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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Shackelford Taylor papers
    Dates: 1850-1948
    Collection Number: Consult repository
    Creator/Collector: Taylor, John Shackelford, 1828-1927.
    Extent: 2 boxes
    Repository: Sonoma State University Library
    Rohnert Park, California 94928
    Abstract: Taylor, an original forty-niner, had business interests in the Santa Rosa, California area. He established a popular resort, White Sulfur Springs, and owned valuable land in downtown Santa Rosa. He built the most substantial business block at that time, known as the Taylor Block. Collection includes legal and financial records, printed matter, creative works, and ephemera. Donated by Taylor's niece, Hazel Taylor, in 1970.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    John Shackelford Taylor papers. Sonoma State University Library

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Hazel Taylor.

    Biography/Administrative History

    John Shackelford Taylor (1828 - 1927), an original California forty-niner, was for years identified with the stock-raising and business interests of Sonoma County. In the year 1853 he settled on 1,400 acres of land near Santa Rosa. On this land was the White Sulphur Springs, a favorite Northern California resort. He also owned a valuable lot on Fourth Street, extending through to Fifth Street, on which he erected one of the finest and most substantial business blocks of the city at that time, known as the Taylor block. Taylor was closely identified with every movement that was for the advancement of the county. He was one of the organizers of the Santa Rosa Bank and he also served a term as president of Santa Rosa Bank. Mr. Taylor was also one of eleven men who constructed a race track in Santa Rosa.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, legal and financial documents, printed material, creative works and ephemeral materials, 1850-1948 (1970), created and collected by John S. Taylor document the life of an earlier pioneer to Sonoma County. The largest body of materials is composed of legal and financial documents. The correspondence, a small body of material, between Taylor and other family members regards the genealogy of the Taylor family. Approximately one third of the collection consists of Taylor's creative works, printed materials and various documents about pioneer life in the west and in Sonoma County specifically.

    Indexing Terms

    Pioneers – California -- Sonoma County -- Sources.
    Taylor, John Shackelford, 1828-1927.
    Sonoma County (Calif.)
    White Sulphur Springs (Calif.)

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