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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Arata family collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1859-1953
    Collection Number: mssArata
    Collector: Arata family
    Extent: 2 boxes and 2 oversize folders
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
    Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Arata family collection consists of papers, printed ephemera, and photographs related to the Arata family, especially, María Antonio Jimeno de Arata.
    Language of Material: The records are in English Spanish.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    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

    Arata family collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Allen and Martha Arata, October 2017.


    The Arata family was a Spanish (possibly Basque) family that came to Santa Barbara, California in the 19th century. Juan Arata married María Antonia Jimeno (d. 1928), daughter of an acting governor of Alta California, Manuel Jimeno. The Aratas have a Californio heritage that their prominence in Santa Barbara politics and business only accented.

    Scope and Content

    The material in this collection was created and collected by the Arata family, especially María Antonia Jimeno de Arata. It consists of books, maps, papers, photographs, and printed ephemera. The papers include writings and poetry, possibly written by María Antonia Jimeno de Arata. There are booklets, pamphlets, and photographs related to Santa Barbara, California and the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake. There are also numerous pamphlets related to the United States National Forest Service and National Park Service in California. The scrapbook mostly contains postcards acquired by the family's travel on the Panama Pacific Line and images from the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake. Note: Some of the postcards in the scrapbook are loose. The two books in this collection are “La Mujer Catolica” and "Southern California" issued by Southern California Panama Exposition Commission.
    There are two oversize folders at the end of the collection. The first folder consists of three photographs, possibly of María Antonia Jimeno de Arata and another woman. The second folder is a trigonometric survey entitled “Entrance to San Francisco Bay” by A.D. Bache.


    Arranged by genre.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Arata, María Antonia Jimeno de
    Arata family

    Corporate Names

    United States. National Forest Service
    United States. National Park Service

    Meeting Names

    Panama-California Exposition (1915 : San Diego, Calif.)


    Historic sites
    Missions, Spanish -- California
    Santa Barbara Earthquake, Calif., 1925

    Geographic Areas

    California -- Description and travel
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Santa Barbara (Calif.)