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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Toulmin Estate papers
    Dates: 1829-1965
    Collection Number: mssToulmin Estate papers
    Creators: Toulmin, Alice Larkin; Toulmin, Henry Wrougton; Holladay, Margaret
    Extent: Approximately 2,992 items in 16 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of records concerning the planning and distribution of the estate of Alice Larkin Toulmin (1879-1963), owner of the Larkin House in Monterey, California.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    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]. Toulmin Estate Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    In library.

    Biographical Note

    Alice Larkin Toulmin (1879 Dec. 5 - 1963 Feb. 13) is the granddaughter of Thomas Oliver Larkin (first U.S. consul to Alta California and a signer of the original California Constitution) and daughter of Alfred O. Larkin and Mary Ball Larkin Chappell. She married Henry W. Toulmin in 1914. The Toulmin Estate included stocks, bonds, cash, furniture, residential and commercial properties, and miscellaneous items. Among her real Estate holdings, the Larkin House in Monterey, California, stood out for its historical significance, for it was built by Thomas Oliver Larkin in 1835 and served as the U.S. consulate in Alta California. Alice purchased the house in 1922 and made it her family residence for many years. In 1962 she deeded the Larkin House to the State of California. The Larkin House is recognized by the U.S. government as a National Historic Landmark and is part of the larger Monterey State Historic Park.
    Henry Wrougton Toulmin (1871 March 2 - 1952) was a sportsman and amateur archaeologist born in England. He and his wife Alice lived in the Larkin House in Monterey, California, for many years.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of records concerning the planning and distribution of the estate of Alice Larkin Toulmin (1879-1963), owner of the Larkin House in Monterey, California. Records include correspondence, manuscripts, ephemera, and diaries.
    The bulk of the correspondence and documents concern the planning and distribution of Alice Larkin Toulmin’s Estate by executor Margaret Holladay, the law firm O’Melveny and Myers, and the Larkin House Advisory Committee. Other correspondence includes a small number of early correspondence by Alice Larkin Toulmin, Henry W. Toulmin, Alfred O. Larkin, and Mary Ball Larkin Chappell. In addition, photos of the Larkin, Toulmin, Molera, and Childs families are also included.
    There are a total of 66 bound diaries of Alice Larkin Toulmin in the collection, dating from 1900 to 1962.


    The Toulmin Estate papers are organized into two series: 1) Correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera, 2) Dairies.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Personal and Corporate Names

    Toulmin, Alice Larkin
    California. Dept. of Parks and Recreation
    California. Division of Beaches and Parks
    Hammond, George P. (George Peter), 1896-1993
    Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
    Holladay, Margaret
    Larkin, Alfred O.
    O'Melveny and Myers
    Portsmouth Athenaeum (Portsmouth, N.H.)


    Distribution of decedents' Estates
    Executors and administrators--United States.
    Trusts and trustees--California.

    Geographic Areas

    California--History--20th century--Sources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Monterey (Calif.)


    Letters (correspondence)--United States
    Photographs--United States--19th century.
    Photographs--United States--20th century.