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Finding Aid to the Jacob Ross Family History Collection MS.695
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  • Title: Jacob Ross Family History Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.695
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1951-1996
    Abstract: This is a typed manuscript documenting the history of the Jacob Ross family from 1865 to 1900. The manuscript was created in 1951 by Lecil E. Ross in response to a request from Southwest Museum director Frederick Webb Hodge for memoirs of pioneers in Early California. This collection also includes a Family Group Record produced by Raymond R. Ross in 1996.
    creator: Ross, Lecil E.

    Historical Note

    Southwest Museum director Frederick Webb Hodge was inspired by H. H. Bancroft to collect dictated memoirs of pioneers for the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, and reached out to the community for stories of families who were established in Early California. Lecil E. Ross answered the call, donating family histories for his paternal grandfather, Jacob Ross, Sr., and his family in California from 1865-1900 and for Lecil’s maternal grandfather, George Lunsford Russell, who was a landowner in Los Angeles County before Los Angeles was 100 years old. The Ross and Russell families settled near each other and eventually intermarried. The Russell land was about a mile northeast of what is currently Santa Ana.

    Scope and Contents

    This is a typed manuscript documenting the Jacob Ross family from 1865 to 1900 through oral histories, photographs, and research compiled by Lecil E. Ross in 1951. This document was prepared by Lecil E. Ross, who also authored the Jacob Ross Family History. Donation correspondence is included. This collection also includes a Family Group Record produced by Raymond R. Ross in 1996.

    Preferred citation

    Jacob Ross Family History Collection, 1951, 1996, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.695.

    Processing history

    Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 9, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).


    Donations by L. E. Ross, 1951 December 27; and Raymond R. Ross, 1996 April 4.


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chapman, Katherine
    Hellman, Isaias W. (Isaias William), 1842-1920
    Langenberger, Augustus, 1824-1895
    Little People of America, Inc.
    Patton, Susan G.
    Ross Family
    Ross, Jacob
    Russell, George Lunsford
    Yorba, Prudencio
    Yorba, Vicente
    California -- History
    Frontier and pioneer life -- California
    Los Angeles County (Calif.)
    Overland journeys to the Pacific