Guide to the Paul Percy Parker Collection, 1782-1936

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Guide to the Paul Percy Parker Collection, 1782-1936

Collection number: M066

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
November 1963
Encoded by:
Patricia White
© 1997 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Paul Percy Parker Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1782-1936
Collection number: Special Collections M066
Collector: Parker, Paul Percy
Extent: .75 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:

None.

Publication Rights:

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance:

Gift of Paul P. Parker, 1963.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Paul Percy Parker Collection, M066, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

BIOGRAPHY

Paul Percy Parker was a newspaperman in California'a Salinas Valley.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Parker Collection of Californiana contains official documents (many in Spanish), legal and financial papers, manuscripts of narratives and memoirs, printed material and clippings relative to California history. The major bulk of the papers are dated prior to 1900 and the total span is from 1782-1936. They deal primarily with the Monterey area, the Salinas Valley, Salinas, San Jose, and the lower Peninsula area.
The Spanish and Mexican California documents are of special interest and include the signatures of José de Zuñiga, José Figueroa, Simeon Castro, David Spence, Luis del Castillo Negrete and an unsigned letter by Manuel Micheltorena. The William S. Johnson material contains a number of papers concerning land grant property and there are some other title papers and transfers on this subject. There are a few documents by Walter Colton and a lot of material on the Salinas Lettuce Strike of 1936.

SEPARATED MATERIALS

Books were placed in Special Collections and Stanfordiana was placed in the Stanford Collection.

CONTAINER LIST

Box 1, Folder 1.

SPANISH & MEXICAN CALIFORNIA OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS 1782-1848

 

1. 1782.Signed by José de Zuñiga, official under Gov. Felipe de Neve. re: supplies from San Blas. 2 pp.

 

2. 1783.Signed by José de Zuñiga. 2 pp.

 

3. 1832, Dec.Signers: Salvador Espinosa, José Estrada, Santiago Moreno, José Castro, José Antonio [Gaxiola), José Joaquin Gomez, Bonifacio de Madriaga. Certified Feb. 23, 1835by [Luis] del Castillo Negrete, and Dav[id] Spence. 3 PP,

 

4. 1833, Jul. 16.Signed by José Figueroa. 2 pp.

 

5. 1833.Outline of sword. Evidence in murder trial.

 

6. 1836, Dec. 28.re: David Espensa (Spence), Estevan Munras, Feodoro Gonzales, José Ramon Estrada, José Joaquin Gomez. Signed Nov. 29, 1838(docketed 1836) by Simeon Castro. 3 pp.

 

7. [1834 or 39], Feb. 28.Signed Juan de Castro. 1 P.

 

8. 1841.Signed (Tomas] Pacheco - Juan de Castro, official at San Jose. 1 p.

 

9. 1841, Jan. 8.Seal or initial unidentified. at San Juan. 1 p.

 

10. 1841, Jan. 8.Seal or initial unidentified. Name of Manuel Larios appears. 1 p.

 

11. 1841, Apr. 23.Seal or initial unidentified. at San Jose, name of [Juan Bautista] Alvarado appears. 1 p.

 

12. 1841, Oct. 16.Schooner :Nymph" to James Robenson . bill. 2 pp.

 

13. 1844, May 2.Signed Rafael Pinta. 1 p.

 

14. 1846.General [Manuel Micheltorena] to Estevan de la Torre. Mentions Feliciano Soberanes. 2 pp.

 

15. 1846, Jan 24.Signed J. S. Escamilla, Manuel Dias Y Garcia. 2 ppe

 

16. 1846, Apr. 10.Signed Antonio Mendez. 1 p.

 

17. 1846, Apr. 19.John Townsend (Monterey Council) to Thomas Kittleman (Sheriff) - orders to summon grand jury. 2 pp.

Box 1, Folder 1A.

DR. MANUEL QUIXANO IN MONTEREY. 1807-1825

Scope and Content Note

Recent, typed account by unknown author. Includes information on murder of Padre Andres Quintana. 2 pp.
Box 1, Folder 2.

BOOK OF SOLARES OF MONTEREY COUNTY PUEBLOS. 1828

Scope and Content Note

Translation Ms by William S. Johnson in 1851,note by Parker.
Box 1, Folder 3.

HARTNELL CENSUS OF CALIFORNIA RANCHOS. 1836

Physical Description: Photostats from Vallejo Documents at Bancroft Library.
Box 1, Folder 4.

WILLIAM S. JOHNSON PAPERS. 1840-188_.(See Bancroft, IV, 694.)

 

1. 1840, Dec. 30.Goodwin, Thomas I. to John P. Flagg. 3 pp.

