This small collection contains correspondence and some ephemera of Elza Ivan “Eddie” Edwards (1897-1984), who authored
several books on the history of Death Valley, California. The letters primarily date from the late 1960s to 1980 and are chiefly
personal in nature though some discuss history-related activities.
Elza Ivan “Eddie” Edwards (1897-1984) was born in Idaho in 1897. Later he moved to
California where he opened an accounting advisory service for medical offices.
Edwards‟ hobby was Death Valley history and he was the author of several books
including The Valley Whose Name is Death, Desert Voices: A Descriptive Bibliography,
and The Enduring Desert. He was an active member of the Los Angeles Corral of the
Westerners and served as Sheriff in 1966. In 1964, he and his wife, Beryl, retired
and moved to Yucca Valley, California. Edwards died in 1984.
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