Guide to the Carr Family Collection, 1870-1936

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Pasadena Museum of History. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Carr Family Collection, 1870-1936

Pasadena Museum of History



Research Library and Archives

Pasadena, California

Contact Information:

  • Pasadena Museum of History
  • Research Library and Archives
  • 470 West Walnut Street
  • Pasadena, California 91103-3594
  • Phone: (626) 577-1660, Ext. 13
  • Fax: (626) 577-1662
  • Email: research@pasadenahistory.org
  • URL: http://www.pasadenahistory.org
Processed by:
Teresa Fitzgerald
Encoded by:
Genie Guerard
© 2000 Pasadena Museum of History. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Carr Family Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1870-1936
Origination: Carr Family
Extent: 1 Box
Repository: Pasadena Museum of History
Pasadena, California 91103-3594
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

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Preferred Citation

Suggested citation of these records: [Identification of item], Carr Family Collection, Research Library and Archives, Pasadena Museum of History.

Biographical Note

After a career in academics, Dr. Ezra Slocum Carr (1819-1894) was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of California in 1875 or 76. His wife, Jeanne C. Carr (-1903) was Assistant Superintendent of Education and a writer. They had two surviving children: Edward C. (1848-1929) and Albert Lee (1857-1937).
In 1880, the Carrs retired to Pasadena with the intention of raising orange and fruit groves on their property, named Carmelita. Carmelita stretched from Orange Grove to Fair Oaks along Colorado Boulevard (the present day site of the Norton Simon Museum). Jeanne Carr is credited with being the first person to package and market oranges for shipment to the East and Europe. However, while their orchard flourished the Carrs' financial venture failed. So to capitalize on Pasadena's growing tourist trade, the Carrs built a boarding house, which was said by historians to have been the cultural center of all Southern California during the 1880s. Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, William Keith, the artist, and Helen Modjeska, the Polish opera singer, were among those who stayed with the Carrs. Supposedly, Helen Hunt Jackson wrote part of her famous novel, Ramona in a cabin on the grounds of Carmelita.
Financial problems forced the Carrs to sell the house and property to Mr. and Mrs. Simon Reed (founders of Reed College in Oregon) in 1892.
Helen Gilloon, 1977

Scope and Content

The Carr Family Collection (1870 - 1936) includes family papers, legal papers (including deed for Carmelita), correspondence, sketches, photographs, Trail of Yesterday transcript (by A.L. Carr) with paste-up of illustrations and some original photographs.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1, Folder PC-1

Smith, Fred - photograph

Box 1, Folder PC-2

Smith, The Rev. - photograph

Box 1, Folder PC-3

Aunt Lizzie - photograph

Box 1, Folder PC-4

Aunt Lizzie - photograph

Box 1, Folder PC-5, PC-6

Smith, Dr. Frank - photographs

Box 1, Folder PC-7, PC-8

Smith, Albert and Smith, Lee C. - photographs

Box 1, Folder PC-9a, PC-9b

Smith, Jenny and Bertha - photographs

Box 1, Folder PC-10

Smith, Bertha - photograph, 1883

Box 1, Folder PC-11

Smith, Jennie - photograph

Box 1, Folder PC-12

Smith, Fanny - photograph, 1871

Box 1, Folder PC-13a, 13b, 13c

Carr, Dr. Ezra S. - photographs, 1864, 1870

Box 1, Folder PC-14

Carr, Dr. Ezra S. - photograph, 1880

Box 1, Folder PC-15

Carr, Dr. Ezra - photograph, 1888

Box 1, Folder PC-16

Carr, Mrs. J.C. - composite photograph, 1860

Box 1, Folder PC-17

Smith, Caroline D. - photograph

Box 1, Folder PC-18

Carr, (Mother and sister of Ezra S. Carr) - photograph

Box 1, Folder PC-19

Carr, Mrs. Jeanne C. - photographs at 18

Box 1, Folder PC-20

Carr, Jeanne C. (Mrs. Ezra S. Carr) - photograph, 1880

Box 1, Folder PC-21, A thru D

Civil war soldiers-North

Box 1, Folder PC-22, A thru D

Individual portraits

Box 1, Folder PC-24

Professor and Mrs. Carr - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-25

Jeanne Carr, Kensington Place - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-26

E. S. Carr - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-27

A.L. Carr - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-28

Al Carr - photograph, 1894

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-29

Al Carr - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-30

Al Carr - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-31

Edward C. Carr - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-32

Mrs. Davis - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-33

Sallie Hart - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-34

Mary Hart - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-35

Annie Wanda Muir - photograph (daughter of John Muir)

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-35, 36

Wanda Muir - photograph (oldest daughter of John Muir)

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-37

Wanda & Helen Muir - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-38

Mrs. Strentzal - photograph (Mother-In-Law of John Muir)

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-39

Dr. Strentzal - photograph (Father-In-Law of John Muir)

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-40

J. Ohinondell (?) - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-41

Al Carr - photograph

Box 1, Folder P(8)C-42

Jeannie Carr at 18 - negative

Box 1

Carr, Jeanne C. - Power of Attorney, February 5, 1892

Box 1

Carr, Dr. Ezra Slocum - Will, October 21,1881

Box 1

Carr, Jeanne C. - Will, October 21, 1881

Box 1

Carr, Jeanne C. - Correspondence, 1890s

Box 1

Carr, Jeanne C. - Letter to Uncle Murray, n/d

Box 1

Carr, Dr. Ezra S. - Letter from his mother, May 16, 1841

Box 1

Carr, Jeanne C. - Complaint against the Altadena Railway Company

Box 1

Carr Family genealogy

Box 1

Letter from Louisa to William D. Locke, February 16, 1846

Box 1

Carmelita - Partial list of plants and shrubs

Box 1

The Genesis and Development of Carmelita, by A.L. Carr

Box 1

Carr, A.L. - Misc. notes and correspondence,1934-1936

Box 1

Carmelita - real estate documents, 1877-1890

Box 1

Sketches done by A.L. and Jeanne Carr

Box 1

Articles written by Jeanne Carr or about the Carrs

Box 1

Description of the Carr Collection and biographical data

Box 1

Writings by A.L. Carr

Box 1

A Retrospect: Being Intimate Incidents and Episodes of the Rancho San Pasqual, Indiana Colony and Pasadena, by A.L. Carr

Box 1

A Retrospect: Being Intimate Incidents and Episodes of the Rancho San Pasqual, Indiana Colony and Pasadena, by A.L. Carr (duplicate)

Box 1

A.L. Carr scrapbook

Box 1

The Trail of Yesterday, Book 1, by A.L. Carr

Box 1

The Trail of Yesterday, Book 2, by A.L. Carr

Box 1

The Trail of Yesterday, Book 3, by A.L. Carr

Box 1

The Trail of Yesterday, Book 4, by A.L. Carr

Box 1

Card Index for A Retrospect: Being Intimate Incidents and Episodes of the Rancho San Pasqual, Indiana Colony and Pasadena by A.L. Carr

Box 1

Carr Collection notes, folders, etc.