Finding Aid to the Henry D. Cogswell Papers, 1846-1960 (bulk 1850-1899)

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University of California, Berkeley
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Finding Aid to the Henry D. Cogswell Papers, 1846-1960 (bulk 1850-1899)

Collection number: BANC MSS 84/61 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Processed by Elizabeth Stephens
Date Completed:
May 1992
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2010 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Henry D. Cogswell papers
Date (inclusive): 1846-1960
Date (bulk): 1850-1899
Collection Number: BANC MSS 84/61 c
Creator: Cogswell, Henry D. (Henry Daniel), 1820-1900
Extent: Number of containers: 6 boxes, 2 cartons Linear feet: 3.3
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The collection contains diaries of Henry Cogswell and his wife Caroline and are an unusually long and consistent record of busy personal and financial life in the western United States. The collection also contains Cogswell's financial and business records, and materials on the various schools with which he was involved. A significant portion of the collection consists of research materials of Loren B. Taber pertaining to Henry and Caroline Cogswell, the history of dentistry in California, and a biography of William Brown Gilden.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: 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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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry D. Cogswell Papers, BANC MSS 84/61 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Some printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
  • Photographs have been transferred to 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
Gilden, William Brown
Taber, Loren B. Compiler
Business enterprises--California--San Francisco
Dentistry--California
Fountains--Design and construction
Real estate investment--California--San Francisco Bay Area
Technical education--California--San Francisco
Business records
Legal instruments

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Henry D. Cogswell Papers were donated to The Bancroft Library in two installments, in December 1983 and in May 1987, by his grandson, Professor Richard D. Taber.

Biographical Information

California pioneer, Henry D. Cogswell was a dentist by profession, an inventor, a real estate manipulator and investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, temperance advocate, and founder of Cogswell Polytechnic College (1887), the first engineering institute west of St. Louis. Dr. Cogswell donated several statues of himself, as well as numerous fountains, to the city of San Francisco.

Scope and Content

The diaries of Henry and his wife Caroline cover 37 years (1860-1897) and are an unusually long and consistent record of busy personal and financial life in the West, including travels and the transactions of day to day life. In addition to the diaries, the collection contains Cogswell's financial and business records, including tax receipts, deeds, mortgages, legal documents, and mining certificates. Material on the various schools with which Cogswell was involved, and information and correspondence about the various fountains and statues Cogswell donated is also included.
Another significant portion of this collection is research done by Loren B. Taber pertaining to Henry and Caroline Cogswell, the history of dentistry in California, and a biography on William Brown Gilden, as well as a reference file of index cards for the Cogswell material and for Taber's correspondents re Cogswell.

Container Listing

 

Series 1: Cogswell Family Diaries. 1846-1898.

 

Henry D. Cogswell Diaries. 1853-1898

box 1, folder 1-18

v.1-18 1853-1877

box 2, folder 1-14

v. 19-32 1878-1891

box 3, folder 1-7

v. 33-39 1892-1898

 

Caroline Cogswell Diaries. 1846-1896

box 3, folder 8-15

v. 1-8 1846-1871

box 4, folder 1-13

v. 9-21 1873-1896

 

Series 2: Indexes to Cogswell Subject Files. undated

box 5

Loren B. Taber index to Cogswell Subject Files undated

box 6

Loren B. Taber index to Cogswell Correspondents undated

 

Series 3: Subject Files of Henry D. Cogswell. undated

carton 1, folder 1

File outline [prepared by Loren Taber]

carton 1, folder 2-6

A: Fountains, monuments

carton 1, folder 7

A: Drawings and photographs of monuments

carton 1, folder 8-12

B: Tax Records

carton 1, folder 13-16

C: Street Railroads

carton 1, folder 17-20

D: Insurance policies, deeds, real estate

carton 1, folder 21-23

E: Foltz; regents; Phelps

carton 1, folder 24

F: Mining

carton 1, folder 25

G: Inventors Institute, Patents

carton 1, folder 26

H: Mausoleum

carton 1, folder 27

I: Miscellaneous

carton 1, folder 28

J: Cogswell Polytechnic College: Culver

carton 1, folder 29

K: Jameson

carton 1, folder 30

L: Begging letters

carton 1, folder 31-33

M: Cogswell Medal, philanthropic societies

carton 1, folder 34-35

N: Investments, Meiggs

carton 1, folder 36

O: 319 Broadway

carton 1, folder 37

P: Kindergarten

carton 1, folder 38-39

R: Receipts for photos, engravings, household expenses, etc.

carton 1, folder 40

S: Lambat; Ladies' Seamen's Friends Society

carton 1, folder 41

T: Trips, home and abroad

carton 1, folder 42

V: Other Cogswell's and very close friends

carton 1, folder 43

V: Libraries

carton 1, folder 44

W: Politics, temperance; Frances Willard

carton 1, folder 45

X: 610 Front Street

carton 1, folder 46

Y: James L. Cogswell; S. L. James; miscellaneous power of attorney

carton 1, folder 47

Z: Early days in California

carton 1, folder 48

Clippings

carton 1, folder 49

Punch Magazine 1877 & 1879

carton 1, folder 50

Miscellaneous souvenirs undated

 

Series 4: Research Files of Loren B. Taber, ca. 1900-1958, undated

 

Regarding Cogswell. ca. 1900-1958.

carton 2, folder 1

Biographical material undated

carton 2, folder 2

Notes on diaries of Henry D. and Caroline Cogswell undated

carton 2, folder 3-6

Transcripts of diaries of Henry D. Cogswell, v. 1-3, 10 (ca. 1853-1871) undated

carton 2, folder 7

Transcript of expense book of Caroline Cogswell, v. 1 (1853-1857) undated

carton 2, folder 8-11

Transcripts of diaries of Caroline Cogswell, v. 2, 4, 6, 11 (1853-1862) undated

carton 2, folder 12

Burgess, Gelett, 1866-1951 - letter Sept. 11, 1939

carton 2, folder 13-18

Correspondence ca. 1918-1960

carton 2, folder 19

Cogswell bibliography undated

carton 2, folder 20-22

Copies of articles and clippings undated

carton 2, folder 23

Cogswell Polytechnical College correspondence ca. 1933-1958

carton 2, folder 24

Cogswell Petit Courier, v.2, no.2 Sept. 1900

carton 2, folder 25-26

Cogswell Polytechnical Life v.I, no.1; v.II, no.2 undated; Nov. 1903

carton 2, folder 27

Cogswell Spirit Builder student journal, v.ix, no. 12 Mar. 7, 1941

carton 2, folder 28

Are You Ready for Tomorrow Cogswell Polytechnic College bulletin 1958

carton 2, folder 29

Cogswell Polytechnic College newsletter 1958

carton 2, folder 30

Cogswell College Semi-Centennial Celebration March 1937

carton 2, folder 31

Cogswell Mission High School Records scrapbook 1891-1908

 

Regarding History of Dentistry in California. undated

carton 2, folder 32

Notes

carton 2, folder 33-34

Bibliography and notes

carton 2, folder 35

Notes on teeth in native cultures

carton 2, folder 36

Miscellaneous historical reports

carton 2, folder 37-38

Research committees— California State Dental Association

 

Regarding William Brown Gildea. undated

carton 2, folder 39-40

Notes for biography

carton 2, folder 41

Correspondence