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Manuscripts and Notes

Box 1

Manuscripts and Notes

Folder 1

Dolley, Frank S. "Early Pilots of the Colorado River:" [monograph] [approximately 1957]. 1 item.

Folder 2

Dolley, Frank S. "Early Pilots of the Colorado River:" [monograph: p. 49-164] [approximately 1957]. 1 item.

Folder 3

Dolley, Frank S. "In the Days of Colorado Steamship Navigation: Ellen Robinson's Letters from Port Isabel in the 1870s:" [manuscript] [undated]. 1 item.

Folder 4

Dolley, Frank S. "In the Days of Colorado Steamship Navigation:" [notes] [undated]. 2 items.

Folder 5

Dolley, Frank S. "In the Days of Colorado Steamship Navigation:" [transcripts of Ellen Robinson's Letters] [approximately 1957]. 4 items.

Folder 6

Maps [undated]. 2 items. In oversize.

Folder 7

Dolley, Frank S. Notecards [approximately 1954-1957]. 26 items.

Folder 8

Dolley, Frank S. Notes [approximately 1954-1957]. 8 items.

Box 2

Notes (accordion file)

Folder 1

Notes regarding Alarcon to Aztec (Steamer) [approximately 1954-1957]. 7p.

Folder 2

Notes regarding Baja California to El Borro Grande [approximately 1954-1957]. 28 p.

Folder 3

Notes regarding California Volunteers in Arizona to Colorado Steam Navigation Company [approximately 1954-1957]. 72 p.

Folder 4

Notes regarding the Death of Colonel Craig to Dreadnaught [approximately 1954-1957]. 10p.

Folder 5

Notes regarding Earthquakes to Expressions [approximately 1954-1957]. 11 p.

Folder 6

Notes regarding Ferries to Fort Yuma [approximately 1954-1957]. 32 p.

Folder 7

Notes regarding Fr. Francisco Herenagildo Garces to the Great Western [approximately 1954-1957]. 21 p.

Folder 8

Notes regarding Hall Hanlon to John B. Hinton [approximately 1954-1957]. 39 p.

Folder 9

Notes regarding Indians to George A. Johnson [approximately 1954-1957]. 68 p.

Folder 10

Notes regarding La Paz [approximately 1954-1957]. 11 p.

Folder 11

Notes regarding Letitia Elizabeth Landon to Mrs. Charles Linss [approximately 1954- 1957]. 9 p.

Folder 12

Notes regarding Mails, Telegraph, and Navigation to Montana (Steamer) [approximately 1954-1957]. 26 p.

Folder 13

Notes regarding David Neahr to Nina Tilden [approximately 1954-1957]. 11 p.

Folder 14

Notes regarding Ocean Steamers and Charles Overman [approximately 1954-1957]. 4 p.

Folder 15

Notes regarding Captain W. H. Pierson to Charles D. Poston [approximately 1954- 1957]. 28 p.

Folder 16

Notes regarding Rhodes to Robinson [approximately 1954-1957]. 25 p.

Folder 17

Notes regarding Stages to Colorado River Steamers in general [approx. 1954-1957]. 11 p.

Folder 18

Notes regarding Mr. Turnbull, Tucson, Steve Thorn [approximately 1954-1957]. 3 p.

Folder 19

Notes regarding Uncle Sam (Steamer) and Victoria (Steamer) [approximately 1954- 1957]. 3 p.

Folder 20

Notes regarding Pauline Weaver to Woodward's Gardens [approximately 1954-1957]. 16 p.

Folder 21

Notes regarding Yuma, Yuma (Steamer), and Zarissa (Steamer) [approximately 1954- 1957]. 7 p.

Box 3

Notebooks

Folder 1

Notebook 1: Notes regarding a Discussion with Percy Carter Linss, Hall Hanlon, Hanlon Heading, Pilot Knob, Port Isabel, Montague Island, Hanon Ferry (1957). 29 p.

Folder 2

Notebook 1: Notes regarding the Colorado River (1957). 95 p.

