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Patterson Ranch papers, circa 1880-1987
MVC060  
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Description
The Patterson Ranch Company was a livestock, dairy, and agricultural farm originally located on the Oxnard plains. The ranch was owned by New York farmer John D. Patterson, who hired managers to run the farm for him. Peter Hartveld, a Dutch immigrant, was the ranch foreman and responsible for much of the day-to-day running of the ranch. Hartveld and his family lived in the main ranch house between 1917 and 1987. The collection covers the day-to-day management of the Patterson Ranch Company and the ranch's business dealings with local businesses and persons. Materials include correspondence, dissolution papers, newspaper clippings, time books, harvest record cards, inventories, poll tax and wage garnishment sheets, invoices and receipts, maps, titles and deeds, photographs, monographs and catalogs, and ledgers.
Background
The Patterson Ranch Company was a livestock, dairy, and agricultural farm originally located on the Oxnard plains, near Wooley and Patterson Roads. Peter Hartveld, an immigrant from Holland, was the ranch foreman and responsible for much of the day-to-day running of the ranch. The 5,000-acre ranch was named for New York farmer John D. Patterson who arrived in California in 1854, and in 1866 he purchased land from Rancho El Rio de Santa Clara, or La Colonia. Patterson never lived on the ranch, but hired managers to run the farm.
Extent
2.64 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 1 ledger)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Museum of Ventura County. Literary rights, including copyright, have not been determined. Contact the Research Library for further information: library@venturamuseum.org
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Open for research. Collection is minimally processed. All requests to access materials must be made in advance by contacting the Research Library staff via email: library@venturamuseum.org