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Guide to the Baeck Family Papers, [ca. 1859-1972]
BANC MSS 74/101 c  
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Box 1

Letters written by Rearden, 1859-1892.

Scope and Content Note

Originals, written mainly to his family in Cleveland, Ohio, relating to his education at Kenyon College, Civil War service, voyage to California in 1863 and activities in San Francisco. Arranged chronologically.
Boxes 1-2

Letters written to Rearden.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. A partial list of correspondents follows. Unlisted letters have been placed in a miscellany preceding the rest of the letters.
 

Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?

 

3 letters, 1872-1884.

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies.
 

Chit-Chat Club

 

Letter, Sept. 30, 1881.

Scope and Content Note

Notification of election to active membership.
 

Davis, Murray, d. 1877

 

4 letters, 1863-1870 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Relate mainly to experiences as a cavalry officer in the Civil War & the West. With this: 2 letters written by his wife, n.d.
 

Douglas, William Wallace, 1863-

 

Letter, Mar. 11, 1889.

Scope and Content Note

Written while Executive Secretary to Gov. R. W. Waterman.
 

Dwight, Theodore F.

 

Letter, June 28, 1873.

Scope and Content Note

Mentions Charles Warren Stoddard.
 

Gregg, V. A., 1844-1899

 

Letter, Mar. 15, 1889

 

Heller, Moses

 

Letter, May 22, 1880

 

Raebel, Herman C., d. 1869

 

7 letters, 1861-1865.

Scope and Content Note

Written while a cadet aboard the U.S.S. Constitution.
 

Spalding, Zepharin Swift

 

3 letters, 1869-1870.

Scope and Content Note

Re proposed visit to Hawaii by Rearden & Ambrose Bierce.
 

Stebbins, Alfred, 1834-1901

 

4 letters, 1873-1874.

Scope and Content Note

With this: 3 letters written by his wife, 1873-1884.
 

Stevenson, Fanny (Van de Grift) Osbourne, 1840-1914

 

59 letters, 1874-1879 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Transcripts. Some written for her by Belle Osbourne & others. With this: Several sets of variant transcripts; one set annotated by Anna (Rearden) Baeck, (3 folders).
 

Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894

 

Letter (incomplete copy), [Apr. 1881?].

Scope and Content Note

In handwriting of Rearden's sister.
 

Taussig, Rudolph Julius, 1861-1922

 

Letter, Feb. 2, 1891.

Scope and Content Note

Requesting Rearden to secure the services of a Superior Court Judge for his wedding.
 

Williams, Dora Norton [Mrs. Virgil Macey Williams]

 

Letter, Feb. 17, 1891.

 

Williams, Virgil Macey

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Wills, M. A.

 

35 letters, 1871-1889 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Some letters relate to social life in San Francisco.
Box 3

Letters written by Anita (Cowles) Rearden (later Mrs. James V. Lavery).

Scope and Content Note

Originals, arranged chronologically.
 

Letters written to Mrs. Rearden.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of person. Unlisted letters are in a miscellany preceding listed letters.
 

Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?

 

2 letters, 1912.

 

Coolbrith, Ina Donna, 1842-1928

 

Letter, Oct. 4, 1914.

 

Cowles, Alfred Hutchinson, 1858-1929

 

Letter, Sept. 6, 1906.

 

Cowles, Edwin, 1825-1890

 

Letter, Dec. 17, 1883.

 

Cowles, William Hutchinson, 1866-1946

 

4 letters, 1925-1938 & n.d.

 

Field, Isobel (Osbourne)

 

Letter, Aug. 4, 1912.

 

Garnett, Edna (Foote)

 

Letter, Apr. 9, 1912.

 

Hotaling, Anson Parsons

 

Letter, Jan. 13, 1887.

 

Hotaling, Lavinia J.

 

2 letters, 1897-1906.

 

Hotaling, Richard M., 1868-1925

 

3 letters, 1912 & n.d.

 

Lyons, Timothy J., 1860-1916

 

2 letters, 1900-1902.

 

Morrison, Alexander Francis, 1856-1921

 

Letter, Aug. 25, 1898.

 

Osbourne, Lloyd, 1868-1947

 

Letter, Nov. 30, 1899.

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy.
 

Redding, Joseph Deighn, 1859-1962

 

8 letters, 1900-1925.

