Colby, William Edward, 1875-1964

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William Edward Colby was born in Benicia, California, in 1875. His mother, Caroline Amelia (Smith) Colby, had been a teacher in the Young Ladies Seminary, and his father, Gilbert Winslow Colby, was a `49er, merchant, state assemblyman and state senator. After attending public schools in Benicia and Berkeley, Colby was graduated from the Hastings College of Law in 1898. He began his practice in San Francisco and soon specialized in mining law. From 1911 to 1937 he taught mining and water law at the University of California. He wrote numerous articles on the subject, compiling a valuable library as well.

From the guide to the William Edward Colby Papers, 1892-1964, (The Bancroft Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Colby, William Edward, 1875-1964. William Edward Colby papers, 1892-1964. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Colby, William Edward, 1875-1964. Interviews relating to Yosemite National Park, ca. 1948-1976 : oral history transcripts / tape recorded interviews conducted under the auspices of the National Park Service and the Regional Oral History Office, the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1946-1976. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Documents clippings 1843-2002. Monterey Public Library
referencedIn New York Times Company records. A.M. Rosenthal papers, 1955-1994, 1967-1986 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Colby, William Edward, 1875-1964. Letters concerning Hetch Hetchy, 1908-1910. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937. Robert Underwood Johnson papers, 1889-1924. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Lipman, Robert L.,. Photographs of the Sierra Club summer outings of 1913, 1914, and 1925 : CD copies of original negatives with notes created by James F. Lipman, 2005. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Porter, Bruce, 1865-1953. Bruce Porter papers, [ca. 1887-1953]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Colby, William Edward, 1875-1964. Interview with William Edward Colby : oral history transcript / conducted by Hal Roth on February 27 and 28, 1961 at Big Sur, California, 1961. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn William Frederic Badè papers, 1871-1936 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Colby, William Edward, 1875-1964. William E. Colby Sierra Club papers, 1892-1966. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Dividing the Waters Collection, 1993 - [ongoing] Water Resources Collections and Archives
creatorOf Muir, John, 1838-1914. John Muir collection of papers, [ca. 1860-1914]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Conservation clippings 1962-1994. Monterey Public Library
referencedIn Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. Ansel Adams Collection. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf William Edward Colby Papers, 1892-1964 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Catalogue I of the Regional Oral History Office, 1954-1979 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Gladys Tilden Papers, 1875-1982 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Records of the California State Parks Council Bancroft Library
creatorOf Colby, William Edward, 1875-1964. Early days of the Sierra Club : Big Sur, Calif. : ms., 1959 Feb. 14. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Briones, John H. Recollections of John Muir : oral history transcript / tape recorded interviews conducted 1964 by John M. Jencks and Ernest Lowe for the Regional Oral History Office, the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1971 : and related material, 1964-1971. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Colby, William Edward, 1875-1964. [Recollections about John Muir [sound recording] UC Berkeley Libraries
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associatedWith Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. person
associatedWith Badè, William Frederic, 1871-1936 person
associatedWith Bancroft Library. Regional Oral History Office corporateBody
associatedWith California State Park Commission. corporateBody
correspondedWith California State Parks Council. corporateBody
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Chamberlain, Allen, b. 1867. person
associatedWith Colby, Caroline Amelia Smith, 1837-1879. person
associatedWith Colby, Gilbert Winslow, 1825-1881. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Dolge, Kathy person
associatedWith Farquhar, Francis Peloubet, 1887-1974. person
associatedWith Goethe, C. M. (Charles Matthias), 1875-1966. person
associatedWith Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937. person
associatedWith LeConte, Joseph, 1823-1901. person
associatedWith Lipman, Robert L., person
associatedWith Lissner, Meyer, 1871-1930. person
associatedWith Mitchell, John E. person
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
associatedWith Muir, John, 1838-1914. person
associatedWith Porter, Bruce, 1865-1953. person
associatedWith Rosenthal, A. M. (Abraham Michael), 1922-2006 person
associatedWith Roth, Hall. person
associatedWith Sierra Club. corporateBody
correspondedWith Tilden, Gladys, 1900- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Hetch Hetchy Valley (Calif.)
California
Hetch Hetchy Valley (Calif.)
California--Hetch Hetchy Valley
John Muir Tract (Calif.)
California
California
United States
California
Subject
Hetch Hetchy
Mountaineering
Dams
Lawyers
Art, Chinese
Mining law
Conservationists
Conservation of natural resources
Indians of North America
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Birth 1875-05-28

Death 1964-11-09

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