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Finding aid to the Northern California Indian Association Newsletters and Bulletins MS.1311
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  • Administrative History note
  • Biographical note
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and contents
  • Custodial history
  • Processing history
  • Use
  • Access
  • Acquisition
  • Preferred citation

  • Title: Northern California Indian Association newsletters and bulletins
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.1311
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet (2 folders)
    Date: Early 20th Century
    Abstract: The Northern California Indian Association, formed in 1894, was a branch of the Women’s National Indian Association, which formed in Philadelphia in 1879. The Northern California Indian Association, based in San Jose, CA, campaigned for “the physical, moral, and educational advancement” of the California Indians. This collection consists of newsletters and bulletins from the Northern California Indian Association in the early 20th century. Many of the items focus on the Zayante Indian Conferences held annually in Mount Hermon, California beginning in 1906. There is also information about the Association’s efforts to start an industrial school for Indians and a report from the Indian Board of Co-Operation.
    creator: Northern California Indian Association.

    Administrative History note

    The Northern California Indian Association, formed in 1894, was a branch of the Women’s National Indian Association, which formed in Philadelphia in 1879. The Northern California Indian Association, based in San Jose, CA, campaigned for “the physical, moral, and educational advancement” of the California Indians. The organization considered itself non-denominational Christian. In 1901, the national organization’s name changed to the National Indian Association, though its membership remained mostly female. The following people were officers in the San Jose branch: Mrs. Josephine Gilchrist, Mrs. Mary Edwards, Mrs. Jessie Knight Jordan, Mrs. E.D. Van Denburgh, Miss Jennie Farwell, Mrs. Fred Smith, Mr. Charles E. Kelsey, Mrs. Edith Beasly, Miss Cornelia Taber, Mrs. Mary Bacon, and Mrs. Ed Williams.

    Biographical note

    George Wharton James (1858-1923) was born in Gainsborough, England. He became a preacher for the Methodist Church before coming to California in the 1880s. While in California, James abandoned the ministry and traveled throughout the United States. He was well known as a writer, explorer, book collector, artifact collector, and an Indian civil-rights activist. Like Charles Lummis, James was considered an eccentric of the American West. The two men had a notable rivalry though James served as editor of Lummis’s Out West magazine beginning in 1912.
    Reference: Wild, Peter. George Wharton James. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University, 1990.

    Related Archival Materials note

    George Wharton James Papers, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; Los Angeles, California, MS.4. MS. 2119, Cornelia Taber papers (1906-1926), California Historical Society, San Francisco, California. Caroline Maria Seymour Severance Papers (1830-1980), The Huntington Library, San Marino, California. MS2, John Bidwell Papers, Special Collections, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico, California David Starr Jordan Papers (1794-1950), Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University, California. BANC FILM 1022, C. Hart Merriam Papers, Volume 1: Papers Relating to Work with California Indians (1850-1974), (bulk 1898-1938), The Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley, California.

    Arrangement

    • Folder 1: Northern California Indian Association, Zayante Indian Conferences
    • Folder 2: Liquor Problem Among the Indians

    Scope and contents

    This collection consists of newsletters and bulletins from the Northern California Indian Association in the early 20th century. Many of the items focus on the Zayante Indian Conferences held annually in Mount Hermon, California beginning in 1906. There is also information about the Association’s efforts to start an industrial school for Indians. A report from the Indian Board of Co-Operation is also included. The document in Folder 2 was found along with Folder 1, though the creator and date of this document is unknown.

    Custodial history

    This collection was part of the George Wharton James Collection donated to the Southwest Museum Library in 1928.

    Processing history

    Initial processing and finding aid created by Natalie Sims, 2010. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Acquisition

    Donated by Edith E. Farnsworth as part of the George Wharton James Library, 1928 November 28.

    Preferred citation

    Northern California Indian Association Newsletters and Bulletins, Early 20th century, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1311; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women's National Indian Association (U.S.).
    Bulletins
    Indians of North America -- Alcohol use
    Indians of North America -- California
    Indians of North America -- California -- Economic conditions
    Indians of North America -- California -- Social life and customs
    Indians of North America -- Education
    Newsletters
    Zayante Indian Conferences