Scope and Content
Title: Arata family collection
Inclusive Dates: 1859-1953
Collection Number: mssArata
2 boxes and 2 oversize folders
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Fax: (626) 449-5720
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.
Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information,
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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.
Arata family collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
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.
Arata, María Antonia Jimeno de
United States. National Forest Service
United States. National Park Service
Panama-California Exposition (1915 : San Diego, Calif.)
Missions, Spanish -- California
Santa Barbara Earthquake, Calif., 1925
California -- Description and travel
San Francisco (Calif.)
Santa Barbara (Calif.)