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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Leon and Jeannette Rowland collection
    creator: Rowland, Jeannette Wheatly
    creator: Rowland, Leon, 1884-1952
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.051
    Physical Description: 12 Linear Feet 19 boxes, 2 packages
    Date (inclusive): 1812-1951
    Physical Location: Collection stored, in part, off-site at NRLF. Advance notice is required for access.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is partially processed and may contain restricted materials. Please contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.

    Preferred Citation

    Leon and Jeannette Rowland Collection. MS 51. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jeannette Wheatley Rowland, 1977.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    A a scrapbook of newspaper clippings collected by Leon Rowland is stored offsite at NRLF. A bound photocopy of this scrapbook can be located in the UCSC Library catalog under call number F868.S3 L46 1900z. 

    Biographical / Historical

    Leon Rowland (1884-1952) was a local historian in Santa Cruz County, and editor of the Santa Cruz Evening News and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
    Rowland's research covered the early exploration of California by Spain from Mexico in the Sixteenth Century, and by explorers sailing the Pacific Coast, notably Sebastián Vizcaíno who discovered Monterey Bay in 1602. Rowland documented the establishment of the Villa de Branciforte (now part of Santa Cruz), and the California Missions, the Santa Cruz Mission in particular. Because of the relationship among the Missions and because the civil government was located at Monterey, Rowland's research also touched on San Jose, Santa Clara, San Juan Bautista, Salinas, and Monterey. Rowland taught himself Spanish, and copied documents from the archives of many institutions and translated them into English.
    By profession, Leon Rowland was a newspaper columnist, an editor, and a newspaper publisher. His writing was published principally in the Santa Cruz Evening News, in the Santa Cruz Sentinel-News (when the Santa Cruz Sentinel absorbed the Evening News in January 1942), and finally in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Rowland also was an editor for the Soquel Weekly Journal (1938) and the San Lorenzo Valley Journal (1939).
    See About the Rowlands  for more information. Source materials and biographies about the Rowlands were compiled by Stanley D. Stevens and Joan Gilbert Martin in consultation with Jean Rowland Jackson.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection primarily comprises collected research documents on the history of people and places in Santa Cruz County from pre-statehood California to 1951. Included are scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, articles, writings, notes, notecards, and other research documents created and collected by Leon Rowland and his wife Jeannette. The collection also includes a small amount of original pre-statehood documents concerning land ownership in California.

    Processing Information

    The Rowland card collection was transcribed and indexed by Joan Gilbert Martin and Stanley D. Stevens in 2004-2012. A database of the rancho documents was created in 2005 by Special Collections volunteer Amy Dunning and edited and indexed in 2012 by Stanley D. Stevens.

    Related Materials

    Related materials can be located at the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library in the collection, Research materials relating to early California residents, under call number BANC MSS 79/131 c 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Santa Cruz County (Calif.)