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Ray (Martin and Eleanor) Papers
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
    Title: Martin and Eleanor Ray Papers
    Creator: Ray, Martin, 1904-1976
    Creator: Ray, Eleanor
    Identifier/Call Number: D-335
    Physical Description: 19.4 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1902-1993
    Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, business files related to winemaker Martin Ray and wife Eleanor Ray's life and work.
    Physical Location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.


    Martin Ray was a California winemaker noted for his 100% varietal wines and his efforts to establish a quality control standard for California wines. He purchased the Paul Masson Winery and produced wine there from 1936 to 1942. In 1943 he established his own vineyard on nearby Mt. Eden and produced wines there until 1972. Eleanor Ray was instrumental in marketing the wines, handling public relations, and maintaining the correspondence for the business.

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence, manuscripts, business files, clippings, public relations files, subject files relating to Quality Control, grape varieties and vintages, and legal files (including litigation documents).


    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Liz Phillips encoded this finding aid with help from Jason Sarmiento, Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Martin and Eleanor Ray Papers, D-335, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Wine and wine making -- California
    Ray, Martin, 1904-1976 -- Archives