George Clement Perkins papers
Scope and Contents
The Papers consist of speeches, correspondence, financial records, photographs, scrapbooks and ephemera documenting the political life of George C. Perkins. Speeches consist of manuscript versions in unidentified hands. Some speeches are identified within the folders; others are untitled and undated. The papers do not comprehensively document Perkins's official activities as a California legislator and governor, but focus on his political activity generally and his 1879 gubernatorial campaign. Some ephemera documents the activities of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco circa 1880. Posthumous records document Perkins's estate.
- 1862 - 1946
- Majority of material found within 1879 - 1915
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The George Clement Perkins 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 Books on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2002.
Organized into four series: I. Speeches, circa 1880-circa 1915. II. Correspondence and Business Papers, 1862-1946. III. Photographs, 1880-circa 1940. IV. Other Papers, 1878-1915.
1.84 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Papers consist of speeches, correspondence, financial records, photographs, scrapbooks and ephemera documenting the political life of George Clement Perkins. Speeches consist of manuscript versions in unidentified hands. Some speeches are identified within the folders; others are untitled and undated. The papers do not comprehensively document Perkins's official activities as a California legislator and governor, but focus on his political activity generally and his 1879 gubernatorial campaign. Some ephemera documents the activities of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco circa 1880. Posthumous records document Perkins's estate.
George Clement Perkins, 1839-1923
George Clement Perkins was born in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1839 and died in Oakland, California in 1923. He began his career as a cabin boy on a merchant ship and quickly became successful in diverse entrepreneurial endeavors, including a steamship business. A Republican politician and businessman, he was a California State Senator (1869-1876), the 14th governor of California (1880-1883) and a United States Senator (1893-1915). He was married to Ruth A. Parker and they had several children.
Former call number: Uncat MSS 347.
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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization, in 2012.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
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- Bohemian Club (San Francisco, Calif.)
- California -- Politics and government -- 1850-1950
- California. Legislature
- Governors -- California
- Governors -- California -- 1850-1950
- Legislators -- California
- Legislators -- California -- 1850-1950
- Legislators -- United States
- Legislators -- United States -- 1850-1950
- Perkins, George C. (George Clement), 1839-1923
- Photographic prints
- Political campaigns -- California
- Speeches (documents) -- California -- 1850-1950
- Guide to the George Clement Perkins Papers
- by Lisa Conathan
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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