Antonio F. Coronel (1817-1894) Papers
Title: Antonio F. Coronel (1817-1894) Papers
Collection Number: GC 1001
Extent: 30 legal boxes; 2 8x10 boxes; 3 oversize boxes; map case folders.
Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Abstract: Antonio Coronel was a public servant for most of his life during the Mexican period of California and continuing in the American
statehood. Most notably he served as Mayor of Los Angeles and State Treasurer. Correspondence, speeches and documents relating
to Coronel’s appointments to office; Los Angeles city ordinances, charters, political handbills, broadsides and related materials;
deeds, papers connected with lawsuits and similar documents, such as for Indian affairs; maps, real estate ads, almanacs,
lithographs, photos, memorabilia, invitations, notices, programs, publications, clippings and artwork. There is correspondence
from and to Mrs. Coronel. There are items related to author Helen Hunt Jackson. 1770-1959, undated
Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
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Antonio F. Coronel (1817-1894) Papers. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Antonio Franco Coronel was born October 21, 1817 in Mexico. His parents came to Alta California in 1834. Settling in Los
Angeles, his father Ignacio Coronel, Antonio Coronel and his sister established a school. For the rest of his life, he served
various public offices: Assistant Secretary of the Tribunals of the City of Los Angeles (1838); Judge of the First Instance
(1843); Captain of the Auxiliary Companies and Visitor of the Southern Missions (1844); Representative to the General Congress
of Towns (1846); Member of the Body of Magistrates in charge of regulation and order of Irrigation (1847-1848); County Assessor
of Los Angeles (1850-1851-1852); Mayor of Los Angeles (1853); Member of the Common Council (ranging from 1854 to 1867); State
Treasurer (1867-1871); Commissioner on the State Board of Horticulture.
In 1873 he married Mariana Williamson and died in 1894.
Scope and Content of Collection
Correspondence, speeches and documents relating to Coronel's appointments to office; Los Angeles city ordinances, charters,
political handbills, broadsides and related materials, largely 1858 80; deeds, papers connected with lawsuits and similar
documents, such as for Indian affairs; telegrams; maps, real estate ads, almanacs, lithographs, photos, and memorabilia. Includes
material on the Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles Board of Education, California State Board of Horticulture, and the
Democratic Club of California. Persons prominently mentioned include Manuel Coronel, Jose G. Estudillo, Pablo de la Guerra,
J.M. Guinn, Helen Hunt Jackson, Augustine Olvera, Andres Pico, Pio Pico, Manuel Rodriguez de Poli, Jose L. Sepulveda, Ygnacio
Sepulveda, Mariano G. Vallejo, and Benjamin D. Wilson. 1770-1959, undated.
The collection also contains periodicals, newspapers and clippings; personal and business cards, invitations and programs;
death and funeral notices; souvenirs acquired from trips to Mexico; European lithographs; artwork made of feather and straw
materials; education and schooling materials; and there is personal correspondence from and to Mariana Coronel as well as
correspondence dating from the time Mrs. Coronel was remarried to Dr. Edgar Smith.
The collection also contains original poetry composed by Coronel reflecting a more personal side, including a 10th wedding
anniversary tribute of endearment to his wife. There are several items pertaining to music and hymns.
The collection contains a printer’s type, noted to be the first printing type used in Los Angeles.
The collection contains items related to Helen Hunt Jackson. Author Jackson had a close friendship with the Coronels. They
influenced her writings of the novel Ramona, according to a Jackson biographer. The collection includes a presentation copy
of Ramona to Mrs. Coronel and several book covers, including pages of text that are noted to not have been a part of the novel.
The collection includes a portrait of Jackson initialed by AFH [Alexander F. Harmer]. There is a greeting card described
to have been received by “H.H.”
At the time of this writing, a portion of the photographs are separately housed in collection P-157, however, a portion of
the photographs remain in this collection until further processing can be done.
The collection is also described in The Antonio F. Coronel Collection, Exhibition Room Third Floor, Chamber of Commerce Building
(Los Angeles: Baumgardt Publishing Co.,1906) and in the Los Angeles County Museum Quarterly, vol. 14, n. 4 (1958), pages 4-7.
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