Sharkey Family Collection

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Contra Costa County Historical Society
724 Escobar Street
Martinez, California 94553

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

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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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