Finding Aid for the Pearl Pauline Stamps's Abel Stearns : California pioneer, 1798-1871 1925

Cataloged by Citlali Sosa-Riddell, with assistance from Laurel McPhee; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Pearl Pauline Stamps's Abel Stearns : California pioneer 1798-1871
Date (inclusive): 1925
Collection number: 170/160
Creator: Stamps, Pearl Pauline
Extent: 474 leaves : paper ; 29 x 23 cm
Abstract: This manuscript is a biography of Abel Stearns, including typewritten copies of significant correspondence. Written as a master's thesis by Pearl Pauline Stamps, the work begins with Stearns' early life, and describes his political career.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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 the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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

Ex libris Joseph Gregg Layne.

Processing Note

Cataloged by Citlali Sosa-Riddell, with assistance from Laurel McPhee, in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pearl Pauline Stamps's Abel Stearns : California pioneer 1798-1871 (Collection Number 170/160). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Pearl Pauline Stamps attended Pomona College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1924. In 1925, she received her Master of Arts degree in History for the University of California, Berkeley. Her thesis committee chair was Herbert E. Bolton.

Scope and Content

This master's thesis by Pearl Pauline Stamps traces the business and political career of Abel Stearns, portraying him as a central figure in the annexation of Mexican California to America. Through the use of correspondence, interviews with Stearns' descendents, and secondary sources, Stamps shows Stearns' importance in Los Angeles before and after the Mexican War. Copies of the letters are dated 1861-1864 and include content on ranching, taxes, and real estate. Includes bibliographical references, and an index.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871.
Businessmen--California, Southern--Biography.
Los Angeles (Calif.)--History.

Genres and Forms of Material

Manuscripts.

Related Material

Bound Manuscripts Collection (Collection 170)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Container List

 

ff. 1- 15: First years in California

 

ff. 16- 34: A business man at Los Angeles

 

ff. 35-59: In California politics

 

ff. 69-72: Civic activities in Los Angeles

 

ff. 73-83: Ranchos and city blocks.