Esther H. Klotz papers

Finding aid prepared by Celeste Navas, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Esther H. Klotz papers
Date (inclusive): 1834-1991, undated
Collection Number: MS 255
Creator: Klotz, Esther
Extent: 7.04 linear feet (11 boxes)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: Esther H. Klotz was a lifelong Riverside County resident, who was very involved in local historical preservation efforts and in researching and writing about Riverside and the surrounding area. The Esther H. Klotz papers contain research notes, correspondence, publications, and other material pertaining to the city and county of Riverside as well as to the local history and development of various other cities in Southern California. This notably includes research related to her co-authored book with Joan H. Hall, Adobes, Bungalows and Mansions of Riverside, California, which has been published in multiple editions. Also included in the collection are personal correspondence, notebooks and other records related to Klotz and her husband, Leo J. Klotz.
Languages: The collection is in English.


This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright for a portion of materials in the collection has been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. Additional materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Please contact Special Collections & University Archives for more information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [date if possible]. Esther H. Klotz papers (MS 255). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the estate of Esther Klotz, 2001.

Processing History

Initial processing was done by Joanne Pease-Simpson and Rhonda L. Neugebauer, Library Staff, from 2010-2011. The finding aid was edited and updated by Eric Milenkiewicz, Archives Assistant, in 2012, and the collection was reprocessed by Celeste Navas, Student Processing Assistant, in 2017.

Biographical Note

Esther Hamilton was born in Hemet, California on Christmas Day, 1910, and graduated in 1928 from Hemet High School. She attended Riverside City College, and then the University of California, Berkeley. Her grandparents had moved to Southern California in the boom of 1887; her grandfather, Isaac Martin, was an early citrus grower in the small town of Highgrove, California. Her father, Charles Hamilton, was the first city clerk of the newly-formed City of Hemet, as well as an important grower of citrus in its early days in the area. In later years he was a fruit buyer.
At the age of 19, she married Leo J. Klotz, Ph.D., a researcher at the California Citrus Experiment Station and later a professor of plant pathology at the University of California, Riverside. Esther became interested in local history and beacme an avid and meticulous researcher and writer in her own right. She collected data on both Riverside City and County, as well as other Southern California cities, eventually resulting in several books. In 1972, she wrote Riverside and the Day the Bank Broke: A History of the City, 1890-1907, which chronicled the scandal leading to the downfall of the Orange Growers Bank. Her love of art, history, and the Mission Inn led her to publish The Mission Inn: Its History and Artifacts in 1981. In 1985, she collaborated with Joan H. Hall on a book documenting historic homes in Riverside,California, Adobes, Bungalows and Mansions of Riverside, California, which quickly sold out. A revised edition was later published by Hall. Klotz, Hall, and historian/author Harry Lawton also collaborated on a pamphlet in 1989, called "History of Citrus in the Riverside Area."
Passionate about the preservation of the area's historic buildings and resources, she served on many boards. During the 1960s and 1970s she served as a founding member and chair of the Friends of the Mission Inn; as a member of the Riverside Pioneer Historical Society of Southern California (later renamed the Riverside Historical Society); the Riverside County Historical Commission; the Mission Inn Artifacts Committee; and the Friends of the Library of the University of California, Riverside. She also served as an advisor to the Jensen-Alvarado Ranch Associates and was a founding member in 1963 of the Riverside Museum Associates, serving as co-editor of its newsletter: the Report of the Riverside Museum Associates. After helping persuade the City of Riverside to form a special civic board devoted to the preservation of historic resources, she was appointed by the city council to act as the first chair of the resulting Cultural Heritage Board. She was an active member of several other local historical societies, most notably, The Old Riverside Foundation. She was named Riverside County Historian of the Year in 1983.
Esther H. Klotz died on August 2, 2000 at 89 years of age and is interred at Riverside's historic Evergreen Mausoleum. She was survived by a son, Jerome; a daughter, Eunice Riemer; and several grandchildren.

Collection Scope and Contents

The Esther H. Klotz papers consists primarily of research materials documenting the founding and development of the city and county of Riverside, California. The collection focuses on local history, as well as historic buildings and landscapes created in the city of Riverside and surrounding areas in the early days of development. These include residential homes, military bases, the citrus industry, housing developments, universities, and museums. Research material regarding the book she co-authored with Joan H. Hall, Adobes, Bungalows and Mansions of Riverside, California (1985) is also included.
The collection also contains some personal papers regarding members of the Klotz and Hamilton families, including notebooks, correspondence, vital records, and photographs belong to Klotz and her husband Leo.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series as follows:
  • Series 1. Research and publications, 1834-1989
  • Series 2. Personal papers, 1910-1991
  • Series 3. Oversize materials, 1890-1989, undated

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Klotz, Leo Joseph, 1895-1984
Adobe houses
Historic buildings
Riverside (Calif.)
Riverside County (Calif.)

