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Guide to the Lorenzo Gordin Yates Papers, 1852-1906
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Key to Arrangement

Box 1, folder 1-2

Notes by C. L. Camp re provenance of collection; biographical information on Yates

folder 3-4

Notes & plans for a museum [Santa Barbara?]; The Origin & Development of Museums (draft of article by Yates)

folder 5-41

Letters written to Yates.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically. A list of important correspondents follows the Key to Arrangement.
folder 42-47a

Letters written by Yates, 1889-1902 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Mainly drafts re his collections & publications

See also Folder 55
folder 48

Letters relating to publication of "All Known Ferns."

Scope and Content Note

5 letters, 1889-1891. Letter, Jan. 22, 1889, written by J. H. Barry.
folder 49

Diary, 1871 & 1882. Account of journey from Centerville, Calif. to vicinity of San Benito, Calif. & return, collecting fossils, 1871. Account of journey from Santa Barbara, Calif. to Lompoc, Calif. & return, 1882

folder 50

MS of article by Yates: Knights, Templars & Masonry. Holograph

See subject files (Boxes 2-3) for MSS of other articles by Yates

folder 51

Miscellaneous Notes.

Scope and Content Note

Lists & receipts for shells & fossils shipped to & by Yates, Notes on building a conservatory, etc.
folder 52-54

MSS of writings (not by Yates)

 

Costa Rican Earthquakes, by Juan F. Ferraz

 

San Miguel Island, Calif. by C. D. Voy

 

Santa Rosa Island, Calif. by C. D. Voy

folder 55

Letters written by Yates, 1874-1876

Scope and Content Note

Written in book of poll lists for Washington (Alameda Co., Calif.) Election District, 1869. Bound volume.
folder 56

Accounts

Scope and Content Note

Written in book of poll lists for Centerville Precinct, Alameda Co., Calif. Bound volume.
folder 57

"Etymological Lexicon"

Scope and Content Note

Notes on alphabets & vocabularies of many languages, compiled by Yates. First few pages contain financial accounts for his dental practice. Bound volume.
Box 2

Subject Files

Scope and Content Note

Primarily holograph and typescript manuscripts of articles written by Yates, with related drafts, notes and lithograph plates. Arranged as follows:
folder 75-76

Aboriginal art - California

folder 77-82

Anthropology

Scope and Content Note

Aboriginal cooking, Indians. Mainly in California
folder 83-88

Artifacts

Scope and Content Note

Re coins, charm stones, aboriginal shell money, etc. -mainly in California
folder 89-91

Folklore

Scope and Content Note

Legends of California Indians
folder 92

Linguistics

Box 3, folder 93-101

Island Studies

Scope and Content Note

Islands off the coast of Southern California
folder 102-115

Botany

Scope and Content Note

Trees, shrubs, & plants including the bottle tree, ferns, orchids, manzanita, & yucca -mainly in California
folder 116

Natural history

folder 117

Geology

Scope and Content Note

Re lithographic limestone in California
folder 118-119

Shells

Scope and Content Note

Helix in Southern California, land shells of Jamaica
folder 120-121

Worms

carton Carton, folder 122-123

Catalogues of Yates' collections

Scope and Content Note

Shells, minerals, fossils, etc.
folder 123a

Tear sheets of articles by Yates

folder 124-138

Newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Some are articles by or about Yates. Re Indians, flora, fauna, minerals, etc. Unarranged.
oversize Oversize Scrapbook

Clippings of articles by or about Yates. Re shells, Indians, flora, fauna, etc.

oversize Oversize folder

Diploma, D.D.S., Wisconsin Dental College, May 25, 1881

 

Diploma, Santa Barbara County Agricultural Association, [for display of minerals], 9 Oct. 1886

 

Certificate of corresponding membership, San Francisco Microscopical Society, 5 April 1872

List of Correspondents

 

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

 

2 letters, 1886-1890. Letter, 1886, written by G. W. Tryon.

 

Barry, James Henry (1856-1927)

See Letters relating to publication of “All Known Ferns" (Folder 48)

 

Baum, Henry Mason, 1848-

 

4 letters, 1901-1903. Written while Editor, Records of the Past. Mainly re Yates' manuscripts which were published in the magazine.

 

Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922

 

Letter, Oct. 3, 1892. Re placing Yates' geological collection on deposit at Stanford University.

 

Britton, L. H.

 

2 letters, 1903. Transmitting photographs of two Chilcat blankets.

 

Britton, Nathaniel Lord, 1859-1934

 

2 letters, 1890 & n.d. Form letter, n.d., written while Director-in-Chief, New York Botanical Garden.

 

Brown, Edwin

 

2 letters, 1852-1853

 

Browne, G. L.

 

2 letters, 1893. Written while Assistant Editor, The Californian. Re articles Yates wrote for the magazine.

 

Bryan, William V.

 

Letter, Mar. 26, 1900. Written while Proprietor, The Traveler (magazine).

