Guide to the Forster-del Valle Family Papers MS.R.048

Finding aid prepared by Manuel Escamilla; machine-readable finding aid created by Joanna Lamb
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
949-824-3947
spcoll@uci.edu


Descriptive Summary

Title: Forster-del Valle family papers
Collection Number: MS-R048
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Physical Description: 1.0 linear feet (3 document boxes).
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1880-1930
Date (inclusive): 1804-1975
Languages: The collection is in Spanish.English.
Abstract: The collection contains handwritten correspondences, telegrams, family photographs, and religious ephemera complied by the Del Valle and Forster families between 1804 and 1931.
Creator: Forster-del Valle family

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Forester-del Valle Family Correspondence. MSR-048. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lorenita Forster Weisenburg, 1973.

Processing History

Processed by L. Viveros, 1998 and Manuel Escamilla, 2009.

Historical Background

The Del Valle and Forster families were prominent Californio landowners during the 19th century. John F. Forster was the son of California's largest land owner Don Juan Forster who owned Rancho Santa Margarita located in present day Orange County. Reginaldo and Josefa Del Valle were the children of California politician Don Ygnacio Del Valle who owned Rancho Camulos in present day Ventura County. Reginaldo Del Valle practiced law and was elected to the California State Senate. The marriage between Josefa Del Valle and John F. Forster joined these two prominent families together.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection contains handwritten correspondences, telegrams, family photographs, and religious ephemera complied by the Del Valle and Forster families between 1804 and 1931. The majority of the material was written by or addressed to Reginaldo Del Valle (1854-1938), Josefa Del Valle Forster (1861-1943), or John F. Forster (1945-1901) between 1870 and 1931. The letters address family visits, weddings, deaths, religious ceremonies, and business transactions. Additionally there are several letters between Josefa Del Valle-Forster and various Catholic religious leaders. Included in the collection of religious ephemera are the funeral notices of several prominent religious figures and the Polish actress Helena Modjeska.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 4 series:
Series 1. Clippings and family records, 1877-1975 and undated; Series 2. Correspondence, 1804-1931 and undated; Series 3. Photographic materials, ca. 1880s-1940s; Series 4. Religious epemera, ca. 1840s-1970s;

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Del Valle, Reginaldo F. , (Reginaldo Francisco), 1854-1938 -- Archives
Forster, John, 1814-1882 -- Archives
Forster-del Valle family -- Archives
Bible cards
California--History--Archives.
Christian life -- United States -- California -- 19th century
Devotional images
Photographic prints--California--19th century.
Photographic prints--California--20th century.
Prayer books

 

Series 1. Clippings and family records, 1877-1975 and undated

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises newspaper articles and family documents including correspondence and financial documentation pertaining to the Del Valle and Forster family history. The material includes original documents as well as reproductions. Most articles focus on Forster and Del Valles family members, there are also records of the social events and family history of various Orange County pioneer families.
Box 1, Folder 1

Artifacts, undated

Box 1, Folder 2-11

Clippings and family records, 1877-1975 and undated

Arrangement note

The clippings and family records are arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 12

Reginaldo Del Valle, 1913 and undated

 

Series 2. Correspondence, 1804-1931 and undated

Scope and Content Summary

This series includes letters, telegrams, and postcards written between 1804 and 1931. The bulk of the material is written in Spanish. Highlights of the collection include several letters between John F. Foster and his wife Josefa Forster-del Valle, correspondences between Josefa del Valle and religious leaders, as well as Reginaldo del Valle's letters home while studying at the University of Santa Clara.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box-folder 1 : 13-25, Box-folder 2 : 1-23, Box-folder 3 : 1

Letters, Bulk, 1871-1898 1804-1931 and undated

Arrangement note

The letters are arranged chronologically.
Box 3, Folder 2-4

Postcards, circa 1880-1925 and undated

 

Series 3. Photographic material, ca. 1880s-1940s

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Summary

Collection includes several images of religious leaders and various original and photocopies of Del Valle and Forster family members. The following individuals have been identified in the photographs: Mother Bonaventure Fox, Father de Prada, Margarita Schneider, General A. Cardenas, Ynez Kirby, Lucretia Del Valle, Josefa Del Valle, Reginaldo F. Del Valle, John F. Forster, Jr. Ysabel Del Valle, Ygnacio Del Valle, and Ygnacio F. Forster, Jr. The collection includes photographs from Edward Curtis's Biltmore studio.
 

Original photographs, circa 1880s-1940s

Box-folder 3 : 5-6, Box-folder FB-064 : 8

Adults

Box 3, Folder 7-8

Children

Box-folder 3 : 9, Box-folder FB-064 : 8

Religious figures

Box 3, Folder 10

Photocopies, circa 1880s-1940s

 

Series 4. Religious ephemera, circa 1840s-1970s and undated

Scope and Content Summary

This series includes small religious cards with Christian imagery and prayers. The collections earliest dated image is from 1860; however, the majority of the series is undated. There are cards in English, Spanish, French, German, and a few containing Latin phrases. Three folders contain the funeral notices of Forster family members, family friends, and religious leaders. One folder contains calling cards from various individuals.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 3, Folder 11

Calling cards, undated

Box 3, Folder 12-14

Funeral cards, circa 1880-1975

Box 3, Folder 15

Prayer books and other materials, circa 1840s-1880s

Box 3, Folder 16

Prayer and holiday cards, undated

Box 3, Folder 17-21

Prayer cards, undated

Box 3, Folder 22

Religious images, undated