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Finding Aid to the Stephen Bowers Papers MS.532
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  • Preferred citation
  • Biographical note
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  • Scope and contents
  • Processing history
  • Use

  • Title: Stephen Bowers Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.532
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet (3 boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1862-1916
    Date (inclusive): 1862-1961
    Abstract: Stephen Bowers (1832?-1907) was a geologist, archaeologist, journalist and Methodist minister, who maintained an interest in southern California, including area fossils and artifacts. His geological and archaeological work was financed by the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Department of the Interior. This collection consists of manuscripts, diaries and field notes, a scrapbook, and published material created by Stephen Bowers. This collection also includes material about Bowers as well as correspondence and newspaper clippings related to DeMoss Bowers, son of Stephen Bowers. The bulk of the material in this collection was created from 1862-1916 and also includes a small amount of material created between 1952-1961.
    creator: Bowers, DeMoss
    creator: Bowers, Stephen, 1832-1907
    creator: Stirling, Matthew Williams, 1896-1975

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Preferred citation

    Stephen Bowers Papers, 1862-1961, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.532; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Biographical note

    Stephen Bowers (1832?-1907) was a geologist, archaeologist, journalist and Methodist minister, who maintained an interest in southern California, including area fossils and artifacts. His geological and archaeological work was financed by the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
    He resided in the California cities of Santa Barbara and Ventura from 1894-1906. He was the editor of the Ventura Observer newspaper and his archeological interests focused on the Native American tribes of the Santa Barbara region. In 1899 November 17, Bowers was appointed State Mine Examiner by California Governor Henry T. Gage.
    Bowers died in Los Angeles, California January of 1907.
    Source: Finding aid to Mss.B.B672, Stephen Bowers correspondence, 1860-1915, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Retrieved from http://www.amphilsoc.org/mole/view?docId=ead/Mss.B.B672-ead.xml 2013 September 26.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Mss.B.B672, Stephen Bowers correspondence, 1860-1915, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Scope and contents

    This collection consists of manuscripts, diaries and field notes, a scrapbook, and published material created by Stephen Bowers. This collection also includes material about Bowers as well as correspondence and newspaper clippings related to DeMoss Bowers, son of Stephen Bowers.
    The scrapbook, consisting of printed material created from 1859 to 1865, includes clippings from newspapers and journals, sermons, essays on religious subjects, moral stories, and obituaries.
    The bound diaries and field notes of Bowers predominantly include detailed geological information.

    Processing history

    Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956
    Juana Marie, d. 1853
    Cahuilla Indians
    California -- Description and travel
    Clippings
    Coachella Valley (Calif.)
    Correspondence
    Diaries
    Drawings
    Essays
    Field notes
    Geology -- California, Southern
    Indians of North America -- California -- Santa Barbara
    Photographs
    San Nicholas Island (Calif.)
    Scrapbooks
    United States. Army -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865