Inventory of the Pony Express Centennial Association Records,1957-1976

Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
100 North West Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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12/19/2003 ©2003
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History--United States and North American History.

Inventory of the Pony Express Centennial Association Records, 1957-1976

D-390

Department of Special Collections

General Library

University of California, Davis

Davis, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • General Library
  • 100 North West Quad
  • University of California, Davis
  • Davis, CA 95616-5292
  • Phone: (530) 752-1621
  • Fax: (530) 754-5758
  • Email: speccoll@lib.ucdavis.edu
Encoded by: Sara Gunasekara
Completed on: December 19, 2003
©2003 The Regents of the University of California

Descriptive Summary

Title: Pony Express Centennial Association Records,
Date (inclusive): 1957-1976
Collection number: D-390
Creator: Pony Express Centennial Association
Extent: 10 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
100 North West Quad
Davis, California, 95616-5292
Abstract: The Pony Express Centennial Association was incorporated (1958) to foster and facilitate commemorations of the centennial of the Pony Express (1860-1861). The man principally responsible for promoting this Association was retired Air Force Lt. Col. Waddell Smith, a grandson of one of the partners in the firm Russell, Majors and Waddell which had operated the Pony Express. The Records of the Pony Express Centennial Association consist principally of the correspondence of Waddell Smith. The collection also contains financial records, reports, clippings, other materials Smith gathered and some correspondence of Edwin H. Burgess, Director of the Washington D.C. Branch of the Centennial Association.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis 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 researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pony Express Centennial Association Records, D-390, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2003.

Administrative History

History

The Pony Express Centennial Association was incorporated (1958) to foster and facilitate commemorations of the centennial of the Pony Express (1860-1861). The man principally responsible for promoting this Association was retired Air Force Lt. Col. Waddell Smith, a grandson of one of the partners in the firm Russell, Majors and Waddell which had operated the Pony Express. A collector of Pony Express artifacts and an authority on the history of the company, Smith served as President of the Association. Association activities included a multi-state historic marker program and a two-way reenactment across the original route with a thousand volunteer riders.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Records of the Pony Express Centennial Association consist principally of the correspondence of Waddell Smith. The collection also contains financial records, reports, clippings, other materials Smith gathered and some correspondence of Edwin H. Burgess, Director of the Washington D.C. Branch of the Centennial Association.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Halbert, Sherrill,--1901-
Smith, Waddell F.
Burgess, Edwin H.
Pony Express Centennial Association
Pony express
West (U.S.)--History
Pony Express Trail


Collection Contents

Box 1

Series 1. Corporate organization records,1958-1969

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains articles of incorporation, by-laws, and directives, among other records. Arranged alphabetically.

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Box 1

Series 2. Board of Directors' minutes and notes,1958-1968

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.

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Box 2-3

Series 3. Official correspondence,1958-1969

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in two subseries: Individuals and Special Subjects.

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Box 2

Subseries 3.1. Individuals,1958-1969

Physical Description: 1 linear foot

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically. Includes correspondence from Backman, Burgess, Cronkhite, Frost, Halbert, Harrah, Henderson, Hogue, Kastens, Kivett, Mattes, Phillips, Reeder, Sorensen, Starnes, Summerfield, Wickoff, Wirth.

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Box 3

Subseries 3.2. Special subjects,1958-1969

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically. Includes correspondence from or about Fearon Publ. Co., Ford Motor Co., Ft. Churchill, Harrah status, Life Magazine, Livestock contractors, Mark Russell's grave, McCormick Distilling Co.

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Box 3

Series 4. Financial records,1958-1969

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes financial and bank statements, cancelled checks and statements, miscellaneous bank records, Pony Express-carried letter stubs, cash book, invoices, disbursement record book, inventories of plaques and medals, tax exemption records, mailing lists, and office seals and rubber stamps.

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Box 4

Series 5. Special Committee Records,1959-1963

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes files for the centennial history, executive, finance, historical research, operations, philatelic & numismatic, projects, planning & action, and public relations committees. Arranged alphabetically.

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Box 4-5

Series 6. Historical markers,1960-1969

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes files for California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Arranged alphabetically.

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Box 5

Series 7. Special events,1958-1965

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes files on Air Force flights, and the centennial ride & riders.

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Box 5-6

Series 8. Commemorative souvenirs,1959-1968

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains files on belts, holsters, and mochilas, bibles, commemorative medals, and commemorative stamps & covers.

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Box 6

Series 9. Regional organizations and distribution,1958-1969

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains files for the California Historical Society, the California Pony Express Centennial Association, the Central Overland Pony Express Trail Association, the Sacramento County Historical Society, the Utah State Historical Society, and the Pony Express "package" [for distribution to historical societies].

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Box 7

Series 10. Publicity,1959-1961

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains news releases and photographs.

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Box 7-8

Series 11. Clippings and historical source materials,1957-1968

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains clippings, published articles, maps, and memorabilia.

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Box 9-10

Series 12. Edwin H. Burgess Correspondence,1958-1976

Physical Description: 2 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Also contains 2 folders of correspondence pertaining to the centennial medals and stamps.

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