Selena Gray Galt Ingram Papers mssHM 31060

Suzanne Oatey
The Huntington Library
May 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
reference@huntington.org


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.

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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.

Arrangement

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
Photographs
Women -- California -- Diaries
Ingram, Robert Hord, 1860-1934
Banning family
Patton family
Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad Co
Southern Pacific Railroad Company

 

Diaries Series 1 1900-1938

Physical Description: 37 Volumes (5 boxes)

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

There are 37 diaries, for the years 1900-1933, 1935-1936, and 1938. No diaries were received for 1934 and 1937. (1934 is the year Robert Ingram died, in January.)
Box 1

Diary 1900

Scope and Contents

St. Albans, Vermont. Series of 12 monthly notebooks kept in one cover.
Box 1

Diary 1901

Scope and Contents

St. Albans, Vermont; San Francisco; Alameda, California; San Rafael, California.
Box 1

Diary 1902

Scope and Contents

San Rafael; Los Angeles.
Box 1

Diary 1903

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; San Rafael; Yosemite.
Box 1

Diary 1904

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; Catalina Island.
Box 1

Diary 1905

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; Imperial Valley (near Holtville); Catalina Island.
Box 1

Diary 1906

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; Imperial Valley (mentions of flooding that formed Salton Sea); Catalina Island.
Box 1

Diary 1907

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; Imperial Valley; Catalina Island.
Box 1

Diary 9 1908

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; Imperial Valley; Catalina Island. Move to Empalme, Sonora, Mexico on September 11.
Box 2

Diary 1909

Scope and Contents

Mexico; Catalina Island.
Box 2

Diary 1910

Scope and Contents

Mexico; Imperial Valley; Catalina Island.
Box 2

Diary 1911

Scope and Contents

Mexico; Imperial Valley; Catalina Island. Move from Mexico to Los Angeles on October 1. Visit to George S. Patton Sr.'s home at Lake Vineyard December 10-12, with photograph.
Box 2

Diary 1912

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; Catalina Island.
Box 2

Diary 1913

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; clipping about Mexico; Catalina Island, with photograph of Captain William Banning, October 11.
Box 2

Diary 1914

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; Imperial Valley; Catalina Island.
Box 2

Diary 1915

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; Imperial Valley; Marin County; San Francisco, California.
Box 2

Diary 1916

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles; Imperial Valley. Move to Mill Valley, California, August 1.
Box 3

Diary 1917

Scope and Contents

Mill Valley.
Box 3

Diary 1918

Scope and Contents

Mill Valley; Berkeley.
Box 3

Diary 1919

Scope and Contents

Mill Valley; Berkeley.
Box 3

Diary 1920

Scope and Contents

San Francisco.
Box 3

Diary 1921

Scope and Contents

San Francisco.
Box 3

Diary 1922

Scope and Contents

Berkeley; Los Angeles; Catalina Island.
Box 3

Diary 1923

Scope and Contents

San Francisco; Santa Monica; Berkeley.
Box 3

Diary 1924

Scope and Contents

Berkeley.
Box 4

Diary 1925

Scope and Contents

Berkeley. Move to Los Angeles in August.
Box 4

Diary 1926

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 4

Diary 1927

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 4

Diary 1928

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 4

Diary 1929

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 4

Diary 1930

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 4

Diary 1931

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 4

Diary 1932

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 5

Diary 1933

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 5

Diary 1935

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 5

Diary 1936

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
Box 5

Diary 1938

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles.
 

Memoirs and family correspondence Series 2 1884-1935

Physical Description: 1 Box
Box 5

Memoirs before 1900

Scope and Contents

Family history and Selena Ingram's life up to 1900 when her diaries begin.
Box 5

Family correspondence and other materials 1884-1935

Scope and Contents

Mainly family correspondence that had been laid in the diaries. Also some clippings, photographs and notes laid in diaries.
 

Photograph albums Series 3 approximately 1862-1919

Physical Description: 8 Volumes (3 boxes)
Box 6

Photograph album approximately 1862

Scope and Contents

Family photographs.
Box 6

Photograph album 1869-1906

Scope and Contents

Ingram family and some Banning family.
Box 7

Photograph album 1901-1907

Scope and Contents

Ingram family; Banning and Patton families; Catalina Island; Yosemite; Yuma, Arizona.
Box 7

Photograph album 1908-1909

Scope and Contents

Ingram family; Banning and Patton families; Catalina Island; Empalme, Mexico.
Box 7

Photograph album 1908-1914

Scope and Contents

Ingram family; ranch in Imperial Valley, California.
Box 7

Photograph album 1909-1912

Scope and Contents

Ingram family; Empalme, Mexico; Banning and Patton families; Catalina Island; Lake Vineyard ranch (San Marino, California).
Box 8

Photograph album 1912-1914

Scope and Contents

Ingram family; Banning and Patton families; Catalina Island.
Box 8

Photograph album 1913-1919

Scope and Contents

Ingram family; Catalina Island; Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais, California.