Genres and Forms of Materials

Research notes


Series 1. Research and publications 1834-1989 1960-1980

Series Scope and Contents

This series consists of materials related to Klotz's research on the history of Southern California, most notably the Riverside area. Materials in the series include Klotz's manuscripts for her books, Adobes, Bungalows, and Mansions of Riverside and Through the Doors of the Mission Inn; newspaper clippings, brochures, and research materials.
Major topics covered in the series consist of areas on which Klotz frequently focused her historical research, including historical buildings, local history and development, water and weather issues, local societies and organizations, and social life and customs.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged topically by folder title.
Box 1, Folder 1

Manuscript draft of Adobes Bungalows, and Mansions of Riverside, California 1984

Box 1, Folder 2

Manuscript Drafts and Handwritten Notes undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Articles about Adobes, Bungalows, and Mansions of Riverside, California 1985

Box 1, Folder 4

Photographs used for Adobes, Bungalows, and Mansions of Riverside, California 1985

Box 1, Folder 5

Las Flores Adobe 1967-1968

Box 1, Folder 6

California Adobes 1834-1973

Box 1, Folders 7-8

Draft for Through the Doors of the Mission Inn undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Mission Inn 1988-1990

Scope and Contents

Folder includes news clippings and a magazine feature
Box 1, Folders 10-11, Box 2, Folder 1

Friends of the Mission Inn 1970-1990

Scope and Contents

Folder includes correspondence, minutes, and newsletters
Box 2, Folders 2-3

Riverside Art Museum 1968-1992

Box 2, Folder 4

Riverside Art Association 1953-1986

Box 2, Folders 5-6

Riverside Museum Associates Newsletters 1968-1987

Box 2, Folder 7

Riverside Opera Association and Municipal Museum undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Arts and Antiques 1963-1988, undated

Box 2, Folders 9-10

Art Shows and Exhibitions in California Museums 1918-1991

Box 3, Folder 1, Flat-File-Folder 1

Riverside County Maps 1923-1970

Box 3, Folder 2, Flat-File-Folder 2

Riverside City Maps 1905-1985

Box 3, Folder 3

Historical Notes on Riverside 1975

Box 3, Folder 4

Riverside County Historical Commission 1986-1988

Box 3, Folder 5

Riverside County Historical Newsletters 1977-1988

Box 3, Folder 6

Historical Alessandro 1953-1960

Box 3, Folders 7-8

A History of Citrus in the Riverside Area 1926-1968

Box 3, Folder 9

UC Riverside Campus Club 1943-1986

Box 3, Folder 10

Historic Churches of Riverside 1955-1991

Box 3, Folder 11

Historic Buildings in Riverside 1966-1970

Box 3, Folder 12

Agua Mansa Bell 1969

Box 3, Folder 13

Riverside County City Names 1952, undated

Box 3, Folder 14

Coachella Valley Communities 1958-1971

Box 3, Folders 15-16

March Airforce Base/ Camp Haan 1918-1989

Box 3, Folder 17

Murrieta Hot Springs 1990

Box 3, Folder 18

Jensen Alvarado Ranch Historic Park Association 1985-1989

Box 4, Folders 1-2

Pomona Area History 1885-1978

Box 4, Folder 3

Imperial Valley Hotel Worth History 1973, undated

Box 4, Folder 4

Eastern Sierra and Death Valley Bodie 1961-1973

Box 4, Folder 5

Orange County/Tustin 1918

Box 4, Folders 6-7

San Bernardino City/County History 1956-1967

Flat-File-Folder 3

Maps of San Bernardino County undated

Box 4, Folder 8

San Diego Area History 1868-1986

Box 4, Folder 9

Santa Barbara Area 1930-1967

Box 4, Folder 10

History of the San Gorgonio Pass 1915-1986

Scope and Contents

Includes newspaper clippings and other materials related to the filming of the Willie Boy movie in 1968.
Box 5, Folder 1, Flat-File-Folder 4

Sun City 1964-1968

Box 5, Folder 2

List of Photographs of Riverside at the Huntington Library undated

Box 5, Folder 3

Notes on Buildings in Riverside 1985-1986

Box 5, Folder 4

Notes and Newsclippings on the Destruction of Houses on Lemon and Olivewood Street, Riverside 1986

