Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Guide to the Charles M. Goethe papers, 1849-1987 (1948-1966)
MSS 1966/01  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (119.69 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Biography
  • Processed by:
  • Preferred Citation
  • Access
  • Existence and Location of Originals
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information

  • Title: Charles M. Goethe papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 1966/01
    Contributing Institution: California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 14.5 Linear feet (27 manuscript boxes, 8 flat boxes, and 3 oversize folders)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1948-1966
    Date (inclusive): 1849-1987
    Abstract: Contains newspaper articles, research papers, interviews, personal diaries, notes, and letters to various universities, colleges, and people throughout Charles M. Goethe's lifetime; correspondence files, arboretum architectural materials, and memorial funds at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS); publications about Goethe written by himself and others, and publications he gathered relating to his interests; photographs, scrapbooks/memory books, and oversized materials.
    creator: Goethe, C.M. (Charles Matthias), 1875-1966


    Charles Matthias Goethe was born in 1875 to Henry John Goethe and Louisa Denger in Sacramento, Calif. After advancing through school, he worked for his father's banking company until it dissolved in 1912. Shortly after, he dealt mostly in real estate. In 1903, he met and married Mary Glide. Together, they focused a good portion of their time conducting studies on children's playgrounds and communities throughout various countries they visited. After his wife's death in 1946, Goethe continued his human betterment causes by corresponding with many people and organizations to promote the eugenics movement, scientific literacy, and concerns with immigration. Goethe died in 1966.

    Processed by:

    Lynn M. Drennan.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item including date], [Folder Title], MSS 1966/01, Charles M. Goethe Papers, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento.


    Collection is open for research. Some restrictions may apply.

    Existence and Location of Originals

    Originals for the David Starr Jordan papers about Charles M. Goethe are in the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Originals for the H.H. Laughlin collection about Charles M. Goethe are in Truman State University.

    Related Archival Materials

    Related materials to Goethe's involvement in eugenics may be found in the following collections in this repository:
    Eugenics pamphlets (QH 431 .E9), Kathleen E. Howell collection of Charles M. Goethe manuscripts (MSS 1988/02), photocopies from the David Starr Jordan papers about Charles M. Goethe (MSS 2001/08), and photocopies from the H. H. Laughlin collection about Charles M. Goethe (MSS 2001/09).

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Acquisition Information

    The Charles M. Goethe papers were willed to California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) in 1966. Shortly thereafter, they were transferred to the university library.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bishton, Rodger
    California State University, Sacramento.
    Delisle, Albert L.
    Goethe, C.M. (Charles Matthias), 1875-1966
    Gunn, Thomas I.
    Jenkins, Hubert O.
    Morgan, Julia, 1872-1957
    Severaid, Joye Harold
    West, Guy A.
    History of Sacramento California, 1875-1966