Collection Scope and Content Summary
Title: Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.049
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material:
1.2 linear feet
(2 boxes, 1 XOS folder, 1 OS folder)
Date (inclusive): 1889-1955
Language of Collection Materials:
Collection materials are in
This collection consists of papers and photographs of the Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families. The Kenyon and Crellin families
lived in Iowa in the late 19th century and moved west to Tustin, California at the turn of the 20th century, where Alta Kenyon
married Harry Stanley. The Stanleys, including Mr. S.W. Stanley, were involved in citrus farming in Tustin. This collection
includes programs, newspaper clippings, farming records, ledgers, brochures, postcards, school materials, and photographs
from Southern California and Iowa.
The collection is open for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families papers. MS-R049. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine,
Gift of Helen Stanley Smith, 1971, 1972, 1974, and 1978.
Processed by Alix Norton, 2012.
The Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families were citrus farmers who lived in Tustin, California in the early 20th century. Miss
Alta Kenyon was born in 1889 in Iowa to John Kenyon and Franc Hunt. In 1899, Alta, her cousins Chester and Perry Kenyon, and
her uncle, E.M. Crellin, moved to California and settled in the city of Tustin. Alta graduated from Santa Ana High School
in 1909 and attended the California School of Artistic Whistling before marrying Harry B. Stanley in 1913 in Tustin. Together
they grew citrus trees and were members of the Tustin Hills Citrus Association.
S.W. Stanley was the secretary for the Tustin Chamber of Commerce and kept minutes of their meetings from 1915 to 1917. He
and his wife were active members of the American and California Farm Bureau Federations. Their daughter, Helen Stanley, was
born in 1905 in Arkansas before they relocated to California. Helen later married William Smith and became a major Orange
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection consists of papers and photographs from the Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families, compiled and donated by
Helen Stanley Smith. Most of the materials are from the Orange County area in the early 20th century. The papers include report
cards, diplomas, commencement programs, and other school materials; as well as magazines, postcards, newspaper clippings,
brochures, records, and ledgers. The American and California Farm Bureau Federation and the Tustin Hills Citrus Association
records show the families’ interest in farming and growing citrus trees. Also included are the meeting minutes and reports
from the Tustin Chamber of Commerce when Mr. S.W. Stanley was its secretary in the early 20th century.
The majority of the photographs in this collection show Orange County and other Southern California locales in the early 1900s,
as well as Iowa at the turn of the 20th century. Orange County photographs include the city of Tustin, where the family lived
and worked; Laguna Beach; San Juan Capistrano; and the Orange County Fair in the 1920s. Other locations represented in the
photographs are Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Mexico, and Iowa.
This collection is arranged in 2 series:
- Series 1. Papers, 1883-1964, 0.6 linear feet
- Series 2. Photographs, 1900-1959 and undated, 0.6 linear feet
The following materials were removed from this collection and cataloged separately in Special Collections and Archives:
MS-R038: Orange County School Yearbook Collection
The Audion, Tustin Union High School. Annuals for 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935.
Del ano, Associated Students of Santa Ana Junior College. Annuals for 1936, 1937.
The Ariel, Santa Ana High School. Student publication from December, 1908.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Santa Ana High School (Santa Ana, Calif.).
California, Southern -- Photographs.
Citrus fruit industry -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources
Fruit growers -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century
High schools -- California -- Orange County
Orange County (Calif.) -- Archives.
Orange County (Calif.) -- History.
Tustin (Calif.) -- Archives.
Tustin (Calif.) -- Photographs.