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 1874-83 correspondence and financial papers of Wilcox pertaining to his business transactions in California. In addition, there are correspondence and documents of Arguello, primarily regarding the Wilcox Building in Los Angeles, and approximately 10 deeds and documents (1850-90) 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 1870s and 1880s. 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:

Access to the Collections

To arrange use of the Special Collections, contact Ken Otto, Special Collections librarian, at kotto@apu.edu or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5263.