Papers of James De Barth Shorb, 1794-1957 (bulk) 1870-1910.

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Shorb, James De Barth. Papers of James De Barth Shorb, 1794-1957 (bulk) 1870-1910.

Papers of James De Barth Shorb, 1794-1957 (bulk) 1870-1910.

The collection, which contains 10,844 items, consists of correspondence, letter books, manuscripts, speeches, diaries, account books, published articles, legal papers, financial statements and business records. The 10,528 pieces of correspondence are chiefly addressed to James De Barth Shorb, James M. Tiernan and Maria de Jesus Wilson Shorb. The 17 letter books are related to the business and financial affairs of Shorb and Benjamin Davis Wilson. The 75 manuscripts consist of items chiefly written by Shorb and Wilson family members. The 224 items in the Business Papers include material related to Shorb's many companies including the San Gabriel Wine Company. The following subjects are covered in the Shorb collection: the Shorb, Wilson, and Patton families, David Jacks, Mariano Vallejo, Santa Catalina Island, the Mount Wilson Observatory, California government and politics, African Americans and the Chinese in California, agriculture, the citrus fruit industry, Indians of California, irrigation, lend tenure, mining, railroads, ranching, water rights, and the wine industry. The collection also documents the history and development of the following California cities: Alhambra, Elsinore, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Ramona, San Gabriel, San Marino, and Wilmington. Notable authors include: Pelham Ames, Hubert Bancroft, Phineas Banning, Thomas Robert Bard, Charles F. Crocker, Ignacio Del Valle, Stephen Johnson Field, William McKendree Gwin, George Hearst, Isaias W. Hellman, Charles Webb Howard, O. Shafter Howard, Collis Huntington, Henry Huntington, Helen Hunt Jackson, Abbot Kinney, William Morrow, John Singleton Mosby, Francis G. Newlands, Harris Gray Otis, George Smith Patton, William T. Sherman, J. Campbell Shorb, Southern Pacific Company, Leland Stanford, Adlai Stevenson, George Stoneman, Harriet Strong, James M. Tiernan, Benjamin Truman, Stephen Mallory White, and Benjamin Davis Wilson.

10,844 items.149 boxes.

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