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Duane L. Bliss, Jr. Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2015-20
The Duane L. Bliss, Jr. Papers were discovered inside a black, metal box marked “D.L.B.” by a commercial real estate and management company while moving out an office in the East Bay of California. The metal box remains with the collection. When received, all materials were inside labeled envelopes (which were not sent through the mail, but used to sort the materials by the family), and are retained with the collection. Please note that a few of these envelopes were empty when received.

The Duane L. Bliss, Jr. Papers contains materials that document some of the many business interests in which Bliss and his wife, Florence Dunham Bliss, were involved. Companies with documents included in the collection are the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company (founded by Duane L. Bliss, Sr., the company was owned entirely by the Bliss family), the Spanish Peak Lumber Company (located in Meadow Valley, Plumas County, California and founded in 1915), Dunham, Carrigan, & Hayden Company, the California Pacific Trading Corporation, and the Post Street Investment Company. Also included are receipts from Dean Witters and Company, Greenwood-Raggio and Company, Hibernia Savings and Loan Society, and Pacific Gas and Electric. Bliss Jr. gave personal loans to individuals and the documents recording some of these loans are included.

Although a majority of this collection consists of business documents there are a few personal documents present. Included are three letters from Bliss’ brother William S. Bliss regarding family matters, papers from the estate of Bliss, Jr.’s father, as well as tax receipts for properties in San Francisco, Plumas County (California), and Lake Tahoe.

Dates

  • 1909-1938

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

Duane Leroy Bliss, Jr. (1874-1938) was born in Carson City, Nevada, the son of prominent Lake Tahoe developer Duane L. Bliss. Materials consist of documents that pertain to companies with which Bliss was involved (Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company, the Spanish Peak Lumber Company, Dunham, Carrigan, & Hayden Company, the California Pacific Trading Corporation, and the Post Street Investment Company). Also included are various personal receipts, loans given to individuals, and a small number of letters and documents pertaining to family matters.

Biographical Note

Duane Leroy Bliss, Jr. was born in Carson City, Nevada on May 15, 1874 to Duane Leroy Bliss and Elizabeth T. (Tobey) Bliss, the youngest of five children. The Bliss family is most well-known for developing the lumber, tourism, and transportation businesses at Lake Tahoe, especially at Tahoe City, California, and Glenbrook, Nevada, between the late 1860s and the mid-1900s.

Following in his older brother’s footsteps, Bliss received an engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon completion of his degree, he returned home to take part in the family business. In December 1898, Bliss, Sr. founded the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company; Bliss, Jr. served as the general manager of the company. He also served as the vice president and general manager of the Glenbrook Improvement Company, which was founded in 1906 by his father.

In 1910, Bliss married Florence Dunham and moved to San Francisco. He eventually became president of the wholesale hardware firm of Dunham, Carrigan, & Hayden Company.

Bliss, Jr. died on April 17, 1938, preceding his older siblings in death.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically and chronologically within each folder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was donated by Kelly Dossa of Reynolds and Brown, a commercial real estate and management company, whose staff discovered the letters, receipts, and other documents inside a black, metal box marked “D.L.B” while moving out an office in the East Bay of California.

Related Materials

96-53: Bliss Family Papers 97-24: William W. Bliss Manuscript Maps and Drawings

Creator

Title
An Inventory to the Papers of Duane L. Bliss, Jr.
Subtitle
Bliss, Duane L., Jr. Papers
Status
completed
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
January 2017
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
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