Guide to the Gene Tully Papers, 1906-1965

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Fresno City & County Historical Society Archives
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Fresno City and County Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Gene Tully Papers, 1906-1965

Collection number: MSS #008



Fresno City & County Historical Society

Archives

Fresno, California

Contact Information:

  • Fresno City & County Historical Society Archives
  • 7160 West Kearney Boulevard
  • Fresno, California 93706
  • Phone: (559) 441-0862
  • Fax: (559) 441-1372
  • Email: Fhsarchiv@aol.com
  • URL: http://www.valleyhistory.org
Processed by:
Michele Laurie
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1999 Fresno City and County Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Gene Tully Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1906-1965
Collection number: MSS #008
Origination: Tully, Frank Eugene, 1875-1973
Extent: 7 inches
Repository: Fresno City and County Historical Society
Fresno, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Acquisition

Gift of Dulce Tully Rose

Access

Collection is open for research by appointment only.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Fresno City and County Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Society archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Fresno City and County Historical Society as the owner 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gene Tully Papers, MSS #008, Fresno City and County Historical Society.

Biography

Frank Eugene Tully was born September 7, 1875 in Hollister, California. He attended school in Panoche Valley quitting at the age of 16 to become a cowboy. On December 25, 1898, he married Mary Searles and settled in North Fork. In 1903, he became one of a group of the original 60 men appointed to the position of forest ranger for the U.S. Forest Service. His first assignment was to patrol the outer boundary of Yosemite National Park, which included Roaring River, Kings River, Cherry River, Mono Lake, Monache Meadow, and Inyo County. It took six weeks to patrol the entire area. In 1905, Tully was placed in charge of grazing for the Sierra National Forest, and received permission to enter Yosemite National Park to rid the area of sheep; the task was completed in 1907. He worked as a ranger off and on until his final retirement in 1938. In his later years, Tully volunteered in the community and gave talks on San Joaquin Valley history. Tully died in 1973.

Scope and Content

The Gene Tully Papers span 1850-1966 and contain correspondence, notes, newsclippings, literary productions and photographs primarily related to the Tully Family, the Sierra Nevada, Fresno and San Benito Counties.

Series Description

 

Correspondence

 

John Franklin Lewis Letters

Scope and Content Note

Relate to the completion of a new science building at the California State College, California, Pennsylvania.
 

Correspondence Outgoing (1956-1965)

Additional Note

Arranged in alphabetical order and contains letters to Maxine Aupperle (1956-1960) regarding their friendship; Jesse L Baxter (1961) regarding politics; A. E. Jansen (1957) regarding traffic situations in San Diego; Marion A. Speer (1956) regarding Mr. Speer's historical collection; The Story Lady (1959-1960); and, Dr. Wagoner (1965) regarding the Sierra National Forest. A letter from and unknown source (1957) regards the Old Timers Union.
 

Correspondence Received (1956-1965)

Additional Note

Arranged in alphabetical order and contains letters from Maxine Aupperle (1956-1960) regarding Mr. Tully's Memo Book and their friendship; Jesse L Baxter (1961) regarding politics; Jack Gillis (1965) regarding Mrs. Casey; Howard Keddie (1958) regarding the luncheon for Walt Puhn and Mr. Tully's proposed letter to the editor; Ernest McCabe (1966) regarding their visit; Walt Puhn (No date) regarding better training for firefighters; and Marion A Speer (1956) regarding study of pioneer history.
 

Letters to the Editor (1952-1965)

Additional Note

Chronologically arranged letters to editors of various California newspapers regarding various problems and comments about California.
 

Literary Productions

Scope and Content Note

Typed and handwritten reminiscences of Tully, undated, relating to his career as a Forest Ranger, subjects include:
  • Bodie Ghost Town
  • Horse racing
  • 19 th Century bandits, Jack Moran and Tuburcio Vasquez
  • "A Garden in the Sun", by Wallace Smith
  • Rioting and the sacking of Kingston
  • Charles Howard Shinn
  • San Benito County
  • Rancho Real de las Aguilar
  • Bitterwater Valley
  • Pioneer lumbering
  • The DeAlvarez ranch
 

Printed Materials

 

Miscellaneous

Scope and Content Note

A program from the dedication of the new science building at California State College in California, Pennsylvania (1960); an article from the PG and E Progress regarding smog reduction (April 1962); "Student Fellowship Program Dates, Second Semester" from the California State College California, Pennsylvania (1959-1960).
 

Newsclippings (undated)

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied clippings including Mr. Tully's published letters to the editor and various articles about California history.
 

Transcription (undated)

Scope and Content Note

Type-written transcriptions of a couple of Mr. Tully's Reminiscences, completed by June English.
 

Photographs (1881-1960)

Scope and Content Note

Family portraits including Gene Tully (1881-1922); Mary and Gene Tully (1898); Charles Howard Shinn (1922); Dr. C.F. Tully (No date); Gene Tully Jr. (No date); Ida Leota Tully and Ida May Tully (No date); and Ida May Tully (1895).

Container List

 

Correspondence

Box 1, file 1

John Franklin Lewis 1960-1961

file 2

General Outgoing 1956-1960

file 3

General Received 1956-1960

file 4

Letters to the Editor ND.

 

Literary Productions

Box 1, file 5-7

Reminiscences ND.

 

Miscellaneous

Box 1, file 8

General ND.

 

Newsclippings

Box 1, file 9

General ND.

 

Transcriptions

Box 1, file 10

General ND.

 

Photographs

Box 2

Portraits