Folder 3

Notebook 1: Notes regarding J.A. Mellon (1957). 62 p.

Folder 4

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Explorer (Steamer) and Sierra Nevada (Steamer) (1957). 13 p.

Folder 5

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Polhemos [sic] (1957). 16 p.

Folder 6

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Johnson Letters (1957). 29 p.

Folder 7

Notebook 1: Notes regarding A. H. Johnson [sic] (1957). 24 p.

Folder 8

Notebook 1: Notes regarding David C. Robinson (1957). 21 p.

Folder 9

Notebook 1: Notes regarding A.H. Wilcox, John Dow, and the Algodornes Land Grant (1957). 18 p.

Folder 10

Notebook 1: Notes regarding General Morehead, Lansford Warren Hasgings, Benjamin M. Hartshorne (1957). 22 p.

Folder 11

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Ft. Mohave, Uncle Sam (ocean Steamer), Jose Maria Redondo, and Sam Adams (1957). 15 p.

Folder 12

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Hall Hanlin, Callville, and F. X. Aubry (1957). 16 p.

Folder 13

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Alexander D. Johnson, W. B. Rhodes, and David Neahr (1957). 17 p.

Folder 14

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Ferry, John Moss, and Picacho (1957). 32 p.

Folder 15

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Charles D. Poston, John H. Belcher, and Uncle Sam (Steamer) (1957). 14 p.

Folder 16

Notebook 1: Notes regarding the History of the Territory of Arizona, Hardy, and Cocopah No. 1 (Steamer) (1957). 14 p.

Folder 17

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Nina Tilden, Colorado 2 (Steamer), and Searchlight (1957). 12 p.

Folder 18

Notebook 1: Notes regarding Cochan (Steamer), Jessup (Steamer), and Baja California (1957). 28 p.

Folder 19

Notebook 2: Notes regarding Alarcon and Areneños [approximately 1957]. 24 p.

Folder 20

Notebook 2: Notes regarding Boundary, Caborca-Yuma Trail, California Volunteers in Arizona, and Camel [approximately 1954-1957]. 24 p.

Folder 21

Notebook 2: Notes regarding the Colorado River [approximately 1957]. 80 p.

Folder 22

Notebook 2: Notes regarding the Death of Colonel Craig, Ferries, Fort Mohave, and Fort Yuma [approximately 1957]. 17 p.

Folder 23

Notebook 2: Notes regarding Charles B. Genug and the Great Western [approximately 1957]. 8 p.

Folder 24

Notebook 2: Notes regarding Hardyville and John B. Hinton [approximately 1957]. 7 p.

Folder 25

Notebook 2: Notes regarding Indians [approximately 1957]. 34 p.

Folder 26

Notebook 2: Notes regarding L. J. F. Jaeger, Legislative acts, Mails, telegraphs, and navigation, and Misc. [approximately 1957]. 5 p.

Folder 27

Notebook 2: Notes regarding the North American Desert, Papago, and Pasqual [approximately 1957]. 7 p.

Folder 28

Notebook 2: Notes regarding La Paz [approximately 1957]. 8 p.

Folder 29

Notebook 2: Notes regarding Pilot Knob, Pioneer Days in Arizona, Pioneer settlers, and Charles D. Poston [approximately 1957]. 5 p.

Folder 30

Notebook 2: Notes regarding Rhodes, Desert Sand Storm, Sonora Exploring and Mining Company, and Turnbull [approximately 1957]. 5 p.

Folder 31

Notebook 2: Notes regarding Pauline Weaver, Bill Williams, Yuma, and Yuma (Steamer) [approximately 1957]. 11 p.

 

Correspondence and Miscellaneous documents and photographs

Box 4

Correspondence and Ephemera

Folder 1

Hayes, Floy. 4 letters (1871-1903) to Ellen M. Robinson.

Folder 2

Hayes, G. 2 letters (1874-1877) to Ellen M. Robinson.

Folder 3

Hayes, Margaret. 3 letters (1870-1871) to Ellen M. Robinson.

