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Moon (Germaine) San Bernardino County Research Collection
AR.2003.001  
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  • Content Description
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Custodial History
  • Processing Information
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Related Materials
  • Bibliography

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Mojave Desert Archives
    Title: Germaine Moon San Bernardino County Research Collection
    creator: Moon, Germaine L. Ramounachou (Germaine Louise Ramounachou), 1933-2003
    Identifier/Call Number: AR.2003.001
    Physical Description: 36 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1809-2002
    Abstract: The materials of the Germaine Moon San Bernardino County Research Collection were selected and compiled during the course of Mrs. Moon's thirty years of service as a historian and reference researcher for the Mojave River Valley Museum in Barstow, California. Focused primarily on the Mojave Desert region, the materials include affidavits, articles of incorporation, biographies, birth certificates, brochures, burial records, business cards, census data, correspondence, court records, diaries, death certificates, deeds, directories, genealogies, indexes, leases, liquor licenses, manuscripts, maps, mining claims, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, promotional materials, and voting registers.

    Content Description

    The materials of the Germaine Moon San Bernardino County Research Collection include selected historical data focused primarily on the Mojave Desert region. The materials include affidavits, articles of incorporation, biographies, birth certificates, brochures, burial records, business cards, census data, correspondence, court records, diaries, death certificates, deeds, directories, genealogies, indexes, leases, liquor licenses, manuscripts, maps, mining claims, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, promotional materials, and voting registers.

    Biographical / Historical

    Germaine Moon was a local historian and author who provided valuable research for the Mojave River Valley Museum of Barstow, California, and many western universities and colleges. Germaine Louise Ramounachou Moon was born in Paris, France, on August 9, 1933 and lived in the Mojave Desert railroad town of Barstow for 39 years. For many researchers interested in San Bernardino County and Mojave Desert history, she was known as the authority for answers to local history questions.
    Germaine Moon's data gathering system was to compile and organize related research materials into three-ring binders by subject. Author-historian Dennis Casebier describes her reference request process thus: "When researchers would come, she would get out the pertinent binders and take it from there. I have personally seen Germaine in action. I can see her now, seated in front of those 200 binders considering a question. Suddenly she'd turn and pull one or more binders off the shelf. She would process her understanding of a request and then turn to her sacred binders for the answers. It was very effective."
    Germaine Moon authored the book Barstow Depots and Harvey Houses and collaborated in the writing of Once Upon A Desert. She died at age 69 at her Barstow home on June 16, 2003.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights reside with the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Archivist at the Mojave Desert Archives.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research. For access, please contact the Archivist at the Mojave Desert Archives at archivist@mdhca.org.

    Arrangement

    The materials have been maintained in the original order compiled and used by Germaine Moon to answer reference questions. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject(s) in 188 series. Each series is contained in a three-ring binder. Each series (binder) may contain one or many subseries (see Other Finding Aids note), each consisting of a set of related materials inside a plastic sleeve.

    Preferred Citation

    Germaine Moon San Bernardino County Research Collection. AR-2003-001. Mojave Desert Archives, Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association, Goffs, California. Date accessed.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Mojave Desert Archives, 37198 Lanfair Road # G-15, Essex, CA 92332. Consent is given on behalf of the Mojave Desert Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gifted by Mickey Earl Moon to the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association, 18 June 2003.

    Custodial History

    Custody has remained with the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association following its receipt from Germaine Moon's husband, Mickey Earl Moon, to the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association on 18 June 2003.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Jacqueline Ridge and Chris Ervin

    Other Finding Aids

    Subseries details are listed in Finding Aid to the Historical Research Collection of Germaine Louise Ramounachou Moon by Jacqueline Ridge.

    Related Materials

    Related materials are found in the following collection:
    Peter Wild Correspondence with Germaine Moon, 1996-2002. AR-2003-002. Mojave Desert Archives. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c89k4gz1

    Bibliography

    Moon, Germaine L. Ramounachou. 1980. Barstow Depots and Harvey Houses. Barstow, Calif: Mojave River Valley Museum Association.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Bernardino County (Calif.)
    Mojave Desert--History, Local.
    Frontier and pioneer life
    Pioneers
    Mojave River (Calif.)
    Barstow (Calif.)
    Calico (Calif.)
    Camp Cady (Calif.)
    Daggett (Calif.)
    Fort Irwin (Calif.)
    Ludlow, CA
    Minneola (San Bernardino County)
    Needles, CA
    Yermo (Calif.)
    Affidavits
    Articles of incorporation
    Biographies
    birth certificates
    Brochures
    Burial records
    business cards
    Census data
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    correspondence
    Court records
    Diaries
    death certificates
    Deeds
    Directories
    genealogies (histories)
    Family histories
    indexes (reference sources)
    Leases
    License system
    Manuscripts
    memorabilia
    microfilms
    Mining claims
    Minutes (Records)
    photographs
    Railroad maps.
    School photography
    Voting registers
    Mojave River Valley Museum
    Casebier, Dennis G.
    Haenszel, Arda M.
    Hensher, Alan
    Moon, Germaine L. Ramounachou (Germaine Louise Ramounachou), 1933-2003
    Vredenburgh, Larry M.
    Walker, Clifford
    Wild, Peter T., 1940-2009
    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
    Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company
    Borate and Daggett Railroad
    San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company
    Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad
    United States. Bureau of Land Management