Scope and Content
Title: Frame (Walter C.) California Essays,
Date (inclusive): 1976-1979
Collection number: Mss170
Walter C. Frame
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
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Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Frame (Walter C.) California Essays, Mss170, Holt-Atherton
Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Attorney Walter Clay Frame (1905-1980) graduated from the University of California Law
School (1930) and practiced law in San Francisco from 1931 to 1942. In the latter year he
joined the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as a Naturalization Examiner
serving in San Francisco until 1943. He was then transferred to Sacramento to cover cases
in northern California counties from Solano to Siskiyou. Travelling up and down valley
towns often by public transportation on trains and buses, he interviewed hundreds of
applicants for citizenship. After the war he practiced law practice in Sacramento until
1977. Active in history organizations, Frame was president of the Sacramento County
Historical Society (1960) and the Conference of California Historical Societies (1965).
Scope and Content
This collection of approximately 65 typescript reminiscences and essays written by Walter
Frame (ca. 1976-1979) are told from a very personal view point. Mr. Frame wanted to
document a lifestyle that was quickly disappearing. Subjects include: family
reminiscences; railroads; ferries; trollies; ethnic groups; women; early California
history; California cities and towns especially Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento;
and, California small town and country life.