 

Redding, Myra Augusta (Cowles), 1857-1945

 

100 letters, 1883-1943 & n.d.

 

Rowell, Joseph Cummings, 1853-1938

 

Letter, Dec. 19, 1924.

 

Stevenson, Fanny (Van de Grift) Osbourne, 1840-1914

 

3 letters, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies.
 

Wills, M. A.

 

5 letters, 1895-1924.

 

Worcester, Joseph

 

8 letters, 1893-1901 & n.d.

Box 4

Letters written by Anna Wooster (Rearden) Baeck, 1902-1939 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Mainly drafts, arranged chronologically.
Boxes 4-5

Letters written to Mrs. Baeck

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. Listed letters (see below) are preceded by a miscellany of unlisted letters.
 

Bates, Katharine Lee, 1859-1929

see Garnett, Porter

 

Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?

 

2 letters, 1912.

Scope and Content Note

Letter dated Aug. 25 is a photocopy.
 

Boalt, Elisabeth Joselyn

 

2 letters, 1906-1912.

Scope and Content Note

Letter, dated May 4, 1906 states that Ina Coolbrith is staying with her.
 

Booth, Bradford A.

 

Letter, Dec. 5, 1954.

 

California. University, Berkeley. Library

 

2 letters, 1942.

Scope and Content Note

Written by Harold L. Leupp, Librarian.
 

California. University, Berkeley. Prytanean Society

 

Letter, Apr. 15, 1912.

 

Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage

 

2 letters, 1915.

 

Cornelius Fidelis, Brother, 1877-1962

 

Postcard, May 5, 1942.

 

Cowles, William Hutchinson, 1866-1946

 

59 letters, 1915-1945.

Scope and Content Note

Relate mainly to family finances, including those of Myra (Cowles) Redding. Included also: Letter (n.d.) from Mrs. Cowles.
 

Drury, Ella L. (Bishop) [Mrs. Wells Drury]

 

Letter, Mar. 18, 1931.

 

Field, Isobel (Osbourne)

 

Letter, Apr. 1, 1912.

 

Garnett, Edna (Foote) [Mrs. Porter Garnett]

 

19 letters, 1913-1951 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes also: 3 letters, 1917-1919 & n.d., written by Ellie [sister ?].
 

Garnett, Porter, 1871-1951

 

20 letters, 1912-1950 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Letter, Sept. 3, 1912, transmits letter from Katharine Lee Bates.
 

Letter (copy), Nov. 15, 1915.

Additional Note

Written to Mrs. William Kent.

See also Fred Yates
 

Hotaling, Richard M., 1868-1925

 

2 letters, 1912.

 

Howe, Will David, 1873-1946

 

3 letters, 1929.

 

Issler, Anne Roller, 1892-

 

Letter, Mar. 10, 1969.

 

Kent, Elizabeth (Thacher), 1868-1952

 

2 letters, 1915.

Scope and Content Note

See also Garnett, Porter
 

Lavery, Anita Elizabeth (Cowles) Rearden, 1861-1944

 

77 letters, 1910-1942 & n.d.

 

Leupp, Harold Lewis, 1877-1952

see California. University, Berkeley. Library

 

Lyons, Timothy J., 1860-1916

 

2 letters, 1906.

 

Mitchell, Lucy (Sprague), 1878-1967

 

Letter, May 1, 1912.

Scope and Content Note

Inviting her to attend her wedding.
 

Neuhaus, Eugen, 1879-1963

 

Letter, Sept. 2, 1942.

 

Noyes, George Rapall, 1873-1952

 

Letter, Mar. 20, 1942.

 

Occident

 

Letter, July 10, 1912.

Scope and Content Note

Requesting her to submit a manuscript for publication.
 

Poulson, Edna Snell

 

Letter, Apr. 10, 1912.

 

Redding, Joseph Deighn, 1859-1932

 

2 letters, 1917-1925.

 

Redding, Myra Augusta (Cowles), 1857-1945

 

100 letters, 1900-1938 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

A few letters are written to John Baeck & the children.
 

Sanchez, Nellie (Van de Grift), 1856-1935

 

2 letters, 1916.

 

Stebbins, Lucy Ward, 1880-1955

 

2 letters, 1934-1936.

 

Stricklen, Edward G., d. 1950

 

Letter, Aug. 10.

 

Strouse, Norman Hulbert, 1906-

see Vailima Foundation

 

U.S. Library of Congress

 

2 letters, 1949.

