Scope and Content
Title: Drury Papers on 19th c. California Parochial Colleges & Academies,
Date (inclusive): 1865-1968
Collection number: Mss182
Clifford Merrill Drury
Extent: 0.3 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Drury Papers on 19th c. California Parochial Colleges &
Academies, Mss182, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the
Clifford Merrill Drury (1897-) earned an M.A. (1928) from the San Francisco Theological
Seminary and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (1932). He was an assistant pastor at
the First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California (1921-1923) and at the American
Community Church, Shanghai, China (1923-1927). He was subsequently a pastor at the First
Presbyterian Church, Moscow, Idaho (1928-1938). He then began a teaching career, serving
as professor of Church History at the San Francisco Theological Seminary (1938-1964).
Author of over 24 books and numerous articles, Drury is well-known for: First White Woman
Over the Rockies (1963-1966); Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the Opening of Old Oregon
(1973); Nine Years With the Spokane Indians (1976); Diary of Elkanah Walker (1976); and,
Chief Lawyer of the Nez Perce Indians (1978).
Scope and Content
The collection includes notes on early California academic institutions and clippings,
pamphlets, papers on Mills College, Mount Tamalpais Military Academy, and the College of
California. These were used to prepare an article "Church Sponsored Schools in Early
California" in the Pacific Historian, vol. 20, no. 2 Summer 1976, pp. 158-166. The notes
and class paper of Bob Richards, a student in Drury's class, History of Christianity on
the Pacific Slope, are also included in the collection. Richards class paper is titled,
"A Report of California Schools, Academies, Seminaries, Institutes, Colleges and
Universities, as Recorded in the Occident Between the Years 1868-1873, March 1958." The
collection also includes some original flyers and announcements from California schools
and correspondence (1959-1976), primarily between Dr. Clifford Drury and Dr. R. Coke
Wood, regarding publishing articles by Drury in the Pacific Historian, or the Stockton
Corral of Westerners Far-Westerner, or Valley Trails. The correspondence also mentions a
published debate between Don Chase and Drury prompted by Drury's article on Jedediah
Smith. (See Pacific Historian article " Another Myth Answered" vol. 17, no. 1, Spring
1973, pp. 43-48, passim, pp. 49-51.)