Preliminary Guide to the Soper Family Papers

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Preliminary Guide to the Soper Family Papers, ca. 1862-1942

Collection number: Wyles Mss 13

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    Special Collections staff; latest revision, D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    19 November 2002
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2002 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Soper Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1862-1942
Collection Number: Wyles Mss 13
Creator: Soper family
Extent: .8 linear feet (2 document boxes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Soper Family Papers. Wyles Mss 13. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Wilbur R. Jacobs, 1957.

Biography

Charles H. and Emeline Soper had a small farm in Norton County, Pennsylvania after the Civil War. In 1883 Charles traveled to California, and a year later his wife (Emeline) and daughter (Catharine) joined him. They bought a house in Alhambra, California, but Charles died soon after, in 1885. Mrs. Charles H. Soper and her daughter remained there the rest of their lives.
Charles H. Soper [CHS]. Died 1885.
Mrs. Emeline Soper (Alhambra, CA) = Mrs. Charles H. Soper. Died ca. 1922.
Daughter Emma Catharine [Kate/Katie] Soper. Died July 26, 1938 in Alhambra, CA.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains two series: Soper Family Manuscripts and Wilbur R. Jacobs Research. See container list for more information.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Soper Family Manuscripts

Box 1: 1 - 2

Clippings

Box 1: 1

Typewritten transcripts, ca. 1870s

Box 1: 2

Soper family, ca. 1937-1938

Box 1: 3 - 5

Correspondence (originals, along with typed transcripts for many)

Box 1: 3

Civil War -- CHS to his brother, 1862, n.d.

Box 1: 4

CHS to family, ca. 1883-1884

Box 1: 5

Emeline and Catharine, 1909-1935

Box 1: 6

Diary -- typewritten transcript, ca. 1883-1884

Box 1: 7

Notebook -- includes recipes, poems, horticulture, and accounts (also later undated loose typewritten notes by Catharine Soper laid in), ca. 1877-1882

Box 1: 8 - 9

Photographs

Box 1: 8

Soper family, n.d.

Box 1: 9

Gardens and scenery (much like the ones in Stories), n.d.

Box 1: 10 - 11

Picture Postcard Albums

Box 1: 10

Western, Pennsylvania, and a few Santa Barbara Scenes (mainly to Mrs. Emeline. Soper and Miss Catharine [Kate] Soper, Alhambra, CA), ca. 1905-1913

Box 1: 11

U.S. and Europe, ca. 1910s

Box 2: 1

Picture Postcards -- loose, some with messages, to Emeline and Catharine, ca. 1905-1930s

Box 2: 2 - 5

Writings by E. Catharine Soper

Box 2: 2

Essays (mainly about animal rights and vegetarianism), n.d.

Box 2: 3 - 4

Stories of an Alhambra Garden and Journeys Near-- typescript, with photos, ca. 1930s

Box 2: 5

Miscellany (includes copy of etching of C. H. Soper residence in Pennsylvania), ca. 1870s-early 1900s

 

Series 2.  Jacobs, Wilbur -- Research

Box 2: 6

Outline, 1942

Box 2: 7 - 8

Research Notes, ca. early 1940s