Box 5, Folder 5

Notes on William Collier House Relocation and City Presentation and Code Enforcement Issues 1980-1988

Box 5, Folder 6

Southern California Historical Information 1939-1974

Box 5, Folder 7, Flat-File-Folder 5

California Maps 1854-1963

Flat-File-Folder 6

Maps of Los Angeles and Surrounding Areas 1911-1950, undated

Box 5, Folder 8

Photograph of University Club, Redlands undated

Scope and Contents

Includes photo of Harry Buttrick (sp?), O. G. C. A. Foreman
Box 5, Folder 9

Acquisition of the YMCA by the Riverside Art Association undated

Scope and Contents

Primarily newspaper clippings
Box 5, Folder 10

Autoracing in Corona 1966

Box 5, Folder 11

Architect Herman Ruhnau 1966

Box 5, Folder 12

Bridges in Riverside 1967, undated

Box 5, Folder 13

California Architects and Architecture 1966-1986

Box 5, Folder 14, Flat-File-Folder 7

City of Riverside Redevelopment Plans for Downtown Riverside 1982-1986

Box 5, Folder 15, Flat-File-Folder 8

Downtown Riverside development and demolition 1964-1981

Box 5, Folder 16

Croquet and Badminton articles 1989

Box 5, Folder 17

Downtown Renaissance/Concerned Citizens of Riverside 1886-1989

Box 5, Folder 18

El Rivino Country Club's Women's Gold Medallion Golf Tournament booklet 1964

Box 6, Folder 1

25th Anniversary Riverside Art Alliance at Hays Pattee 1990

Box 6, Folder 2

Brochures from UC Riverside and UC system 1943-1986

Box 6, Folder 3

Casa Blanca area 1967-1976

Box 6, Folder 4

Cheri Jo Bates murder 1966-1972

Box 6, Folder 5

Chinese Pavilion Week 1987

Box 6, Folder 6, Flat-File-Folder 9

City of Riverside development 1917-1988

Box 6, Folder 7

Excerpt of "Riverside" brochure undated

Box 6, Folder 8, Flat-File-Folder 10

Fairmont Park 1960-1984

Scope and Contents

Folder include notes, photographs, and news clippings
Box 6, Folder 9

"Home and Gardens in Riverside" 1943

Box 6, Folder 10

Hotels in the City/County of Riverside and the Southland 1896-1989

Box 6, Folder 11

Japanese in Riverside 1969-1974, undated

Box 6, Folder 12

Mining in the Holcomb Valley 1969-1970

Box 6, Folder 13, Flat-File-Folder 11

Newsclippings on Crime in Riverside 1970-1972

Box 6, Folders 14-15

Old Riverside Foundation 1979-1989

Box 6, Folder 16

Photographs of victorian homes in Riverside circa 1943, 1967

Box 6, Folder 17

Photographs of Riverside Parent Navel Orange Tree 1973, undated

Box 6, Folder 18

Photographs, a Riverside school and a office of southern Sierra Power Company circa 1900, 1913

Box 6, Folder 19, Flat-File-Folder 12

Prospect Area Association 1982

Scope and Contents

Materials related to city attempt to modify a neighborhood
Box 6, Folder 20

Race relations in Riverside 1962, 1966-1967

Box 6, Folder 21, Flat-File-Folder 13

Race relations in Riverside 1965-1966

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings related to the burning of Lowell School and school integration program.
Box 6, Folder 22

Race relations in Riverside 1970-1980

Scope and Contents

Clippings related to prominent black individuals and families in Riverside.
Box 7, Folder 1

Riverside's Chinatown 1893-1978

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of newspaper clippings
Box 7, Folder 2

Riverside City Hospital 1905-1915, 1971

Flat-File-Folder 15

Newspapers on growth in Riverside 1961& undated

Box 7, Folder 3

Riverside County Parks and Recreation 1953-1977

Box 7, Folder 4

Riverside Daily Press news clippings 1887

Flat-File-Folder 16

Riverside Enterprise - 50th Anniversary Edition 1943

Box 7, Folder 5

Riverside Press Special Editon of County Incorporation 1893-1943

Box 7, Folder 6

Riverside Redevelopment Report 1989

Scope and Contents

Folder contains handwritten notes, pamphlets, and correspondence
Box 7, Folder 7, Flat-File-Folder 17

