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J. H. Mathers Correspondence
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: J. H. Mathers Correspondence
    Dates: 1884-1947
    Collection Number: mssMathers correspondence
    Creator: Mathers, J. H.
    Extent: 154 items in 1 box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: J. H. "Harry" Mathers was a surveyor for railroad and mining companies in the American west (primarily California) and Baja California. The collection is composed entirely of correspondence between various members of the Mathers family.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. J. H. Mathers Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Purchased from Michael Vinson Western Americana, November 2, 2006.

    Biographical note

    J. H. "Harry" Mathers was a surveyor for railroad and mining companies in the American west (primarily California) and Baja California. He moved to California from the Midwest in the late 1880s in search of work. He obtained a job with a railroad company in Baja California in 1889 surveying a line between Ensenada and the Gulf Coast and moved his family, including his wife Nettie, to Escondido, California. In the 1890s, the Mathers family moved to Chicago Park, California, near the mining town of Grass Valley. The family remained in Chicago Park for about a decade. Around the turn-of-the-century the family relocated to Los Angeles, California.

    Scope and Content

    The collection is composed entirely of correspondence between various members of the Mathers family. The bulk of the collection consists of letters between Harry and his mother, A.C. Mathers, and his wife, Nettie Mathers. Harry's letters reflect his experiences working as a surveyor in the railroad and mining industries in California and northern Mexico during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Correspondence between A.C.Mathers, Harry Mathers, and Nettie Mathers also discusses the personal details of the Mathers' family life, especially Harry and Nettie's children. The collection also includes some letters between A.C., Harry, and Nettie and the couple's sons, Donald, Frank, and Paul Mathers. There are also a few letters between Nettie and her parents, C. Dibble and C. A. Dibble, as well as a few from her siblings, Ethel, Karl, Katie, and "Stell." The collection's 134 letters are arranged in folders alphabetically by author and then by addressee. Within each folder, letters are sorted chronologically. The last folder contains empty envelopes that could not be matched to letters in the collection.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Mathers, J. H.

    Subjects

    Gold mines and mining -- California.
    Railroads -- California, Southern.
    Railroads -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)

    Geographic Areas

    California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    California -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.

    Genre

    Letters (correspondence) California 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) California 20th century.