 

2. 1852, Jun. 24.Conveyance of pueblo San Juan Bautista. Signed [Hilario] Ortez, José [Maria] Sanchez, Nicolas Butron, Miguel Castro, and Antonio Lima. Certified by W. S. J. 3 pp.

 

3. 1856, Jan. 22.Decree of Confirmation. Certified on Jul. 9, 1869by Sherman Day. 2 pp.

 

4. 1859, May 22.Transfer. Signed Cirilo Basso, José A. Sepulveda. José Bernal. 1 p. in Spanish.

 

5. 1864, Aug. 20.Newspaper clippings,

 

6. 1865, May 10.Agreement at Natividad. Johnson, W. S. and Francisco Rico. Witness: Manuel A. Castro. 4 pp.

 

7. 1869, Apr. 2.Indenture (mining and water rights). Woodside, P. K. to William Wiggins. Certified by John Gorman, Nevada Mining Commissioner on same date; Warren T. Lockhart, Lauder County, Nevada Recorder, on May 6, 1869;seal dated Jun. 10, 1869.6 pp.

 

8. 1869, Aug. 13.Indenture (land lease). Soberanes, [Paufilo] to Manuel Lorenzo Martinez (part of Rancho Soledad). Recorded and sealed by W. S. J. and Ed. W. Mills. 4 pp.

 

9. 1869, Nov. 30.[Soto], J. M. to Murphy, Grant & Co. Sight draft. 1 p,

 

10. 1871, Jun. 22.Agreement. Murphy, John M, and P. H. Sheridan. Recorded by W. S. J. 4 pp.

 

11. 188_, Nov. 27.Johnson, F. P. to Johnson & Browne. Financial note. 1 p.

 

12. 188-, Apr. 2,Bodie Lodge No. 279 I.O.O.F., Bodie, Calif. Bill. 1 p.

Box 1, Folder 5.

MRS. W. S. JOHNSON (LOUISA CANO). - "HERBS AND HOW TO USE THEM"

Scope and Content Note

Typed transcript of herb list by Parker.
Box 1, Folder 5A.

JOHN D. ACKERMAN, SR. - "MY FIRST TRIP TO CALIFORNIA" 1843-47

Scope and Content Note

Recent, typed copy of a letter or article and note by J. D. Ackerman, Jr. 3 pp.
Box 1, Folder 6.

YGNACIO PEDRO VILLEGAS.

Biography/Organization History

"Wrote his Memoirs and other articles after he became station agent at Soledad in May, 1876, at that time the end of the Southern Pacific system. He was born in Mexico and came to California via 'carreta' before the discovery of gold. He was related to Don Francisco Pacheco and lived with them at the San Felipe rancho in San Benito County. A very bright boy, he soon spoke English and talked with miners and immigrants. He wrote about everything he saw and described life on the ranchos."
-Parker
 

1. Memoirs from before 1849. Typed with Mss corrections. (May have been published). 30 pp.

 

2. Fictional Romance. "containing information that could not be put in Memoirs". Typed with Mss corrections. 45 pp. Duplicates 4 pp. Parker notes 1 p.

Box 1, Folder 7.

WALTER COLTON. 1846-1847

Physical Description: "in Colton's hand"
 

1. 1846, Sept. 24.Monterey Municipal Regulation. 1 P.

 

2. 1846, Oct. 10.I.O.U. Soto, Joaquin to Ricardo Forcado. Witness: William R. Gardner.

 

3. 1847, Jun. 18.Police Ordinance. 1 p.

 

4. 1847, Sept. 24.Magistrative Ordinance in Spanish and English. 2 pp.

Box 1, Folder 8.

R. FREDERICK A. MacDOUGALL (McDOUGAL or MacDOUGAL) - ANZAR GUARDIANSHIP PAPERS. 1854-1871

Biography/Organization History

'In 1853, Juan Miguel Anzar died. He held title to land grants "Aromas", 13,218 acres; "Quien Sabe", 17,636 acres; and "Real de Los Aquilas", 30,856 acres. Dr. MacDougal (sic) was appointed guardian of the three minor children. His guardianship papers give a very accurate account of running three large ranches up to 1869: the buying and selling of live stock, wages paid for all kinds of help, when the fence law went into effect, the surveying, pickets, nails, lumber, etc., here in detail; education of the boys, clothing them and the food they ate; medicines, taxes.'
-Parker
Box 1, Folder 8A.

DANIEL R. MARTIN - PERSONAL REMINISCENCES. [?1855-1874]

Scope and Content Note

Incidents in and about Monterey for an article in Parker's Historical Column in the "Salinas Jounnal" or the "Salinas Post". 6 pp.
Box 1, Folder 9.

