Daguerre Family Rancho Niguel Papers: Finding Aid mssDaguerre

Kelly Kress
The Huntington Library
March 2022
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Daguerre family Rancho Niguel papers
Creator: Daguerre family
Identifier/Call Number: mssDaguerre
Physical Description: 0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1892-1964
Abstract: Materials related to the Daguerre family's ownership of one third of the Rancho Niguel from the 1890s until the 1950s, including legal documents, photographs, and newspaper clippings.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Daguerre family Rancho Niguel papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bill and Holly Gastil, March 2021.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Pierre Daguerre (1856–1911), a native of Hasparren, France, came to Los Angeles in 1874 with the French Basque Amestoy family and worked on the Amestoy's ranch near Gardena, Californa. In 1882, Daguerre formed a partnership with Marco Forster, son of John and Guadalupe Avila Forster. John Forster had purchased Rancho Niguel from his father-in-law, Juan Avila, who was granted the property in 1842. In 1886, Daguerre married Maria Eugenia Duguet. After dissolving the partnership with Marco Forster, Daguerre formed a partnership with Lewis F. Moulton, who had purchased Rancho Niguel in 1895, and subsequently enlarged it. The Daguerre family continued to own a one-third interest in Rancho Niguel until selling it in the 1950s.

Scope and Contents

Primarly legal documents related to the Daguerre and Moutlon families' relationship concerning Rancho Niguel, including property deeds, agreements, trusts, wills, appraisals, and audits. There are also legal documents related to the Daguerre family's sale of the property in the 1950s, some photographs of the Daguerre homesite, a map and prospectus from land developers Laguna Niguel Corporation, and newspaper clippings about the land sales and subsequent development of the property.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Kress in March 2022.


Arranged by type of material. Original folder titles have been maintained.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Land grants -- California
Laguna Niguel (Calif.)
Orange County (Calif.) -- History
Legal documents
Newspaper clippings
Ranches -- California

Box 1, Folder 1

Daguerre - Moulton deeds 1892-1950

Box 1, Folder 2

Daguerre, Marie - original papers 1895-1925

Box 1, Folder 3

Daguerre Ranch sale documents 1953-1960

Box 1, Folder 4

Daguerre Ranch photos 1940s-1950s

Box 1, Folder 5

Laguna Niguel Corporation 1959-1960

Box 1, Folder 6

Clippings 1948-1964