mary Austin. Letter of Oct. 26, 1907 re Colby, Hetch-Hetchy.
Box III:

Letters to Marshall from wife, 1911-1929, arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Letter of July 13, 1913 re visit from John Muir, Hetch-Hetchy. Letter of August 3, 1913, re Hetch-Hetchy and James Phelan. Letter of July 15, 1921 re Professor Bolton.
Box IV:

Letters to Marshall from wife, 1930-1948, arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Letter of April 29, 1933 re Hiram W. Johnson, Merriam, C. C. Young and Rolph running for Governor of California. Letter of June 14, 1935 re William Edward Colby. Miscellaneous from Mrs. Marshall. A few snapshots of children.
Box V:

Letters from Evelyn Bradford Marshall (Mrs. Philip Maddox), Virginia Mann Marshall, daughters, from grandchildren, niece and nephew. Miscellaneous to Virginia Mann Marshall.

Box VI:

Miscellaneous letters, invitations to Myra Crow. Visiting cards, etc. to Mr. & Mrs. R. B. Marshall.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence to Mrs. Marshall, mainly letters from her sister, Evelyn (Crow) Simmons. Also 7 letters form A. L. Evans, and a few from Estelle Post, and one from Almon Harris Thompson. Letters of condolence re Marshall's death, include letter from Earl Warren, Amy (Requa) Long Mitten, Isabelle F. Story. Tributes to Robert Bradford Marshall include copy of Chet Huntley's radio broadcast of April 13, 1949, Earl Warren's speech to Commonwealth Club, of Sept. 23, 1949, and California Legislature Resolution no. 278.
Box VII:

Legal documents re California, Virginia property, Patterson Ranch, Marshall vs. Spreckels, miscellaneous, including last will; Crow Oil Co. - Correspondence, notes, appointments and discharges.

Box VIII:

Receipts, insurance records, medical records, tax records, miscellaneous personal records.

List of important correspondents, in Boxes III - V:

 

Adams, Annette (Abbott), 1877-1956

 

15 letters, 1930-1936. Concerning suit of Marshall vs. Spreckels.

 

American Civic Association

see

McFarland, John Horace

Watrous, Richard Benedict

 

Barlow, Charles Averil, 1858-1927

 

18 letters, 1923-1926. Some written as President of the California State Irrigation Association concerning the Marshall Plan. Include letter to James R. Gaskill, Jr.

 

Benson, H. C.

 

2 letters, 1904-1916. Include copy of letter to Hiram Martin Chittenden concerning the boundaries of Yosemite National Park

 

Bethel, Ellsworth

 

4 letters, 1913-1914. Mainly concerning Rocky Mountain National Park and geographic nomenclature.

 

Bond, Frank, 1856-1940

 

41 letters, 1904-1914. Include letters to Hiram Martin Chittenden. Mainly written as Commissioner to examine Yosemite National Park lands, concerning topography and the park boundary.

 

California. Department of Natural Resources. Division of Parks.

 

17 letters, 1928-1938. Mainly concerning state parks. Include copy of letter to C. H. Purcell and copy of letter from William Edward Colby to Governor Young. Some letters written by Frederick Law Olmsted.

 

California. Department of Public Works.

 

3 letters, 1933-1937. Relate to Central Valley Project. Written by Earl Lee Kelly.

See also Meek, B. B.

 

California. Department of Public Works. Division of Highways.

 

40 letters, 1928-1936. Include copies of letters to California State Planning Board, Frederick Law Olmsted, California Council for the Protection of Roadside Beauty, and responses to circular requesting suggestions for state parks.

 

California. Department of Public Works. Division of Water Resources.

 

2 letters, 1931. Written by Edward Hyatt. Include copy of memorandum concerning Friant Dam.

 

California Arts and Architecture

see Daniels, Mark

 

California Council for Protection of Roadside Beauty

 

11 letters, 1929-1932. Also a copy of minutes of first meeting of the Council, Sept. 12, 1929.

