The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings arranged by county and by topic. Subjects covered include the
Gold Rush, transportation and biographies. There are also many term papers written by Coy's students and arranged by subject.
Owen Cochran Coy (1884-1952) had a long career as an historian. He was a professor of history at the University of Southern
California from 1925-1950. He began his career as a history teacher at Eureka High School, 1909-1913. He served as the secretary
and subsequently as director for the California Historical Survey Commission from 1915-1923. Following the commission’s administrative
restructuring, he served as director of the California State Historical Association (CSHA) from 1923 to 1950. He served as
a state technical director of the Historical Records Survey, W.P.A. in 1936. His publication work included book editing,
such as Pictorial History of California, and editor for the CSHA serial publication, California History Nugget.
(Boxes: 157 legal, 12 letter, 7 record storage, 1 oversize)
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