Riverside University 1967-1975

Box 7, Folder 8, Flat-File-Folder 18

Redevelopment plans for Downtown Riverside 1966-1971

Box 7, Folder 9, Flat-File-Folder 19

Roger Williams Bank embezzlement 1969

Box 7, Folder 10

Suburban development in Riverside 1967 & 1994

Box 7, Folder 11

"Teaching Days in Riverside, 1914-1918" undated

Box 7, Folder 12, Flat-File-Folder 20

The Fire at the Riverside Hotel 1973

Box 7, Folder 13, Flat-File-Folder 21

Water Supply in Riverside 1949-1970

Scope and Contents

1955 Annual Report and news clippings
Flat-File-Folder 22

Weather and flooding in Riverside 1968-1989

Box 7, Folder 14

Various biographical and geographical notes

Flat-File-Folder 23

California Historical Courier - Helen Hunt Jackson 1986

Box 7, Folder 15

Daniel C. Twogood notes 1884, undated

Box 7, Folder 16

Doug Shacketon and the Mission Inn 1984-1985

Box 7, Folder 17

Eliza and Luther Tibbets notes 1927-1975

Box 7, Folder 18

Emil Rosenthal Notes 1968-1971

Box 7, Folder 19

E.R. Skelley family 1967-1972

Box 7, Folder 20

George Wharton James - "Joaquin Miller the Poet of Peace" with notes 1977

Box 7, Folder 21

Harry Lawton 1985

Box 7, Folder 22

Ingersoll's annals of San Bernardino undated

Box 7, Folder 23

James S. Sherman Institute 1972, undated

Box 7, Folder 24, Flat-File-Folder 24

Samuel Cary Evans family history circa 1970

Box 7, Folder 25

Tin Mines and Arthur Holden 1968-1976

Box 7, Folder 26

Melba Dunlap's supervisoral campaign 1984-1986

Box 8, Folder 1

M.H. Sherman, Sherman Library, Corona del Mar booklets 1971-1976

Box 8, Folder 2

Roe, Price and Hoskyn family histories 1846-1943, undated


Series 2. Personal papers 1910-1991 1943-1985

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains personal records of Esther Klotz. These include awards, correspondence, photographs, and living expenses. Also includes items related to Leo Klotz, including: published academic articles by Leo and his death records and obituaries.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged topically by folder title.
Box 8, Folder 3

Klotz's notebook for art classes 1950

Box 8, Folder 4

Klotz home in Riverside, California record 1954-1955, 1994, undated

Box 8, Folder 5

Klotz Newport Beach House records 1953-1968

Box 8, Folder 6

Driver's license and passports 1960-1985

Box 8, Folders 7-8

Health Information 1959-1989

Box 9, Folder 9

Household expenditures 1971-1980

Box 8, Folder 10

Photographs of Klotz family and obituaries 1910-1979

Box 9, Folder 1

Personal purchases and receipts undated

Box 9, Folder 2

Awards 1970-1990

Box 9, Folder 3

Correspondence with Mine Okubo 1943

Box 9, Folder 4

Correspondence with the UC Riverside Foundation and Riverside Art Museum undated

Box 9, Folder 5

Engagement announcement for Esther Hamilton to Leo Klotz undated

Box 9, Folders 6-7

Leo Klotz death information 1985

Box 9, Folder 8

Leo Klotz - History of Plant Pathology 1948-1985

Box 9, Folder 9

Leo Klotz - Academic Articles 1931-1986

Box 9, Folder 10

Leo Klotz - Memorial Fund 1984-1991

Box 9, Folder 11

Leo Klotz - Obituaries and memorial publications 1984-1986


Series 3. Oversize materials 1890-1989, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains oversized items related to Klotz' research, including books, scrapbooks, and notebooks.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged topically.
Box 10, Item 1

A Colony for California 1971

Scope and Contents

Book includes a piece of paper with notes and extensive notes and marginalia within the book.
Box 10, Item 2

Scrapbook 1943-1976

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings documenting history of Riverside.
Box 10, Item 3

Photo of the office of Southern Sierra Power Company 1913

Scope and Contents

Photo glued to board. The back side of the board includes notes and description from Esther Klotz.
Box 11, Item 1

An Illustrated History of Southern California 1890

Scope and Contents

Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1890. Book includes some marginalia and a page of notes from Esther Klotz.
Box 11, Item 2

Landmarks of Riverside 1964

Scope and Contents

Signed by author Tom Patterson. Some marginalia from Esther Klotz. Press-Enterprise Co., 1964.
Box 11, Item 3

California Mission Scrapbook approximately 1985-1989

Scope and Contents

Includes photos, postcards, brochures, and notes.
Box 11, Item 4

Ledger book of handwritten notes undated