 

California State Irrigation Association.

see Barlow, Charles Averil

 

California State Parks Council

see Drury, Newton Bishop

 

California State Planning Board

 

20 letters, 1934-1940. References to Lake Tahoe problems. Mainly written by Leon Deming Tilton, b. 1890. Include copies of letters to Harold Le Claire Ickes, Edward Hyatt and California State Emergency Relief Administration.

 

California State Water and Power League

 

11 letters, 1924. Concerning Marshall's role in the 1924 campaign for the Water and Power Act. References to Rudolph Spreckels. Written by Franklin Hichborn, b. 1869.

 

Canadian Camp

 

4 letters, 1911. Written by G. Lenox Curtis.

 

Carter and Barrett (Firm)

 

5 letters, 1936-1937. Concern suit of Marshall vs. Spreckels.

 

Chamberlain, Allen, 1867-

 

4 letters, 1912-1916

 

Chapin, William Wallace, 1874-1957

 

3 letters, 1927-1930

 

Chittenden, Hiram Martin, 1858-1915

 

31 letters, 1904-1912. Mainly relate to Yosemite National Park boundaries and legislation. Include copies of letters to James Carson Needham, Frank Bond and others, concerning Yosemite; also copy of letter from Frank Bond to Chittenden.

 

Church, Denver Samuel, 1866-1952

 

2 letters, 1915-1930

 

Colby, William Edward, 1875-

 

24 letters, 1904-1931. Include copies of letters to Franklin Knight Lane, W. F. McClure, Hiram Martin Chittenden; mimeographed letter to Governor Rolph. Some letters written as Secretary of the Sierra Club concerning Hetch-Hetchy, Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. References to John Muir.

See also

California. Department of Natural Resources. Division of Parks

McFarland, John Horace

 

Colorado Geographic Board

 

2 letters, 1915. One letter signed by James Grafton Rogers.

 

Colorado Mountain Club

see Rogers, James Grafton

 

Curtis, G. Lenox

see Canadian Camp

 

Daniels, Mark, 1881-

 

1 letter, Aug. 11, 1935. Written as editor of California Arts and Architecture.

 

D'Egilbert, W.

 

1 letter, Aug. 18, 1923. To Thomas D. M. Slaven concerning Marshall, Charles Averil Barlow and the Marshall Plan.

 

Drury, Newton Bishop, 1889-

 

14 letters, 1928-1930. Include letters and copies of letters to Charles B. Wing, California Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks; B. B. Meek, California Department of Public Works; and to Charles Henry Purcell. Several written as Secretary of Save-the-Redwoods League and California State Parks Council.

 

Evans, Aaron Loyd, 1877-

 

5 letters, 1949. Also letter from Earl Warren to Evans.

Also seven letters, 1949-1952, to Myra (Crow) Marshall in Part II, Box VI.

 

Farquhar, Francis Peloubet, 1887-

 

1 letter, Aug. 11, 1932

 

Fletcher, Edward, 1872-1955

 

18 letters, 1927-1933. References to southern California water development plans. Include letter and copy of letter to William Schuyler Post, copies of letter to Metropolitan Water District and their answer.

 

Gillett, Frederick Huntington, 1851-1935

 

2 letters, 1916

 

Glavis, Edward S.

see U.S. Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works

 

Gregory, Henry E.

 

1 letter, June 27, 1913

 

Hadsell, Dan

 

1 letter, Aug. 1, 1924

 

Hichborn, Franklin

see California State Water and Power League

 

Hoover, Herbert Clark, Pres. U.S., 1874-

 

2 letters, 1930-1933. Written in his behalf by secretaries.

 

Hopkins, Timothy, 1859-1937

 

1 letter, June 12, 1912

 

Hyatt, Edward

see California. Department of Public Works. Division of Water Resources.

 

Johnson, Hiram Warren, 1866-1945

 

1 letter, Apr. 17, 1933

 

Johnson, Willard D.

 

6 letters, 1890-1914

 

Jones, Herbert C.

see Progressive Voters' League of California

 

Keagle, Cora L.

