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Ingram (Selena Gray Galt) Papers
mssHM 31060  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Selena Gray Galt Ingram papers
    Creator: Ingram, Selena Gray Galt, 1859-1942
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 31060
    Physical Description: 6.34 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1862-1938
    Abstract: A collection of diaries and photograph albums related to Selena Gray Galt Ingram (1859-1942), chiefly documenting early-20th century Los Angeles and ranch living in Imperial Valley, California.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    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]. Selena Gray Galt Ingram papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Selena Pope Ingram McKinley, June 1968 and December 1977.

    Biographical / Historical

    Selena Gray Galt Ingram (1859-1942) was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She married Robert Hord Ingram (1860-1934), also from Louisville, who began working for the Pullman Car Company at 17, and eventually became an executive with Southern Pacific Railroad Co. in Los Angeles, California from 1901-1908, and then in Mexico, 1908-1911. The Ingrams moved from Vermont to California in 1901. They first went to the Bay Area, then Los Angeles, where Mrs. Ingram was active in society and formed close friendships with the Bannings and Pattons, and enjoyed outings to Santa Catalina Island and Lake Vineyard ranch. In 1908, Mr. Ingram accepted a position for Southern Pacific in Western Mexico under the supervision of Epes Randolph. They lived at Emplame, near Guaymas, where Ingram dealt with railroad strikes and labor problems. He resigned in 1911 and they returned to Los Angeles. He continued his interest in the Imperial Valley, where in 1905, he had purchased property near Holtville to develop a ranch. In 1916, Ingram became general manager of the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad Company, and the family moved to the Bay Area. They continued there until 1925 when they returned to Los Angeles and retirement.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of a series of diaries (37 volumes, 1900-1938) and 8 photograph albums (approximately 1862-1919) related to Selena Gray Galt Ingram. (There are no diaries for 1934 or 1937.) The diaries reflect the social life and customs of the Los Angeles area, 1902-1938, including descriptions of the Banning family, the Patton family, Santa Catalina Island, and ranch life in Imperial Valley. There are also passing references to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad Company. Some diaries also document the few years Ingram spent in St. Albans, Vermont; Empalme, Mexico; and Berkeley, Mill Valley, San Francisco, and San Rafael, California. The photograph albums depict many of the same people and places listed above, as well as some photographs of Yosemite, 1903. An album dating from 1908-1914 contains many images of Imperial Valley and the Ingram ranch near Holtville, California. Some of the diaries also contain photographs, including George S. Patton Sr., George S. Patton Jr., the Patton home, and other family (1911 diary), and a photograph of Captain William Banning (1913 diary).

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff, circa late-20th century. In 2020, Suzanne Oatey created a finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


    Organized in three series:
    • Diaries, 1900-1938
    • Memoirs and family correspondence, 1884-1935
    • Photograph albums, approximately 1862-1919

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Empalme (Mexico)
    Imperial Valley (Calif. and Mexico) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
    Mill Valley (Calif.) -- Description and travel
    Saint Albans (Vt.) -- Description and travel
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
    San Rafael (Calif.) -- Description and travel
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.) -- Description and travel
    Diaries -- California -- 20th century
    Diaries -- Mexico -- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- California
    Photograph albums
    Women -- California -- Diaries
    Ingram, Robert Hord, 1860-1934
    Banning family
    Patton family
    Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad Co
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company