Folder 4

Hayes, Margaret and Floy Hayes. 4 letters (1871-1875) to Ellen M. Robinson.

Folder 5

Hayes, R.J. 1 letter (1884, May 27) to [Ellen M. Robinson].

Folder 6

Macdougall, J. 1 letter (1874, May 27) to David C. Robinson.

Folder 7

Payne, G.E. 1 letter (1957, Mar. 12) to Frank S. Dolley.

Folder 8

Polhamus, Isaac. 4 letters (1887-1896) to Ellen M. Robinson.

Folder 9

Robinson, David C. 7 letters (1871-1874) to Ellen M. Robinson.

Folder 10

Robinson, Ellen M. 3 letters (1870-1871) to Hanna Hayes.

Folder 11

Robinson, Ellen M. 27 letters (1870-1872) to Margaret Hayes.

Folder 12

Robinson, Ellen M. 1 letter (1870, Oct. 3) to "My Dear."

Folder 13

Robinson, Margaret M. 3 letters (1954, July 24) to Frank S. Dolley.

Folder 14

Robinson, W. J. 3 letters (1868, July 12) to "Dear Brother."

Folder 15

Dictaphone Records. (1957). 16 items.

Folder 16

Documents (1862-1870). 3 items [1 item in oversize folder].

Consists of an 1869 marriage certificate of James Richard Smith and Nancy Ross; an 1870 indenture between John B. Don and David Robinson, both of Arizona; and a 1862 passport for D. C. Robinson (see oversize folder)
Folder 17

Miscellaneous documents (1875-1907). 5 items.

3 clippings; an 1875 handwritten receipt of Ellen Robinson; and an 1896 forwarding note from the Calvert, Texas, post office.
Folder 18

Photographs (1874-[approximately 1915]). 8 items.

Includes some copy prints as well as three original prints: a cabinet card of Mr. McDougal, 1874 (imprint: Bradley & Rulofson); a tintype portrait of a woman identified as, "'Maud', the Cocopah Indian girl who served as nurse for Ellen Robinson"; and a cyanotype of Ellen Robinson at 65-years-old.
Folder 19

Santa Rosa Cemetery Deed and Pilot Papers (1866, 1876). 3 items.

Consists of the 1866 pilot's certificate for David C. Robinson; an 1876 check for a stone curb around a cemetery plot; and a Santa Rosa Cemetery Deed.
Folder 20

Ephemera: Empty envelopes. 4 items.

 

Oversize

Folder OV (from Box 1, Folder 6)

Photostat copies of two maps

Folder OV (from Box 4, Folder 16)

Passport for D. C. Robinson, Consulate of the United States of America, at Mazatlan, Mexico, 1862

 

photCL 123 Photographs

photCL 123 Box 1

Prints

Related Material

Note: There are also some photographs in mssDolley Box 4, Folder 18.

Scope and Content Note

This box contains copy prints ranging in size from 9 x 6 cm to 17 x 24 cm, one photostat (item 96), and some original cartes-de-visite (items 74-81, 95); a cabinet card (item 80); two 1913 postcards (items 45 and 58); and an original snapshot (item 57). All items are photographs; if the item description indicates "lithograph" or another technique, it indicates a photograph of a lithograph.
The prints have handwritten descriptions on the versos or on an accompanying sheet of paper, which vary from a few handwritten words to several typewritten sentences. There is a discrepancy in the identifications of some of the people in the photographs. See Dolley's manuscripts for alternative identifications for some photographs.
 

Yuma, Arizona, and Colorado River Steamers

Item 1

Yuma, 1852 (watercolor by Lt. Morris).

Item 2

Fort Yuma (lithograph).

Item 3

Steamer "St. Vallier."

Item 4

Yuma, showing RR bridge, steamer "Gila."

Item 5

Steamer "Cocopah."

Item 6

Steamer "Explorer" (lithograph).

Item 7

Steamer "Cochan" and a barge.

Item 8

Steamer "Searchlight."

