Anita May Baldwin Papers and Addenda: Finding Aid mssBaldwina

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
June 2022
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

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.)

Box 1, Box 2

Anita May Baldwin 1876-1936

Box 3, Box 4

Los Angeles Racing Association 1907-1922

Box 5, Box 6

Elias Jackson Baldwin 1879-1918


Volumes and rolls 1881-1931

Volume 1

Elias Jackson Baldwin 1913

Volume 2

The Baldwin Hotel, San Francisco 1881-1883

Volume 3

Santa Anita Ranch 1901-1904

Volume 4

Survey maps of property of Anita May Baldwin undated

Volume 5

Assets, liabilities, and income of Anita May Baldwin 1914-1916

Volume 6

Estate of Clara Baldwin Stocker 1929-1931

Volume 7, Volume 8

Arcadia, California. City of Recorder's Office 1905-1911

Roll 9

Roll of certificates and tabulated horse pedigrees undated

Roll 10

Map of California, Map of United States

Roll 11

Rancho Cienega...leasehold map


Addenda 1910-1949

Box Addenda 1

Baldwin M. Baldwin business papers: accounts, check stubs, life insurance information, bank statements, receipts, tax information 1942-1948

Box Addenda 2

Los Angeles Racing Association: business accounts, bank statements, check stubs, account books 1909-1935

Box Addenda 3

Anita May Baldwin business papers: trust papers, birth certificates, agreements, check book, business correspondence

Box Addenda 4

Anita May Baldwin business papers: agreements, correspondence, inventory records, papers regarding Rancho Santa Anita, certificate of title, mortgage papers

Box Addenda 5

Anita May Baldwin business and personal papers: address books, legal papers and correspondence, certificates, library and household inventories, Rancho Santa Anita, drawings, watercolors, poems and other manuscripts

Box Addenda 6

Anita M. Baldwin photographs, prints, photo negatives, Baldwin McClaughry photograph album, unbound photograph album pages

Box Addenda 7

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings related to the Baldwins 1910-1911

Box Addenda 8

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings related to the Baldwins 1911-1913

Box Addenda 9

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings related to the Baldwins 1913-1914

Box Addenda 10

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings related to the Baldwins 1914-1915

Box Addenda 11

Rare Book Box D-3, Anita May Baldwin: Documents and newspaper clippings pertaining to the Baldwin Theater, Death Valley Mining Co., miscellaneous printed photographs

Box Addenda 12

Rare Book Box D-4, Anita May Baldwin: printed vocal music written by Anita M. Baldwin and others, including four bound volumes

Box Addenda 13

Rare Book Box D-5, Anita May Baldwin: printed vocal and instrumental music bound of Anita M. Baldwin

Volume Addenda 1

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings related to the Baldwins 1922-1923

Volume Addenda 2

Book containing the signature of Anita May Baldwin and several blank pages

Volume Addenda 3

Estate Settlement Books (6 volumes) for the estate of Elias Jackson Baldwin

Volume Addenda 4

Maps of Baldwin property bound for Anita May Baldwin