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Finding Aid to the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island Collection MS.661
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  • Processing history
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  • Biographical note
  • Access

  • Title: Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.661
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1899-1950
    Abstract: This is a collection of two booklets and many newspaper clippings from 1899-1981 regarding the "Lone Woman" of San Nicholas Island, who was supposedly abandoned and lived alone on a tiny island off the Southern California coast between 1836 and 1853.
    creator: Bennett, William C.
    creator: Dudley, M. E.
    creator: Geiger, Maynard
    creator: Hardacre, Emma Chamberlain, 1844-1930
    creator: Hudson, Travis
    creator: Mathis, S. J.
    creator: McAllister, H. E.
    creator: Shippey, Lee, 1884-
    creator: Tenney, W. A.

    Scope and Contents

    This is a collection of two booklets and many newspaper clippings from 1899-1981 regarding the "Lone Woman" of San Nicholas Island, who was supposedly abandoned and lived alone on a tiny island off the Southern California coast between 1836 and 1853. One of the booklets is a reprint of an article written by Elizabeth Mason, which originally ran in Scribner's in 1880. Other materials include photocopies of articles, and a reprinted photograph.

    Preferred citation

    Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island Collection, 1899-1950, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.661; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Processing history

    Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 30, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (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.

    Biographical note

    Juana Maria (died 1853, October 18), better known to history as the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island (her Indian name is unknown), was a Native American woman who was the last surviving member of her tribe, the Nicoleño. She lived alone on San Nicolas Island from 1835 until her discovery in 1853. Scott O'Dell's award-winning children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960) was inspired by her story.

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Juana Marie, d. 1853
    Booklets
    Channel Islands (Calif.)
    Clippings
    Indians of North America -- California
    Nicoleño Indians
    Photographs
    San Nicolas Island (Calif.) -- History