ROBERT C. GILLINGHAM WORKING PAPERS, 1932-1983

Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Allan Goldman
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collections
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895
URL: http://archives.csudh.edu/
©2006


Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert C. Gillingham Working Papers
Dates: 1932-1983
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator: Gillingham, Robert C. (Robert Cameron), 1896-
Extent: 1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
URL: http://archives.csudh.edu/
Abstract: Robert C. Gillingham was a historian who focused on the South Bay, specifically the Rancho San Pedro, the Dominguez family, and Compton. This collection consists of correspondence, drafts, and manuscript copies related to his work on The Rancho San Pedro and Yesterdays of Compton.
Language: Collection material is in English

Administration Information

Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Robert C. Gillingham Working Papers, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

Acquisition Information

Likely donated by Robert Gillingham in the 1970s or 1980s.

Processing Information

Materials in this collection were removed from the Rancho San Pedro Reference Collection and the Compton History Collection. This collection was created in 2006 during the processing of the above collections.

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of Early Los Angeles/Rancho San Pedro Manuscript Cataloging Project, a CSU Dominguez Hills Library project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project started in 2005. Project Director was Greg Williams. Project Archivists were Thomas Philo and Jennifer Allan Goldman.

Biography

Robert C. Gillingham was born in Michigan in 1896 and moved to Compton, California in 1906. He attended Compton Union High School, earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Pomona College, and served in the first World War. Gillingham later earned his PhD from the University of Southern California and, in 1927, became Dean of Compton Junior College, a position he held for 35 years. During this time, he also spent 17 years as the chairman of the Compton City Planning Commission. His interest in local history led him to write The Rancho San Pedro, first published in 1961 and financed by the Dominguez Estate Company. He also published over sixty articles on Compton history for the Compton News-Tribune, which were later compiled into the book Yesterdays of Compton.

Scope and Content

A majority of this collection is manuscript drafts and copies of sections of The Rancho San Pedro and Yesterdays of Compton. Also included are Gillingham’s notes and correspondence to and from local historians, the Dominguez Estate Company, Compton pioneers, and others.

Arrangement

Arranged in two series:
  • Series I. Compton, 1932-1960
  • Series II. Rancho San Pedro, 1944-1983

Indexing Terms

Corporate Names

Dominguez Water Corporation
Dominguez Water Company

Geographic Areas

Compton (Calif.)
Rancho San Pedro (Calif.)

Titles

The Rancho San Pedro; the story of a famous Rancho in Los Angeles County and of its owners the Dominguez family

Related Material

The following related collections can be found in the CSUDH Archives and Special Collections.
  • Compton History Collection
  • Del Amo Estate Company Collection
  • Del Amo Nurseries Collection
  • Dominguez Air Meet Collection
  • Dominguez Water Company Collection
  • Rancho San Pedro Collection
  • Rancho San Pedro Reference Collection
  • South Bay History Collection
  • South Bay Photo Collection
  • Watson Land Company Collection

Container List

 

Series I Compton 1932-1960

Physical Description: 6 folders

Scope and Content Note

Materials in this series relate to Gillingham’s research and writing on the history of Compton, including correspondence, notes, and a full manuscript of Yesterdays of Compton.
Box 1, Folder 1

Gillingham's correspondence with pioneers and notes on early Compton history 1932-1941

Box 1, Folder 2

History notes, Compton no date

Box 1, Folder 3

First City Ordinances of Compton no date

Box 1, Folder 4

Notes on Compton businesses and banks no date

Box 1, Folder 5

History of Compton Junior College (draft) 1960

Box 1, Folder 6

Original manuscripts (3 folders) no date

 

Series II Rancho San Pedro 1944-1983

Physical Description: 89 folders (1.75 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of notes, correspondence, and manuscript drafts of chapters and sections in The Rancho San Pedro.
 

Research and Notes circa 1934-1980

Physical Description: 27 folders

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, notes, and research collected for The Rancho San Pedro.
Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence from historians, Anita Watson, the Watson Land Company; research requests 1950-1980

Box 1, Folder 8

Dominguez Water Company correspondence, statistics and drafts 1944, 1957, 1959

Box 1, Folder 9

Background materials, from Rancho San Pedro book no date

Box 1, Folder 10

Chronology of the Rancho San Pedro and Dominguez Family no date

Box 1, Folder 11

Data and notes on Rancho San Pedro grant no date

Box 1, Folder 12

Data and notes on Rancho San Pedro sources no date

Box 1, Folder 13

"The Estate of Manuel Dominguez" circa 1934

Box 1, Folder 14

Evidence of prior grant of Rancho San Pedro no date

Box 1, Folder 15

Data on Rancho San Pedro floods no date

Box 1, Folder 16

Data on provision for 11-league grants no date

Box 1, Folder 17

Early draft of "Rancho San Pedro" no date

Box 1, Folder 18

Notated list of Los Angeles ranchos, 1889, typed copy no date

Box 1, Folder 19

Notes on legal documents no date

Box 1, Folder 20

Petition of Cristobal Dominguez - source list no date

Box 1, Folder 21

Petition re: Alleged daughter of Juan Jose Dominguez no date

Box 1, Folder 22

Notes on the Dominguez Homesite no date

Box 1, Folder 23

Notes on the Dominguez Homesite, Chronology no date

Box 1, Folder 24

The Story of the Dominguez Homesite no date

Box 1, Folder 25

Data on the Dominguez family and 19th century floods no date

Box 1, Folder 26

Documents on the Dominguez Family (Appendix III) no date

Box 1, Folder 27

Genealogy Notes no date

Box 1, Folder 28

Genealogy notes on Carson family no date

Box 1, Folder 29

Documents list, by year no date

Box 1, Folder 30

Watson Family chronology no date

Box 1, Folder 31

Watson family genealogical index, A-K no date

Box 2, Folder 1

Watson family genealogical index, L-W no date

Box 2, Folder 2

"History of the Watson Family - 4. The Partition of 1885" no date

Box 3

Lecture on the history of the Rancho and the Dominguez Family for slide show (two cassette tapes and one reel-to-reel) 1977

