Scope and Content
Title: Williams (Earle E.) Tracy/Westside History Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1881-1981
Collection number: Ms50
Earle E. Williams
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
San Joaquin County Museum.
Collection is open for research by appointment only.
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary
[Identification of item], Williams (Earle E.) Tracy/Westside History Collection, Ms50, San Joaquin County Historical Society
Williams, Earle E.
DeWelt, Marie Cornelia Stewart
El Rancho Pescadero (Tracy, Calif.)
Carnegie (Calif.) Brick & Pottery Company
El Camino Viejo Trail (Calif.)
Pottery - California - San Joaquin County
Agriculture - California - Tracy
Land tenure - California - Tracy
Coal mines and mining - California - Corral Hollow
Brickmaking - California - San Joaquin County
Corral Hollow (Calif.) - History
San Joaquin City (Calif.) - History
Carnegie (Calif.) - History
Tracy (Calif.) - History
Earle E. Williams was an educator, civic leader and amateur historian who lived in Tracy (Calif.) for much of his adult life.
Following his retirement (c1960), Williams devoted himself to historical research and writing relating to the Tracy area,
a region of southwestern San Joaquin County that includes both hilly and river delta terrain and that has seen coal mining
and pottery production in addition to farming and stock raising. A Tracy middle school was named for Williams (1990).
Scope and Content
The Williams Collection consists principally of essays and photographs by Mr. Williams on various Tracy area topics, including:
Corral Hollow, El Camino Viejo Trail, El Rancho Pescadero and San Joaquin City. The collection also contains land records
pertaining to El Rancho Pescadero, a transcript of the first issue of the first Tracy newspaper (1881), an itinerary for a
walking tour of 19th c. Tracy by Amber Smith and a reminiscence of life in Corral Hollow by Marie Stewart DeWelt (1965).