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titleGeorge and Phoebe Apperson Hearst papers, 1849-1926
repositoryThe Bancroft Library
collection titleThe George and Phoebe Apperson Hearst Papers, 1849-1921, contain personal and business papers of George Hearst and his wife, Phoebe Apperson Hearst.

Only a small portion of the collection relates to George Hearst, a rancher, mining tycoon, and politician. His papers include family and business correspondence; illustrated mining notes and reports; and bills of sale and other materials related to mines, ranches and to property - primarily in the west and Mexico. The bulk of the collection concerns the philanthropic, charitable and social activities of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, a regent for the University of California from 1897-1919 and a major benefactress of the University and other institutions. She supported many anthropological expeditions in Egypt and other areas as well as collecting their findings for museums. Her collections of art, tapestry, miniatures and Native American baskets were noteworthy. Her papers include family and personal correspondence, business files concerning mining and property, files relating to her work as regent; files on philanthropy, charity and collecting; and her household management.
extentNumber of containers: 85 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 3 oversize folders, 6 volumes, 4 card file boxes; Linear feet: 37; 173 digital objects; collection has been microfilmed.
formatsCorrespondence Auction Catalogs Photographs Business Records Notes
accessCollection is open for research. Microfilm of the collection is to be used by researchers to protect the originals. A few items not microfilmed are noted in the container list.
record linkhttp://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt4j49q0z8&doc.view=entire_text&brand=oac
record sourcehttp://www.oac.cdlib.org/
finding aidOnline Finding Aid
acquisition informationThe George and Phoebe Apperson Hearst Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Mr. and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., and the Hearst Corporation on various dates beginning in 1969. Small additions were also made by other family members at various times.
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titlePhotographs from the George and Phoebe Apperson Hearst papers [graphic].
repositoryThe Bancroft Library
collection titleMiscellaneous collection of snapshots, studio portraits, photos of art, postcards and a small number of tintypes and cartes-de-visite. Subjects include family portraits, world travels, archeological sites and many photos of unidentified people taken in various places. Locations include the Hacienda del Pozo de Verona (Pleasanton, Calif.) ; Lead, South Dakota; San Francisco, Calif.; the Hacienda de San Jose Babicora (Chihuahua, Mexico); and others.
ca. 1870-ca. 1920.
extent3 boxes (ca. 400 items; chiefly photographic prints) and ca. 109 photographic prints (portraits) : b&w and albumen ; various sizes.
formatsPhotographs Tintypes Cartes de visite Postcards
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.oac.cdlib.org/
updated12/04/2017 12:41:40
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titleWilliam Randolph Hearst papers, 1874-1951 (bulk 1927-1947).
repositoryThe Bancroft Library
collection titleThe William Randolph Hearst Papers, 1874-1951, consist of a portion of Hearst's business and personal office files primarily for the years 1927-29, 1937-38, and 1944-47. The papers present an overview of Hearst's newspaper empire and his management and editorial styles; provide a glimpse into his filmmaking; and provide an incomplete picture of his acquisitions of antiques, art, and property.

The bulk of the collection concerns Hearst's editorial management of his newspapers, syndicated columns, features, and magazines and includes personal notes, correspondence, and telegrams with his publishers, editors, writers, and staff. Although there are only a few drafts of Hearst's articles, editorials, and statements included in the collection, there is a long run of handwritten notes and edited typescripts for his column "In the News" during the 1940s.

Newspaper and magazine staff members often doubled as antique and art agents. Alice Head, head of National Magazine Company Ltd. in London was particularly active in this regard and her files are almost exclusively devoted to purchases and shipping of objects. The International Studio Corporation was the official buying and storage agent purportedly for movie sets.

There is a small amount of material related to the building of the Hearst Castle at San Simeon including correspondence with Julia Morgan, architect, and George Loorz, builder. However, there are no blueprints or drawings and the correspondence deals almost exclusively with the day to day details of construction and workers.
extent14 boxes, 46 cartons, 8 oversize folders, 7 oversize boxes (66 linear ft.)
formatsBusiness Records Correspondence Notes Personal papers Ephemera
accessCOLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
record sourcehttp://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
finding aidFinding aid available in the library and online.
acquisition informationDonated to The Bancroft Library by William Randolph Hearst, Jr., Austine Hearst, and the Hearst Corporation, 1972.
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titleHearst family papers, [ca. 1885-1957].
repositoryThe Bancroft Library
collection titleContents of box: letter from William Randolph Hearst to Mr. Chambers, Jan. 3, l895 and various other items including a rebus and a poem written to his wife; letter from Phoebe Apperson Hearst to her grandson, William, Oct. 2, l9l4; letters from William R. Hearst, Jr., to his grandmother, Phoebe A. Hearst ca. l9l4-l9l8;

2 letters and a telegram from Millicent Hearst to her son, William, and daughter-in-law, Austine, l949-1957; clippings, etc; letter from William Randolph Hearst, Sr. to William Randolph Hearst, Jr, 1925 Dec. 5 (T.S.) and clipping concerning the Hearst family ancestors from South Carolina. Contents of carton: scrapbook of obituary clippings for George Hearst; Phoebe A. Hearst's address book, l885, inventory of sterling and silver plate and catalog of her books at the Hacienda in Pleasanton; catalogs of William R. Hearst's manuscipt collections and Americana autographs; inventory of books from the Hacienda at San Simeon, etc.; volume with letter from Father Tiburcio Wand to W.R. Hearst, Sept. l3, l937, requesting assistance in restoration of Mission San Antonio de Padua, with illustrative photographs, and enclosing copy of letter from National Park Service, La Purissima State Historical Monument, Aug. lO, l937, outlining recommendations for the work.
extent1 box and 1 carton (1.65 linear ft.).
formatsWritings Scrapbooks Photographs Correspondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
updated12/04/2017 12:41:40
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