Finding Aid for the Wilshire Family Papers, 1898-1985

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Finding Aid for the Wilshire Family Papers, 1898-1985

Collection number: 231

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

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  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Encoded by:
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Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, December 2002
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Wilshire Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1898-1985
Collection number: 231
Creator: Wilshire family
Extent: 30 boxes (15.0 linear ft.) 4 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Henry Gaylord Wilshire (1861-1927) was a real estate developer who helped turn Long Beach into a seaside resort and developed Wilshire Boulevard. He became known as the millionaire socialist, publishing The Challenge, which changed its name to Wilshire's Magazine. Gaylord stood as a congressional candidate for the 6th California district in 1890, for the British Parliament in 1894, for the Canadian Parliament in 1902, and for Congress from New York in 1904. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, notes, books, pamphlets, magazines, personal papers, photographs and printed materials relating to Henry Gaylord Wilshire, his wife Mary McReynolds, and their son Logan Gaylord.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

  • Gift of Mrs. Emily Harvin Glass, 1956.
  • Gift of Mrs. Logan G. Wilshire, 1974, 1981.
  • Gift of Dr. Thomas Berne, 1990.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wilshire Family Papers (Collection 231). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Henry Gaylord Wilshire was born on June 7, 1861 in Cincinnati, Ohio; attended Harvard; came to Los Angeles, California in his mid-20s; purchased land and helped turn Long Beach into a seaside resort; began to develop Wilshire Boulevard and the Los Angeles Billposting Company; became known as the millionaire socialist, publishing The challenge, which changed its name to Wilshire's magazine; contributors included George Bernard Shaw, Upton Sinclair, and Jack London; in 1904 married Mary McReynolds; born on May 1, 1880 in New York City, New York, she was active in socialist organizations; also contributed to Wilshire's magazine; their son Logan was born on August 29, 1907; when the magazine was banned from the U.S. mail, Gaylord Wilshire published it and ran his other businesses from Canada; owned a second home in Hampstead, London, England; Gaylord stood as a congressional candidate for the 6th California district in 1890, for the British Parliament in 1894, for the Canadian Parliament in 1902, and for Congress from New York in 1904; published works include Socialism: a religion (19--), Wilshire editorials (c. 1906), and Syndicalism: what it is (1912); he died on September 7, 1927.

Scope and Content

Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, notes, books, pamphlets, magazines, personal papers, photographs and printed materials relating to Henry Gaylord Wilshire, his wife Mary McReynolds, and their son Logan Gaylord. Also contains microfilm relating to the Wilshire Bishop Creek Mine, and the establishment of Wilshire's Ionaco and other ventures in the field of medical science.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Wilshire family correspondence.
  2. Mary (McReynolds) Wilshire correspondence.
  3. Correspondence regarding the Iona Company.
  4. Gaylord Wilshire clippings, business and personal papers.
  5. Mary Wilshire literary materials.
  6. Mary Wilshire materials regarding psychoanalysis.
  7. Mary Wilshire personal papers.
  8. Miscellaneous manuscripts.
  9. Materials by and about Logan Wilshire.
  10. Photographs and pictorial material.
  11. Correspondence, papers, and reports regarding Bishop Creek Mine.
  12. Notes and manuscripts by Logan Wilshire.
  13. Clippings.
  14. Political tracts and pamphlets.
  15. Issues of Wilshire's Monthly Magazine, books and pamphlets.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Wilshire family--Archives.
Wilshire, Gaylord, 1861-1927--Archives.
Wilshire, Mary--Archives.
Wilshire, Logan--Archives.
Periodical editors--United States--Archival resources.
Family papers.


Container List

 

Correspondence: Wilshire Family

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters to and from (Henry) Gaylord Wilshire, his wife Mary (MacReynolds) and their son Logan Gaylord. Arranged chronologically. Although the correspondence is mainly personal, there are some references in it to Gaylord Wilshire's business concerns, such as the Ionaco Belt. This section also includes a small amount of material relating to other family members.
Box 1

1833.

Physical Description: (1 item).
Box 1

1900-1909.

Physical Description: (22 folders).
Box 2

1910-1920.

Physical Description: (18 folders).
Box 3

1921-1923.

Physical Description: (16 folders).
Box 4

1924-1925.

Physical Description: (18 folders).
Box 5, Folders 1-12

1926-1928.