 

California Historical Society

 

3 letters, 1887-1888. Written by William Carey Jones. Re Yates' paper, "Prehistoric California," which was read at a meeting.

 

California. State Mining Bureau

 

9 letters, 1889-1893. Written mainly by William Irelan. Letter, Aug. 16, 1890, transmits copy of Yates' letter to him. Most letters concern his articles which were published by the Bureau.

 

Campbell, John H.

 

Letter, Mar. 9, 1891

 

Cattell, James McKeen, 1860-

 

Letter, June 5, 1902.

 

Clarke, William H.

 

Postcard, Oct. 3, 1882. Asking to be informed if he makes additional discoveries of fossil elephant teeth.

 

Comstock, Theodore Bryant, 1849-1915

 

5 letters, 1905. Re publication of Yates' article on pre-historic California in the Bulletin of The Southern California Academy of Sciences.

 

Cooper, James Graham, 1830-1902

 

Letter, Oct. 25, 1874

 

Coquillett, Daniel William, 1856-1911

 

Letter, May 5, 1893. Identifying sample of grape vine scales which Yates sent him.

 

Davidson, Anstruther, 1860-1932

 

4 letters, 1902-1905. Re Yates' articles on prehistoric California which were published by the Southern California Academy of Sciences.

 

Depue, J. E.

 

4 letters, 1900-1901. Letter, 1900, thanks Yates for sending a copy of his article on charm stones. Several letters transmit drawings of plummets.

 

Fairchild, Herman LeRoy, 1850-1943

 

2 letters, 1894. Written while Secretary, Geological Society of America.

 

Flint, Earl

 

Letter, Jan. 4, 1892. Mainly re shells.

 

Geological Society of America

See Fairchild, Herman LeRoy

 

Hyatt, Alpheus, 1838-1902

 

Postcard, Feb. 23, 1892. Requesting a copy of his paper on Pinna.

 

Irelan, William, Jr., 1842-

See California. State Mining Bureau

 

Jones, William Carey, 1854-1923

See California Historical Society

 

Keep, Josiah, 1849-1911

 

Letter, Aug. 12, 1899. Written while Professor of Natural Science, Mills College. Replying to his letter, Aug. 3, 1899, to Mrs. Mills re selling his collection to Mills College.

 

Layard, Edgar Leopold, 1824-1900

 

Letter, Nov. 29, 1890. Re their mutual interest in shells. Transmits letter from his son, re exchanging postage stamps with Yates.

 

Lewis, James

 

3 letters, 1876-1878. Mainly re his identification of shells.

 

Maiden, Joseph Henry, 1859-1925

 

Letter, Jan. 19, 1891. Re Yates' attempt to obtain pine tree seeds.

 

Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939

 

Letter, Feb. 5, 1900. Written for him by M.C. Hale.

 

Newcombe, Charles Frederic, 1851-

 

Letter, Nov. 6, 1893. Written while Honorary Secretary, Natural History Society of British Columbia.

 

Parish, Samuel Bonsall, 1838-1928

 

Postcard, Jan. 10, 1891. With this: reprints of several of his articles on plants.

 

Peet, Stephen Denison, 1830-1914

 

Letter, Feb. 26, 1898. Written while Editor, American Antiquarian.

 

Pike, Walter N.

 

Letter, Sept. 30, 1891. Asking for articles to publish in The Mayflower [magazine?].

 

Putnam, Frederic Ward, 1839-1915

 

Letter, Jan. 16, 1893. Written while Curator, Peabody Museum, & Chief, Department of Ethnology & Archaeology, World's Columbia Exposition. Re publishing Yates' paper on California Weapons & exhibiting his collection at the Exposition.

 

Rust, Horatio Nelson, 1828-1906

 

Letter, Dec. 10, 1874. Re sending specimens of minerals & shells toYates.

 

Santa Barbara Natural History Society

 

Postcard, n.d. Notifying Yates of his appointment as a member of the Society's section on conchology, archaeology, paleontology & minerology.

 

Santa Cruz Island Company

 

Letter, July 31, 1889. Denying Yates permission to visit Santa Cruz Island.

 

Smith, James Perrin, 1864-1931

 

Letter, Dec. 12, 1902. Re sending Yates copies of his publications.

 

Smithsonian Institution

 

Letter, Apr. 22, 1899

 

Stearns, Robert Edwards Carter, 1827-1909

See U.S. Geological Survey

 

Studer, Jacob Henry, 1840-1904

 

Letter, Mar. 3, 1893. Written while President, Natural Science Association of America.

 

Taylor, William Alton, 1863-

 

Letter, June 30, 1902. Written while Pomologist, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Re a mango tree he sent Yates & requesting samples of avocados grown by Yates.

 

Tryon, George Washington, 1838-1888

See Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

 

U.S. Geological Survey

 

3 letters, 1890-1906. 2 letters written by R. E. C. Stearns.

 

Wesley (William) & Son

 

Letter, Oct 30, 1888. Re various catalogs of works on ferns, fossils & minerals.