Item 9

Steamer "Searchlight."

Item 10

"Searchlight" at Wharf at Yuma.

Item 11

Yuma drawbridge (i.e. rising bridge), with ferry "Aztec."

Item 12

Steamer "St. Vallier."

Item 13

Steamer "Gila" and a barge.

Item 14

Steamer "Gila."

Item 15

Hulk of the steamer "Explorer."

Item 16

Steamer "Mohave" with School picnic, 1876.

Item 17

Bill Williams fork.

Item 18

Colorado River below Needles.

Item 19

[NO PRINT] Hulk of "Charles H. Spencer." [Negative and lantern slide only]

Item 20

"Cliff Dweller." [Negative on file]

Item 21

"Cochan."

Item 22

Colorado River Str. "Cochan." [Negative on file]

Item 23

Steamer "Cochan" and tow at Needles, Cal. (late Nineties). [Negative on file]

Item 24

"Cochan" and "Silas J. Lewis." [Negative on file]

Item 25

Steamer "Cocopah" with barge astern bound upriver.

Item 26

"Cochan" and "Searchlight." [Negative on file]

Item 27

"Colorado No. 1." [Negative on file]

Item 28

"Colorado No. 2" at wood yard.

Item 29

"Colorado No. 2" on ways at Port Isabel. [Negative on file]

Item 30

"Colorado No. 2" at Yuma Landing. [Negative on file]

Item 31

"Colorado No. 2" at Port Isabel at Low Tide. [Negative on file]

Item 32

"Comet" (This is a vessel on the upper river, not the lower). [Negative on file]

Item 33

Hull of "Explorer" with descriptive text [Negative on file]

Item 34

"Gila." [Negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 35

"Iola." [Negative on file]

Item 36

Schooner "Isabel" and a steamer ("Mohave"?), Port Isabel.

Item 37

"Major Powell." [Negative on file]

Item 38

"Mohave." [Negative on file]

Item 39

"Mohave," Port Isabel, High Tide [2 copies of print; negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 40

"Mohave." [Negative on file]

Item 41

"Retta." [Negative on file]

Item 42

"St. Vallier." [Negative on file]

Item 43

"Saint Vallier at Needles, 1899." [Negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 44

"St. Vallier." [Negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 45

"Steamer Searchlight," 1913 [original photographic postcard]

Item 46

Barge "Silas J. Lewis" at Needles, Cal. [Negative on file]

Item 47

"Silas J. Lewis" as a dredge. [Negative on file]

Item 48

"Undine." [Negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 49

Barge at Port Famine.

Item 50

Unidentified barge, in tow. [Negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 51

Ehrenberg ferry. [Negative on file]

Item 52

Ehrenberg ferry. [Negative on file]

Item 53

Ehrenberg ferry. [Negative on file]

Item 54

Stern-wheel ferry and barge, Needles. [Negative on file]

Item 55

"Old Yuma ferry" (flatboat). [Negative on file]

 

Colorado River Places

Item 56

Andrade, Calif.

Item 57

Date palms at Andrade [original snapshot with handwritten note on verso: "Grandpa's largest date palm, Andrade].

Item 58

Date palms at Andrade, 1913 [original photographic postcard postmarked 1914].

Item 59

Ehrenberg, Ariz. [2 copies of print; negative on file]

Item 60

Automobile in front of saloon, Ehrenberg, Ariz. [Negative on file]

Item 61

"Gila" at El Dorado Canyon (with a barge). [Negative on file]

Item 62

Topock bridge under construction, 1889.

Item 63

Yuma 1878, with Wells, Fargo & Co. Express storefront. [Negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 64

Yuma in early ‘90s. [Negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 65

Early view of Yuma. [Negative on file]

Item 66

Yuma penitentiary and ferry.

