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Noel L. Patterson Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Noel L. Patterson Papers
    Dates: 1890-1968
    Bulk Dates: (Bulk 1915-1963)
    Collection number: MS 218
    Creator: Patterson, Noel L.
    Collection Size: 43 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, appraisals and maps of real estate in Santa Cruz County as well as some personal papers of Noel Patterson.
    Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Noel L. Patterson papers. MS 218. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Noel L. Patterson.


    Noel Leon Patterson was born (May 4, 1895) on a ranch in San Diego County to C. W. & Minnie Patterson. In 1913 the family, moved to Santa Cruz. In 1917 when WWI broke out, Mr. Patterson joined the Army and served in France with the 319th Pioneer Engineers.
    On Feb. 5, 1921, Mr. Patterson was appointed county chairman of the Japanese Exclusion League of California by John S. Chambers, state controller, who was chairman of the executive committee.
    In June 1923, he went to work for F.A. Hihn, who once owned vast tracts of land in the county. He became Hihn's right-hand man and mapmaker, surveying much of the county's early development. When Hihn died a few years later, his holdings were split between his heirs and Patterson began selling real estate for the Hihn Investment and Real Estate Company. He served on the Santa Cruz City Council from 1925-1932 and was a member & past president of the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz as well as a past president of the Santa Cruz Board of Realtors. He was also very active in the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    Mr. Patterson was known for his memory and ability to recall the dates and details of county transactions that went back more than 70 years. He worked as a realtor until shortly before his death, and for many years was the oldest active real-estate salesman in the county. His career in that field spanned more than 70 years.
    Noel Patterson died in Santa Cruz, in April 1990

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains appraisals, correspondence and maps of real estate in Santa Cruz County and some subject files and personal papers of Noel Patterson.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Patterson, Noel L. (Noel Leon)--Archives
    Animated films
    Real estate development--California--Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz County (Calif.)--History--20th century--Sources