 

Stories of the Rancho San Pedro no date

Physical Description: 59 folders

Scope and Content Note

Drafts of chapters and sections from The Rancho San Pedro.
Box 2, Folder 3

List and foreword to "Stories of the Rancho San Pedro" series no date

Box 2, Folder 4

"Original Setting in California (1)" no date

Box 2, Folder 5

"Original Setting (2)" no date

Box 2, Folder 6

"The Name Dominguez (2)" no date

Box 2, Folder 7

"Spanish Occupation of California (2)" no date

Box 2, Folder 8

"The Name Dominguez (3)" no date

Box 2, Folder 9

"The Laws of the Indies (4)" no date

Box 2, Folder 10

"Rancho Grants in California (5)" - draft and final no date

Box 2, Folder 11

"Early Land Surveys and Records (6)" no date

Box 2, Folder 12

"Settlement of Rancho Titles (7)" no date

Box 2, Folder 13

"Juan Jose Dominguez: Soldado de Cuera (8)" no date

Box 2, Folder 14

"Original Grant of the Rancho San Pedro (8)" no date

Box 2, Folder 15

"Juan Jose Dominguez: Ranchero (9)" no date

Box 2, Folder 16

"The Will of Juan Jose Dominguez (11)" no date

Box 2, Folder 17

"The Career of Cristobal Dominguez (13)" no date

Box 2, Folder 18

"The Re-Grant of the Rancho (14)" no date

Box 2, Folder 19

"The Record of Manuel Dominguez (14)" no date

Box 2, Folder 20

"The Family of Cristobal Dominguez (15)" no date

Box 2, Folder 21

"Early Life of Manuel Dominguez (16)" no date

Box 2, Folder 22

"Manuel Dominguez: Mexican Official (17)" no date

Box 2, Folder 23

"The Argument Over Los Palos Verdes (18)" no date

Box 2, Folder 24

"Mexican War and the Constitutional Convention of California (19/20)" no date

Box 2, Folder 25

"Partitions and Sales of Rancho Lands (20)" no date

Box 2, Folder 26

"Other Sales of Dominguez Lands (23/24)" no date

Box 2, Folder 27

"The Claim of Nasario Dominguez (25)" no date

Box 2, Folder 28

"The McFarland Claim to the Rancho (26)" no date

Box 2, Folder 29

"The Petition for a Patent (27)" no date

Box 2, Folder 30

"Rancho Boundary Disputes (28)" no date

Box 2, Folder 31

"The Patent of the Rancho San Pedro (29)" no date

Box 2, Folder 32

"The Earlier Grazing Era on the Rancho (30)" no date

Box 2, Folder 33

"The Later Cattle and Sheep Era (31)" no date

Box 2, Folder 34

"Farming Activities on the Rancho (32)" no date

Box 2, Folder 35

"Farm Labor and Water Supply (33)" no date

Box 2, Folder 36

"Rancho Land Valuations (34)" no date

Box 2, Folder 37

"The Railroad through the Rancho (35)" no date

Box 2, Folder 38

"Completion of the Railroad (36)" no date

Box 2, Folder 39

"Interest and Tax Rates (37)" no date

Box 2, Folder 40

"Later Years of Manuel Dominguez (38)" no date

Box 2, Folder 41

"The Passing of Manuel Dominguez (39)" no date

Box 2, Folder 42

"The Estate of Manuel Dominguez (40)" no date

Box 2, Folder 43

"Later Sale of Dominguez Lands (42)" no date

Box 2, Folder 44

"The Older Daughters of Manuel Dominguez (43)" no date

Box 2, Folder 45

"The Family of Maria Victoria Dominguez (44)" no date

Box 2, Folder 46

"The Del Amo Family (45)" no date

Box 2, Folder 47

"Maria Jesus de los Reyes Dominguez (47)" no date

Box 2, Folder 48

"Dominguez Estate Company [and subdivisions] (48)" no date

Box 2, Folder 49

"Dominguez Water Company (49/52)" - drafts and final copy no date

Box 2, Folder 50

"Story of Dominguez Hill (50)" no date

Box 2, Folder 51

"Aviation Meet on Dominguez Hill (53)" no date

Box 2, Folder 52

"Results of Aviation Meet (54)" no date

Box 2, Folder 53

"Dominguez Estate Company" no date

Box 2, Folder 54

"Recent Sales of Rancho Lands" no date

Box 2, Folder 55

"The Sale of Redondo and Rattlesnake Island" no date

Box 2, Folder 56

"The Watson Family" no date

Box 2, Folder 57

"The Old Dominguez Homesite" no date

Box 2, Folder 58

"The Name: Dominguez (2)" no date

Box 2, Folder 59

"The Del Amo Family" no date

Box 2, Folder 60

"The Watson Family (46)" no date

Box 2, Folder 61

"The Watson Family" no date

 

"The Rancho San Pedro" 1961-1963, 1981-1983

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence on the publication of The Rancho San Pedro, including reviews and the second edition/reissue.
Box 2, Folder 62

Copyright, printing, reviews of "The Rancho San Pedro" 1961-1962

Box 2, Folder 63

Correspondence on "The Rancho San Pedro" 1961-1963

Box 2, Folder 64

Correspondence on the reissue of "The Rancho San Pedro" 1981-1983