Guide to the John Shackelford Taylor Papers

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Sonoma State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the John Shackelford Taylor Papers

Accession number: 101

University Library

Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center

Rohnert Park, California

Contact Information:

  • University Library
  • Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center
  • Sonoma State University
  • 1801 E. Cotati Avenue
  • Rohnert Park, California 94928
  • Phone: (707) 664-4152
  • Email: northbayinfo@sonoma.edu
  • URL: http://library.sonoma.edu/regional/
Processed by:
The Sonoma State Special Collection/University Archives staff
Encoded by:
Gabriela A. Montoya
© 2007 Sonoma State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Shackelford Taylor Papers
Accession number: 101
Creator: Taylor, John Shackelford, 1828-1927
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
Repository: Sonoma State University Library
North Bay Regional and Special Collections
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, California 94928-3609
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Note

Collection is open for research by appointment .

Publication Rights

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. John Shackelford Taylor Papers. North Bay Regional and Special Collections, University Library, Sonoma State University.

Biography

John Shackelford Taylor (1828-1927), an original California forty-niner, is identified with the stock-raising and business development in Sonoma County. In 1853, he settled on 1,400 acres of land near Santa Rosa. The land included White Sulpher Springs, a favorite Northern California resort. He also owned a valuable lot on Fourth Street in Santa Rosa where he erected one of the finest and most substantial business sections of the city. It was known as the Taylor block.
Taylor was involved with every movement for the advancement of Sonoma County. He helped found the Santa Rosa Bank and served a term as its president. Taylor was also one of the group of men responsible for the construction of the Santa Rosa Race Track.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, legal and financial documents, printed material, creative works and ephemera (1850-1948) created and collected by John Shackelford Taylor document the life of an early Sonoma County pioneer. Legal and financial documents form the largest portion of the collection. Approximately one third of the collection consists of Taylor's creative works, printed materials and various documents about pioneer life in the west and in Sonoma County. Correspondence between Taylor and other family members relate to the genealogy of the Taylor family.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1.

Correspondence

 

July 28, 1891 letter from Mr. Bray to Mr. Bray

 

April 6, 1908 letter to Sarah Taylor from John S. Taylor

 

May 12, 1909 letter from Albert Paine to John S. Taylor

Folder 2.

Personal narrative

Folder 3.

Taylor Family Genealogy

Folder 4.

Published pieces on John S. Taylor

Folder 5.

White Sulpher Springs

Folder 6.

Printed Material of John S. Taylor

Folder 7.

Printed Material of the Sonoma County Pioneers Society

Folder 8.

Printed Material of Taylor Family and Friends

Folder 9.

Wanted Poster of Joseph Mosely, 1892

Folder 10.

Invitation to a the hanging of George H. Bruggy and a reward poster for the return of George H. Bruggy, 1892

Folder 11.

Funeral notice for Thomas A. Grace, 1903

Folder 12.

Ephemera

Folder 13.

Deed of sale for a slave

Box 2, Folder 1.

Financial Documents (no date)

Folder 2.

Financial Documents -- 1850-1860

Folder 3.

Financial Documents -- 1870's

Folder 4.

Financial Documents -- 1880's

Folder 5.

Financial Documents -- 1890's

Folder 6.

Financial Documents -- 1900-1932

Folder 7.

Tax Receipts

Folder 8.

Legal documents -- 1850-1865

Folder 9.

Legal documents -- 1866-1869

Folder 10.

Legal documents -- 1870-1873

Folder 11.

Legal documents -- 1874-1879

Folder 12.

Legal documents -- 1880-1889

Folder 13.

Legal documents -- 1890-1899

Folder 14.

Legal documents -- 1900-1948