Box 5, Folder 13

Gaylord Wilshire, n.d. and fragments.

Box 5, Folder 14

To Jennie E. MacReynolds (mother of Mary Wilshire) from her daughter Myra (MacReynolds) Howell, 1912-13 and n.d.

 

Correspondence: Mary (MacReynolds) Wilshire

Box 6, Folders 1-4

General correspondence, 1936-1955.

Box 6, Folders 5-8

To Mary Wilshire from her sister, Myra (MacReynolds) Howell, n.d.

Box 6, Folder 9

To Mary Wilshire from her mother, Jennie E. MacReynolds, n.d.

Box 6, Folder 10

Family letters to Mary Wilshire and other family members, 1898-1913, n.d.

Box 6, Folders 11-15

Mary Wilshire, undated and fragments.

 

Correspondence re the Iona Company (Wilshire's Ionaco)

Note

Correspondence in this section has been partially sorted into chronological sequence (Boxes 7-8). The rest of the material is alphabetically arranged by subject; items described in square brackets were either found loose or in untitled file folders.
Box 7

1924-October 15, 1926.

Physical Description: (15 folders).
Box 8, Folders 1-6

October 16, 1926-1927.

Box 8, Folder 7

Ionaco background - Radium therapy and magnetism.

Box 8, Folders 8-10

Ionaco - Criticisms of, 1925-1927.

Box 8, Folder 11

Ionaco - pamphlet describing. n.d.

Box 8, Folders 12-13

Ionaco - testimonials, 1925-1927.

Box 9, Folder 1

A.

Box 9, Folder 2

Army & Navy Stores, London.

Box 9, Folder 3

Aronson & Company.

Box 9, Folder 4

Auto Club of Southern California.

Box 9, Folder 5

B.

Box 9, Folder 6

Bank of America.

Box 9, Folder 7

Barker Brothers.

Box 9, Folder 8

Bates, Dr. Luther V.

Box 9, Folder 9

Baughman, E.J.

Box 9, Folder 10

C.

Box 9, Folder 11

Campbell, John A.

Box 9, Folder 12

Campbell, William L.

Box 9, Folder 13

Carter & Cotton, Drs.

Box 9, Folder 14

Columbia Bond & Mortgage Company.

Box 9, Folder 15

Commercial Board.

Box 9, Folder 16

Commissioner of Corporations.

Box 9, Folder 17

Cradick, C.W.

Box 9, Folders 18-19

D.

Box 9, Folder 20

[Expense account].

Box 9, Folder 21

F.

Box 10, Folder 1

G.

Box 10, Folder 2

H.

Box 10, Folder 3

Harris, Kenneth.

Box 10, Folder 4

Hassell, Captain J.A.

Box 10, Folder 5

Haynes, Dr. John R.

Box 10, Folder 6

[Hoof & Mouth disease].

Box 10, Folder 7

Hoover, Professor Theodore.

Box 10, Folder 8

J.

Box 10, Folder 9

N.

Box 10, Folder 10

O.

Box 10, Folder 11

P.

Box 10, Folder 12

Pasadena Star News.

Box 10, Folder 13

[Patent applications].

Box 10, Folder 14

Peters, Dr. P.

Box 10, Folder 15

Q.

Box 10, Folder 16

R.

Box 10, Folder 17

Radium.

Box 10, Folder 18

Rose, S.B.

Box 10, Folder 19

S.

Box 10, Folders 20-21

Science, mostly medical diagnoses, 1920-1926.

Box 11, Folder 1

Searle, Carroll.

Box 11, Folder 2

Shaw, G. Bernard.

Box 11, Folder 3

Sherman, R.P.

Box 11, Folder 4

Slosson, Dr. E.E.

Box 11, Folder 5

T.

Box 11, Folder 6

Thomas B. Sizer, Company.

Box 11, Folder 7

Tubize Artificial Silk Company.

Box 11, Folder 8

U.

Box 11, Folder 9

V.

Box 11, Folder 10

W.

Box 11, Folder 11

White, Dr. George Starr.

Box 11, Folder 12

Who's Who list.

Box 11, Folder 13

Williams & Wilkins.

Box 11, Folder 14

Wilshire National Bank.

Box 11, Folder 15

[Wilshire's scientific interests, 1920-1924].

Box 11, Folder 16

Y.

