Foy Brothers, a Los Angeles harness and saddler firm was founded in 1854 by Samuel Calvert Foy and his brother, John Moran Foy. They did business with many prominent Californians including Abel Stearns, Pio Pico, and Phineas Banning. Their partnership continued until 1865 when John moved to San Bernardino to open his own firm; he died in 1892. Samuel continued to direct the Los Angeles firm until his death in 1901.
Scope and Content
The collection contains 62 financial volumes and one folder of ephemera for the Foy Brothers saddler and harness business in Los Angeles. Many of the volumes have items in them including correspondence, receipts, invoices, handwritten notes, etc. The ephemera includes receipts, invoices, tax information and receipts, a business license, and a catalog for "S. C. Foy…Manufacturer and Dealer In…Harness, Saddles, Collars, Whips, Lap Robes, Dusters and Nets, Etc. Los Angeles, Cal." These financial volumes and the ephemera give insight into the Foy Brothers' business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. Their business with Abel Stearns, Pio Pico, and Phineas Banning are represented in several of these financial volumes.