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Papers of C.H. Mayo
mssHM 61658-61711  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Papers of C.H. Mayo
    Dates: 1879-1883
    Collection Call Number: mssHM 61658-61711
    Creator: Mayo, C. H. (Clarence Hastings)
    Extent: 101 items 2 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection consists primarily of letters, most of which were written by C. H. (Clarence Hastings) Mayo to his family back home in Warwick, Massachusetts.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], C.H. Mayo papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Dawson's Book Shop, September 21, 1959.


    C.H. (Clarence Hastings) Mayo traveled West in late 1879 to work on a cattle ranch in Colfax County, New Mexico, in the employ of United States Congressman and family friend William Windom (1827-1891). Mayo worked on Windom's Kiowa Ranch from January-April 1880 before heading north to Wyoming and Fargo, North Dakota, in search of other business opportunities. In August of the same year, Mayo moved to Colorado, where he worked and lived in Saguache, Bonanza, and Gunnison through 1882. Although Mayo was interested in purchasing land and having a ranch in Colorado, he worked as a carpenter and was also paid to provide musical entertainment with his cornet.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of letters, most of which were written by C. H. (Clarence Hastings) Mayo to his family back home in Warwick, Massachusetts. Mayo describes the nature of his employment (or the lack thereof), the various towns in which he lives, cattle ranching, agriculture, and his impressions of the landscapes of New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado. He occasionally discusses national politics (in particular the election and assassination of President James A. Garfield) and frequently refers to his business activities with or on behalf of William Windom. There are also occasional references to Native Americans, Nelson Appleton Miles, Sitting Bull, and William T. Sherman in a few of the letters. Mayo writes home frequently, and his letters are most often addressed to his father (Edward F. Mayo), mother, sister (Kittie Mayo), and brother (Ned). There are also two letters in the collection from William Windom and one from an Uncle Richards.


    The collection is arranged in chronological order, with an undated receipt and a pair of carte-de-visite photographs stored at the end of Box 2.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Mayo, C. H. (Clarence Hastings)

    Corporate Names

    United States. President--Elections, 1880


    Sitting Bull, 1831-1890
    Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881
    Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925
    Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1839-1925
    Windom, William, 1827-1891
    Cornet players--West (U.S.)--Correspondence
    Indians of North America--Colorado
    Indians of North America--New Mexico
    Mines and mineral resources--Colorado
    Ranch life--New Mexico
    Bonanza (Colo.)
    Colorado--Description and travel
    Colorado--Economic conditions
    Denver (Colo.)--Description and travel
    Fargo (N.D.)--Description and travel
    Gunnison (Colo.)
    New Mexico--Description and travel
    North Dakota--Description and travel
    Saguache (Colo.)--Description and travel
    Saguache (Colo.)--Social life and customs--19th century
    Mayo, Edward F.
    Mayo, Edward F., Mrs.
    Mayo, Kittie
    Mayo, Ned
    Windom, William, 1827-1891


    Letters (correspondence)--West (U.S.)--19th century