MONTEREY UNION LEAGUE AND HOME GUARD. Apr. 21, 1863-Dec., 1864

Biography/Organization History

"The Monterey Home Guards were organized to protect Monterey from the Confederates at the start of the Civil War. Constitution and By Laws, interesting meetings, roster of members which comprised the leading citizens of the city, including David Jacks."
-Parker
 

1. Minute book and notes by Parker.

Box 1, Folder 9A.

FEDERICO PONCIANO FELIZ - MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA SINCE 1868

 

Typed lists and outline, perhaps for a book or long article. 8 pp.

Box 1, Folder 10.

LAND GRANTS, TITLES, ETC. 1868-1886

 

1. Cambuston, Henry - land grant case. Printed with Mss corrections. Seal and certification by George E. Whitney on Jul. 7, 1868.18 pp.

 

2. Butron, Ramona and Jeremiah McMahon - Petition re: Natividad Rancho. Apr. 2, 1864,certified by E. F. Beale. 8 pp.

 

3. Rancho San Joaquin or Rosa Morada - Abstract of Title of James McMahon. Certified by W. S. Johnson May 26, 1868.13 pp.

 

4. Rancho San Felipe y Ansaymia - Draft of Abstract of Title of John W. Metcalf, Jul. 2, 1868.11 pp.

 

5. City Lands of Monterey - Field Notes. Oct. 1868

Biography/Organization History

"David Jacks bought 29,698 acres from the City of Monterey for $1,002 in 1856. In 1896 the City of Monterey brought suit to recover, claiming fraud but lost case. The lands extended from Cypress Point along Monterey Bay shore line to mouth of Salinas river, thence east up river to within a mile of the now Salinas River bridge, thence south to Laguna Seca and west to Monterey Presidio".
-Parker
 

6. Rancho La Sagrada Familia or Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo - Official translation of title papers and transfers to establish title by J. Alexander Forbes, Nov. 26, 1886.12 pp.

 

7. Delgado, Christina - Petition of rights to Rincon de las Salinas, official copy and translation, certified by J. Alexander Forbes, Nov. 26, 1886.22 pp.

Box 1, Folder 11.

SALINAS LETTUCE STRIKE. 1936

 

1. Green, William, President of A. F. of L. "Communist Activities in the United States". Reprint from Congressional Record of Jun. 27, 1934of a report to the President of the U.S.

 

2. Merriam, Frank F. - Speech, Aug., 1934.

 

3. The American Plan, Jun., 1936.Published by the Industrial Association of San Francisco.

 

4. Fruit & Vegetable Workers Union Bulletin, Salinas, Aug. 15, 1936.

 

5. Special Bulletin, Sept. 8, 1936.

 

6. Monterey Peninsula Herald, Monterey newspaper, Sept. 16, 1936.

 

7. Monterey Peninsula Herald Sept. 17, 1936.

 

8. Pacific Weekly, Carmel, Sept. 21, 1936.

 

9. The American Citizen, San Francisco, Sept. 26, 1936.

 

10. Canete, Rufo C., President of Filipino Labor Union. Broadside, Sept. 28, 1936.

 

11. [Strike Official Bulletin], typed article dated Sept. 29, 1936.

 

12. The Literary Digest, New York. Oct. 10, 1936.

 

13. The American Citizen, San Francisco, Oct. 16, 1936.

 

14. Monterey County Section - Communist Party of U.S.A., Broadside. n.d.

 

15. Fruit & Vegetable Workers Union of California. Circular and duplicate. n.d.

 

16. Industrial Association of San Francisco Bulletin. "copy of circular by District Committee of Cannery and Agricultural Workers (a Communist Unit)". n.d.

 

17. Sinclair, Upton - typed excerpt from the "The Goslings". n.d.

Box 1, Folder 11A.

CLIPPINGS - HISTORICAL ARTICLES.

Box 1, Folder 12.

MISCELLANEOUS.

 

1. Republican State Ticket, California, Sept, 6, 1872.

 

2. I.W.W. Song Book, I.W.W. Publishing Bureau, Cleveland, Ohio. Jun., 1914, 7th edition.

 

3. "Feliz Navidad, Amigos". Poem (?by Parker), n.d.

Box 2, Folder 13.

SCRAPBOOK OF CLIPPINGS - articles on California history.

Box 3, Folder 14.

JOURNAL OF WAHRLICH & CORNETT, SALINAS, CALIFORNIA.

Biography/Organization History

First general merchandise store in Salinas opened 1872.
 

Daily sales record, etc. Jun. 8, 1872-May 9, 1873.