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Finding Aid of the Dave Oliver Memoir C058141
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Description
This typed transcription is a memoir of a young office boy entitled, "Bonanza Days: Tales of the Stockbrokers of the Big Board Half Decade - 1875-1880, by an office boy and messenger of that period. Dave Oliver", at the Pacific Stock Exchange in San Francisco during the Bonanza Days of the Comstock Lode find. The author's memoir includes details of his five year employment and the work entailed at the exchange, the persons and firms he had daily contact with and a general description of downtown San Francisco's "Pauper's Alley". Also listed are the famous Silver Kings of this era as well as a large number of brokerage firms of the day. This memoir provides a fascinating climpse and insight into the workings of a stock exchange to which outsiders usually never get to know. On the top of the transcription is a handwritten note in ink that reads: "copied from Mr. Oliver's pencilled manuscript. Sept. 1933." A set of indecipherable initials follows this note.
Background
Dave Oliver graduated from old Lincoln Grammar School in San Francisco in the winter of 1875. Upon graduation, he began work at the brokerage firm of William E. Hale - who was a member of the San Francisco Stock Exchange - as an office boy and messenger. Oliver worked in a lawyer's office - Benjamin S. Brooks - for a few months in 1876, but then returned to the brokerage firm.
Extent
1.0 folder (1typescript, 15 pages)
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Collection open for research.