The Finding Aid of the A.J. Edwards Papers 0004

Eilidh Cogswell
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Special Collections and Archives
April 2016
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Title: A.J. Edwards Papers
Creator: Edwards, A.J., 1884-1963
Identifier/Call Number: 0004
Contributing Institution: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Special Collections and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.26 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1939-1950
Abstract: A.J. Edwards was an agent of the American Remount Association in Oregon during the 1940s. This collection includes stud books and receipts of mares bred to Edwards' stud horses, correspondence, photographs, and a stamp.

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Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], A.J. Edwards Papers, Collection no. 0004, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in the 1990s.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur James Edwards, also known as A.J. Edwards, was born on March 3, 1884, in Manitoba, Canada, to a Canadian father named William Henry Edwards, and an English mother, Emma Garner. He emigrated with his family from Vancouver on the 1st of March, 1890, and arrived in Seattle. They settled in the region of Tacoma, Washington, on or around the 7th of March, 1890.
He married a Marie or Mary Jane in about 1903, and had two children: a son, Cecil L, born in approximately 1907, and a daughter, Marvel E, born in approximately 1908.
A.J. originally worked for the Oregon Statesman, a newspaper from Salem, Oregon. Here, he was known by the nickname "Art" and was known to rarely take any time off. He began on July 1, 1898, as a paper carrier at the age of 14. He rose to work in the pressroom from there, and in 1902, was put in charge of the pressroom office at the age of 18.
On September 12, 1918, Edwards registered in the draft for the First World War, though later census records show that he did not serve.
Eventually he took over the operation of the Oregon Statesman's 24-page Scott rotary stereotype press in 1927 as a foreman at 43 years old.
The Oregon Statesman announced his retirement from the paper on the 19th of September, 1940, after 42 years of service.
From here, A.J. worked as an agent for the American Remount Association during the 1940s. He handled four horses who were available as studs: Jedran, Lawrence M., Rifnas, and Stambul. His son Cecil L. married Gladys Brown Edwards in the 1940s and worked in Pomona for the American Remount. It was Cecil's work that likely got A.J. Edwards his job working with the Remount, though he stayed in Oregon.
Edwards was also registered in the draft for the Second World War, though now at age 58, he did not serve.
A later Oregon Statesman Statesman paper dated the 15th of January, 1948, announces Edwards' second retirement from the paper. It lists that he has worked nearly 50 years at this point, 43 of which as a pressroom foreman. It is likely then, that he worked at the paper again during the 1940s following his first retirement, as well as working as an agent for the Remount.
A.J. Edwards died on the 6th of May, 1963 in Clackamas, Oregon at 79 years old.

Scope and Contents

This collection covers A.J. Edwards' work with the American Remount Association during the 1940's. Information detailing the regulations and procedures of the Remount given to Edwards are included in the collection. Correspondence to A.J. Edwards for the purpose of acquiring an appointment to breed a mare to one of his studs is included, and his responses are also a part of the collection. Receipts and records for these appointment are available in the form of stud books and duplicating receipt record books. A personal stamp and photographs of Edwards are included in the collection as well.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Related Materials

Cecil and Gladys Brown Edwards Papers, Collection no. 0005, W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Processing Information

The collection was arranged and described by Eilidh F. Cogswell in April 2016 under the immediate supervision of Katie Richardson.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army Remount service
Horsemen and horsewomen

box 1, folder 1

American Remount Association - Rules Governing Registration 1946

box 1, folder 2

Annual Reports of Mares Bred - Lawrence M. 1941

box 1, folder 3

Annual Reports of Mares Bred - Stambul 1941

box 1, folder 4

Application - Jedran 1946 July 19

box 1, folder 5

Applications - Lawrence M. 1943 - 1947

box 1, folder 6

Applications - Rifnas 1948 October 13

box 1, folder 7

Applications - Stambul 1945

box 1, folder 8- 14

Correspondence circa 1940-1959

box 2, folder 1- 2

Money Receipt Books 1939-1943

box 2, folder 3

Newspaper Clipping - A.J. Edwards Retirement 1940 September 19

box 2, folder 4

Notes circa 1940-1949

box 2, folder 5

Photographs - A.J. Edwards, Horse, and Dog 1940 January

box 2, folder 6

Photographs - A.J. Edwards and Lawrence M. 1941 August-1942 July

box 2, folder 7

Photographs - A.J. Edwards Potential Clientele circa 1940-1949

box 2, folder 8

Photographs - A.J. Edwards and Unidentified Horse circa 1940-1949

box 2, folder 9

Photographs - Horse Family and Colt circa 1940-1949

box 2, folder 10

Photographs - Lawrence M. Progeny (unnamed) circa 1940-1949

box 2, folder 11

Photographs - Stambul circa 1930-1949

box 2, folder 12

Photographs - Stambul Progeny (unidentified) circa 1940-1949

box 2, folder 13-14

Record Books 1939-1955

box 2, folder 15

Stamp - Compliments of A.J. Edwards circa 1940 - 1949

box 3, folder 1

Stud Books - Jedran 1946-1949

box 3, folder 2

Stud Books - Lawrence M. 1941-1947

box 3, folder 3

Stud Books - Rifnas 1948-1950

box 3, folder 4-5

Stud Books - Stambul 1939-1945