Box 11, Folder 17

[Ionaco, 1926].

Box 11, Folder 18

[Ionaco, 1927].

Box 11, Folder 19

[Electric Belt Competitors].

Box 11, Folder 20

[Clippings, including advertisement for Ionaco Belt].

Box 11, Folder 21

[Ionaco Belt operating instructions].

 

Gaylord Wilshire: Clippings, Business and Personal Papers

Box 12, Folder 1

Address books.

Box 12, Folder 2

Address lists.

Box 12, Folder 3

Bishop's Creek Milling Company - stockholders list (?).

Box 12, Folder 4

Bishop's Creek Mine.

Physical Description: Clippings.

Note

(See also folder 19)
Box 12, Folder 5

Bishop's Creek Mine - notices, circulars to stockholders.

Box 12, Folder 6

Bishop's Creek Mine - promotional literature.

Box 12, Folder 7

Bishop's Creek Mine - reports.

Box 12, Folder 8

Clippings - various subjects.

Box 12, Folder 9

Club Casa del Mar, Santa Monica - Correspondence and circulars.

Box 12, Folder 10

Consolidated Wilshire Mining Company.

Box 12, Folder 11

Ephemera - Theatre programs etc.

Box 12, Folder 12

Funeral of Gaylord Wilshire, 1927.

Box 12, Folders 13-14

Gorky, Maxim - Clippings re visit to U.S.

Box 12, Folder 15

Janss Investment Company.

Box 12, Folder 16

Legal documents - various.

Box 12, Folder 17

Los Angeles Posting Company - financial statements & accounts.

Box 12, Folder 18

Mecca, Riverside County. Correspondence & papers re real estate.

Box 12, Folder 19

Mining schemes investigation, 1910.

Physical Description: Clippings.

Note

(See also folder 4)
Box 13, Folder 1

Miscellaneous.

Box 13, Folder 2

Miscellaneous bills and receipts.

Box 13, Folder 3

Miscellaneous financial records.

Box 13, Folder 4

Newspapers re labor.

Box 13, Folder 5

Personal - Clippings.

Box 13, Folder 6

Personal - Documents and publicity materials.

Box 13, Folder 7

Socialism - Clippings.

Box 13, Folder 8

Stationery samples.

Box 13, Folder 9

Wilshire Radium Hot Springs.

Box 13, Folder 10

Wilshire's Magazine - Clippings.

Box 13, Folder 11

Wilshire's Magazine - Ephemera.

Box 13, Folders 12-13

Writings of Gaylord Wilshire - Published.

Box 13, Folder 14

Writings of Gaylord Wilshire - Manuscripts.

Box 13, Folder 15

Writings, not by Gaylord Wilshire - Published.

Box 13, Folder 16

Writings, not by Gaylord Wilshire (?) - Manuscripts.

Box 13, Folder 17

Offprint: The Ionaco of Gaylord Wilshire, by Donald G. Davis, reprinted from Southern California Quarterly, vol.49 no.4, (December 1967).

Note

Gift of Mrs. Logan Wilshire, April 1981.
 

Mary Wilshire: Literary Materials

Box 14, Folders 1-4

Autobiographical manuscript.

Box 14, Folder 5

Autobiographical manuscript (another version?).

Box 14, Folder 6

Compassion manuscript.

Box 14, Folder 7

The little prince of Tassawini manuscript.

Box 14, Folder 8

Mrs. Paramor manuscript.

Box 14, Folders 9-16

Various manuscripts.

Box 15, Folders 1-8

Various manuscripts, including a poem, Realizations (folder 8) found in front of scrapbook re lectures on psychoanalysis (folder 11).

 

Mary Wilshire: Materials re Psychoanalysis

Box 15, Folders 9-11

Notes, lecture outlines and other material re lectures on psychoanalysis given by Mary Wilshire.

Box 15, Folders 12-14

Manuscripts and lectures on psychoanalysis.

Box 15, Folder 15

Reprint of article from Los Angeles Times, June 25, 1922 by James Oppenheim; Psycho-analysis.

Physical Description: (2 copies).
Box 15, Folder 16

Clippings about psychoanalysis.

Box 15, Folder 17

Dream record, 1901-1924.

 

Mary Wilshire: Personal Papers

Box 16, Folder 1

Bank statements, 1926-27.

Box 16, Folder 2

Clippings and miscellaneous.

