Contains personal and business papers of George Hearst and his wife, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. A small portion of the collection relates to Mr. Hearst, a rancher, mining tycoon, and politican. His papers include correspondence, illustrated mining notes and reports, bills of sale, and other material related to mines and ranches primarily in the West and Mexico. The bulk of the collection concerns the philanthropic, charitable and social activities of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, regent of the University of California (1897-1919) and a major benefactress of the University and other institutions. Her papers include family and personal correspondence, mining and property files, material related to her work as regent, and files on philanthropy, charity, collecting, and household management.
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