Finding Aid for the Ella Foy O'Gorman papers, 1860-1963

Processed by Dianna Parsons in 2012 with assistance from Jillian Cuellar and Megan Fraser; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ella Foy O'Gorman papers
Date (inclusive): 1860-1963
Collection number: 909
Creator: O'Gorman, Ella Foy, 1862-.
Extent: 4 legal document boxes (2 linear ft.) 1 oversize flat box
Abstract: Ella Foy O'Gorman (1862-1965) was born in Los Angeles, California and worked as a school teacher in Washington. She did genealogical research and wrote books about her family history, including Ancestry of the Foy Family and Allied Families (1932) and Calverts of Virginia (1947). The collection consists of O'Gorman's photographs, diary, correspondence, notebooks, and clippings primarily concerning the history of the Foy family.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. Robert Herron, December 3, 1965.

Processing Note

Processed by Dianna Parsons in 2012 with assistance from Jillian Cuellar and Megan Fraser.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ella Foy O'Gorman papers (Collection Number 909). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

Ella Foy O'Gorman was born July 2, 1862 in Los Angeles, California. She became a school teacher in Washington and later did genealogical research and wrote books, including Ancestry of the Foy Family and Allied Families (1932) and Calverts of Virginia (1947). O'Gorman died in June 1965.

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of materials compiled or created by O'Gorman for her genealogical research, including ancestry charts, family trees, and coats of arms; correspondence; historical/government documents; handwritten looseleaf notes (largely undated) and notebooks; published works and related materials; newspaper clippings; and photographs. These materials range in date from 1867-1958. Most of the 19th century material consists of photographs (including one daguerreotype) of Foy's relatives. There are also some copies of pre-20th century documents (e.g., census records, wills, death certificates) obtained by O'Gorman in the 1930s-1950s. Some of these documents originated in the United Kingdom. Most of the material originated in the United States, particularly Los Angeles (where O'Gorman was born and lived in later life) and Washington (where O'Gorman worked as a school teacher for a time). The remainder of the collection is made up of O'Gorman's personal materials, including correspondence, family members' (including her sister Mary Foy's) writings, government documents, historical association documents, newspaper clippings, notebooks, and photographs. These materials range in date from 1904-1962.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1: Genealogical research, 1867-1958
  • Series 2: Personal materials, 1904-1962
The files in these series have been arranged alphabetically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

O'Gorman, Ella Foy, 1862-
Foy family --Archival resources.
Women genealogists --United States --Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

family papers.
photographs.


Container List

 

Series 1: Genealogical research. 1867-1958.

Scope and Content

Consists of materials compiled or created by O'Gorman for her genealogical research, including ancestry charts, family trees, and coats of arms; correspondence; historical/government documents; handwritten looseleaf notes and notebooks; published works and related materials; newspaper clippings; and photographs.
Box 1, Folder 1, Box 5, Folders 1-2

Ancestry charts, family trees, and coats of arms. circa 1930s.

Box 2, Folders 1-2

Correspondence. 1922-1958.

Box 2, Folders 3-6

General genealogical materials. undated.

Box 3, Folder 4

Historical/government documents. circa 1948-1950.

Box 1, Folder 2

Looseleaf notes. undated.

Box 3, Folder 2

Materials related to published works. undated.

Box 3, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings. circa 1921-1933.

Box 1, Folders 7-9

Notebooks. 1938-1958.

Box 1, Folders 3-6

Photographs. 1867-1930.

Box 3, Folder 1

Published works. 1868-1947.

 

Series 2: Personal materials. 1904-1962.

Scope and Content

Consists of personal materials, including correspondence, family members' writings, government documents, historical association documents, newspaper clippings, notebooks, and photographs.
Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence. 1904-1958.

Box 4, Folder 5

Family members' writings. circa 1944-1954.

Box 5

Government documents. 1962.

Box 4, Folder 4

Historical association documents. 1923-1959.

Box 4, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings. 1929-1962.

Box 4, Folders 6-10

Notebooks. 1912-1956.

Box 4, Folder 2, Box 5

Photographs. 1930-1962.

Box 4, Folder 11

Poetry; essay discussing Franklin D. Roosevelt. undated.

Scope and Content Note

This file consists of items whose relationship to any of the other files cannot be determined, including copies of poems apparently not written by O'Gorman and a typewritten essay discussing Franklin D. Roosevelt (author unidentified).