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Albert H. Wilbur Family Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: WA MSS S-3656

Content Description

Correspondence and papers documenting the life of Albert H. Wilbur and members of the Wilbur family, 1849-1908. Includes autograph letters, signed, from Albert H. Wilbur to his brother, George W. Wilbur, and mother, Sarah Ann Cook Wilbur, in Illinois, 1875-1890, undated. Letters touch on Albert H. Wilbur's career and the health of his mother. There are also autograph letters, signed, from George W. Wilbur to Sarah Ann Cook Wilbur, and his wife, Ellen Rice Wilbur, 1870-1902, undated. Present is an autograph account, unsigned, of Albert H. Wilbur's trip to Southern California, written on verso of a map of California, 1876; an indenture, signed by George Wilbur and Sarah Ann Cook Wilbur, 1850; and manuscript business papers of George W. Wilbur, 1884-1890. There are also manuscript and typescript papers of the Parke & Lacy Machinery Company of San Francisco, California, 1883-1889; miscellaneous manuscript correspondence, 1869-1887; and empty envelopes, 1880-1897, undated.


  • 1849-1908


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Albert H. Wilbur Family Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Vigilante Rare Documents on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2012, 2015, and 2018; and from Michael Ginsberg Books on the William Robertson Coe Fund No. 3, 2017.


Organized into two series: I. Correspondence, 1870-1902, undated. II. Papers, 1850-1890, undated.

Related Materials

George W. Wilbur Family Papers (WA MSS S-1611), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence and papers documenting the life of Albert H. Wilbur, a railroad employee, and members of the Wilbur family, including George W. Wilbur and Sarah Ann Cook Wilbur, 1849-1908.

Albert H. Wilbur

Albert Harper Wilbur, son of George Wilbur (1823-1858) and Sarah Ann Cook Wilbur (1816-1904), grew up in Belvidere, Illinois, with his brother, George Willis Wilbur (1851-1931). He moved west in 1875, first working in Nebraska for the Union Pacific Railroad Company. From there, he went to the Utah Territory and worked at the Western Union Telegraph Company as a telegraph operator, transferring to Carson City, Nevada, and then Reno, where he served as office manager until 1879. In 1879, Wilbur moved to Bodie, California, where he worked for G. L. Porter & Company, a lumber company, as bookkeeper and later as business manager. In 1880, he moved to Maricopa, Arizona Territory, and then to Lathrop, California, working for railroads as train master and agent. In 1883, he moved to Deming, New Mexico; San Francisco; then Suisun, California, where he stayed for 4 years, working as an agent for the Central Pacific Railroad. He married Laura Bofinger in Red Bluff, California, in 1890. After moving to Pomona, California, the couple had a daughter, Helen, born 1892 January 26. In 1896, Wilbur worked for the Southern Pacific Company in Toano, Nevada, eventually retiring to Los Angeles by 1923.

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Guide to the Albert H. Wilbur Family Papers
Sarah Lerner
2019 May
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

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