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Rancho Sespe Collection: Finding Aid
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Box 1

Legal Documents, Manuscript, Notes, and Correspondence

Folder 1

Carlos Antonio Carrillo Legal Documents. 1829-1854

Physical Description: 35 items

Folder one contains copies of legal documents such as the 1854 California Land Commission documents which include a transcription of the Mexican Land grant of Rancho Sespe to Carlos Antonio Carrillo from 1829; and an English translation of the land grant transcriptions. Overall, these documents attest to the process of attaining a Mexican and Grant during the Mexican period of California history.
Folder 2

Sheridan, E.M. "The Sespe: Early-Day History Dating from the Time of the Indians:" [unpublished manuscript] 1927

Physical Description: 200 items

Folder two contains the manuscript "The Sespe: Early-Day History Dating from the Time of the Indians," written by E. M. Sheridan in 1927 (the manuscript appears to be unpublished). The most important catalyst of Sespe history has to do with the ownership debate of Sespe Ranch. The land dispute is discussed in detail in Chapter Six of this manuscript.
Folder 3

Sheridan, E.M. "The Sespe: Early -Day History Dating from the Time of the Indians:" [unpublished manuscript] 1927-1939

Physical Description: 45 items

Folder three is mostly correspondence associated with the collecting of information relating to the Sespe Ranch. There are also some newspaper clippings and two pictures of Thomas Wallace More, the first Anglo-American owner of the Ranch.
Folder 4

Correspondence. 1928-1939

Physical Description: 63 items

Folder four consists of mostly interview and research notes but also includes a translated transcription of the will of Carlos Antonio Carrillo, the first owner of Rancho Sespe, and a short biography of Carrillo.
Folder 5

Miscellaneous Notes. approximately 1926

Physical Description: 69 items

Folder five consists of several dozen miscellaneous handwritten interview and research notes that are undated. The folder also includes an oversized envelope, a newspaper clipping, and a hand-drawn map of Rancho Santa Paula/Saticoy that includes the border of Rancho Sespe.