 

Vailima Foundation

 

12 letters, 1969-1972.

Scope and Content Note

Written mainly by Norman H. Strouse. A few letters are written to Anne C. Baeck.
 

Wheeler, Charles Stetson, 1889-

 

4 letters, 1939-1944.

Scope and Content Note

Relate to Myra (Cowles) Redding's financial affairs.
 

White, Ralston L.

 

5 letters, 1918-1919 & n.d.

 

Wills, M. A.

 

7 letters, 1902-1914.

 

Yates, Fred

 

Letter, May 2, 1912.

Scope and Content Note

Written to Porter Garnett.
Box 6

Letters written by Joseph Deighn Redding, 1906-1932 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Mainly typed carbons, arranged chronologically.

See also carton 1 for miscellaneous letters relating to his operas.
 

Letters written to Redding.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. Listed letters are preceded by a miscellany of unlisted letters.
 

American Prospecting Club, Incorporated

see Ralston, William Chapman, 1863-

 

Arkatov, Alexander

 

Letter, Oct. 31, 1930.

 

Arliss, George, 1868-1946

 

Letter, July 13, 1929.

 

Cloman, Sydney Amos, d. 1923

 

Letter (copy), Feb. 25, 1915.

 

Cowles, William Hutchinson, 1866-1946

 

Letter, May 15, 1925.

 

Hughes, Rupert

 

Letter (copy), July 22, 1926.

 

Newlin, Gurney Elwood, 1880-1955

 

Letter, June 24, 1925.

 

Price, Walter Winston, 1866-1943

 

Letter, Jan. 11, 1932.

 

Ralston, William Chapman, 1863-

 

Letter, Apr. 3, 1920.

Scope and Content Note

Concerns his membership in the American Prospecting Club, Inc., Tonopah, Nevada.
 

Redding, Benjamin Barnard, 1824-1882

 

Letter, Apr. 9, 1879.

 

Redding, Myra Augusta (Cowles), 1857-1945

 

36 letters, 1905-1926 & n.d.

 

Redding, Myra Cowles, 1882-1897

 

26 letters, 1892-1896 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Mainly typed transcripts, some written to her grandmother.
 

Royal Arch Masons. San Francisco, Calif. California Chapter No. 5

 

Letter, Oct. 6, 1896.

Scope and Content Note

Transmitting demit.
 

Shasta (Calif.) Historical Society

see Southern, May H.

 

Southern, May H.

 

4 letters, 1930-1932.

Scope and Content Note

Writing mainly as president, Shasta (Calif.) Historical Society.
 

Stephens, Henry Morse, 1857-1919

 

Letter (copy) Aug. 27, 1913.

 

Steuer, Max D., 1871-

 

4 letters, 1929-1931.

 

Woodruff, Henry Mygatt, 1869-1916

 

Letter, Dec. 29, 1908.

Scope and Content Note

Written to Josephine Redding [daughter].
 

Letters written by Myra Augusta (Cowles) Redding, 1870-1944 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Originals & typed carbons, arranged chronologically. See also: Letters written to Joseph D. Redding, Anita Rearden Lavery and Anna (Rearden) Baeck.
Boxes 6-7

Letters written to Myra Redding.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. Listed letters are preceded by a miscellany of unlisted letters.
 

Bohemian Club, San Francisco

 

Letter, July 26, 1932.

 

Chapin, William Wallace, 1874-1957

 

Letter, May 9, 1933.

 

Cowles, William Hutchinson, 1866-1946

 

34 letters, 1931-1943 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Relate mainly to her financial affairs.
 

Crocker, Templeton, 1884-1948

 

4 letters, 1925.

See also Correspondence in material relating to Fay-Yen-Fah, Carton 1.

Scope and Content Note

 

Hotaling, Richard M, 1868-1925

 

Letter, Sept. 3, 1919.

 

Lavery, Anita Elizabeth (Cowles) Rearden, 1861-1944

 

3 letters, 1909-1921 & n.d.

 

Redding, Joseph Deighn, 1859-1932

 

19 letters, 1899-1926 & n.d.

 

Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-

 

Letter, May 9, 1940.

 

Letters written by Josephine Redding, 1900-1915 & n.d. [Daughter of Joseph & Myra Redding].

Scope and Content Note

Mainly typed transcripts arranged chronologically. Written mainly to her father & grandmother.
 

