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Alfred Wilcox Collection

Captain Alfred Henry Wilcox, banker and director of the California and Mexican Steam Ship Line, and his wife, Maria Antonia Arguello, were the grandparents of Daphne Drake, the wife of Sayre Macneil. This collection consists principally of 1874-1883 correspondence and financial papers of Alfred Henry Wilcox pertaining to Wilcox's business transactions in California. In addition, there are correspondence and documents of Maria Antonia Arguello, primarily regarding the Wilcox Building in Los Angeles, and approximately 10 deeds and documents (1850-1890) of the Arguello family in San Diego.

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Collection Highlights

The four linear feet of Wilcox papers shed important light on the economic climate in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the 1870's and 1880's. The collection was the gift of Hugh L. Macneil II, James D. Macneil, and Jacqueline Smith Phelps to Azusa Pacific College in 1974. Highlights include:

1) Articles of Apprenticeship for Lucretia Bowen (1771), and
2) Baptismal Certificate of Concepcion Arguello (1791).


Articles of Apprenticeship for
Lucretia Bowen (1771)

Baptismal Certificate of
Concepcion Arguello (1791)

Access to the Collections

To arrange use of the Special Collections, please contact Ken Otto, special collections librarian, at kotto@apu.edu, (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5263, or by mail at the address to the right.