Owen C. Coy Collection

1925-1950


Descriptive Summary

Title: Owen C. Coy Collection
Dates: 1925-1950
Collection Number: GC 1003
Creator/Collector:
Extent: (Boxes: 157 legal, 12 letter, 7 record storage, 1 oversize)
Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings arranged by county and by topic. Subjects covered include the Gold Rush, transportation and biographies. There are also many term papers written by Coy's students and arranged by subject.
Language of Material: English

Access

Research is by appointment only

Publication Rights

Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

Preferred Citation

Owen C. Coy Collection. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Biography/Administrative History

Owen Cochran Coy (1884-1952) had a long career as an historian. He was a professor of history at the University of Southern California from 1925-1950. He began his career as a history teacher at Eureka High School, 1909-1913. He served as the secretary and subsequently as director for the California Historical Survey Commission from 1915-1923. Following the commission’s administrative restructuring, he served as director of the California State Historical Association (CSHA) from 1923 to 1950. He served as a state technical director of the Historical Records Survey, W.P.A. in 1936. His publication work included book editing, such as Pictorial History of California, and editor for the CSHA serial publication, California History Nugget.

Scope and Content of Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings arranged by county and by topic. Subjects covered include the Gold Rush, transportation and biographies. There are also many term papers written by Coy's students and arranged by subject.