 

20 letters, 1947-1949. Mainly concerning the writing and publication of Water in the Valley. Include copy of letter from George W. Cronyn to Mrs. Keagle and letters to Mrs. Marshall.

(See Box XIII of Part I for manuscript of Water in the Valley.)

 

Kelly, Earl Lee

see California. Department of Public Works

 

Lehmer, O. W.

 

5 letters, 1911-1913. Relate to transportation in Yosemite.

 

Long, Mrs. Oscar Fitzalan

see Mitten, Amy (Requa) Long

 

Mitten, Amy (Requa) Long

 

17 letters, 1930-1948. Written as Amy (Requa) Long.

Also letter of condolence to Mrs. Marshall in Part II, Box VI.

 

Mitten, Mrs. Homer

see Mitten, Amy (Requa) Long

 

McCarthy, Paul Aloysius, 1882-

 

15 letters, 1929-1938. Mainly concerning suit of Marshall vs. Spreckels.

 

McColl, John B.

 

6 letters, 1937-1938. Include copies of letters to Leon Deming Tilton, California State Planning Board, Governor Frank F. Merriam and George W. Malone. Also letter by Leon Deming Tilton to Senator McColl.

 

McFarland, John Horace, 1859-1948

 

16 letters, 1911-1915. Mainly written as President of the American Civic Association. Include autobiographical sketch and references to John Muir. Include letter from William Edward Colby to McFarland.

 

McLaughlin, Frank Y.

see U.S. Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works

 

Martin T. H.

 

11 letters, 1912-1915. Mainly written as secretary of the Tacoma Commercial Club and Chamber of Commerce, concerning Rainier National Park. Include copy of letter to Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior.

 

Mather, Stephen Tyng, 1867-1930

 

24 letters, 1913-1928. Some written as Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior, In Charge of National Parks, relate to Sequoia National Park and to Hetch-Hetchy. Include copy of letter to Adolph C. Miller.

 

Meek, B. B., 1883-

 

10 letters, 1928-1932. Some written as Director of the Department of Public Works of the State of California.

 

Merriam, Frank F., 1865-

 

1 letter, Apr. 29, 1937. Written on his behalf by his secretary.

 

Mills, Enos Abijah, 1870-1922

 

1 letter, May 20, 1915

 

Muir, John, 1838-1914

 

6 letters, 1907-1912

 

Mulholland, William, 1855-1935

 

1 letter, Oct. 8, 1919. Concerning the Marshall Plan.

 

Needham, James Carson, 1864-1942

 

5 letters, 1904-1908. Relate to Yosemite National Park. Include copy of letter to Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Secretary of the Interior.

 

Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1870-

 

1 letter, Nov. 16, 1928. Include copy of his statement re Kings River water power projects and proposed Roosevelt-Sequoia National Park.

See also: California. Department of Natural Resources. Division of Parks

 

Parton, Lemuel Frederick, d. 1943

 

1 letter, Feb. 9, 1931

 

Patterson, Thomas M., 1839-1916

 

2 letters, 1912-1915. Concern Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

Post, William Schuyler, 1872-1945

 

18 letters, 1927-1938. Include copies of letters to Fred C. Adams; J. C. Garrison; California Division of Water Rights; U.S. Office of Indian Affairs and reply. Also copies of letters from Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior.

 

Progressive Voters' League of California

 

5 letters, 1924. Written by Herbert C. Jones, b. 1880.

 

Reaburn, Dewitt Lee, 1871-

 

2 letters, 1928-1949

 

Rockhold, John Ellsworth, 1871-

 

2 letters, 1929. Include copy of letter to Ray Lyman Wilbur. Also copy of letter from Wilbur to Rockhold.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Joint Committee

see Ross, Frederick R.

 

Rogers, James Grafton, 1883-

 

6 letters, 1912-1931. Some written as President, Colorado Mountain Club.

See also Colorado Geographic Board.

 

Rolph, James, Jr., 1869-1934

 

2 letters, 1931-1933. Written in his behalf by his secretary.

