J. Goldberg and L. Lebenbaum were fruit merchants in the Utah Territory in the 1870s. Goldberg-Bowen and Company of San Francisco and Oakland, which became known as a gourmet grocery chain, was established in 1850 and incorporated in 1889. Pardon M. Bowen, whose family was not Jewish, was the president of the Auburn and Rock Creek Gold Mining Company, Placer County, Calif., in the 1880s.
The collection contains the business cards of J. Goldberg and L. Lebenbaum; stationery of the Goldberg-Bowen store; photographs of Rena Goldberg and classmates at Pacific Heights School, in San Francisco (1907); a certificate from the Auburn and Rock Creek Gold Mining Company; a report on the Auburn Mine (1880); and Pardon M. Bowen's Independent Order of Odd Fellows certificate. (Magnes Small Western Collections)