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Register of the Vacaville Oral History Collection, 1976-1978
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Vacaville Oral History Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1976-1978
    Collection number: Mss195
    Creator: Ronald H. Limbaugh
    Extent: 3 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vacaville Oral History Collection, Mss195, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Limbaugh, Ronald H. (b. 1938)


    Agriculture -California -Vacaville -History
    Ranch life -California -Vacaville
    Chinese Americans -California -Vacaville
    Japanese Americans -California -Vacaville
    Vacaville (Calif.) -Social life and customs
    Vacaville (Calif.) -Social conditions
    Vacaville (Calif.) -Politics and government


    Ronald H. Limbaugh, history professor at the University of the Pacific and co-author of Vacaville: The heritage of a California community (1978), was commissioned---as part of local United States Bicentennial celebrations---by the Vacaville City Council to interview Vacaville "old-timers" and to write a history of Vacaville. Limbaugh conducted the interviews between fall 1976 and spring 1978 in the preparation of Vacaville. The Vacaville Heritage Council helped initiate the project with suggestions about local resources and persons to interview. Council member, Eleanor Nelson, contacted interviewees and arranged most of the interviews. The interviews describe conditions in Vacaville betwen 1880 and 1976. They contain information about the growth of the fruit cultivation, packing and processing industries which typified the region during those years. They reveal much about the contributions of Chinese and Japanese settlers to these enterprises. The tapes also contain information about race and labor relations and many other local and regional activities.

    Scope and Content

    The Vacaville Collection consists of: Ronald Limbaugh's research notes; book drafts; photographs; project correspondence and reports; and, fifty-nine taped interviews with long-time residents of Vacaville, California conducted by Limbaugh, together with miscellaneous documentation pertaining to these interviews (1976-78). A few of the interviews have been transcribed.