The Francis T. Underhill papers span 9 linear feet and date from circa 1896 to circa 1925. The collection is composed of scrapbooks
containing newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Underhill’s book
Driving for Pleasure and hog breading; Mrs. Underhill’s travel scrapbook; a copy of Underhill’s
Driving for Pleasure book; a copy of Underhill’s essay on his hog breading; his 1918 tax audit; correspondence regarding animal breading; a letter
from President Roosevelt; photographs and negatives of his architectural projects; two flat file folders of architectural
drawings and reprographic copies for the Ward and Dibble residences; telegrams regarding horse competitions; and Underhill’s
hog breading lineages and logs.
Francis T. Underhill was born in New York in 1863. Not able to attend university because of poor health, Underhill traveled
around Europe with a private tutor studying architecture and landscape architecture. Underhill designed and built his own
estate on Long Island, along with the gardens and furnishing. At age 20, he married Henrietta Graham Meyer. In 1884, Underhill
made the decision to move his family West. He purchased the Ontare Ranch, chartered several rail cards, and filled them with
sheep, Holstein cattle, farm equipment, and supplies. Arriving in Los Angeles, the entire family took wagons and carriages
to Santa Barbara.