Box 16, Folder 3

Diary, 1912.

Box 16, Folder 4

Legal documents - various, 1917, 1927.

Scope and Content Note

Includes deeds relating to Howard Place [Pasadena] property and copy will of Susan Emerson Wilshire, Gay's stepmother.
Box 16, Folder 5

Personal documents, 1906-1942.

Scope and Content Note

Includes passport, certificate of registration under 1920 Aliens Order and prescriptions.
Box 16, Folders 6-8

Real estate documents and correspondence:

Scope and Content Note

  • Howard place, Pasadena, 1918-1927.
  • Santa Monica, 1924-1927.
  • Riverside county, 1925-1927.
 

Miscellaneous Manuscripts etc.

Scope and Content Note

Comprises mostly material apparently sent to Mary Wilshire.
Box 16, Folder 9

For Wilshire books, Various typescripts.

Box 16, Folders 10-12

Various writings, typed and manuscripts.

Box 16, Folder 13

Correspondence and writings, from William R. Roalfe, 1926, n.d.

Box 16, Folder 14

Charles Austin Beard as a teacher, by Arthur W. MacMahon. Offprint from Political Science Quarterly, vol.65 no.1, (March 1950).

 

Logan Wilshire: Materials By and About

Box 17, Folder 1

Clippings, 1914.

Box 17, Folder 2

Manuscripts.

Box 17, Folder 3

Manuscripts marked for Logan.

Box 17, Folders 4-5

Binder marked London and 20th Century and manuscripts contained in it, some relating to Logan (?).

Box 17, Folder 6

Poems, article about, 1914.

Box 17, Folder 7

School bills, 1918-19.

Box 17, Folder 8

School report, 1922.

 

Photographs and Pictorial Material

Note

Chiefly from the archives of Wilshire's Magazine.
Box 18, Folder 1

Aremu Gold Mine.

Box 18, Folder 2

Bishop Creek mine.

Note

See also Boxes 23 and 34.
Box 18, Folder 3

Canada - views. 3 items, including 2 by William Notman: 3181- Montreal from Mount Royal, and 3267- St. John, N.B. and Harbour.

Box 18, Folder 4

Gaylord Wilshire - portraits.

Box 18, Folder 5

Mary Wilshire - photographs from her papers.

Box 18, Folders 6-7

Wilshire's Magazine offices - views.

Box 19

Photographs.

Physical Description: (8 folders).
Box 20

Photographs.

Physical Description: (7 folders).
Box 23

Pictorial materials.

Physical Description: (3 folders).
Box 23

Album of photographs of Bishop Creek Mine, by Thomas Jackson, 1926.

Box 23

Photographs, including portrait of Gaylord Wilshire and a study of him with Mary Wilshire.

Box 23

Wilshire's Magazine: December 1904, June & July 1905.

 

Correspondence & Papers: Bishop Mine

Note

Correspondence in this section has been mostly sorted into chronological sequence, with the remainder alphabetically arranged by author.
Box 21, Folders 1-11

September 1924-1927 & n.d.

Box 21, Folder 12

K.

Box 21, Folder 13

Kea.

Box 21, Folder 14

Keogh.

Box 21, Folder 15

L.

Box 21, Folder 16

Mac, Mc.

Box 21, Folder 17

M.

Box 21, Folder 18

Ledger book, 1918-1922.

 

Additions

Box 24

Correspondence, biographical material, writings by the Wilshire family.

Box 25

Manuscripts by Logan Wilshire including biography of Gaylord Wilshire, clippings.

Box 26

Notes and manuscripts by Logan Wilshire, biographical material about Gaylord Wilshire, clippings.

Box 27

Clippings.

Box 28

Political tracts and pamphlets.

Box 29

Issues of Wilshire's Monthly Magazine, books and pamphlets.

Box 30

Clippings.

Boxes 31-33

Photographs - Flat boxes.

Box 34, Folder 1

Wilshire-Bishop creek mine (Bishop, California).

Physical Description: 2 reports.
Box 34, Folders 1-2

Microfilm (8 reels): correspondence 1909-1923, 1920-1924.

Box 34, Folders 3-4

Mining & business correspondence, 1918-1926, 1926-1927.

Box 34, Folders 5-8

Scrapbook, Wilshire-Bishop Creekmine.

Box 22

[Unsorted].