Preliminary Guide to the Soper Family Papers
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Preliminary Guide to the Soper Family Papers, ca. 1862-1942
Collection number: Wyles Mss 13
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Title: Soper Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1862-1942
Collection Number: Wyles Mss 13
.8 linear feet
(2 document boxes)
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
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Soper Family Papers. Wyles Mss 13. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Gift of Wilbur R. Jacobs, 1957.
Charles H. and Emeline Soper had a small farm in Norton County, Pennsylvania after the Civil War. In 1883 Charles traveled
to California, and a year later his wife (Emeline) and daughter (Catharine) joined him. They bought a house in Alhambra, California,
but Charles died soon after, in 1885. Mrs. Charles H. Soper and her daughter remained there the rest of their lives.
Charles H. Soper [CHS]. Died 1885.
Mrs. Emeline Soper (Alhambra, CA) = Mrs. Charles H. Soper. Died ca. 1922.
Daughter Emma Catharine [Kate/Katie] Soper. Died July 26, 1938 in Alhambra, CA.
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection contains two series: Soper Family Manuscripts and Wilbur R. Jacobs Research. See container list for more information.
Soper Family Manuscripts
Box 1: 1
Typewritten transcripts, ca. 1870s
Box 1: 2
Soper family, ca. 1937-1938
Box 1: 3 - 5
Correspondence (originals, along with typed transcripts for many)
Box 1: 3
Civil War -- CHS to his brother, 1862, n.d.
Box 1: 4
CHS to family, ca. 1883-1884
Box 1: 5
Emeline and Catharine, 1909-1935
Box 1: 6
Diary -- typewritten transcript, ca. 1883-1884
Box 1: 7
Notebook -- includes recipes, poems, horticulture, and accounts (also later undated loose typewritten notes by Catharine Soper
laid in), ca. 1877-1882
Box 1: 9
Gardens and scenery (much like the ones in
Box 1: 10
Western, Pennsylvania, and a few Santa Barbara Scenes (mainly to Mrs. Emeline. Soper and Miss Catharine [Kate] Soper, Alhambra,
CA), ca. 1905-1913
Box 1: 11
U.S. and Europe, ca. 1910s
Box 2: 1
Picture Postcards -- loose, some with messages, to Emeline and Catharine, ca. 1905-1930s
Box 2: 2 - 5
Writings by E. Catharine Soper
Box 2: 2
Essays (mainly about animal rights and vegetarianism), n.d.
Box 2: 3 - 4
Stories of an Alhambra Garden and Journeys Near-- typescript, with photos, ca. 1930s
Box 2: 5
Miscellany (includes copy of etching of C. H. Soper residence in Pennsylvania), ca. 1870s-early 1900s
Jacobs, Wilbur -- Research
Box 2: 7 - 8
Research Notes, ca. early 1940s