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A Guide to the Papers of Frances Evelyn Bishop
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: A Guide to the Papers of Frances Evelyn Bishop
    Date (inclusive): 1852-1987
    Date (bulk): 1852-1900 and 1975-1985
    Collection number: 243.1
    Creator: Bishop, Frances Evelyn
    Extent: 4.5 Cubic Feet
    Repository: California State Parks. Calaveras Big Trees State Park
    PO Box 120
    Arnold, CA 95223
    Abstract: The papers of Frances Bishop were donated to the Department of Parks and Recreation and consist of 4.5 cubic feet of materials. The papers date between 1852 and 1987, with the bulk of the materials between 1852 and 1900 and 1975-1985. Document types include annotated manuscript drafts and typescripts, research notes and note cards, correspondence, articles and news clippings, and photographs.
    Physical location: Please contact the Calaveras Big Trees State Park for information regarding the location of this collection.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Please contact the Calaveras Big Trees State Park for information regarding publication of any material from this collection.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Francis Evelyn Bishop Papers. 243.1. Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold,CA.

    Acquisition Information

    The papers of Frances Bishop were donated to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

    Biographical Notes

    Frances Bishop was born in Sacramento and grew up in the Stockton area, attending school in both Stockton and the town of Lodi. She was a descendent of a pioneer family, and her aunt and uncle, Frances and Charles Gann, owned grazing land along Highway 4 above Cottage Springs. Bishop and her husband, Thomas Bishop, moved to the town of Arnold in 1967.
    As a historian, researcher, and writer, Bishop's life work focused on the history of the Calaveras Big Trees, with an emphasis on the Ebbett's Pass area. For nearly 30 years, Bishop gathered facts from various repositories and individuals for her articles, brochures, and unpublished manuscript. She served as historian for the Calaveras Big Trees Association for 13 years, often contributing articles to the organization's newsletter. Although her major work remains unpublished, Bishop's influence permeates the brochures, trail guides, maps, and interpretation of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

    Scope and Content

    Arrangement

    The papers of Frances Evelyn Bishop have been organized into four series and four subseries.
    • Series I: Publications
    • Series II: Background Research
      • Subseries I: Individuals
      • Subseries II: Places and subjects
      • Subseries III: Graphics
      • Subseries IV: General background materials
    • Series III: Personal Papers
    • Series IV: Calaveras Big Trees Association
    The papers of Frances Bishop were donated to the Department of Parks and Recreation and consist of 4.5 cubic feet of materials. The papers date between 1852 and 1987, with the bulk of the materials between 1852 and 1900 and 1975-1985. Document types include annotated manuscript drafts and typescripts, research notes and note cards, correspondence, articles and news clippings, and photographs.
    Folder headings were copied and material were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Harmful fasteners, such as brads and paper clips, were removed and replaced with plastic clips. Photographs were sleeved in polyethylene sleeves. Newspaper articles were photocopied and the originals discarded.
    Often, it is unclear which notes and graphical materials correlate with which writing effort, and occasionally several articles or manuscript drafts will use the same graphics. No attempt has been made to separate background research materials and relate them to specific efforts.

    Arrangement

    Frances Bishop was an extremely meticulous researcher, often questioning her sources and her own conclusions. For this reason, and because her major work was still in progress, the vast majority of her handwritten notes and her research note cards have been retained and kept in their original order when possible.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Personal Names:

    • Anable, Henry Sheldon
    • Atwood, Henry
    • Baker, Isaac W.
    • Bernasconi, Barney
    • Blake, William P.
    • Case Philip H.
    • Curtis, Charles A.
    • Cutting, Ephraim
    • Davis, Ina
    • DeLaittre, John
    • Doble, John
    • Dowd, Augustus T.
    • Dunbar, Freeman
    • Dunbar, Willis
    • Farquhar, Francis P.
    • Flanders, Ira M.
    • Fricot, Desire
    • Gibbes, Charles D.
    • Graves, Newton H.
    • Greeley, Horace
    • Greenlaw, Louise
    • Horn, Alexander
    • Hutching, James M.
    • Hutchinson, James Sloan
    • Jameson, Phoebe Caroline
    • Jaquith, Abram
    • Journeay, James
    • Lapham, William W.
    • Libby, William J.
    • Manuel, John
    • Ordway, Ed
    • Sequoyah
    • Silliman, Benjamin
    • Smith, Andrew J.
    • Smith, Jedediah Strong
    • Smith, Leslie James
    • Sperry, James L.
    • Sperry, Mehitable Berry Felton
    • Taylor, Bayard
    • Thompson, John A. "Snowshoe"
    • Tourtillott, Jane Augusta Holbrook
    • Turrill, Charles B.
    • Watkins, Carleton E.
    • Wheeler, George M., Lt.
    • Whiteside, Elizabeth
    • Whitney, J. D.
    • Wooster, John Marshall

    Manuscripts and Drafts:

    The big tree story The Mammoth Tree Ranch The big tree, the big stump, and the first hotel A brief history of the big tree and the big stump The Winter of the Flood: 1861-1862

    Geographical Names:

    • Arnold (Calif.)
    • Cottage Springs (Calif.)
    • Dorrington (Calif.)
    • Douglas Flat (Calif.)
    • Ebbets Pass (Calif.)
    • Mosquito Lake (Calif.)
    • Murphys (Calif.)
    • Silver Valley (Calif.)
    • Squaw Hollow (Calif.)
    • Tamarack (Calif.)

    Corporate Names:

    • Blagen Lumber Company
    • Calaveras Timber Company
    • Union Water Company.