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Sharkey Family Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sharkey Family Collection
    Dates: 1865-1990s
    Collection Number: 2011.36
    Extent: 31 boxes, 18 cu feet
    Repository: Contra Costa County Historical Society
    Martinez, California 94553
    Abstract: The Sharkey Family Collection consists of personal correspondence, political and legal documents, newspaper clippings, and ephemera connected to State Senator William R Sharkey and family, spanning from the early 1900s to the 1990s.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Contact the Contra Costa County Historical Society for publication permission.

    Preferred Citation

    Sharkey Family Collection. Contra Costa County Historical Society

    Scope and Content of Collection

    While the collection includes documents and news stories connected to Sharkey’s state senate activities, the bulk of the collection consists of personal correspondence between his son, Sharkey Jr, and his fiancée (later wife), Dorothy Jessen, 1925 –1951. In addition, the collection contains information on Sharkey Jr.’s military service, enrollment at Stanford University, and as an employee at the DMV. Other materials include greeting cards, audiotapes, and photographs of the Sharkey family, their friends, and colleagues.

    Indexing Terms

    correspondence, personal
    documents, political
    documents, legal
    documents, military
    Sharkey, William R.
    Jessen, Dorothy
    Martinez News-Gazette
    Stanford University
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    California Rivers and Harbors Commission
    personal papers
    newspaper clippings
    California State Senator
    newspaper editor

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