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Finding aid for the Joseph Benjamin Colling Papers MS.503
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Folder 1

Reminiscences of Los Angeles 1951-1952

Scope and contents

Typed manuscript that descries Colling's experiences in Los Angeles, California from 1878-1918. Folder also includes a hand-written letter from Colling to Frederick Webb Hodge, Southwest Museum Director. The letter is dated 1952 November 22.
Folder 2

"Notes on Coronel Home" brochure undated

Scope and contents

Special edition print of brochure provides biographical information about Colling and his grandfather, Don Ignacio F. Coronel. Front page of brochure features block print of the Coronel Home, built in 1842 and located in Los Angeles, California.

Biographical note

Don Ignacio F. Coronel moved to Los Angeles from Mexico City in 1836. From 1838-1942, Coronel served as a school teach through the recommendation of Governor Pio Pico of California. He retired in 1842 and resumed work in his orange grove of 60 acres of land in Los Angeles, California which he acquired from a Spanish grant. The tract of land bordered on Alameda Street, Centeral Avenue, 6th Street and 8th Street.
He fathered 15 children. His eldest daughter, Maria Antonia Coronel, was the mother of Joseph Benjamin Colling. Other children of Coronel include Frank Indart and Antonio F. Coronel.
Folder 3

Correspondence with Mary Foy and Frederick Webb Hodge 1951

 

Letter from Colling to Foy 1951 July 6

Scope and contents

Also includes a note by Foy dated 1951 July 27.
 

Letter from Hodge to Foy 1951 July 9

 

Letter from Colling to Hodge 1951 July 12

 

Letter from Hodge to Colling 1951 July 16

 

Letter form Colling to Foy 1951 July 31

 

Letter from Colling to Foy 1951 October 31

Scope and contents

Letter also includes three newspaper clippings that relate to the Rowland family.
 

Letter from Ella Robinson to Colling 1952 March 26

Biographical/Historical note

Ella Robinson was the Librarian for the Southwest Museum.
 

Letter from Hodge to Colling 1951 July 9

Folder 4

Colling Family reminiscences 1951

 

Joseph Colling family reminiscences 1951 June 19

Scope and contents

This is a 5-page hand-written document by Colling that includes information about the Coronel, Perez, Del Valle, and Cabot families; early schools and jail of Los Angeles; flood of 1849; and Casa Amarilla. The document also mentions local business owners and residents, Mr. and Mrs. Mariekich, Don Marquitos, and the Hellman family.
 

Aurelia E. Rowland Colling, reminiscences 1951 June 19

Scope and contents

This is a 2-page hand-written document by Aurelia Rowland Colling about her life experiences in Los Angeles, California from 1905-1949. The document also includes information about her parents and grandparents from the the Rowland and Yorba families. Her description also mentions the Sanchez and Hudson families.