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mssHM 61658-61711  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: C. H. Mayo Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1879-1883
    Collection Number: mssHM 61658-61711
    Creator: Mayo, C. H. (Clarence Hastings)
    Extent: 101 items in 2 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscript Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection consists primarily of letters, most of which were written by C. H. (Clarence Hastings) Mayo to his family back home in Warwick, Massachusetts, describing the various towns in which Mayo lived, his work on cattle ranches, agriculture, and his impressions of the landscapes of New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado, between 1879 and 1882.
    Language: English.


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    Administrative Information

    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

    [Identification of item]. C. H. Mayo Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Dawson's Book Shop, September 21, 1959.

    Biographical Note

    C.H. (Clarence Hastings) Mayo traveled West in late 1879 to work on a cattle ranch in Colfax County, New Mexico, in the employ of United States Congressman and family friend William Windom (1827-1891). Mayo worked on Windom's Kiowa Ranch from January-April 1880 before heading north to Wyoming and Fargo, North Dakota, in search of other business opportunities. In August of the same year, Mayo moved to Colorado, where he worked and lived in Saguache, Bonanza, and Gunnison through 1882. Although Mayo was interested in purchasing land and having a ranch in Colorado, he worked as a carpenter and was also paid to provide musical entertainment with his cornet.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of letters, most of which were written by C. H. (Clarence Hastings) Mayo to his family back home in Warwick, Massachusetts. Mayo describes the nature of his employment (or the lack thereof), the various towns in which he lives, cattle ranching, agriculture, and his impressions of the landscapes of New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado. He occasionally discusses national politics (in particular the election and assassination of President James A. Garfield) and frequently refers to his business activities with or on behalf of William Windom. There are also occasional references to Native Americans, Nelson Appleton Miles, Sitting Bull, and William T. Sherman in a few of the letters. Mayo writes home frequently, and his letters are most often addressed to his father (Edward F. Mayo), mother, sister (Kittie Mayo), and brother (Ned). There are also two letters in the collection from William Windom and one from an Uncle Richards.


    Arranged chronologically, with an undated receipt and two carte-de-visite photographs stored at the end.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Mayo, C. H. (Clarence Hastings)
    United States. President -- Elections, 1880
    Sitting Bull, 1831-1890
    Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881
    Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925
    Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1839-1925
    Windom, William, 1827-1891
    Agriculture -- Colorado
    Cornet players -- West (U.S.) -- Correspondence
    Indians of North America -- Colorado
    Indians of North America -- New Mexico
    Mines and mineral resources -- Colorado
    Railroads -- Colorado
    Ranch life -- New Mexico
    Ranches -- Colorado
    Bonanza (Colo.)
    Colorado -- Description and travel
    Colorado -- Economic conditions
    Denver (Colo.) -- Description and travel
    Fargo (N.D.) -- Description and travel
    Gunnison (Colo.)
    New Mexico -- Description and travel
    North Dakota -- Description and travel
    Saguache (Colo.) -- Description and travel
    Saguache (Colo.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
    Mayo, Edward F.
    Mayo, Edward F., Mrs.
    Mayo, Kittie
    Mayo, Ned
    Windom, William, 1827-1891


    Letters (correspondence) -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century

    Alternate Authors

    Mayo, Edward F.
    Mayo, Edward F., Mrs.
    Mayo, Kittie.
    Mayo, Ned.