Item 67

Yuma 1877. [Negative on file]

Item 68

Yuma 1866. [Negative and lantern slide on file]

 

People Related to the Colorado River steamers

Item 69

Mike Ghiotto - Yuma transferman. [Negative on file]

Item 70

Hall Hanlon and Joseph Carter (Andrade pioneers). [Negative on file]

Item 71

Hall Hanlon and Joseph Carter (Andrade Pioneers) in 1899. [Negative on file]

Item 72

John Mellon, river pilot. [Negative on file]

Item 73

John Mellon, river pilot (image of newspaper clipping). [Negative on file]

Item 74

Capt. Owens [original carte-de-visite photograph; imprint: John D. Godeus, South Park Photograph Gallery, San Francisco].

Item 75

Capt. Owens [?] [original carte-de-visite photograph; imprint: B.F. Howland & Co., San Francisco].

Item 76

David C. Robinson, river pilot [original carte-de-visite photograph; imprint: W. Dyer].

Item 77

Captain David C. Robinson [?] [original carte-de-visite photograph; no imprint] [Negative on file]

Item 78

Captain David C. Robinson [?] [original carte-de-visite photograph; imprint: Wm. Shew, San Francisco; with copy print]

Item 79

William Robinson [original carte-de-visite photograph; imprint: Louis Walzi, Baltimore, Md.].

Item 80

Stevens [original cabinet card photograph; imprint: G. D. Morse, San Francisco].

Item 81

Unidentified man [original carte-de-visite photograph; imprint: Bradley & Rulofson, San Francisco].

Item 82

David Robinson, daughter Margaret, and dog at Yuma [?] [Negative on file]

 

Maps

Item 83

Old Spanish map of head of Gulf (from Sykes). [Negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 84

Lower Colorado by Ives (from Sykes). [Negative on file]

Item 85

Lower Colorado and delta, with irrigable lands (from Sykes). [Negative on file]

Item 86

Junction of the Gila and the Colorado, by José Salazar. [Negative on file]

Item 87

Yuma, especially the military reservation (SPRR map). [Negative on file]

Item 88

Yuma, especially the military reservation (SPRR map). [Negative on file]

 

Miscellaneous

Item 89

Broadside advertisement for a river excursion to Stevenson's Island on the Steamer "Mohave," June 4, 1893 [Negative on file].

Item 90

Pilot Knob hotel [2 copies of print; negative on file]

Item 91

Aerial ferry near Ehrenberg, 1943. [Negative on file]

Item 92

Railroad office, Yuma. [Negative on file]

Item 93

Early auto on plank road between Yuma and Imperial Valley. [Negative on file]

Item 94

Mud volcanoes, 1905 (from Sykes). [Negative and lantern slide on file]

Item 95

"Cocopah Indian Warrior" [original carte-de-visite].

Item 96

Photostat of Pacific and Colorado Steam Navigation Company Prospectus, 1865 [from original at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

photCL 123 Box 2

Lantern slides

There are lantern slides (3.25 x 4 inches) for twelve of the prints.
Item 19

Hulk of "Charles H. Spencer."

Item 34

Steamer "Gila."

Item 39

Steamer "Mojave."

Item 43

Steamer "St. Vallier."

Item 44

Steamer "St. Vallier."

Item 48

Steamer "Undine."

Item 50

Unidentified barge in tow.

Item 63

Yuma, 1878.

Item 64

Yuma in early ‘90s.

Item 68

Yuma, 1866.

Item 83

Old Spanish map of head of Gulf.

Item 94

Mud volcanoes, 1905.

photCL 123 Box 3

Film negatives

There are 94 copy film negatives, of various sizes, for 57 images:
  • 35mm copy film negatives for fifty-two items: 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 72, 73, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, and 94
  • 10 x 13.5cm (3.75 x 4.75 inch) or 7.5 x 10 cm (3 x 4 inch) film negatives for thirty-five items: 23, 27, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 38, 39, 41, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 59, 60, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 72, 77, 82, 83, 84, 85, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, and 94
  • 12.5 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inch) film negatives for two items: 86 and 87
  • 20 x 25.5 cm (8 x 10 inch) film negatives for five items: 40, 54, 70, 71, and 86