Guide to the John and Mary Stephens Collection MS.R.051

Finding aid prepared by Anne Nguyen
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Title: John and Mary Stephens collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.051
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1856-1883
Abstract: This collection consists of letters and documents belonging to John and Mary Sills Stephens, who settled in San Bernardino in 1874-1875. Mrs. Stephens preceded her husband by one year in coming to California from Wisconsin and her letters to her husband during her cross-country journey by train contain vivid descriptions, including a stopover in Salt Lake City to inspect the Mormon settlement and talk with Ann Eliza, Brigham Young's wife. Two letters by John Stephens in 1883 (one of them 82 pages in length) chronicle his early life in Wisconsin and the hardships encountered during the depression of 1873, as well as his later life in San Bernardino, where he witnessed the founding of Redlands and Riverside. Of particular interest is a letter to the Democratic Free Press of Appleton, Wisconsin (October 16, 1856) expressing Stephens' views on slavery.
Creator: Stephens, John, fl. 1956-1883
Creator: Stephens, Mary, fl. 1856-1883

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Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of letters and documents belonging to John and Mary Sills Stephens, who settled in San Bernardino in 1874-1875. Mrs. Stephens preceded her husband by one year in coming to California from Wisconsin and her letters to her husband during her cross-country journey by train contain vivid descriptions, including a stopover in Salt Lake City to inspect the Mormon settlement and talk with Ann Eliza, Brigham Young's wife. Two letters by John Stephens in 1883 (one of them 82 pages in length) chronicle his early life in Wisconsin and the hardships encountered during the depression of 1873, as well as his later life in San Bernardino, where he witnessed the founding of Redlands and Riverside. Of particular interest is a letter to the Democratic Free Press of Appleton, Wisconsin (October 16, 1856) expressing Stephens' views on slavery.