Miscellaneous correspondence.

Scope and Content Note

Written to other members of the Rearden & Cowles families.
Ctn. 1

Papers of Timothy Henry Rearden

Scope and Content Note

Printed transcripts of legal decisions, annotated by Anna (Rearden) Baeck.
 

Manuscripts of writings

Scope and Content Note

Drafts of poems, typed transcript of Life of Alcaeus & Life of Sappho.
 

Album re marriage of Rearden & Anita E. Cowles

Scope and Content Note

Concerning announcement, newspaper article, letters of congratulations.
 

Personalia

Scope and Content Note

Certificate of service in Civil War, 3 biographies, program for D.A.R. memorial services.
 

Miscellany

Scope and Content Note

Notes, high school reunion program, list of books selected by Mrs. Crocker from his library after his death.
 

Papers of Anna Wooster (Rearden) Baeck

Scope and Content Note

Items relating to the University of California at Berkeley. Includes material compiled for a history of the Partheneias (never written), Prytanean Society Initiation Program, records of courses taken & grades, reunion invitations, library card, etc.
 

Presentation copy of The Green Knight by Porter Garnett & Edward G. Stricklen, annotated by Anna Baeck.

 

Personalia

Scope and Content Note

Biographical data, notes re tombstone.
 

Miscellany

Scope and Content Note

High school publications & report cards, miscellaneous notes, etc.
 

Papers of Anita Elizabeth (Cowles) Rearden Lavery

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous papers including photocopy of letter of introduction written by Abraham Lincoln for Alpheus Shreve Badger, Oct. 4, 1861. [her sister's father-in-law].
 

Papers of Samuel Cowles [Anna Rearden Baeckt's grandfather]

Scope and Content Note

Personalia, including letter of recommendation, will, memorial tribute.
 

Papers of Joseph Deighn Redding

 

Manuscripts of writings

Scope and Content Note

Typed transcripts of poems & musical dramas, mimeograph copy of song "My Sweetheart Long Ago."
 

Miscellaneous correspondence, accounts, notes, etc.

Scope and Content Note

Re his operas Fay-Yen-Fah and Natoma.
 

Personalia

Scope and Content Note

Biographical data, membership cards, copy of affidavit of admission to practice law in New York.
 

Miscellany

Scope and Content Note

Bohemian Club programs & menus
Ctn. 2

Papers of Myra Augusta (Cowles) Redding

 

Manuscripts of writings

Scope and Content Note

Typed transcripts of short stories
 

Diary, 1914-1915

 

Personalia

Scope and Content Note

Will, passports
 

Papers of Myra Cowles Redding [daughter]

 

Personalia

Scope and Content Note

Including memorial tribute
 

Papers of Josephine Redding [daughter]

 

Diaries, 1906-1915

 

Personalia

Scope and Content Note

Biography written by her mother, poem written in her memory, sketch of tombstone.
 

Genealogy for the Cowles family

 

Legal papers of J. D. & Myra Redding & Anita Lavery

Scope and Content Note

Include copies of deeds, etc. re property in Ohio, San Francisco, Alameda County & Kern County; papers re estate of Clara Huntington Hatzfeldt (J. D. Redding was named in her will).
 

Accounts

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous invoices & receipts
 

Invitations, announcements, calling cards

 

Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Most of the photographs have been removed and indexed separately. J. D. Redding, T. H. Rearden, other family members.
 

Published writing of T. H. Rearden

Scope and Content Note

Life of Sappho; Life of Alcaeus; Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate; poem & address; illustrations for his writings, some by Virgil Williams.
 

Newspaper clippings

Arrangement

Arranged roughly by family.

Scope and Content Note

Includes also clippings about Redding's opera Fay-Yen-Fah and miscellaneous clippings. See also v. 3 in oversize.
 

Miscellany

Scope and Content Note

Unidentified notes
oversize Oversize, volume v. 1

Joseph D. Redding's certificates to practice law in California, 1879; and in New York, 1896, and his certificate of appointments as Fish Commissioner, 1887, 1889 & 1891; Benjamin B. Redding's certificates of appointment as Fish Commissioner, 1870 & 1874.

volume v. 2

Illustrated poem written to T. H. Rearden

volume v. 3

Scrapbook of clippings, programs, etc.

Scope and Content Note

Relating mainly to Fay-Yen-Fah.