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The Pellerano Family was originally from Italy and immigrated to the United States sometime in the last half of the nineteenth century. Nicholas Pellerano was a licensed pharmacist-turned-banker who attended Santa Clara College from 1888-1891 and Heald’s Business College of San Francisco in 1891. Nicholas was at one point the vice-president of the Bank of America in San Jose and when he died, he was on the advisory board of the San Jose office of Bank of America. His sister Pedrina appears to have run Pellerano’s Pharmacy alongside him, as her name was listed along with his in directories for the business. Nicholas Pellerano married Marie Wempe during a trip to Europe. His sister Clorinda Pellerano married Angelo Boitano and his other sister, Mary Pellerano, married Gerhardt Wempe in 1903. This collection includes material from the Boitano and Wempe families.


The Pellerano Family Papers, 1879-1945 (bulk 1879-1894), document the lives of the Pellerano, Boitano, and Wempe families in the San Francisco Bay Area. The records consist of the personal papers of Nicholas, Clorinda, and Pedrina Pellerano along with memorabilia associated with several other family members. Nicholas Pellerano was an early vice-president of Bank of America and previously worked as a licensed pharmacist. He was also a student of the Santa Clara College Commercial Department from 1888-1891. His sister Pedrina assisted him in running his own pharmacy, Pellerano Pharmacy.


The collection consists of two series:


Series I. Business Ledgers & Essays, 1879-1945 (bulk 1879-1894)


Series II. Photographs, Letters & Miscellanea, 1879-1945 (bulk 1879-1894)


The items we have digitized for this online collection have been taken from Series 2, and include a letter written by Nicholas Pellerano around 1879 describing San Jose, California as it appeared then. Visit our finding aid to the Pellerano family collection at the Online Archive of California to get more detailed information about the papers, photos, and objects we have in the physical collection.

 
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