 

Roper, Denney Warren, 1869-1949

 

2 letters, 1913

 

Ross, Frederick R.

 

9 letters, 1913-1915. Written as member of Rocky Mountain National Park Joint Committee, concerning Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

Save-the-Redwoods League

see Drury, Newton Bishop

 

Seavey, Clyde Leroy, 1874-1943

 

10 letters, 1911-1938

 

Sherman, John Dickinson, 1849-1926

 

4 letters, 1913

 

Short, Frank Hamilton, 1862-1920

 

1 letter, Aug. 14, 1905. Mainly relating to Yosemite National Park boundaries and transportation in the park.

 

Sierra Club

 

7 letters, 1911-1915. Written by Joseph Nisbet Le Conte and William Frederic Bade. Include copy of letter from Le Conte to Walter L. Fisher, Secretary of the Interior.

See also Colby, William Edward.

 

Simmons, Gertrude M.

 

3 letters, 1929-1949. Concern proposed park at Laurel Hill and the Redwood Highway.

 

Spreckels, Rudolph, 1872-1958

 

5 letters, 1924-1926. Negative photostats only.

See also

Adams, Annette (Abbott)

Carter and Barrett (firm)

McCarthy, Paul Aloysius

 

Story, Isabelle Florence, 1888-

 

12 letters, 1930-1949. References to President Harry S. Truman.

Also two letters, 1949, to Mrs. Marshall in Part II, Box VI.

 

Tacoma Commercial Club and Chamber of Commerce

see Martin, T. H.

 

Thompson, Almon Harris, 1839-1906

 

4 letters, 1890-1903. Some signed "Prof".

Also three letters, 1899, to Mrs. Marshall in Part II, Boxes II, IV.

 

Tilton, Leon Deming

see

California State Planning Board

McColl, John B.

 

Truman, Harry S., Pres. U.S., 1884-

 

1 letter, July 16, 1949. Written in his behalf by his secretary.

 

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

19 letters, 1904-1934. Include letters by Ethan Allan Hitchcock, Franklin Knight Lane and Ebert Keiser Burlew. Include copies of letters, some of which refer to Yosemite boundary.

See also

Mather, Stephen Tyng

Post, William Schuyler

 

U.S. Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works

 

6 letters, 1933-1934. Mainly written by Frank Y. McLaughlin and Edward S. Glavis concerning the Marshall Plan.

 

U.S. Geological Survey

 

41 letters, 1890-1937. Include copies of letters.

 

U.S. National Park Service

 

13 letters, 1905-1948. Include copy of letter to B. B. Meek, California Department of Public Works, concerning Redwood Highway. References to Sequoia National Park.

 

U.S. National Resources Committee

 

3 letters, 1937-1938. Relate to Marshall Plan. Signed by Abel Wolman, b. 1892.

 

U.S. Public Roads Administration

 

2 letters, 1904-1932. Letter to Hiram Martin Chittenden concerning toll roads. Copy of letter to Charles Henry Purcell.

 

Van Valkenburgh, Peter, 1871-1955

 

2 letters, 1937

 

Walcott, Charles Doolittle, 1850-1927

 

4 letters, 1898-1916. Include copy of letter to William M. Black.

 

Ward, A. H.

 

1 letter, May 4, 1904. Copy of letter to Secretary of the Interior concerning roads in Yosemite.

 

Watrous, Richard Benedict, 1869-

 

3 letters, 1911-1913. Mainly written as Secretary of the American Civic Association.

 

Wilbur, Ray Lyman, 1875-1949

 

2 letters, 1929-1930. See also Rockhold, John Ellsworth

 

Willis, Bailey, 1857-1949

 

5 letters, 1914-1945. Mainly concerning California as I have seen it. Include Willis' preface for Water in the Valley.

 

Wilson, Woodrow, Pres. U.S., 1856-1924

 

1 letter, Jan. 29, 1915

 

Wolman, Abel

see U.S. National Resources Committee

 

Young, Clement Calhoun, 1869-1947

 

2 letters, 1924-1930. One written in his behalf by his secretary.