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Guide to the John Shackelford Taylor Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Shackelford Taylor Papers
    Accession number: 101
    Creator: Taylor, John Shackelford, 1828-1927
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
    Repository: Sonoma State University Library
    North Bay Regional and Special Collections
    1801 E. Cotati Avenue
    Rohnert Park, California 94928-3609
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research by appointment .

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. John Shackelford Taylor Papers. North Bay Regional and Special Collections, University Library, Sonoma State University.


    John Shackelford Taylor (1828-1927), an original California forty-niner, is identified with the stock-raising and business development in Sonoma County. In 1853, he settled on 1,400 acres of land near Santa Rosa. The land included White Sulpher Springs, a favorite Northern California resort. He also owned a valuable lot on Fourth Street in Santa Rosa where he erected one of the finest and most substantial business sections of the city. It was known as the Taylor block.
    Taylor was involved with every movement for the advancement of Sonoma County. He helped found the Santa Rosa Bank and served a term as its president. Taylor was also one of the group of men responsible for the construction of the Santa Rosa Race Track.

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence, legal and financial documents, printed material, creative works and ephemera (1850-1948) created and collected by John Shackelford Taylor document the life of an early Sonoma County pioneer. Legal and financial documents form the largest portion of the collection. Approximately one third of the collection consists of Taylor's creative works, printed materials and various documents about pioneer life in the west and in Sonoma County. Correspondence between Taylor and other family members relate to the genealogy of the Taylor family.