Scope and Content
Title: Derby (Howard ) Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1845-1955
Collection number: Mss265
Vera Derby Miller
Extent: 2 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Derby (Howard ) Collection, Mss265, Holt-Atherton Department of
Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Derby, Howard (1894-1966)
Owen, Isaac (1809-1866)
Taylor, William (1821-1902)
Roberts, William (1812-1888)
United Methodist Church -California -History
California -Politics and government -1850-1950
California -Church history
Oregon -Church history
United States. Army -World War, 1914-1918 -History -Anecdotes
Howard W. Derby (1894-1966) was the son of California Methodist minister, George Derby
(1863-1922). A member of the California National Guard, he served in Mexico and in France
from 1916 through 1918. In 1933, he married Vera Mae Reaume and settled in San Francisco,
where he was employed as an insect and rodent exterminator. Derby occasionally penned
local history articles---notably on the Arcata area where he spent a part of his
childhood. An active Methodist layman and member of the Parkside Church, Derby worked as
research assistant to Northern California-Nevada Conference Historian, Leon L.
Loofbourow, author of In Search of God's Gold (1950), a history of the Methodist Church
in California, and Cross in the Sunset (1956), a history of the Northern
Scope and Content
The Derby Collection consists principally of notes and transcriptions of materials on
early Pacific Coast Methodism (1845-1875) compiled by Derby for historian Leon Loofbourow
from nineteenth century Methodist publications. Other materials include clippings files
on California government, politics and geography (1936-1956), Inter-American Relations
and papers relating to Derby's National Guard unit (1916-18).