Who’s Who on the Pacific Coast (1913) contains more than 3,700 short sketches of prominent citizens living in the western United States at the time.
The entries provide vital information (as applicable) such as
- birth date and place
- parents’ names
- spouse’s name
- marriage date and place
In addition, entries may also include details about education (with dates and places); occupation and employment history (dates, places, employers); membership in clubs and other social, professional, or fraternal associations; religious affiliation; political affiliation, offices, and candidacies; military service; publications; current residence; and other biographical facts, many with relevant dates.
While the title page calls the book “A Biographical Compilation of Notable Living Contemporaries West of the Rocky Mountains,” the entries stretch a little farther afield, with names of people living in Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and possibly other states as well.
As for the sort of men and women included, the author offers the following explanation:
“It has been the policy of the compilers of WHO’S WHO ON THE PACIFIC COAST … to include in it sketches of none but those men and women who are at the helm of the affairs of this section of the country; the leaders of life and thought, —the great architects, the conquering engineers, the captains of finance and industry, the men of the bar who have enlightened the nation with their erudition and wisdom, and the foremost men of medicine, letters, science and art.”