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Baldwin (Anita May) Papers and Addenda
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  • Conditions Governing Use
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Anita May Baldwin papers and addenda
    Creator: Baldwin, Anita May, 1876-1939
    Identifier/Call Number: mssBaldwina
    Physical Description: 13.42 Linear Feet (20 boxes, 12 volumes, 3 rolls)
    Date (inclusive): 1876-1949
    Abstract: Papers and addenda belonging to Anita May Baldwin, daughter of Elias "Lucky" Baldwin, and the Santa Anita Rancho.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Anita May Baldwin papers and addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift and purchase from Anne Baldwin Purcell, May 1965 and January 1971.

    Biographical / Historical

    Anita M. Baldwin (1876-1939) was the daughter of Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin (1828-1909) who was a millionaire investor in Comstock mining stocks; he was later the developer of the Santa Anita Rancho, which he bought from Harris Newmark in 1875. At the age of 16, Anita May Baldwin married a cousin George Baldwin (this marriage was annulled); she later married Hull McClaughry and they had a son: Baldwin McClaughry Baldwin. This marriage ended in divorce, and she legally reverted to the name Anita M. Baldwin. After E. J. Baldwin's death, Anita Baldwin inherited the ranch which included vineyards, orchards, livestock, and racehorses; she continued to run the ranch until selling several acres to the Los Angeles Turf Club in 1933 and most of the remaining acreage for subdivision in 1936.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of letters, documents, volumes, and maps related to the business affairs of the Santa Anita Ranch from 1901 to 1904, and the Los Angeles Racing Association from 1907 to 1922. Of the approximately 600 pieces in this collection, 400 are receipts of the Los Angeles Racing Association. Additional material in the collection includes correspondence, diaries, and documents related to the personal and business affairs of Anita M. Baldwin. Also included is the estate settlements of Elias Jackson Baldwin and his elder daughter Clara Baldwin Stocker for the period from 1876 to 1936, including two volumes of city dockets on criminal and civil justice for the city of Arcadia, California. The Addenda includes business papers for Baldwin M. Baldwin, the Los Angeles Racing Association, and Anita M. Baldwin. The Addenda also includes a small amount of personal material related to Anita M. Baldwin such as address books, library and household inventories, poems and other compositions, musical scores, photographs, and scrapbooks.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff. In 2022, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Organized in the following series: 1. Anita May Baldwin material; 2. Los Angeles Racing Association; 3. Elias Jackson Baldwin material; 4. Volumes and rolls; 5. Addenda.


    Former call number: mssBaldwin, Anita papers.

    Related Materials

    The Anita Baldwin photograph collection (photCL 356).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Criminal justice, Administration of -- California -- Arcadia
    Horse racing -- California -- Arcadia
    Race horses -- California -- Arcadia
    Ranches -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Real property -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Arcadia (Calif.) -- History
    Hollister Ranch (Calif.)
    Business records -- California, Southern -- 19th century
    Business records -- California, Southern -- 20th century
    Dockets -- California, Southern
    Letters (correspondence) -- California, Southern -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- California, Southern -- 20th century
    Maps -- California, Southern -- 19th century
    Maps -- California, Southern -- 20th century
    Photographs -- California, Southern
    Receipts -- California, Southern -- 19th century
    Receipts -- California, Southern -- 20th century
    Baldwin, Baldwin M., 1904-1970
    Baldwin, Elias Jackson, 1828-1909
    Stocker, Clara Baldwin, 1847-1929
    Los Angeles Racing Association
    Santa Anita Rancho (Los Angeles County, Calif.)