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Guide to the Allan Ottley papers, ca. 1955-1979
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    Title: Allan Ottley Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1955-1979
    Box Number: 2212-2219
    Creator: Ottley, Allan R.
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Allan Ottley papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Ottley, Allan R.--Correspondence
    Ottley, Allan R. John A. Sutter, Jr.: statement regarding early California experiences
    Goodman, John B. (John Bartlett), 1901-1991--Correspondence
    Hutchinson, W. H. (William Henry), 1910-1990--Correspondence
    Sutter, John Augustus, 1826-1897
    Shipping--California--History --Sources
    Inland water transportation--California--History--Sources


    The collection is organized into four series: Personal papers, including correspondence focusing on Ottley's literary and political interests; Articles and speeches, comprised of approximately thirty typescripts; Publications, documenting all phases of the production of John A. Sutter, Jr.: statement regarding early California experiences; and Research materials, consisting of notes and documents accumulated for an unpublished work on California water transportation.


    Allan Ottley was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1909 but has been a resident of Califonia since he was 13. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara State College and completed library school in Riverside. He worked in the Humboldt County Library and the Sacramento City Library and, after serving with the Navy in the South pacific, began his long association with the California Section of the California State Library. Mr. Ottley has been active in many professional, cultural and civic organizations throughout his life. He served on several committees of the California Library Association; is a founding member and past-president of both the Sacramento Book Collectors Club and the Sacramento County Historical Society; and was appointed by Governor Pat Brown to serve on the Civil War Centennial Commission, the California History Commission and the California Heritage Preservation Commission. His publications include: John A. Sutter, Jr.: statement regarding early California experiences, John A. Sutter's last days, and other publications for the Sacramento Book Collectors Club; and Sidewalk history: pioneer sites of Old Sacramento for the Sacramento City Historic Landmarks Commission, as well as numerous articles for such journals as the California historian, Steamboat bill of facts, Proceedings of the Conference of California Historical Societies, the Far Westerner of the Stockton Corral of Westerners, the National republic, and the quarterly newsletter of the Book Club of California. A noted speaker, Ottley has made many appearnaces at local historical groups and has lectured at several California universities.


    Major Correspondents

    • Goodman, John B. (John Bartlett), 1901-1991.
    • Hutchinson, W. H. (William Henry), 1910-1990.

    Other Correspondents

    • Birmingham, Alma.
    • Bly, Anita.
    • Bowler, Larry.
    • Cranston, Alan MacGregor.
    • Evans, Elliot.
    • Gramm, Phil.
    • Harlow, Neal.
    • Hatch, Orrin, 1934-
    • Hayakawa, S. I. (Samuel Ichiye), 1906-
    • Heckman, Marlin L.
    • Heintz, William F.
    • Kuchel, Thomas H.
    • McMurtrie, Douglas C. (Douglas Crawford), 1888-1994.
    • Mills, James.
    • Paul, Rodman W. (Rodman Wilson), 1912-
    • Price, Glenn W.
    • Reynolds, Jack, 1935-
    • Rodda, Albert.
    • Shumate, Albert.
    • Simon, Paul.
    • Simpson, Edmund E.
    • Sperry, Baxter .
    • Sutter, Dolores Kason.
    • Weber, Francis J.
    • Wood, R. Coke (Reginald Coke)