The Kneeland Family papers measure 7.75 linear feet and date from 1820 to 1961. The
papers predominantly cover the life and interests of Clarissa Kneeland and her brother,
Ira Kneeland and are arranged in four series: Clarissa Abia Kneeland, Ira Duane Kneeland,
Socialism and Other family members.
George and Mary Kneeland lived with their first two children, Ira and Althea, in Vermont
in the mid-nineteenth century. They were a poor family who dreamt of a utopian life.
After the Civil War, they moved to Kansas where their two younger children, Flora and
Clarissa, were born. During Clarissa's early childhood, the family moved to Colorado.
There her father and brother discovered some literature on a cooperative colony being
established in Topolobampo, Mexico. Ira became the colony photographer and the rest of
the family gradually moved to the colony.
Copyright has been transferred to California State University, Fresno.
The collection is open for research.